Editorials

TechWeek 2015 – Advertising on Mobile is a Challenge

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There were a number of great and informational talks about a wide variety of topics, and with the massive expansion of mobile over the last few years, there was naturally a talk on the platform—specifically about advertising on mobile. “How to win at mobile” – Beth Kindig Mobile is a growing industry, especially when it comes to advertising. By 2016, ... Read More »

The Reddit Revolt Shows How Broken Reddit Is

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The #RedditRevolt, #TheDarkening, AMAgeddon, Blackout 2015. Whatever you call it, there has been a storm raging over at Reddit over the last day. If you slept through the drama, you can read our news write up here (and the followup here), but I’ll give you the cliff notes. Victoria Taylor was a popular Reddit employee whose main job was coordinating AMAs (Ask ... Read More »

The Anti-Harassment Tool Couldn’t Save Him

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A man was “harassed” off Twitter last week. That isn’t a story, because there are plenty of examples of people, men and women, getting “harassed” off Twitter, and their oft-spectacular exits don’t warrant entire articles about them. Read More »

Deep Web, A Film About Ross Ulbricht And The Silk Road

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On Friday the 29th of May, Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison. His crime was masterminding the online drug marketplace known as the Silk Road. To quote his mother, the sentence seemed “draconian,” causing observers to wonder just how it was possible for someone who had not been charged, let alone convicted, of anything resembling a capital offense ... Read More »

This Week in Kickstarter – Week of June 28

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Welcome back to This Week in Kickstarter! This week, we’ve got conquest on ancient battlefields, Cold War Cthulhu, and lightsabers! Mare Nostrum – Empires Latin for “Our Sea,” lead your Empire to victory! In Mare Nostrum, players will lead their empires to victory and glory. Players choose leaders from history and raise their respective provinces. Different provinces have different resources available. ... Read More »

This Week in Kickstarter – Week of June 14

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This Week in Kickstarter, we’ve got a nightmarishly happy town, sail through space on the light of the sun, and a water bottle that uses Bluetooth! The Model 01: an heirloom-grade keyboard for serious typists A keyboard that’s not what you’d expect. The Model 01 is a unique keyboard with a butterfly shape that contorts to the shape of your ... Read More »

Hands on with Virtual Reality

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There has been a rather large surge in interest in Virtual Reality (VR) this year. Talking to marketers, developers, publishers and VR fans alike, 2015 is being thought of as the make or break year for VR. With the release of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift soon on the horizon, people involved in the VR industry are trying ... Read More »

Piracy and Morality — To Share or Not To Share

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That is the question… If you’ve heard the word “Napster” in the past decade, then you know it’s become irrevocably associated with the systematic destruction of the entertainment industry. The claims about torrenting ruining the financial state of the entertainment industry echo the sentiment expressed by Jack Valenti when he said before a court in 1982, “I say to you that the ... Read More »

Reddit’s Banhammer Crackdown

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Censorship is a tricky subject. On one hand, there are some heinous things we’re exposed to on a daily basis that we wish we weren’t. On the other, it’s kind of the selling point of a free country.  However, people mistake free speech given to them via the government for what others are allowed to do privately. CEO Ellen Pao of ... Read More »