At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL. — (via Mental Floss)
Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13. — (via Mental Floss)
The Top of America: TIME’s stunning GigaPan from 1 World Trade Center.
This is what Twitter was made for (via @karalee)
Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity. — Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths | Wired (via futuristgerd)
Ellen Breaks Most-Retweeted Record With All-Star Selfie At Oscars: Until now, the most retweeted tweet was when Barack Obama was re-elected, earning over 781,000 retweets. Ellen’s tweet has over 2.6 million retweets.
New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings - NYTimes.com
Labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly … “It’s an amazing transformation,” said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the F.D.A. “Things like the size of a muffin have changed so dramatically. It is important that the information on the nutrition fact labels reflect the realities in the world today.”
Breather [is] “a network of beautiful city spaces that you can unlock at any time.” Kind of like that dream where your apartment has an extra secret room you never knew about? Sort of. Think of it as a Zipcar for NYC apartments.
Donut Philosophy (via @schwartzj2)
1977: “What the Heck is Electronic Mail?”
Sprinklr’s salespeople should stick to sales. (via Valleywag)
The big question is: What do we do if and when our old mechanisms for coping with inequality break down? If the “endowment of human capital” with which people are born gets less and less valuable, we’ll get closer and closer to that Econ 101 example of a world in which the capital owners get everything. A society with cheap robot labor would be an incredibly prosperous one, but we will need to find some way for the vast majority of human beings to share in that prosperity, or we risk the kinds of dystopian outcomes that now exist only in science fiction. — The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots - The Atlantic (via futuristgerd)
Without mobile, it doesn’t matter how much money Facebook has. If you’re asking whether Zuckerberg paid too much for WhatsApp, you’re asking the wrong question. Zuckerberg is sending a message, here, that Facebook will never stop in its attempt to dominate mobile — that no amount of money is too much. — Felix Salmon (via sippey)
An incredible political and economic experiment is playing out within San Francisco and its metropolitan area. The tech boom and the hyper-gentrification associated with it are testing the resolve and character of the city in a way the city or any other major American city has never experienced…
We could end up witnessing a San Francisco that reflexively tightens up its tenant protections and votes overwhelmingly against condominium development projects… On the other end, the city could become a Manhattan-esque playground for the rich of haute cafes that serve $4 toast, a place where community development centers get evicted and replaced by fusion restaurants catering to the whims of the latest food trends. — San Francisco’s rightward turn: Why it may no longer be America’s iconic liberal city - Salon.com