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Friday Tab Dump for Dec. 21

Friday tab dump

Ira Glass + Alex Blumberg = đź’– [podcast]This was a great episode of Blumberg's Without Fail podcast.

"On this episode, Alex sits down with his mentor and former boss to talk about the early days at This American Life, what Ira taught Alex, and how being a good boss means learning to set people free."

The virtual reality dream is dying [the outline]Aw.

"We were promised better worlds, and all we got was this lousy headset."

The problem with studies saying phones are bad for you [the verge]I consciously try to avoid cognitive bandwagons — both techno-utopianism and people who say everything is getting worse and x technology will end civilization. Like most things, the truth lies somewhere in between.Anyway, turns out those studies that say smart phones are bad for you typically rely on participants' self-reports of how often they use their phones, which is a really bad way to collect survey data.What comes after LaCroix? [the new yorker]This one hit home for me and is just brilliantly written.

"Several weeks ago, a New York fitness startup, Aaptiv, installed a new, high-tech water cooler in its downtown offices. The five-foot-tall, Internet-connected contraption dispenses still or sparkling water, and still or sparkling flavored water, with hints of fruits and vegetables. In other words, it’s LaCroix on tap. Before the machine arrived, Aaptiv had been swept up in the same post-cola craze that turned the sparkling-with-a-hint-of-pamplemousse beverage, beloved by Midwestern moms, into a pop-culture icon, referenced in Halloween costumes and T-shirts demanding that girls choose 'LaCroixs Over Boys.'"

As Facebook raised a privacy wall, it carved an opening for tech giants [nyt]Fuck facebook.

"Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.

"The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier."

Is astrology bullshit? The answer will shock you. From Slate's The Gist podcast.


December 21, 2018


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