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Boy journalist. Northern Californian. @FastCompany technology editor. http://Technologizer.com founder.

Take Photos Like a War Correspondent

fastcompany.com — Anyone can take a photo: just point your camera and fire away. Taking a photo that transcends language to communicate dread, happiness, or heartache is, however, a singular talent. It requires compassion, a patient eye, and a lifetime of practice. It's a skill that Paula Bronstein has mastered.

Meet The San Francisco Startup Creating A Future For Polaroid

fastcompany.com — When I grab tea with Frederick Blackford at a little corner bar in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood, the man behind the counter overhears us talking about Polaroid. And it just puts a smile on his face. Unprompted, he explains to us that the brand that made photography instant is not a relic, but alive, well, and cool.

Facebook's Paper App for iPhone Is the Future of Facebook

time.com — Last Thursday, Face book announced that it was about to release an iPhone app called Paper. The app is now available from Apple's App Store. If you use Facebook on an iPhone, you really need to try it.

The iPad. Of 2000. As Envisioned in 1988

technologizer.com — How a bunch of college students figured out what an Apple tablet should be, twenty-two years before it existed. In the late 1980s, Apple Computer was better known for fantasizing about breakthrough products than making them. Most famously, CEO John Sculley envisioned a futuristic gizmo called the Knowledge Navigator-featuring a bowtied digital assistant-in his 1987 book Odyssey.

Amazon's New Page-Flip Feature Makes Kindle Books More Skimmable

fastcompany.com — The advantages that e-books have over their dead-tree forebears are so many and varied that I'm not going to bother detailing them here. But printed books retain numerous virtues, too. They are, for instance, wonderfully optimized for skimming: Stick your finger in as a bookmark, and you can rifle your way forward (or backward) without losing your place.

Burner's New Chatbot Is Designed To Drive Away People You Don't Want To Talk To

fastcompany.com — "When can I see u" "can't I have a cold" "I'll bring u chicken soup" "thanks I'll make a note of that" "Tomorrow night?" "sorry I'm traveling" "Just tell me when" "Do you even like me?" "I have no clue" This text-messaging conversation isn't going much of anywhere-and that's exactly the point.

Twitter's Tightrope: Keeping Current Users Happy While Adding Lots Of New Ones

fastcompany.com — In most contexts, 310 million is an impressively large number. But when it comes to Twitter-which has that many monthly active members-Wall Street sees it as a problem. That's because investors instinctively benchmark Twitter against Facebook, which has more than 1.65 billion monthly users and is still growing.

26 Billion Reasons Why Microsoft Must Beat Slack To The Future of Productivity

fastcompany.com — In an alternate universe, Microsoft wouldn't have to compete with Slack-because it would own it. In March, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft applications and services chief Qi Lu had pitched his bosses the idea of paying up to $8 billion to acquire the messaging phenom.

Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs

fastcompany.com — On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn. Now it's announcing its second acquisition of the week: For an undisclosed sum, the company has bought Wand Labs, a Silicon Valley-based startup that declares its mission is "to tear down app walls, integrate your services in chat, and make them work together so you can do more with less taps."

The Technology Behind ESPN'S Digital Transformation

fastcompany.com — ESPN CTO Aaron LaBerge is taking me on a tour of the company's newest, state-of-the-art production center at its headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, just over 100 miles from New York City.
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Jul 23, 2016

Here's the winner of the coveted @harrymccracken Comic-Con Cosplay Best of Show award. https://t.co/Fg8dBUBm1S

Jul 23, 2016

Not everyone at Comic-Con can identify my friends Nick and Julie's cosplay theme, but I know you can. https://t.co/XHjnsxIl9v

Jul 23, 2016

Robin with the Batanalyst, the Batcave's pioneering machine learning platform. https://t.co/8zCdBEL60B

Jul 23, 2016

If there are lifetime achievement awards for cosplay, this guy, whose name really is Alvin, should win one. https://t.co/6IcTGmwj8n

Jul 23, 2016

RT @HeerJeet: Trump hates Pocahontas, Pence hates Mulan. Trump/Pence 2016 is the anti-Disney ticket.

Jul 23, 2016

RT @jonathanchait: Researching Tim Kaine, stumbled across requisite incorrect @BillKristol prediction: https://t.co/94d1s1KFfK

Jul 22, 2016

Wording here leaves open the possibility she's chosen more than one, which world be kind of cool. https://t.co/tOClqIaaRY

Jul 22, 2016

@kiptw The rest of one example is in this new Plastino book.

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