What You Missed: September 4, 2013 Edition

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What You Missed: September 4, 2013 Edition

Honey I Shrunk the Computer

This hobbyist built a 1/3 scale 128k Apple computer. He calls it Mini-Mac.


Aereo Has Time On Its Side

With a Supreme Court Ruling unlikely before 2015, the live television streamer has broadcasters on their heels. Time to get to know the new guy.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Leaked?

A Labor Day leak of the much-anticipated wearable tech from Samsung went somewhat unnoticed. Better late than never.

How To Present And Answer Questions

This entrepreneur turned investor knows what makes great leaders: Great teams. Empower them.


Microsoft + Nokia: Now We’re All Like Apple

Only a decade ago, things looked much different from the top. And while Apple changed the economies of scale, is there any reason to think of mimicry as anything more than flattery?

Nintendo In Crisis

The game giant is in deep water, but how do we save it? Say it . . . Say it . . .

Our Newfound Fear Of Risk

Human beings are naturally risk-averse. But at what cost to our security?


Google’s Clever Workaround

Android has long suffered at the hands of reluctant updates from manufacturers and carriers. Their solution? Cut out the middle man . . . and the user.

HTC’s Woes Continue

Amid arrests and allegations of governmental conspiracy, the Taiwanese tech giant finds itself embroiled in a soap opera of sorts. On top of everything, their former VP of Product Design has temporary amnesia.

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August 26, 2013


Samsung To Unveil New SDKs In SF

Samsung opened registration for its first ever global developers conference. Just how mighty is this S Pen, anyway?

3 Things I Learned As Entrepreneur-in-Residence For The U.S. Government

Entrepreneurs are exactly the kind of free-thinking, progressive, and innovative thinkers that Washington needs. Uncle Sam wants you!

Misunderstanding Quality

Sure, your customers want quality. But what qualities are they looking for?


What Does Medium Want To Be When It Grows Up?

A company can’t just take a little from Column A and a little from Column B. It’s got to decide. It has to focus.

Five Materials That Are Making Technology Wearable

Little consideration is given to the textiles behind the newest trend in tech; but without them, we’d still be stuck with slap-bracelets and Hypercolor.

Loneliness Is Deadly

Feelings of isolation are not uncommon in today’s day and age. One statistically supported solution may surprise you.


Meet The Man Making Facebook Better

Matt Kruse spends 20+ hours a week tweaking Facebook so that you’ll like it. He also has a day job, a wife, two kids, and one helluva work ethic.

Microsoft’s Next Era

Steve Ballmer is retiring, and that puts the Seattle-based giant in a bit of a hole. Who’s on deck? And what’s more, what?

August 21, 2013


The Perils of Shiny New Objects

It’s easy to get caught up in the cool new thing, but don’t lose focus. Sudden shifts in direction can derail your startup.

When Apps Modify Behavior

Wish you could have seen the look on your face? This app’s got your Frontback.

Reason To Jailbreak?

iOS 7 provides a variety of features previously reserved for hacked hardware. Is your phone best left under lock and key?


The Great Mistake

Looking for the most valuable, versatile social networking tool on the planet? It’s here, but you’re gonna pay for it.

Steve Jobs And AT&T

In 2007, Apple and Cingular entered into an unprecedented revenue sharing agreement. How the deal got done.

Apple Patents 3-D Gesture UI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirmed that the tech giant has patented a three finger gesture for a proximity based UI. Not really a shocker . . .


No Matter What

Over one-third of readers finish books they don’t even like. Give it up, turn the page.

A Device That Tracks Your Mortality

The Endotheliometer can tell you how long you’re going to live. Where we’re going, we won’t need nodes.

Artist Implants RFID Chip In Hand

Anthony Antonellis put art inside himself so he could share it with you. To hell with tattoos.



Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs just not on target. Again, not a shocker.

August 15, 2013

For Sale

App discovery is a tall obstacle, but there’s a solution: Pay to play.


My Mom Called Me Out…

Spend too much time talking and your product is likely to lay an egg. Mama bird just kicked this developer out the nest.


Is Entrepreneurship Too Fashionable?

So you wanna work for yourself, huh? Your career path is so last fiscal quarter.

Expectation Of Privacy

A recent filing by Google claims that “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.” Oh, so it’s that kind of party . . .

How Not To Launch A Site For Women

Contemporary research shows that women have a variety of interests. Wait, really?

August 13, 2013

Tech Hacks Won’t Fix Our Surveillance Problems

Some suggest the best way to combat government spying is with even more technology. Why buying a dozen dogs doesn’t solve your cat problem.

Google Fiber Banning “Servers”

Google’s ISP users agreement dances around the tech giant’s own basic philosophy. You’re served.

Bleak Future For Apple?

Steve Jobs left Apple twice, this time for good. Larry Ellison explains hot the tech giant couldn’t live with the cofounder, but can’t live without him.

To The Creators

For what seems like forever, you’ve poured your own blood, sweat and tears into your product. So, what took you so long?

Use Encryption A Lot More

Intelligence agencies have access to all unencrypted communications on the Internet. Why are journalists taking this information so lightly?

August 7, 2013

The Anti-Apple

Conventional wisdom suggests serves as ying to Apple’s yang. Horace Dediu’s looking for an orange.

CE uh-O

Executives often live two lives. Can they keep their balance?

Reflections From A Manager

Looking for tips on how to be a better boss? Try the mirror.

Ego Depletion

When it comes to successful development, your user comes first. So get over yourself.

Bezos+Washington Post=Optimism

Jeff Bezos is successful and the Capital’s paper isn’t. There’s room for improvement. Do the math.

Finding Your Purpose

Establishing why you want to do something and saying so up front takes [g]uts. Grow a pair.

New York City By Drone

Recently spurned by opera, a Phantom scaled some of the city’s most beautiful buildings shooting stunning footage. Who is that masked man?

August 6, 2013

Objectively Stylish

Here are the New York Times‘ style guidelines–for Objective-C. Know the rules. It’s the only way to bend them.

Open Thank-You To Open Source

Developers owe the builders of open source software big time. Take a letter!

You Literally Represent Everything Wrong With The World

Hey, you know what would make this movie better? The movie.

What Customers Hate About Social Brands

What drives customers the craziest? Your spelling. Also, your sense of humor.

Practice Makes Efficiency, Not Perfection

Researchers believe that repetition of tasks makes for simpler neural pathways and a less energy-indulgent brain. Monkey see, monkey do, monkey do better next time.

Tweets Really Can Boost Ratings

Nielsen determined that Twitter holds statistically significant sway in viewership. Networks, you’re on notice.

Surveillance: The Enemy of Innovation

As technology grows more voyeuristic, public and private surveillance permeate our lives. Long live the status quo!

Jeff Bezos’s Most Recent “Post”

Why did Jeff Bezos buy the Capital’s newspaper? A source close to us has no idea.

NSA Surveillance And Mission Creep

Agencies outside the NSA are requesting surveillance information to use in their own, unrelated investigations. Oh, and the DEA’s pants are on fire.

August 5, 2013

The Idea Maze

Founders should be students of their game, so take notes, there’s a test. Do well, get cheese.


Music keeps societies’ rhythms. Bassnectar gets us up to speed.

Working In The Shed

Attention spans are short, but Matt Gemmell knows a trick. Hocus focus.

Why Mobile Web Apps Are Slow

Mobile app speed is enough to drive you up the wall. Drew Crawford takes your brain for a spin.

Hard Work Isn’t Always Enough

Think all it takes is dedication and follow-through to get better? Take a lap.

Why Quartz Values Email Newsletters

MailChimp works. Now dance, monkey!

Senators Can’t Agree On Who’s A Journalist

Senators don’t know. But they’re fleshing it out.

Words Are Hooks, Words Are Levers

When it comes to kicking words around, consider the impact: “Turf” toe.

July 31, 2013

What I Learned Writing 30,000 Words

Branding ain’t easy. Unless, of course, you’re motivated. Then it’s a piece of cake.

Collaboration Doesn’t Work

How do you increase productivity without ostracizing your employees? Stop calling meetings. And don’t say the C-Word.

You Are Building A Brand – Whether You Realize It Or Not

Marc Barros doesn’t think you should outsource your branding. After all, if they build it, who will come?

The Much Pricier Minnowboard

Intel’s new minimalist PC may cost a fortune compared to its British counterpart, but I/O performance and expansion are as easy as Raspberry Pi.

Ghost[buster] Of Computer Science Past

Programmers often turn a cold shoulder to the greats who came before them, dooming them to the same frigid, digital landscape developed years ago. Don’t forget your booties . . .

Why the Internet Needs Cognitive Protocols

As Internet traffic multiplies exponentially, network infrastructures will no longer be sufficient by the end of the decade. Antonio Liotta’s getting nervous.

Slow Ideas

Some of the best ideas in human history are the last to catch on, but why? This renaissance surgeon reminds us the road to nowhere is paved with good inventions.

July 29, 2013

Down With Lifehacking!

When opportunity knocks, tell it the door’s open. Take it easy.

Time Is Right For Video Initiatives

The Washington Post‘s “PostTV” brings online video content to readers everywhere. Tune into the noob-tube.

How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team

Finding the right designer is about as easy as hunting unicorn. Braden Kowitz details a most dangerous game.

Silence Is Golden

Sometimes less is more. So shut up.

Understanding Google

You put the right one in, you get the right one out. Google gets horizontal.

3 Reasons To Write

Everyone wants to be a writer. So why doesn’t anyone write?

3 Ways Running A Business Makes You A Better PM

Kenton Kivetsu knows what it takes to excel in your business: Know it like the back of your hand.

Why We’re Doing Things That Don’t Scale

Automation limits your company’s most valuable, human resources. Jason Fried tips the scales.

After Award, Engineer Says NSA Shouldn’t Exist

The NSA handed out its first “Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper” award last week to a most ungracious recipient. Joseph Bonneau bites the hand that feeds him.

Getting Back Your Series A Mojo

Mark Suster likes entrepreneurs with something to prove. After all, if something’s broke, effing fix it.

July 24, 2013

You Can’t Fire Your Investors

You can pick an investor, and you can pick what your investor knows. But you can’t pick your investor’s nose.

Great Products Have Stories

Marketing 101: Grabbing people’s attention from the front of the class can be tricky. Unless, of course, it’s show and tell.

Who Are You?

As an entrepreneur, it’s imperative you get to know yourself. Have a seat on the couch.

Twitter Is Gaining In Popularity

Usage rates are up in virtually every media network over the last decade. Get Social.

Why Stylus Fit Better My Needs

New languages ain’t easy. Stylus helps out with CSS syntax.

Roll Your Own Summer Coding Camp

Learning to code can be intimidating. Here’s a way to teach yourself a new language, within your own specific time frame. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

Data Compression Proxy

Google is rolling out a mobile browser that cuts data usage in half. You down with DCP?

NSA Implements Two-Man Control for Sysadmins

The NSA has implemented a brave new security policy to tighten things up: The Buddy System.

Religion And Our Evolution

Don’t send a priest to do an anthropologist’s job. Cadell Last examines religion in a contemporary world.

July 23, 2013

The Missing Step In Lean Startup Methodology

So your product solves all life’s problems. Why isn’t anyone using it?

Switching From iOS To Android

As the Android platform matures, people are finding iOS more and more restrictive. Why this professor pimped his phone.

Love What You Build

Not sold on your own product? Then why would anyone else buy it?

There Is No Application For Entrepreneurship

Kevin Rustagi has some advice: Stop asking permission to be successful. This is America, for crying out loud.

Victory Lap For Ask Patents

The boundaries of patent law are as blurry as any. This entrepreneur brings intellectual property rights into focus.

NFC-Enabled Jewelry

NFC technology has Europe and China under its spell. Here’s one ring to fool them all.

Apple Flat, Google 3-D?

Google recently announced a drastically different design approach. It’s different. But why?

July 22, 2013

Apple Acknowledges Hack

Apple says they’re not entirely sure if any confidential information fell into the wrong hands during Thursday’ss security breach. Wait, which are the wrong hands again?

The Rebirth Of Windows Mobile

Windows missed the boat on tablets. Jean-Louis Gassée plots Steve Ballmer’s new course.

Motorola X Leak

The phone maker’s got a rat. Seth Weintraub’s got the cheese.

How Yield Will Transform Node.js

Asynchronous code reads like a traffic jam. Alex McCaw breaks down how Yield can get things in sync.

Your Startup’s Office Is Missing A Room

The most important aspect of your product is how it’s put to work. Tomasz Tunguz fights for the user.

Parsing The $900M Surface RT Writedown

Microsoft announced a massive revaluation of their inventory Thursday. Alex Wilhelm is at a loss.

Negative Space In Design Terms

Is negative space an important design tool? Christie Johann thinks so. In fact, she’s positive.

Why Most Apps Are Free

People will put up with anything, and Android users are cheap. Mary Ellen Gordon applies Flurry Analytics to app pricing.

Downward, Ho!

Can’t see the forecast for the trends: Nathan Kontny explains how losing faith in the face of obstacles is no way to grow a business.

News Orgs Developing “Digestible Digital Weeklies”

Dailies and monthlies can be hard to swallow. How some magazines are cooking up something just right.

Explore Local Politics With Network Graphs

This journalism professor hates politics. Listen to him.

July 18, 2013

Apple, Google Join Forces, Request NSA Data Be Made Public

Sixty-three recently embarrassed tech companies are calling for more transparency in surveillance requests. What are the chances the NSA sees right through them?

DHS Puts Its Head In The Sand

Bruce Schneier came across a DHS memo detailing a strange new security policy: The Honor System.

iWatch’s Novelty Emerges

Apple is putting together a team of experts in development of a new, fitness-centered piece of wearable tech. It’s all in the wrist.

A Mathematical Look At The Arab Spring

Youth bulges beget political unrest. Or do they? Get a job, hippie!

Runaway Heron

Germany’s The Bild posted video footage of a 2010 runway accident involving the popular drone. Is there a pilot on board?

What Journalists Need To Know About Responsive Design

There are seemingly endless formats for site design across platforms. Casey Frechette reminds us of a “core Web principle”: It’s all in the way you look at it.

July 17, 2013

The Creepy Practice Of Undersea Cable Tapping

The government has been monitoring underwater communications since the Cold War, but how much can they really dig up? Olga Khazan mines the abyss.

The Three Phases Of Startup Sales

Sales strategies must evolve with a business. Tomasz Tunguz lays down the steps to get you to the top.

Ring The Freaking Cash Register

Mark Suster has seen the cash dry up within many well-funded new startups. His advice? Put money in the till.

How Google Picked “OK, Glass”

How did Google settle on their activation phrase for their new wearable tech? It’s the blind leading the blind, only now they can see.

Poor Quality Will Kill You

Startups fail for all kinds of reasons, but one thing is for sure: Shoddy product is not an option.

5 Things Journalists And Musicians Have In Common

Tunes and news have changed drastically in the last 20 years. Angela Washeck reports on how the two industries evolved in harmony.

NBCNews Still Finding Its Footing

One year post-split with Microsoft, NBCNews still looking for its legs. Jeff John Roberts maps out the network’s quest for solid ground.

July 16, 2013

Disgruntled Google Users Live Low-Google Lifestyle

Sam Whited and Adam Wilcox have grown tired of the Google’s ever-changing landscape, so they’re cutting it out. Here’s a peak at their new preferences.

Hackers Turn Verizon Box Into Spy Tool

The cell giant’s network extender can be modified into a small transmission tower capable of picking up all cell traffic in its range. Someone alert the NSA . . .

Flexible Batteries That Could Power iWatch

ProLogium has developed new ceramic lithium batteries the bend the rules of smartwatch-making. Will Apple and the Taiwanese company band together?

Opbeat Nets $2.7M For “Web Ops” Control Center

The Danish startup is committed to providing development support to other startups. If it’s broke, they’ll fix it. Get to work.

How to Solve the Biggest Frustration Marketers Have

Social Media lacks reliable ROI measures, and it drives marketers up the wall. Mark Suster thinks it’s time they took for a ride.

Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping For New TV Service

Apple wants users to be able to skip ads during television programs, but still compensate the advertisers. But the service will come at a premium.

Choice Of A Rightly Paranoid Generation

Though not without faults of its own, Bitmessage offers users concerned with their privacy some peace of mind. How this hacker favorite might go mainstream.

How To Be A Better Writer: Fail Like A Comedian

Nathan Kontny knows what it takes to get better: Practice. Wait, that’s not funny.

July 15, 2013

Microsoft Pays First “Bug Bounty”

Having long resisted bounty programs, Microsoft is finally putting their money on the line. Make check payable to “Google.”

Apple Should Protect Us From Porn

A Tennessee lawyer filed suit against Apple claiming damages from devices that can display porn, and his own subsequent addiction. The first step is admitting this is someone else’s problem.

Microsoft Reorg: The Missing Answer

Microsoft announced last week that they will reorganize their company’s structure. Apple may not have fallen far, but this tree wants it back.

Not A Geek

Does decades of developing a geek make? Matt Gemmell waxes existential.

Data Storage That Could Outlast The Human Race

A million years from now and at 1000 C, 180 TB of information will still be readable on a single disk. And still, the glass is only half full.

The Complete Guide To Hashtag Etiquette

Hashtags gather people together for conversation. Shea Bennett reminds you to mind your manners. Pound it out.

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

Myriad Genetics’ recent claim to DNA ownership looks like an unethical cash grab aimed at exploiting inequalities in the American health care system. Joseph E. Stiglitz reminds us everything that shines ain’t patent leather.

Tiny Robotic Cubes Could Rule The Solar System

Researchers at the University of Michigan launched a kickstarter aimed at funding revolutionary new space probes they believe can be sent millions of miles into space. And they’re no bigger than a breadbox.

Do Things That Don’t Scale

Startups succeed for all kinds of reasons, most of them hard work. Don’t be a quitter.

July 11, 2013

“What Running Has Taught Me About Entrepreneurship”

Adii Pienaar found parallels between exercise and enterprise. Here’s a game plan to help you achieve your personal best.

“IFTTT: A Different Kind Of iOS Automation”

Federico Viticci and IFTTT separated ages ago. Can they rekindle the magic?

“Chromebooks Exploding!”

As laptop sales plummet, Google’s hardware has the $300 and under-PC market on the defensive. Chance Miller has the intel.

“The New York Times Is Building A New TimesMachine”

The next generation online archive features increased functionality changing the way we view the past. But it’s the technology behind it that’s really in flux.

Wired’s Profile Leads With Wardrobe”

Cade Metz led with three paragraphs on fashion in his recent piece on Google engineer Melody Meckfessel. How progressive!

July 10, 2013

Apple’s Plans For IGZO Display Integration

Apple has plans for IGZO displays in iPads and iPhones, we know. But are there plans for MacBooks?! Lighten up.

What Samsung’s New U.S. Headquarters Says

The new LEED Gold-rated building in San Jose speaks volumes about the tech giant. Alexis Madrigal translates.

Build Brand Awareness First – Distribution Second

Many startups establish presence before demand. Marc Barros thinks that’s back asswards.

Gaining Mobile Traction Is Harder Than Ever

The mobile marketing landscape has changed. Andrew Chen tracks the industry’s evolution.

Post-Reader RSS Subscriber Counts

AOL Reader, Digg Reader, and The Old Reader don’t publish subscription stats. Marco Arment wants to change that. Nothing personal . . .

A Refresher Course In Empathy

Customer support systems often lose sight of what’s important. Emily Wilder wants things back on track. Where there’s a skill, there’s a way.

Dropbox Blows It Up

Dropbox already connects you to your stuff. What if they connected your stuff to your stuff? You’re gonna need a storage unit.

July 9, 2013

Turn Anything Into a Drone

Sure, your bike has wheels . . . but can it fly? 3-D drone home.

Effecting Change From The Outside

Marco Arment believes Apple hears users’ complaints and uses them to effect change. The creator of Instapaper encourages everyone to use their words.

The Dangers Of Beating Your Kickstarter Goal

Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert are almost a year late with their much-anticipated new adventure game. They ran into a notoriously BIG problem . . .

This Is Not a Test

America’s Emergency Broadcast Systems are vulnerable to attack. Steve Wilkos is Nostradamus.

Former Windows Chief Explains Why It’s So Hard To Go Cross-Platform

As platforms develop, bridging the gaps between them becomes increasingly difficult. Steven Sinofsky articulates the communication breakdown.

The Computers That Run The Stock Market

If you play the market, Citadel has likely handled your money. Meet the machines behind the Machine.

July 8, 2013

Modeling How Programmers Read Code

Michael Hansen shot video demonstrating how varying levels of programming skill affect a coder’s pattern recognition while reading script. This just in: Practice makes perfect.

Technology Workers Are Really Young

PayScale took it upon itself to determine the median age of workers in technology. The results, next time on, “The Young and the Breastless.”

Everything Gmail Knows About You And Your Friends

Researchers at MIT are mapping people’s social lives by way of their email accounts. Stick your nodes in other people’s business.

NSA Collaborated With Israel To Write Stuxnet Virus

Edward Snowden says that intelligence agencies dig deeper than we know . . . and they’re working together. What else can he see with “Five Eyes?”

Facebook Begins Graph Search Rollout

Facebook announced the much-anticipated search function will launch this week with improvements upon beta. What all can we expect from the new tool?

iOS 7’s Design Bold, Flawed

Christa Mrgan illustrates Apple’s new 2.5-D design approach. Might wanna grab your glasses.

What Kind Of Crazy Scheme Is Motorola Hatching?

Google and Motorola are working on “the first smartphone that you can design yourself,” but what does that mean? Smartphone buffet. Get stuff[ed].

UI Principles For Great Interaction Design

Interaction Design is a relatively new field and not everyone knows it well. Christian Vasile touches on the basics and lays down a working foundation for rest of us.

Designing App Store “Screenshots”

Travis Jeffery has some advice for iOS developers: Stop taking screenshots, start making them.

Apple, Google And The Failure Of Android’s Open

Think Open Source is winning? Daniel Eran Dilger will be the judge of that. Case closed.

July 2, 2013

Build It, But They Won’t Come

Too often developers value product over marketing, decreasing their chances of success. Andrew Dumont looks to level the playing field.

“Pick The Brains” Of Busy People

People with packed schedules aren’t easy to pin down, especially for advice. Wade Foster plays to their egos.


Ready to familiarize yourself with iOS 7’s graphical user interface? So is Mark Petherbridge and he’s got the Photoshop document to prove it.

Google Glass Updated

Google announced major software updates coming for its wearable device. OK Glass, whaddya got?

Forthcoming “Cheap” iPhone Potentially Hideous

Leaks suggest the newer, less expensive iPhone is manufactured in Candyland. Christopher Mims takes a lick.

How Facebook Threatens HP, Cisco With “Vanity Free” Servers

Facebook’s DIY lab poses real questions regarding the viability of open source hardware. Efficiency is the name of the game . . . and what savings!

July 1, 2013

How Apple’s iLife, iWork, iBooks Could Look

iOS 7 will change just about everything. Michael Steeber takes a crack at apps’ new aesthetic.

HP Smartphone In The Works

Two years after shutting down its mobile division, Hewlett-Packard is back in the game. Just don’t ask for a timetable. Better late than never . . .

Most Willing To Exchange Private Social Data For Better Online Experience

More than half the social media users in the UK say they are willing to share private information for a more personalized web experience. England as an open book? Hey, a deal’s a deal.

Anatomy Of A Tweet

140 characters are worth a thousand words. Shea Bennett explores the makeup of the world’s favorite micro-blogger.

Startup Investing Trends

The small business landscape has changed drastically in the last 25 years. So will investors make more money moving forward or less? Paul Graham says more. Lots more.

Data Journalism Is Improving — Fast

The Data Journalism awards showed that the genre is gaining traction. Frederic Filloux shares three personal insights into the ever-changing DJ landscape.

Google ‘Working On Videogame Console’

Wearable tech may not be the only advent in the search giant’s future. Google’s got game.

Wibbitz Could Wipe Out Publishers’ Video Businesses

Paul Armstrong details the newest player in news. Small markets just got a whole lot bigger.

June 27, 2013

An Open Letter To Apple Re: Motion Sickness

Craig Grannell is sick to his stomach at the thought of more full-screen transitions. But he can’t be the only one. Anyone have a barf bag?

Women in Tech

Women and minorities are underrepresented in tech. But there are two crowdfunding projects trying to change all that. Cast your vote.

Pre-9/11 NSA Thinking

Fifteen years ago, the NSA assured the American people that our security and privacy were their top priority. Bruce Schneier takes a look at what changed.

WikiLeaks Volunteer Paid FBI Informant

Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson hid inside WikiLeaks as an FBI informant for three months and $5000. Secrets, secrets are no fun . . . and they don’t pay for shit either.

PayPal/SETI To Create Interplanetary Payment System

Astronauts have long felt the need for intergalactic auto-autopayment options, but soon they might pay bills from space. Quick, phone home.

June 26, 2013

Make Better Business Phone Calls

Mark Suster knows how to build business relationships, and not with emails. The entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist lists seven ways to improve your asking strategies. It’s face time.

Premium Pricing, Exclusivity & A Higher Demand

Adii Pienaar employs cognitive dissonance in defense of PublicBeta’s premium pricing structure. Either it makes you money or saves you money, but no matter what, it costs you money. You decide.

Can Apple Read Your iMessages?

Apple claims it doesn’t share your information with the government. Cryptographer Matthew Green reveals two truths about iMessage’s user security that might surprise you. Say metadata decryption 10 times fast.

eBay Builds New Engine, New Identity

In 2008, eBay found itself lost within the next generation of search engines. Marcus Wohlsen explains how chief technology officer Mark Carges took action, forsook auction.

Inside YouTube’s Master Plan To Kill Lag Dead

YouTube recognizes the importance of progress bars, so they’re reinventing the wheel. Instant gratification, here we come! It’s the best thing since . . . how does that one go again?

Genes And Memes

Cadell Last draws on the parallels between genetic and memetic evolution. Is Richard Dawkins the missing link?

Why You Can’t Find A Technical Cofounder

Guest writer Elizabeth Yin lists the things developers look for most in a technical cofounder, and a number of ways to gain traction. Remember the three things that matter least in tech startups: Location, location, location.

June 20, 2013

Something Old, Something New

Digg is slated to replace Google Reader by July 1. And while that may not be nearly enough time for some, Andrew McLaughlin keeps his promises . . . with gusto.

Check Out Tim Bucher’s Secret Startup

The ex-lead engineer at Apple is pillaging tech giants for employees at Black Pearl Systems. Meet the internet’s newest band of pirates. Argh!

“Steve Jobs Once Wanted To Hire Me”

Richard Sapper remembers his career in design, condemns commercialism, and reveals he once forsook geek Jesus. #OMGY?!

Does NDA Still Make Sense?

The first rule of nondisclosure is: Shut Your F#@%ing Mouth. But seriously, speak up.

Traveling, Writing, And Programming (2011)

Alex Maccaw spent almost an entire year abroad, killing it. Get ready . . . Jetset . . . Go!

Wrong Need Not Apply

R. E. Warner dislikes critiques . . . reading them, anyway. The coder-poet turns two wrongs righteous.

Schneier On Security

Scott Adams thinks we’ll someday identify sociopaths by way of their Facebook usage patterns; Bruce Schneier thinks he’s nuts.

Want To Work At Twitter?

Buster Benson’s been with Twitter almost a year now. This is what it sounds like when ducks tweet.

June 19, 2013

Want To Try iOS 7 Without Bricking Your Phone?

There’s a hassle-free introduction to iOS 7 available online. And while it may not be the smoothest transition, it gets the job done. Recumbo shows us what’s what.

Moving The Web Forward Together

The open web is expanding evermore toward new frontiers. Chris Webb explains the necessity of new features, innovation, and trail blazing.

Asynchronous UIs–The Future Of Web User Interfaces

Alex Maccaw debunks request-response and outlines his vision for the future of user interface. Death to the spinning lollipop of death!

“Human Supremacists”

“The Superior Human?” questions whether or not human beings are superior to all other life forms. Humans: A) Rule; B) Are a disease; C) Abhor a Vacuum; D) Ain’t so great after all. Cadell Last examines all of the above.


Jony Ive’s iOS 7 icon grid has supplied new inroads for design-related hater traffic. Neven Mrgan breaks down the gridlock.

On Discipline

Michael Heilemann declares iOS 7 the Alpha and Omega of modern operating systems. He’s also pretty happy it’s in beta . . .

Startup Beats Rivals, Builds “DVR For Everything”

Nate Weiner pasted Pocket together from scraps, but he attracted some vocal detractors. Stop copying!

Cat-Like Robot Runs Like The Wind

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) developed the world’s fastest quadruped robot and hopes the Cheetah-cub stimulates search-and-rescue-related progress in robotics. Now if they’d only get to work on a bionic St. Bernard and some digital brandy . . .

June 18, 2013

Developer Finds Video Evidence In Instagram Code

Tom Waddington did some digging and found a mute button programmed into the popular photo sharing app. But don’t get your hopes up, Facebook is likely to stay mum at Thursday’s event.

Popular Ad Blocker Helps Ad Industry

Ghostery shares data with the same industry its users avoid at all cost. Scott Meyer explains how he keeps his consumers close, and his customers closer.

If You Could Eat Only One Thing …

Elizabeth Preston breaks down the latest food fad. Hint: It ain’t people.

Humans Immortal In 20 Years, Says Google Engineer

Ray Kurzweil believes medical advances in the last 1000 years suggest that humans may outpace organic decay. Someone alert the Social Security Administration . . . whenever.

Get Rid of the App Store’s “Top” Lists

Marco Arment thinks “Top” lists suppress app store progress, and he’s got a solution: Grease creative palms, not squeaky wheels.

The NSA story isn’t “journalistic malfeasance”

Mathew Ingram breaks down both sides of the most recent ethics debate in journalism. Conclusion: We’re all dirty.

June 17, 2013

Why Is Exercise Such a Chore?

Daniel Lieberman tells Anil Ananthaswamy how the human body evolved for long-distance running. This guy’s got his head on straight.

Sexism Still A Problem At E3

The Penny Arcade Expo banned booth babes, but E3 is still behind the curve. Gamer Anonymous highlights the first step to recovery.

President Orders Spectrum Open For Wireless Broadband

Obama promises more Internet for the people. But how will the G-Men free up the bandwidth?

Anthony Goubard Built Joeffice In 30 Days

The Netherlands-based developer explains how Java is a part of a complete office suite . . . you know, when it’s done.

Real Answers or Fake Questions From Xbox One Document?

Owen Good analyzes some frequently spread rumors about Microsoft’s new Xbox One. Something doesn’t add up . . .

Designer David Wright Has Just One Favor To Ask

NPR’s latest hotshot developer is leaving news for Twitter. Wright tells Nieman Journalism Lab why design is the most prominent challenge to modern journalism. The solution is simple.

Reporting Or Illegal Hacking?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes life a living hell for whistle-blowers and highlights some glaring holes in the justice system. Just whom are we locking up?

June 14, 2013

The Most Effective Price Discovery Question for Your Startup

How much should your product cost? Ask your customers. Tomasz Tunguz outlines the importance of comparative pricing questions. He’s always right.

Why The Hell Am I Building A Product With A Tiny Market?

Developing a product for a smaller market minimizes risk, but at what cost? Serge Toarca lists the pros and cons of niche programming.

8 Months In Microsoft, I Learned These

School and the real world just ain’t the same. The recently matriculated Ahmet Alp Balkan tells it like it is.

The Code You Don’t Write

Measure yourself by the work you don’t do. Tim Evans-Ariyeh works smart, not hard.

iOS Assembly Tutorial

Matt Galloway breaks down what holds machine code together and teaches us to speak this intuitive language.

iOS 7 Icon Grid

John Marstall outlines Apple’s new icon design grid. But don’t think for one second he likes it.

Apple Uploads Its “Mission Statement” Videos To YouTube

Apple released a slew of new videos revealing to the world what they’re all about. 9to5Mac takes a look at the new direction.

How Three Guys Rebuilt The Foundation Of Facebook

Facebook rode hip-hop to the tip-top. Cade Metz explains how the world’s most prominent social network continues growing and preserves “The Hacker Way.”

Consumer Vs. Enterprise Startups

Bijan Sabet outlines the difference in funding two types of startups and reveals his love affair with the consumer world. Maybe we’re not just dreamers after all . . .

How To Build A Solid Product Roadmap

Outlining a plan doesn’t mean it will execute properly, but it sure helps. Kenton Kivestu nails down the framework necessary in any product development process.

Getting Swoll

Travis Herrick works out, and he knows why: Nothing worth building comes easy, not even bodies.

Google Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Google Glass

Google Glass might be the most invasive piece of consumer technology ever, and Google knows it. Time to look in the mirror . . .

Stop Worrying About The Death Of Showrooming

Physical stores may be going the way of the dinosaur, but showrooming is by no means extinct. Casey Johnston shines some light on a new online model. Might wanna try on some sunglasses…

First look at Apple’s U.S.-manufactured Mac Pro

Apple unveiled the new Mac pro at the 2013 WWDC yesterday. Here’s a first look at the cylindrical powerhouse.

Will Apple Allow Third-Party Software Keyboards In iOS 7?

Rumor has it developers will be able to program their own keyboards in the new iOS. Can it be true?

Apple’s New Promises To News Orgs

Apple announced a number of new products yesterday at the WWDC, not the least of which is iOS7. Joshua Benton breaks down the tech giant’s big day.

Soon You’ll Be Able To Read iBooks On Your Mac

iBooks are now compatible with Apple’s new Mavericks OS. Read up. Take notes.

Google Reader’s dead and gone, but Google Glass is on the case. Applied Analog is interfacing your face.

Instafeed Lets You Curate Instagram Like RSS Feeds

The new app supplements Instagram, curating your feed by topic. But are they really in sync?

WikiLeaks Is More Important Than You Think

The NSA is gleaning information off of some of the biggest players on the web. Matthew Ingram explains why having an independent leaks repository is invaluable.

Robots Will Leave Us All Jobless

Technological progress increases productivity across the board. But are those same advances costing people their jobs? Illah Nourbakhsh discusses the inconvenient truth surrounding the rise of machines.

Cops can’t figure out the latest technology in car theft, and neither can automakers. Can signal repeaters used in conjunction with keys in close proximity be the answer? Repeat . . . Police stumped.

Your Information Is Fair Game For Everyone

The U.S. government monitors our every digital move. The NSA compiles vast databases of emails, calls, and browsing history. So why does China get all the credit?

The iOS and Android Two-Horse Race: A Deeper Look into Market Share

Apple and Google have long vied for control of the mobile marketshare. Mary Ellen Gordon breaks down the race and explains the difference between devie- and app-share. Win, place, and show us the analytics.

How Facebook’s Entity Graph Evolved Into Graph Search

Harrison Weber explains how Facebook uses structured data to target users with ads so that they can target their exes. Stalkers . . .

You Won’t Finish This Article

People just don’t read like they used to. Farhad Manjoo breaks down the analytics of the ever-shortening Internet attention span. Wait . . . what?

Why Google Reader Really Got the Axe

Google sentenced its RSS reader to death. Christina Boddington outlines the deliberations, the verdict, and this particular trial’s outcome.

The Secret Worlds Inside Our Computers

Ever wonder what’s going on inside your computer? Photographer Mark Crummett employs his world lass diorama skills to open up a whole new world in his new show “Ghosts in the Machine.”

Robotic Street Sign “Points” In The Right Direction

Brooklyn’s Breakfast invented an interactive street sign. Drawing from a user interface, social media, and even RSS feeds, Points can show you the way to your heart’s desire. Now, where the hell is Wall-Drug?

Your Ego, Your Product, And The Process

Too often, our process gets mucked up on account of feelings. Cap Watkins explains how letting go and opening up during the earlier stages of design can alleviate creative pains.

The Dawn Of Voice-To-Text

Carpal tunnel got you down? As the sun sets on hand-coding, Tomasz Tunguz explains the not-so-subtle nuances of dictation, and gives his wrists a well-deserved break.

11 Years Of WWDC Banners

The world’s most popular developers’ conference sold out in two hours this year. Here’s a look at the banners from years past. Nostalgia!

Express.js And Node.js As A Prototyping Medium

Express.js and Node.js can intimidate first-timers. Fret not. Chris Webb shares a list of helpful hints to get you started and guide you along.

In-Store iPhone Screen Replacement And The Machine Making It Possible

Apple has announced a new service replacing damaged iPhone screens in-house for $149. The price is right, but what does it mean for AppleCare?

The Future of Shopping

Google takes aim at Amazon’s Prime subscription with Shopping Express. From cosmetics to toys, they deliver anything within a few hours of your order. No toilet paper? Keep your seat. They’ll be right over.

The Next Big Thing In Gesture Control

Thalmic Labs raised $14.5 million for its MYO Armband. With over 30,000 pre-orders already, the Canadian startup is poised to usher in a new era of touchless computing.

Who Is The Tesla Motors Of The Media Industry?

Some suggest that media is going the way of the American automobile. Matthew Ingram explains who’s on cruise control, and who’s bucking the motor trend.

Finding Good Ideas Through The “McDonald’s Theory”

Creative block? Try Jason Jones’s own intellectual Drano: Terrible Suggestions.

Why Are Developers Such Cheap Bastards?

Developers notoriously reject paying for necessary technology. In fact, many of them waste weeks writing their own, bug-riddled programs. But they will pay for services, like the cloud. What’s the deal?

The Banality Of “Don’t Be Evil”

Beneath Google’s do-gooder facade lies something more akin to a Heart of Darkness. The tech giant got into bed with Washington, and now they’re working together to implement the West’s next-generation, imperialist status quo. But don’t look, they’re watching.

The Straight Dope On United States vs. Apple

The publishing houses have all reached settlements, but Apple’s still on the hook. Here’s a look at the core issues driving the government’s case.

Everything You Know About Kickstarter Is Wrong

The crowd-funding site has never really been about technology, but new requirements make it even harder to raise money for gadgets. Artists aside, it’s time to look elsewhere for cash.

A Real Plan To Fix Windows 8

Microsoft’s “integrated” operating system never worked well for tablets or PCs. How InfoWorld aims to dissolve this unholy union and salvage what should be a healthy, digital relationship.

Why The Hell Does Clear For iOS Use iCloud Sync?

Milen explains why Clear and iCloud make natural bedfellows, and how they fell in with each other in the first place.

Here’s What’s Missing From iOS Now

FanGirls compiled a miscellaneous iOS wish list for all the good girls (and boys) to see. From Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to file systems and bugs, here are eight reasonable expectations for the future of iOS.

Startups, Growth, and the Rule of 72

David Lee uses Paul Graham’s essay “Startup=Growth” as a jumping off point to explain the metrics of growth. And don’t worry if you’ve lost your mathematical touch, he has too.

“Starbucks Of Weed,” Brought To You By An Ex-Microsoft Executive

Andy Cush explains how Diego Pellicer plans to become America’s first real marijuana chain. They’re looking for $10 million in investments to expand into three new states. They must be high . . .


Pirate 3D is bringing the revolution to your doorstep, and for a heck of a lot cheaper than their competitors. Their goal? Get these things out to kids and see what prints.

A Story About The Early Days Of Medium

How do you create Medium and change publishing forever? By first gaining audience with the man behind Twitter, duh. And a couple other Obvious ones . . .

Why Google Is Saying Adios To Some Of Its Most Ardent App Developers

Google is laying off its App developers in Argentina on account of a logistical banking nightmare. Really, it’s just paperwork. In a related story, interest in Google’s Internship remains underwhelming.

This Guy Screencaps Videos Of Malware At Work

Daniel White infects old hardware with contemporary viruses for educational purposes. But don’t Worry, he’s not contagious.

The Rise Of Amateurs Capturing Events

You’ve met Big Brother, now meet “Little Brother.” How the same technological developments advancing institutional surveillance are ushering in a new era of civilian watchdogs.

Three Mistakes Web Designers Make Over And Over Again

Doomed to repeat ourselves? Not so fast. Nathan Kontny shares a short list of some things he thinks to avoid.

Not So Anonymous: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Tightens Identity Requirement

Can we see some identification? Mt. Gox announces new verification procedures in response to a recent money laundering investigation into one of its competitors. And they’ve got their own legal problems, too .

The Wall Street Journal Plans A Social Network

The Wall Street Journal is working to connect everyone invested in the Dow Jones on a more private, financial network with chat. Suddenly, Bloomberg’s got some competition.

Tumblr Adds Sponsored Posts, And The Grumbles Begin

Users are responding poorly to Yahoo adding advertising to Tumblr. Can sponsored stories save the day?

Sci-Fi Short Story, Written As A Twitter Bug Report

Anonymous man’s @timebot tweets from the future, past, and present at once. But what can we learn given Twitter’s rate limits. The end is nigh.

Thoughts On Source Code Typography

Developers read code more than anyone. David Bryant Copeland argues aesthetic in addition to content, and the importance of typography and readability of source code.

Marco Arment Sells “The Magazine” To Its Editor

Glenn Fleishman to helm progressive Instapaper as early as Saturday. It’s business as usual, but with podcasts.

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report Is 117 Slides Long

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner will release her findings at the upcoming D11 conference. But you get a sneak peak…

Apple’s Block And Tackle Marketing Strategy

Tim Cook explained yesterday why there are a million different iPods, only one iPhone, and the importance of consumers’ desires and needs. But will things be different after the WWDC?

Why Almost Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

To Brian Katz, BYOD is “about ownership–nothing more and nothing less.” Why allowing people use of their own devices increases the likelihood that they will use the device productively.

Remote Cameras Are Being Used To Enforce Hospital Hand-Washing

Ever wonder if your doctors’ hands were clean? So did North Shore University Hospital. New technology sends live video of hospital employees’ hand-washing habits . . . to India.

8 Ways To Target Readership For Your Blog

Blog functionality has increased considerably in the last 10 years, but has that overcomplicated things? Here’s a list from Matt Gemmell (aka the Irate Scotsman) of ways to simplify. Your readers will thank you for it.

Pricing Your App In Three Tiers: The Challenges Of Channel Conflict

Cost- and value-based pricing may at first appear in contrast to each other, but they exist for different kinds of consumers. Tomasz Tunguz explains some solutions to justify your pricing model and maximize your profits.

How Google Is Building Internet In The Sky

Google is already using blimp and satellite technology to bring the Internet to the farthest reaches of the planet. What they really want is television’s white space, but they’ve got a fight on their hands.

You Wrote Something Great. Now Where To Post?

The writer’s landscape has changed. But with so many new options comes confusion. How do authors with something to say decide where, and to whom, they say it?

Yahoo’s Reinvention: Not Your Grandfather’s Search Engine

CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer is bucking the minimalist trends she once championed at Google. Why the Internet portal may be making a comeback.

What Works On Twitter: How To Grow Your Following

Researchers at Georgia Tech University are working to shed light on one of the Internet’s unsolved mysteries. Here are 14 statistically significant methods with which you can increase your presence on Twitter.

Financial Times Invents A Twitter Clone For News

With the launch of fastFT, Financial Times hopes to keep its readers closer than ever by providing a 100-250-word service for news. 8 journalists are now tasked with breaking the most important financial stories from all over the world.

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About the author

Matt Hartigan writes about sports technology for Co.Labs. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 where he studied English, Psychology, Fine Arts and spectatorship