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Why We Stopped Using the Word ‘Authentic’
January 24th, 2017 by Contently
Every night, when I come home from work, I walk by a little billboard in the Hoboken PATH station that makes me gnash my teeth. It’s an ad for a yoga studio. I’ve seen two variations, one for men and one for women. The billboard meant for women contains 15 words of copy: “I am a sister. I am a runner. I am authentic. I do hot yoga.” The sign reads like a parody of the worst kind...

The @POTUS Transition Didn't Go So Smoothly for Twitter
January 23rd, 2017 by The Verge
When the official presidential Twitter handle changed hands yesterday, a number of users began to notice that they were following the account, even if they hadn’t followed it or had recently unfollowed it. According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, when the accounts were transitioned from one to the other...
Apple and Amazon End Decade-long Audiobook Exclusivity Deal
January 20th, 2017 by The Verge
Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes. The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003, but came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European...
The Unexpected Design Challenge Behind Slack's New Threaded Conversations
January 19th, 2017 by Fast Company
At first blush, threaded conversations sound like one of the most thoroughly mundane features a messaging app could introduce. After all, the idea of neatly bundling up a specific message and its replies in one place—rather than weaving them willy-nilly with unrelated items—has been around since the days of dial-up bulletin boards. In one form or another, it's present in Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and innumerable other places where people communicate with each other. But when Slack's users started asking...
The Evolution of Data Journalism
January 17th, 2017 by Contently
In the 19th century, the streets of New York City proved to be the perfect incubator for cholera. The disease made its debut during the summer of 1832, when 3,000 New Yorkers died within a few weeks. By 1849, more than 5,000 deaths could be traced back to cholera, becoming a full-blown epidemic.
The Eye in the Sky Gets a Brain That Knows What It's Seeing
January 17th, 2017 by Fast Company
A hurricane hits a shore town. What is the estimated property damage? A city is doing an inventory of trees. How many are there? An aid group is trying to get food to an impoverished rural population. What's the best location to make a drop? Answering those and myriad other questions about our planet usually takes painstaking boots-on-the ground work.
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