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Can Free Mobile Content Survive?

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Facebook Instant Articles. Apple News powered by iAds. These are the ways that tech companies are telling us that the web is not good enough for text and images anymore, and that full native is …

The Complexity of Mobile Software

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Like most folks who work in technology, I get roped into helping non-technical friends and family out with their software woes. Though once in a while this would be a legitimately technical task (e.g., trying …

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The Unique Properties of Photos

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Another month, another great photos service. Google Photos is the latest service to one-up its competition, and there’s a lot to like about it: both the effectively unlimited storage[1] and the machine-intelligent search play to …

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Google and the Currency of Data

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As usual, the a16z podcast is full of interesting insights and commentary: For Google, Android is a Tactic and Cloud is a Strategy Benedict Evans makes the point, over and over again, that Google has …

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The Inconvenience of Ergonomics

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Put your hands out in front of you. Press your fingers on both hands against each other, and arch your palms back. Now push your fingers towards each other with moderate strength for about 10 …

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The Modularization of Microsoft

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All the interesting news coming out of Microsoft from their Build conference revolves around interoperation. Across desktop and mobile, they’re courting developers with initiatives – Visual Studio in OS X, Android apps running in Windows, …

The Logistics of Uber as a Commodity

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Uber is trying to leverage its logistics expertise in areas outside of hailing taxis. Between eating, hauling, and deliveries, it’s trying to apply the same algorithms and systems across a wide assortment of services even …

Accounting for Autonomous Failure

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This tweet came across my timeline today on what an extremely automated road network could look like, with autonomous cars self-navigating through busy intersection: Looks impressive to the naked eye, doesn’t it? Square colleague and …