Wishing you all a very happy 2017

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There is a time for everything
And a season for every activity under the heavens
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build
A time to week and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing
A time to search and a time to give up
A time to keep and a time to throwaway
A time to be silent and a time to speak
A time to love and time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, adapted for the eulogy of master watchmaker, George Daniels, as per the documentary, The Watchmaker’s Apprentice

Consider ethics when designing new technologies

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Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project. 16th July 1945. Device type: Plutonium implosion fission. Yield: 20 kilotons of TNT. The White Sands Proving Ground, where the test was conducted, was in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. New Mexico, USA. (PHoto by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images) In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.” The case poses a thorny question: How do we ensure that technology works for society? Read More

What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

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As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward.

As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016.

Easy to build content (apps) on a cheap widespread hardware platform (smartphones) beat out sophisticated and high resolution content on purpose built expensive hardware (content on VR headsets). We re-learned an old lesson: PC v. mainframe and Mac; Internet v. ISO; VHS v. Betamax; and Android v. iPhone.

And Fitbit proved that the main thing people want to do with a computer on their wrist is help them stay fit. And yet Fitbit ended the year with

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Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

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Rideshare the Love, the dating show in an Uber. For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income.
It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay his… Read More

Reverse-engineering the universal translator

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View of the 'Warp Core,' the engine of the USS Enterprise, in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' entitled 'Force of Nature,' California, November 15, 1993. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More

Dips Are a Great Alternative When You’re Tired of Push-Ups

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Push-ups, like vanilla flavors, are reliable, but when you want something different but just as good dips are your answer. Dips also work out your chest, shoulders, and triceps, but focus on slightly different parts of those muscles. Combine that with push-ups and you will build awesome chest and “pushing” strength.

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How male allies can support women in technology

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F 28, M 28, Climbing over wall, Munich, Bavaria, Germany There are so many reasons that men should get involved and be true allies to women in tech: It’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business. Diverse teams that reflect the end user create better results for customers. Male allies respect and appreciate their female teammates. They believe in equality. But you’re not a male ally until women in tech identify you as one. Read More

Kayako’s CEO on building a bootstrapped business

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screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-1-16-58-pm Kayako isn’t a new company — the bootstrapped business has been around for 16 years — but it does have an interesting story. Kayako has never taken outside funding. It has offices in three countries, is profitable and continues to grow. TechCrunch visited their London headquarters to chat with founder and CEO Varun Shoor to hear about Kayako’s history and his… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Obama imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence, Snapchat and Oculus eat up startups

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obama1-newsletter This year, Donald Trump’s U.S. election triumph sent Silicon Valley into a spiral of uncertainty, Facebook addressed its fake news problem, the IPO landscape saw little action and the UK separated form the EU. Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. and launched its Spectacles hardware product. Twitter is still fighting its abuse problem, Yahoo suffered two massive breaches and Samsung phones… Read More


This post is by from Om Malik

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Today turned out to be one of the days where you are awake but your mind is groggy and your self asleep. Despite a handful of espressos, I couldn’t much do anything — not reading, writing or editing my photos. Instead just stared ahead, unable to focus.

Just after lunch with a friend, I went to the Leica store to get the sensor of my Monochrome cleaned — man it was dirty. While walking back, I was thinking about what what could Jack do for Twitter? I can’t think straight, but thankfully Dave has some ideas. 
But as the day ends, I forced myself to get out of the bed, go meet friends for a dinner and figure out what I am going to do next! I am thinking about finishing editing some photos and then going to sleep early! 
December 30, 2016. San Francisco!