Gruber: Google makes a lot of software with terrible user experiences for users who have poor taste.
Source » Anil Dash for anildash.com: The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do.… With billions of people using the major social platforms, and the people who remember
Source » Maciej Ceglowski for Idle Words: [T]he giant tech companies can make a credible claim to be the defenders of privacy, just like a dragon can truthfully boast that it is good at protecting its hoard of gold. Nobody
Source » Jack Nicas for The Times: They all tell a similar story: They ran apps that helped people limit the time they and their children spent on iPhones. Then Apple created its own screen-time tracker. And then Apple made staying
Source » Great Newsweek (remember that?) article from 1995 on all the ways the Internet is an overblown fad. Unsurprisingly, the author got so much wrong: Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of
Source » Nat Eliason on “the destructive switch from search to social:” You don’t go to Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, or Instagram because you’re looking for something, rather, you want to see what it has found for you. On the
Source » Tim Cook in an interview with David Rubenstein: I realized that if couldn’t get something done, I could just go to the nearest mirror, and look at it, and that was the reason. This might be my favorite
Choosing to be tech-wise with your kids Before I got my driver’s license, my dad scratched out a hand-written contract (of sorts) that outlined what I committed to doing and not doing behind the wheel. Writing and cutting/pasting
Source » New York Magazine interviews Internet company founders and leaders in its Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It: There have always been outsiders who criticized the tech industry — even if their concerns have been drowned out
Source » Andrew Marantz for The New Yorker: “More than anything, I want Reddit to heal, and I want our country to heal.” Implicit in his [Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit] apology was a set of questions, perhaps the central questions
Source » James Vincent for The Verge: Amazon’s drone delivery program stopped being a joke a while ago, but the company still has to overcome serious challenges to make the technology actually work. One of these is getting drones near
Source » Liz Gumbinner on teaching kids about email: When I finally broke down and got my daughter an email account (all my friends have one! actually does work sometimes) we had the long, requisite discussions about safety, etiquette, and responsibility.
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