Why Does Google Still Reward Content Scraping?

Why Does Google Still Reward Content Scraping?
View this image › On Jan. 16, The Verge published a story about the past and current state of the American arcade industry. It was nearly 8,000 words long, beautifully laid out, and accompanied by a TV-quality video documentary. On the 21st, The Huffington Post published a short post with a link to the story. It contained only a snippet of intro text, taken directly […]
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The Journalist’s New Escape Plan: Start-Ups

The Journalist’s New Escape Plan: Start-Ups
View this image › Nasdaq via Facebook, Zef Nikolla, File / AP At first glance, it all makes sense. Leave the broken, somewhat depressing world of media for the fertile and more exciting soils of a start-up. A chance to build something while old media burns to the ground. Tech’s forays into editorial ventures have seduced their fair share of well-established journalists. In 2011, Flipboard […]
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What The Tech World Looks Like To A Teen

What The Tech World Looks Like To A Teen
View this image › Via snapchat.com Josh Miller is the co-founder of Branch. This post originally appeared on Medium, and is reprinted here with the author’s permission. A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook. Both […]
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What Happened To The New Internet?

What Happened To The New Internet?
View this image › They were desperate times online, the mid-2012s. Facebook had cashed in. Twitter was sending app developers into exile. The internet had gone from noisy and irritating to suffocating and scary, at least for the web purists — the platforms were becoming megaplatforms, and they no longer belonged to the people who joined them first. This was the mind-set that gave birth […]
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Get Ready For The Great Embeddening

Get Ready For The Great Embeddening
View this image › It used to be hard work to get a video to play in a browser. A site could link directly to a video file for download, but that takes readers away from the site and out of their browsers. You could, as most sites did in the 90s and early 2000s, require one of a handful of browser plugins, such as […]
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You’re Missing Out On Something. How Does That Make You Feel?

You’re Missing Out On Something. How Does That Make You Feel?
View this image › Via meanspirited.net Last year, I was thinking of leaving my job at the New York Times. I eventually did, but before I left, a friend told me about a job opening at a small startup in San Francisco. The company had six people at the time, and was looking for someone to work on their iPhone app. I was a couple […]
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The Silent Partner

The Silent Partner
View this image › Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams and Jason Goldman accept the award for “Best Blog” on behalf of Twitter at SXSW 2007. Photo by Scott Beale. Via Flickr: laughingsquid This past January, two of Twitter’s founders appeared on Charlie Rose. After stepping back from the microblogging service — it’s now valued at $10 billion, and expected to go public this year […]
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Hacker Group Exploits Massive Security Hole In Tumblr

Hacker Group Exploits Massive Security Hole In Tumblr
It seems like the first large blog to go down this morning belonged to The Daily Dot, which helped spread the infected posts to hundreds, if not thousands, of other blogs. The posts are signed by the GNAA, a notoriously inflammatory hacker group. The target seems to have been the Tumblr Brony tag, a meeting place for fans of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. […]
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