I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

My lovely wife and I recently decided to back up all our family photos to a single online location, so we’d be less dependent on the Mac Mini they currently live on. That, in turn, would free the Mini up so that the 14-year-old could use it as a music-and-movie studio and (eventually, I hope) to get […]

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

There’s a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let’s call it the second Internet. Here’s what it looks like: That’s right — it’s Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, […]

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

Fundraiser to support ‘NSA-proof’ email gets off to a roaring start

Above: ProtonMail founders Jason Stockman, Wei Sun, and Andy Yen. Image Credit: ProtonMail ProtonMail, an encrypted email service that advertises itself as “NSA-proof,” launched to much acclaim about a month ago. Since then, the company says it has signed up 200,000 users – and it just launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo because, co-founder Andy Yen […]

Fundraiser to support ‘NSA-proof’ email gets off to a roaring start

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition. And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an intensive two- to three-year program designed […]

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

Dylan’s Desk: Somehow, we’re all stumbling along without Google Reader

My latest column for VentureBeat started off as an attempt to describe how I’ve replaced Google Reader, with a custom-rigged PHP-based RSS news river of my own, supplemented by some IFTTT recipes and a minimalist RSS reader called Skimr. But it turned into a meditation on impermanence and change. Here’s an excerpt: With the passing […]

Dylan’s Desk: Somehow, we’re all stumbling along without Google Reader

Changing the world

I went to Austin, and I came back with an excellent orange beanie. I also spent a lot of time talking to interesting people and — when I wasn’t busy producing content for VentureBeat — drinking a bit too much. (And I made a brief appearance on NPR, which made my mom really proud.) I’m […]

Changing the world

Dylan’s Desk: What you need to do to get more women at your conference — or company

Last year, Courtney Stanton organized a conference for game developers whose 12-person speaker roster was half women, and half men. And she did it without considering the gender of applicants. In the world of tech conferences, that gender ratio is almost unheard of — let alone getting there without actively saying yes to certain applicants just because […]

Dylan’s Desk: What you need to do to get more women at your conference — or company

Swipp hopes to make your status updates into collective, global knowledge

Swipp, a new “social intelligence platform,” is trying to bridge the gap between evanescent, useless social data (I ate a B.L.T. for lunch today! Look at this cool mural!) and more lasting, but less personal, knowledge, like the Wikipedia entry on San Francisco. “We want to create a smarter, wiser planet,” co-founder Don Thorson told […]

Swipp hopes to make your status updates into collective, global knowledge

How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

In my column this week, I return to the subject of Microsoft — and suggest a way that the company can give its Windows Phone OS a boost. Carrier subsidies are increasingly standing in the way of innovation. “We’re drunk off the subsidy model,” IDC analyst Ramon Llamas told VentureBeat last week. The lure of cheap, […]

How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation