Category: Business

Health Care Is Broken. Oscar Health Thinks Tech Can Fix It

In the late 1990s, two graduate students in Stanford’s computer science department set out to organize the world’s information. Shortly thereafter, a visiting scholar named Mario Schlosser arrived on campus, set on figuring out how trust could be built into...

/ August 14, 2018

Senator’s ‘final solution’: Crossbencher slammed after calling for Muslim immigration ban

Queensland crossbench senator Fraser Anning has laid out a radical immigration agenda, calling for a "final solution" plebiscite on which migrants come to Australia. The Katter's Australia Party upper house MP called for an end to Muslim immigration and a...

/ August 14, 2018

Programming Languages May Finally Be Reaching a Status Quo

Apple's programming language Swift and the Android developer favorite Kotlin are two of the fastest growing languages of all time. But that growth might be starting to slow according to a new report. The analyst firm RedMonk has tracked programmers'...

/ August 13, 2018

Abbott hits out at energy plan as ‘idiocy’

Idiocy is doing more of the same and expecting a different result and that's what the Turnbull government's nation energy plan is, former prime minister Tony Abbott argues. He also believes blackouts and electricity rationing are "routine" and the National...

/ August 13, 2018

The Creative Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

Earlier this year, Amazon successfully patented an “ultrasonic tracker of a worker’s hands to monitor performance of assigned tasks.” Eerie, yes, but far from the only creative method of employee surveillance. Upwork watches freelancers through their webcams, and a UK...

/ August 12, 2018

Is programming art…

Application development… …involves very little actual programming. Alexander Stepanov, the primary designer and implementer of the C++ Standard Template Library, relays to us that Scott Byer, the architect of Adobe Photoshop, estimates that 90% of developer efforts are dedicated to...

/ August 12, 2018

Maybe MoviePass Shouldn’t Compare Itself to Uber

On Monday, MoviePass announced yet another entirely new model for subscribers. After announcing that it would be raising prices and limiting options for users of its all-you-can-eat movie theater subscription service, they reversed course. Now, users will be able to...

/ August 10, 2018

When Twitter Engineers Speak Out, @Jack Listens

In Silicon Valley, engineers are king. Tech companies succeed or fail based on the talent of their developers, which gives those workers the leverage to shape the company culture. So when your engineers tell you there's a problem, you listen....

/ August 9, 2018

The Sinclair/Tribune Merger Is Dead. Here’s Why That Matters

A merger that would have given a conservative broadcasting company access to 73 percent of US households is now officially dead. Today, the Tribune Media Company announced that it has terminated its $3.9 billion merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group,...

/ August 9, 2018

The Strange David and Goliath Saga of Radio Frequencies

The email blast from the head of my son and daughter’s theater group relayed a frantic plea: “We need to raise $16,000 before the upcoming spring performances,” Anya Wallach, the executive director of Random Farms Kids’ Theater, in Westchester, New...

/ August 9, 2018

The Good and the Bad of .NET Framework Programming

.NET is a software development framework and ecosystem designed and supported by Microsoft to allow for easy desktop and web application engineering. It’s a popular free platform currently used for a lot of different types of applications as it provides...

/ August 9, 2018

Patreon Makes a Move as Tech Giants Encroach on Its Territory

Patreon, the membership platform that helps online creators make a living, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Memberful, another membership service that caters to larger creators including Gimlet Media and Stratechery. Though they operate in the same, growing field, Memberful...

/ August 8, 2018

When Bots Teach Themselves to Cheat

Once upon a time, a bot deep in a game of tic-tac-toe figured out that making improbable moves caused its bot opponent to crash. Smart. Also sassy. Moments when experimental bots go rogue—some would call it cheating—are not typically celebrated...

/ August 8, 2018

Magic Leap Is Remaking Itself as an Ordinary Company (With a Real Augmented-Reality Product)

In retrospect, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz realizes that all the hype was a big mistake. “I think we were arrogant,” he says. It’s nearly 11 pm on a Monday in late July, and we are in the back room...

/ August 8, 2018

Viral Political Ads May Not Be As Persuasive As You Think

When a political ad goes viral on Facebook, conventional wisdom holds that it was a success. After all, the Golden Rule of advertising in the digital age is simple: Engagement is good. It’s good for Facebook too. The more time...

/ August 7, 2018

The One Telecom Group That Actually Supports Net Neutrality

The battle lines over net neutrality are firmly drawn. On one side are internet advocacy groups, large tech companies, and most Democrats. On the other are free-market adherents, telecom companies, and most Republicans. Then there’s Charles "Chip" Pickering, a conservative...

/ August 7, 2018

Banking royal commission: ASIC to embed staff at big four banks

Corporate cops will be on the beat in local bank branches and head offices to keep the financial sector in check following revelations from the banking royal commission. Treasurer Scott Morrison has earmarked an extra $70 million for the Australian...

/ August 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia suspends flights to Canada over call to free activists

Canada has refused to back down in its defence of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa's call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. "Canada will always...

/ August 7, 2018

Facebook and YouTube Ban InfoWars but Invite New Headaches

Early Monday morning, Apple pulled several podcasts associated with notorious conspiracy theorist and protein powder peddler Alex Jones from the iTunes store. The decision opened the floodgates to a wave of suspensions that continued throughout the day. First came Facebook,...

/ August 6, 2018

Google Faces Hurdles in China Beyond Censorship

In April, the founder of multibillion dollar Chinese startup Bytedance made a striking public statement. “Our product took the wrong path, and content appeared that was incommensurate with socialist core values,” Zhang Yiming said, in a message widely distributed by...

/ August 6, 2018

We Must Be Smarter About Work & Life

How the “Gig Economy” is Changing Our Future The future of work is now. For many of us, it is already here. And a big part of that “future” is the so-called “gig economy.” For me, the “gig economy” doesn’t just refer...

/ August 5, 2018