The web economy will chopshop the car industry

A few news stories make it clear that the venerable automobile industry is going to wind up sliced, diced, and consumed by the new economics and technologies of the web, and in short order. Ford has announced that it’s working with Amazon to integrate the Alexa virtual assistant service that runs on the Echo smart speaker and… Continue reading The web economy will chopshop the car industry

The headset cometh: A virtual reality content primer

When we talk about VR, we tend to talk in broad strokes. “Experiences,” we call them, as if that term is somehow covers and conveys the depth and disparity that exists between gaming, watching, and interacting with VR content. The reality of virtual reality, however, is not so easily categorized or described. VR content is… Continue reading The headset cometh: A virtual reality content primer

Twitter flip-flops on Politwoops (again)

Twitter has reversed its decision to bar Politwoops, a service which collects and preserves deleted tweets from public officials, from using the public Twitter API. “Today we’re pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with The Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation around Politwoops,” the company said. “We look forward to continuing our… Continue reading Twitter flip-flops on Politwoops (again)

Facebook’s free Internet service stumbles in Egypt

Facebook just can’t give the Internet away. A week after Indian regulators halted the company’s Free Basics program, which provides free access to select online services by partnering with local telecoms, the Associated Press reported that the program has also been halted in Egypt. Free Basics is part of the Internet.org initiative Facebook created to provide… Continue reading Facebook’s free Internet service stumbles in Egypt

What to expect from social companies in 2016

Social networks are in a time of upheaval. Established players are experimenting with new services to maintain their relevance, upstart messaging companies are doing their damnedest to knock incumbents off their thrones, and people have more options than ever before when it comes to connecting with other humans. Below I’ve tried to think up some… Continue reading What to expect from social companies in 2016

Twitter continues anti-abuse campaign with updated rules

Twitter has made changes to the “Twitter Rules” that dictate how people are allowed to use its service as part of its efforts to curb abuse on the platform. Former chief executive Dick Costolo recognized Twitter’s abuse problem in February. Since then, the company has devoted more staff to moderating its service, introduced new harassment… Continue reading Twitter continues anti-abuse campaign with updated rules

Indoor farming: Good for cannabis, not so good for food

Marijuana is a natural candidate for experimentation — and not just the kind that leaves New York Times columnists in hallucinatory states for eight hours. Because it’s often grown indoors, and growing it legally is just becoming legal in a few states around the country, the plant is almost begging to be messed with. And, if those… Continue reading Indoor farming: Good for cannabis, not so good for food