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Neil Cybart: ‘Apple Doesn’t Need to Buy Netflix’

Speaking of Neil Cybart, his public column this week is a great read: Calls for Apple to buy Netflix are getting louder. Instead of evaluating whether Apple should buy Netflix, a more valuable question is whether or not Apple actually needs to buy Netflix to accomplish its goals. Show More Summary

From the Department of ‘Other Than That, How Did You Enjoy the Play, Mrs. Lincoln?’

Wirecutter headphone editor Laura Dragan, in The New York Times’s “Ask the Wirecutter” column: Why aren’t the new Apple cordless earbuds on the list? Ah, the AirPods. The current working term for those kinds of headphones is “true wireless.”...Show More Summary

Alphabet Subsidiary Waymo Files Suit Against Uber, Accuses Former Employee With Theft of Trade Secrets

Waymo: We found that six weeks before his resignation this former employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. Show More Summary

Netflix Buys Worldwide Rights to Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’, Starring Robert De Niro

Dave McNary, reporting for Variety: Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro. Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire. “The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Show More Summary

Maciej Ceglowski: ‘Social Media Needs a Travel Mode’

Maciej Ceglowski: We need a ‘trip mode’ for social media sites that reduces our contact list and history to a minimal subset of what the site normally offers. Not only would such a feature protect people forced to give their passwords...Show More Summary

Video Pros Moving From Mac to Windows for High-End GPUs

Marco Solorio, writing for One River Media: But as good as that juiced up Mac Pro Tower is today, I know at some point, the time will have to come to an end, simply because Apple hasn’t built a PCIe-based system in many years now. As...Show More Summary

Castro 2.3

Nice update to another great indie podcast player. The custom notifications for new episode triage look like a great idea. ?

Apple’s New Campus Has a Name: Apple Park

Apple: Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer. Show More Summary

Joanna Stern on Why Digital Assistants Tend to Have Female Voices

Joanna Stern, writing for The Wall Street Journal: You get the point: The virtual assistants popping up in our lives sound overwhelmingly female. “I’m female in character,” Amazon’s Alexa responds if you ask her if she is a woman. In...Show More Summary

[Sponsor] Mac Private Clouds From MacStadium

It’s time to get your Mac infrastructure out of the office closet and into the hands of the experts. Some of the biggest companies in the world use MacStadium for their agile software development needs. With three worldwide locations, and the ability to scale infinitely, it’s the AWS-like service for iOS and macOS. Show More Summary

Squarespace Domains

My thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. When it comes to your craft, you’re the expert. With Squarespace’s designer templates and easy-to-use interface, you can create a website that brings out the best in what you’re passionate about. Show More Summary

Overcast 3: Design Walkthrough

Marco Arment just released version 3.0 of his iOS podcast player, Overcast, and here he documents all of the significant UI changes. I have two high-level takeaways: This is a terrific update. A lot has changed, and I think every single one of the changes is for the better. Show More Summary

Just 4 Miles From Center City Philadelphia, a Heroin Hellscape Hidden in Plain Sight

Eye-opening report by Stephanie Farr and Sam Wood for The Philadelphia Inquirer: Along a half-mile gorge cut by a Conrail line that runs through Kensington and Fairhill, tens of thousands of used syringes and heir tossed off orange caps cover the sloping ground like a plague of locusts. Show More Summary

How Is the New York Times Really Doing?

Om Malik: Wired magazine recently published, Keeping Up with the Times, a story about the New York Times and its slow & painful transition o a digital first publication. “It’s to transform the Times’ digital subscriptions into the main...Show More Summary

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says the Company Has Hired Former Attorney General Eric Holder to Probe Allegations of Sexism

Travis Kalanick, in a company-wide memo leaked to Kara Swisher: First, Eric Holder, former US Attorney General under President Obama, and Tammy Albarran — both partners at the leading law firm Covington & Burling — will conduct an independent...Show More Summary

ZTE Is Shutting Down Its Failed Hawkeye Phone Kickstarter Campaign

Ashley Carman, writing for The Verge: After a month and a half of letting its Hawkeye phone flounder on Kickstarter, ZTE is finally ending the campaign. It received $36,245 out of its $500,000 funding goal. In a post on the Kickstarter...Show More Summary

ANSI Standard K100.1-1974: Safety Code and Requirements for Dry Martinis (PDF)

Most interesting thing I learned over the weekend: there’s a delightful ANSI standard for dry martinis — 16 to 1 ratio of gin to vermouth. (Thanks to Jim Lipsey.) ?

Susan J. Fowler on Uber’s Institutional Support for Sexual Harassment

Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at Stripe, on her year at Uber: Uber was a pretty good-sized company at that time, and I had pretty standard expectations of how they would handle situations like this. I expected that I would reportShow More Summary

? The World’s Worst Cocktail: The Alexa Martini

“I don’t know, go check Wikipedia” is a much better response than a wrong answer.

David Wondrich: ‘Why I Hate Barstools and You Should, Too’

David Wondrich, writing for The Daily Beast: I hate barstools. OK, let me amend that. I like them well enough at 2:15 on a Tuesday afternoon, when you can pull one up, lay a stack of bills on the bar and let the afternoon pad away on quiet cat feet of jukebox C&W and Crown Royal. But when 6:30 p.m. Show More Summary

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