I must apologize to Dave Winer. He warned me about supporting services that aren’t the open web and I wasn’t willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
I’ve seen a LOT of discussion about Quora in the past few weeks since I wrote it could be the biggest blogging innovation in the past decade.
Former Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul has signed on to the question-and-answer service Quora. On Wednesday, Paul posted answers to a pair of questions about his positions on marijuana and Bitcoin. Paul responded to the question about marijuana by calling the American War on Drugs "outrageous." "The drug war has never done anything good.
For soldiers coping with brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, coming home may be tougher than the actual fighting; their conditions can last a lifetime. Long-term relief may be on the horizon for US veterans, though.
The evening of June 23, 2005, wasn't especially hot in New York City, at least by historical standards. The day's high was a mere 79 degrees, slightly below average for late June, and well below the record for the day of 96. But inside Compact-Impact, a Japanese gadget store on the city's Lower East Side, things were downright steamy.
Comcast has confirmed that it's going to buy Time Warner Cable to form a huge, tangled monster of awfulness. Hooray! You want out? Lucky for you there are some alternatives to doing business with your monopolistic cable-internet master if you try hard enough. Here are your options, and good luck making your escape. Read more...
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products , a new book by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover . Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his mysterious startup Jelly . The question-and-answer app was met with a mix of criticism and head scratching . Tech-watchers asked if the world really needed another Q&A service.
Barely a week since successfully completing sea trials after a three year hiatus, the venerable research sub Alvin is already earning back the $42 million in hardware upgrades and engineering retrofits it's received—showing off its spaciou
The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the dwarfish Goodyear blimp.
When you travel the world, having a few drinks with your hosts is a great way to get a sense of the local culture. But excessive alcohol consumption can cause physiological consequences . Don't worry—a hangover is universal, and your new friends probably already know a way to cope with it.Read more...
There's a group of people at Microsoft who are like internet superheroes on a mission to protect the world from evil hackers . And this week, that group convinced a judge to turn over a chunk of the internet to their control, and then messed up that control, bringing websites down for "millions" of people. It's a strange story of good intentions coupled with, arguably, zealous overreach.
Plex fans, rejoice! Chromecast is now free to use for everyone on the service. In a blog post, Plex has announced they’ve made Chromecast avaialble to all members. Previously available to just Plex Pass members, Chromecast is now open to all. Plex was essentially testing Chromecast with a select group of Plex Pass members.
There are things fitness trackers are generally pretty good at. You know, like counting your steps, measuring how many calories you burned. And then there are things fitness trackers are generally bad at. Logging your food intake is a particularly sore point.
Secret, the app that lets people post messages anonymously, has been beloved by the tech insiders who use the service to gossip about their jobs and love lives.But now Secret’s founders want to push the service into the mainstream with new features intended to broaden the potential audience of the app.
Yahoo intended to unveil the new service in April, but contract issues ultimately delayed the the launch. One point of contention was around content ownership. Early drafts of the contract gave a video's ownership rights to Yahoo.Yahoo is reportedly unveiling a YouTube rival this summer. Yahoo's service will offer more generous revenue-sharing deals for creators, AdAge reports .
It's official: following anearlier agreement, Seattle council members have voted eight to onein favorof legalizing transportation network companies. The move letsridesharingoutfits like Lyft and UberX operate in the West coast city without fear of bans ordriver caps, so long as they get the appropriate license and otherwise obey relatively light regulations.
It sucks to hear the word "no." Even when you've gotten rejected thousands of times (as any successful person has), it's still discouraging. When you hear the word "no" — when a proposal of yours gets rejected — it's easy to think that there might be something wrong with the proposal. Or worse, you. So it's helpful to remember that everyone has heard the word "no.