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HAL, Not Threepio

Me, a few days ago: Once you start thinking about the implications of an AI-driven device that can both see and hear you, it becomes obvious just how primitive these devices still are. I want a C–3PO, not a alking camera fixed on my dresser that tells me if my socks and shirt match. Now that I think about it, what I really want is HAL. Show More Summary

Man Who Owns Car Company Thinks We Should Build Public Transit System for Cars

Darrell Etherington, writing for TechCrunch on Elon Musk’s (admittedly cleverly named) Boring Company: Just what does Elon Musk’s Boring Company want to accomplish? This might be our clearest picture yet — a video shown during Musk’s TEDTalk...Show More Summary

EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site From Public View After Two Decades

Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin, reporting for The Washington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information. Show More Summary

Thieves Leak First 10 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes After Netflix Refuses to Pay Ransom

Todd Spangler, reporting for Variety: An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands. Show More Summary

George Takei: ‘Internment, America’s Great Mistake’

George Takei, in an op-ed for The New York Times: I was 5 years old at the beginning of our internment in Arkansas. I remember every school morning reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, my eyes upon the stars and stripes of the flag, but...Show More Summary

Apple Halts License Payments to Qualcomm in ‘All-Out War’

Ian King, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple Inc. cut off billions of dollars in payments to Qualcomm Inc., turning a contract dispute into what one analyst called an “all-out war” that forced the chip supplier to slash forecasts given only...Show More Summary

Transcript of Lisa Jackson’s Episode of The Talk Show

Full transcript of Lisa Jackson’s interview on The Talk Show last week. In case you missed it, it’s a great episode. ?

‘I Thought It Would Be Easier’

Reuters reporters Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason, and Steve Holland: President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. Show More Summary

Sheldon Whitehouse on the Politics of Climate Change

Terrific 5-minute video from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on the politics behind the Republican Party’s stonewalling on climate change. Watch it and pass it along. (I’m surely the millionth person to make this observation, but how great would it be if he were elected president and we had a Whitehouse White House?) ?

Are Trump Voters Ruining America for All of Us?

Tom Nichols, in an op-ed for USA Today: There is a serious danger to American democracy in all this. When voters choose ill-informed grudges and diffuse resentment over the public good, a republic becomes unsustainable. The temperance...Show More Summary

‘Today at Apple’

Apple: Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectivelyShow More Summary

Animated Bézier Curves

Very cool web page by Jason Davies that interactively shows how Bézier curves work. (Via Gus Mueller.) ?

Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News

Mark Bergen, writing for Bloomberg: The Alphabet Inc. company is making a rare, sweeping change to the algorithm behind its powerful search engine to demote misleading, false and offensive articles online. Google is also setting new rules...Show More Summary

In Response to Guardian’s Irresponsible Reporting on WhatsApp

Speaking of The Guardian, it’s now the last week of April and they still haven’t issued a retraction of their grievously irresponsible story alleging a “backdoor” in WhatsApp from January. Zeynep Tufekci, in an open letter signed byShow More Summary

The Guardian Pulls Out of Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple News, but Not Google’s AMP

Jessica Davies, reporting for Digiday: A Guardian News and Media spokesperson confirmed the removal, and issued the following statement to Digiday: “We have run extensive trials on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News to assess how they fit with our editorial and commercial objectives. Show More Summary

Wikitribune: An ‘Evidence-Based’ News Site From Jimmy Wales

New ad-free news site from Jimmy Wales, with professional journalists and Wikipedia-style volunteers working side-by-side. Terrific idea, and there’s a great launch video by Sandwich Video and Kirby Ferguson that explains the concept well. ?

Here’s Why Juicero’s Press Is So Expensive

Ben Einstein has a nice tear-down of Juicero’s $399 juicer: Our usual advice to hardware founders is to focus on getting a product to market to test the core assumptions on actual target customers, and then iterate. Instead, JuiceroShow More Summary

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? Judging Apple Watch’s Success

These two facts are both true: Apple Watch sales are a rounding error compared to the iPhone, and Apple Watch is a smash hit compared to traditional watches and other wearable devices.

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