In Silicon Valley, over the past year, one of the most talked-about advances in technology hasn't been the latest Apple Watch, DJI's fancy drones, or Uber's impressive driverless cars. Instead, the Valley has been consumed by the question of whether our entire existence as human beings is actually a computer algorithm, and that we-all of us-are living in a simulation.
Maya Kosoff : Welcome back to another segment of Valley Talk! There's much to discuss, so let's just start with the elephant in the room (or the small silhouette of a blue bird, as it were). Twitter is suddenly up for sale, but what's not immediately clear is who is really buying.
'At the moment, I'm completely absorbed with end-of-year projects at school," the e-mail read. It was 2012, and I was working on an article about an innovative new app that was being used by a handful of high-school students in Los Angeles.
This remembrance of David Carr first appeared on Medium and is used here with permission. Over the last decade David Carr poured buckets of advice on me. He counseled me through my first and second book. Helped me find a hidden path in The New York Times to become a columnist.
The first real offer for Twitter came in 2007, when Yahoo tried to buy the nascent social network for a then-whopping $12 million. In 2008, on the eve of that year's presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg upped the ante by offering a few hundred million for the company that he would later refer to as a "clown car that drove into a gold mine and fell in."
DVN'S FAVORITE READ: How Elizabeth Holmes' House of Cards Came Tumbling Down| Nick Bilton's riveting reconstruct of the fall from grace of Elizabeth Holmes's secrecy-obsessed biotech start-up, Theranos, trains the well-deserved spotlight on The Wall Street Journal's indefatigable health-care reporter John Carreyrou.
Welcome back to another segment of Valley Talk! O.K., first things first: we have to talk about Theranos. It's been almost a year since John Carreyrou broke his now-famous initial story about Theranos, shattering a lot of unchallenged assertions about the success of the company's technology.
In a searing investigation into the once lauded biotech start-up Theranos, Nick Bilton discovers that its precocious founder defied medical experts-even her own chief scientist-about the veracity of its now discredited blood-testing technology.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".