“The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.”
“Facebook has become so central to how people communicate, and it has so much market power, that it’s essentially immune to market signals.”
“In a world where social media is the pre-eminent news conduit, ‘If it’s outrageous, it’s contagious’ is the new ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’”
“Tinder is often compared to a bar full of singles, but it’s more like a bar full of single people chosen for me while studying my behaviour, reading my diary and with new people constantly selected based on my live reactions.”
“It’s like ‘The Amazing Race.’ You’ve got this cast of characters running toward the Holy Grail.”
“Soon enough, Marxist Juggalo memes popped up on the Facebook page for the march, and swathes of Twitter leftists swapped their online avatars for versions with the classic black-and-white Juggalo face paint.”
“Calling your company Bodega is just inviting criticism. (At least have the decency to remove a couple vowels like a real start-up!) It’s also revealing, in the way it shows off Silicon Valley’s worst tendencies to attack existing businesses with a glibness that belies the actual harm its cash-flush dreams of disruption can do to real humans.”
“The decision highlights one of the most innovative aspects of owning a Tesla. The company’s ability to use software to instantly add range to a vehicle is something no conventional car can achieve. You can’t simply make a gas tank bigger at the click of a button.
As Hurricane Irma bore down, Tesla gave some Florida drivers more battery juice.
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
“Pornhub, the largest pornography site on the internet, said its US traffic ‘plummeted to some of the lowest levels we’ve seen in years.’ From 1-2pm ET on Monday, when the eclipse was near or at its peak in many parts of the country, traffic was down 54% from an average day in the US state of Wyoming, for example, where Pornhub saw the steepest declines. There were also sharp drops in traffic in Nebraska (-42%), Idaho (-40%), and Oregon (-39%) during that time.”
“I barely recognized myself. I had turned into a trophy wife — and I sucked at it. I wasn’t detail-oriented enough to maintain a perfect house or be a perfect hostess. I could no longer hide my boredom when the men talked and the women smiled and listened. I wasn’t interested in Botox or makeup or reducing the appearance of the scars from my C-sections. And no matter how many highlights I got, Elon pushed me to be blonder. ‘Go platinum,’ he kept saying, and I kept refusing.”
“Instant Pickup puts Amazon in competition with vending machine services.”
“Amazon did not meet earnings expectations of $1.42 per share, not even close. … Investors would normally be angry over such a miss. Instead the market mostly shrugged. …
Why are these weird things happening? Perhaps because the market has finally started to regard Amazon as a monopoly.
“The question now is what do we do with this abundance of power? Everyone has been empowered — from nation states to corporations to 12-year-old hackers to intelligence agencies. But we haven’t figured out what the restraints are that we need to impose on ourselves, legally and even morally.”
“The internet has been an incredible boon to mankind, both in terms of our liberties and also in terms of our productivity. But we’ve taken it for granted. … We’ve got to stop taking it for granted, because the internet doesn’t obey fixed laws. There’s no gravity in cyberspace except the gravity that we say exists.”