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When Popular Science announced that it was eliminating the comments section from its website, polarized arguments ensued. It's a debate that stretches all the way back to the beginning of the web itself, but very little new ground has been covered... until now. Maria Konnikova delves into the psychology of online comments.
"While you currently need to know a word or phrase before typing it in a search engine, when 4D becomes ubiquitous you’ll simply look at an object to discover all its associated information." The future sounds exciting, right? But underneath the shiny veneer of future advances lies one of the most complex—and, to many, boring—issues of our time: privacy, identity, and the sale of both.
Amazon is one of the most mysterious companies in the modern age, largely because, instead of eyeing immediate payoffs, they tend to take the long view. This week, Derek Thompson takes a look at what the company is up to now.
Twitter, as we know, has changed more than a few things about the way we as a species communicate. Mostly, though, when we think of that disruption, we think about people- those we work with, those half a world away, and those who share our interests. But what about anonymous Twitter accounts? What, if anything, is the end game of anonymity on Twitter?
Most readers know I have a complicated relationship with Facebook. While its usefulness is apparent, the execution of the idea seems less than innocuous. Many have tried to dethrone the social networking giant (Google+, Diaspora, et. al.), but no one, as yet, has succeeded. Maybe, though, taking Facebook down requires a piece-by-piece approach.
Digital-only publications are hard (just ask The Daily), but The Magazine, an iOS-only publication, seems to be doing quite well. That may be because it displays ads and charges subscribers. Editor and publisher Glenn Fleishman explains.
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