Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run

 It’s been pretty easy to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated sigh. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and though ending on a bit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percent — which, by Twitter terms, is… Read More

Hyperscale data centers reached over 390 worldwide in 2017

 Hyperscale operators are defined as enormous companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that need to provide computing on a massive scale. You would think that there would be a limited number of this type of highly specialized data center, but recent research from Synergy Research found that 2017 was actually a breakout year for new hyperscale data centers across the world — with… Read More

Automating your life on this week’s episode of CTRL+T

 People are lazy. Well, let me speak for myself. I am lazy. So it’s no wonder why on this week’s episode of CTRL+T, I was drawn to some news items that touched on home assistants and personal assistants for when you’re out in the wild. Amazon’s Echo Dot was the top-selling product on all of Amazon this holiday season and startup Fin recently launched its human/AI… Read More

Open Thread with 2017 in the rearview

“Yo! 1 and 1. Haha! Kids Bop!”

Such was the opening to a terrible song on a Kids Bop CD from 5 or 6 years ago that is still one of those things one cannot unhear. That’s kind of like 2017. I can’t undo the time I was laid off, or the two bouts of pancreatitis, or any of that other pain. Instead, I’m going to try and forget it all and welcome in 2018 with some crab legs and football and this game I started playing on my phone the other week.

So, I’m sure a lot of you are looking forward in time, and maybe backward in time, too. Resolutions. “Regerts” tattoos. Good times and bad. Let’s share in each other miseries and joys down in the comments below.

A digitizing David takes on photo-scanning Goliath

 Mitch Goldstone loves photo scanning. His business, ScanMyPhotos, does what it says on the tin: you send photos to the company and, using high speed scanners and special software, his team digitizes your photos, sticks them onto a USB key or online, and sends them back.
He is proud of his business. Thanks to his scanners he’s helped users save their photos from tornadoes, floods, and theft. Read More

Historian Leslie Berlin talks about the rise of Silicon Valley

 In this week’s episode of Technotopia I spoke to author and historian Leslie Berlin, writer of Troublemakers: Silicon Valleys’ Coming Of Age. Berlin is the Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University and one of the few people who can see the entire rise of SV tech culture from a researcher’s perspective.

Berlin’s book is quirky, fun, and… Read More

The U.S. needs to create civic social networks

 I have no doubt that the same great minds who are actively driving new platforms for commerce and engagement can formulate a new product (or adapt an existing one) that allows elected officials to engage the American people in a civic environment without paid ads and political spending. Read More

AWS showed no signs of slowing down in 2017

 AWS had a successful year by any measure. The company continued to behave like a startup with the kind of energy and momentum to invest in new areas not usually seen in an incumbent with a significant marketshare lead. How good a year was it? According to numbers from Synergy Research, the company remains the category leader by far with around 35 percent marketshare. Microsoft sits well behind… Read More

China Is the New Hollywood, Director Says

Big-budget director Renny Harlin, known for films such as „Die Hard 2“ and „Cliffhanger,“ has left Hollywood behind to work in China, the world’s fastest-growing movie market. In this video, he talks to the WSJ’s Daniel Epstein about his experience.

President Obama warns against getting ‘cocooned’ in bias via social media

 Former President Barack Obama sat down with the UK’s Prince Harry for an extended and far-ranging interview with the BBC this week, and their conversation touched on social media, the use thereof, and Obama’s take on what the current state of social media means for human discourse. The full interview covers a lot of ground, but the breakouts regarding social media include an… Read More

HQ Trivia arrives on Android in Canada in beta

 App-based trivia sensation HQ Trivia is on its way to Android, as the company previously revealed, but a special group of users can access it right now — Canadians. The app is now live in the Canadian Google Play Store, though it’s an “Unreleased” beta version of the live trivia game (via MobileSyrup). HQ Trivia debuted on iOS earlier this year, featuring a twice… Read More

Apple devices again saw the most activations during the holidays

 Apple devices accounted for 44 percent of smartphone and tablet activations over the holidays, with nearly a third of those coming from new devices including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, according to new data from Flurry Analytics out this morning. However, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 actually took the top two spots in terms of Apple activations, at 15.1 percent and 14.9 percent… Read More

Library of Congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer character limits

 The Library of Congress announced today that it will no longer add every public tweet to its archives, an ambitious project it launched seven years ago. It cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as Twitter’s decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280. Instead, starting on Jan. 1, the Library will be more selective about what tweets to preserve, a… Read More

HQ Trivia is coming soon to Android

 HQ Trivia is letting Android users pre-register for the live-streamed trivia game built by the makers of Vine, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. Pre-registering means you’ll get notified the moment HQ Trivia is available for download. HQ, which opened up pre-registration on December 24, had previously marketed its Android app as being available “this Christmas.” Read More

This company will self-destruct after its ICO

 Two opposing fears are holding back the move to token-networks: a fear of the absence of governance on one side and a fear of regulation on the other. There is, however, a solution to both of these contradictory concerns when it comes to company creation in the token era. Read More

Julian Assange’s Twitter account goes offline, returns

 It’s a Christmas miracle of sorts. Julian Assange’s Twitter account disappeared from the site, returned, and now there’s a bouncing baby Corgi up top. The account appears to have gone offline around 7:00/8:00PM ET on Christmas Eve, a silent night for the Wikileaks founder. Attempts to access the page overnight were met with a “Sorry, that page doesn’t… Read More

Our Best of 2017

From an unexpected love story, to a tale of war, loss and love. We’ve chosen some of the best work of the year to share with you. Photo: George Downs, Heather Seidel, Rob Libetti, Goski Family.