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The Creators of Siri Are Releasing a New AI Next Week
May 5th, 2016 by Gizmodo
Although you might associate Siri with Apple, that particular pocket assistant wasn’t born in Cupertino. In fact, Siri was an independent app before its acquisition by Apple in 2010, and now its founders are back with a new and improved version, “Viv.” According to a report in the Washington Post, two of Siri’s founders...

How May the 4th Became Star Wars Day
May 4th, 2016 by The Verge
If you’ve been on the internet anytime in the last five years, you’re no doubt aware of the Star Wars brand free-for-all that is today, May 4th. Dubbed Star Wars Day, it’s a time for fans to celebrate their love for the biggest movie series of all time — and for cartoon bears to dress up as Rebel princesses in an awkward attempt to sell...
BuzzFeed is Building a Video Empire on Food Porn
May 3rd, 2016 by Digiday
BuzzFeed’s Tasty video channel hasn’t just become a model for other food publishers (not to mention parodies), but for BuzzFeed itself. Less than a year after it launched with an experimental recipe video, Tasty has become the driver of video views at the company, with 53.6 million likes (its rapid ascent made it look like...)
Carrot and Stick: How Ars Technica Cut Its Ad-Block Rate from 40% to 25%
May 2nd, 2016 by Digiday
For Condé Nast-owned tech site Ars Technica ad blocking isn’t new: It has been dealing with the issue for more than a decade. The digital media brand was in a position where ad-blocking rates had reached as high as 40 percent around five years ago. Now it has beaten that figure down to 20-25 percent by deploying what’s increasingly become the standard mix of approaches...
Are Chatbots Really The Future Of Web Design?
May 2nd, 2016 by Fast Company
Adrian Zumbrunnen was terrified of what conversational interfaces meant for him as a UX designer. "The conversational interface is scary," he says. "Will I still have a place in this industry when pushing pixels around is no longer the thing that designers do?" So Zumbrunnen decided to confront his fear head on. He redesigned his personal website so that it ran off a Quartz-style chatbot.
Twitter Now Bills Itself a News App, Not a Social Network
April 29th, 2016 by Digiday
Eagle-eyed Twitter users have noticed that it’s now categorizing itself very differently in the Apple App Store. In an update yesterday, Twitter now sits in the News category rather than Social Networking. The move shifts it away from its competitors like Facebook, Snapchat and Kik.
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