- Dear America, I saw you naked: Confessions of a TSA Screener. [Politico Magazine]
- Is social networking making us stupid? [Phys.org]
- Photos become ads with new technology. [The New York Times Bits Blog]
- 10 stubborn sex myths that won’t die, debunked. [After Hours Lifehacker]
- Monetizing Snapchat. [Shubham Datta]
- “We don’t read newspapers, because journalism is so boring” Adam Curtis. [New Statesman]
- Feel the noise: how brain processes sensory information. [Virginia Hughes]
- The Godfather Part 2, 40 years later is still awesome. [John Patterson]
- TED needs a better curator. [John Hawks]
- Should Venture Capital fund game companies. [Mitch Lasky]
- Sorry Biz, Jelly isn’t really my jam. [Sarah Lacy]
- Dating in the expanded field. [The New Inquiry]
- Kids for Cash: A shocking juvenile justice scandal. [Democracy Now]
- Life, Death, Privacy & the Internet. Anonymity from the front line. [Kevin Abosch]
- Vente Privee seeks $11 billion in revenues with flash sales online [Bloomberg]
- Which Internet stock is most overvalued? [The New Yorker]
- Drones are out of control. [Bloomberg]
- Is social networking making us stupid? [Phys.org]
- Who says libraries are going extinct? [Pacific Standard]
- Physicists discover geometry underlying particle physics. [Natalie Wolchover]
After flying for nearly 22 hours, I am in Delhi dealing with a monster jetlag. Of course, the only thing you can do when you can’t sleep is get on the Internet, and even though my parents’ broadband connection is barely nudging 200 kbps, I am glad to have a connection for my iPad.
It has been amazing to follow the news of Satya Nadella being named Microsoft’s chief executive. I have had an opportunity to get to know Satya over past few years, and it is safe to say that Microsoft has made a smart choice. Satya has a very clear idea of Microsoft’s strengths and challenges. He is not prone to making bombastic statements and often errs on the side of caution in his public speaking.
I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning– Satya Nadella in his first official memo as CEO
Today, long time Apple observer John Gruber writes the most astute of all posts on Microsoft’s past, present and future. Gruber’s summary of Microsoft is the core thesis of Gigaom’s editorial mission. Most of us make the mistake of looking at the world in vertical silos — devices, mobile, cloud, data and experiences. In the end they are all part of the same “connected” experience, a future where network connection is as important as the hardware and software.
If Microsoft embraces that ideology and let go of being married to just a singular operating environment, the company has a bright future. Nadella is the man to lead that charge. Good Luck Satya!
* My interview with Satya Nadella.
* A video of my conversation with Satya Nadella at Le Web, 2013.
* A conversation with Emily Chang of Bloomberg West about why Satya is the right choice for the company.
Being a big fan of the band, I am super-excited to hear that they are coming out with a new album, Saudade, that will be released on April 1, 2014. All the vocalists on this album are women who have been on previous Thievery Corp albums. That alone is a great reason to buy this album.
This album is really about mine and Eric’s love of bossa nova music and jazz and cinematic soundtrack music from the late ’60s and early ’70s — Rob Garza in conversation with the Wall Street Journal.
Shana Halligan, ex-Bitter:Sweet sings “Depth of My Soul,” a single which is from the new album, Saudade. She, is one of my favorite singers and The Mating Game is on top ten album desert island disc list.
I was listening to the track and I imagined her voice on it. It was kind of a last-minute sketch and we decided to give her a call and see if she could record the vocals. There’s a lot of hidden meanings in the song for me. It’s kind of inspired by love, but it’s also inspired by psychedelic moments musically from all types of soundtracks. I appreciate a lot of films from that era, just the look, the stylings, the locations, everything — Rob Garza tells the Wall Street Journal.
- Why is the US a decade behind Europe on “chip and pin” cards? [Heather Long]
- The Mac birthday video should inspire everyone: including Apple. [Ken Segall]
- (CMS Maker) Squarespace is a quiet success story. [Miguel Helft]
- The California Droughts & mainstream media. [Charlie Petit]
- My Dirty Stream (Hudson River) and Pete Seeger. [Michelle Nijhuis]
- Sparse, a design driven startup making bike lighting system tells its story, 2 years in. [Colin Owen]
- Could Watson and Siri love like Her’s Samantha? [Jessie Hempel]
- The cognitive dissonance of the One Percent. [Andrew Sullivan]
- The real State of the Union. [Lambert Strether]
- There are no accidents (and accidental audiences.) [Rob Horning]
The problem is that long doesn’t mean good — it just doesn’t look like most of the junk. – Marco Arment
Jonathan Mahler in the New York Times, James Bennet in The Atlantic and Marco on his blog are bringing up issues that I I first wrote about last summer. As a good editor once taught me — if you can say it in a 1000 words, you can say it smarter, better in 500 words. And save your readers some time in the process.