A company fighting the meaningless cycle of clicks and likes

For many of us, our lives are an endless feedback loop, punctuated by clicks and likes. Wake up. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Click on a few links. Post one of those links on Facebook with a funny comment. Brush teeth. Check to see if anyone liked your post on Facebook yet. Commute to work, checking Facebook on the […]

A company fighting the meaningless cycle of clicks and likes

Heroic levels of hype

I’m going to try something new this week. I’ve been admiring emails by Om Malik, Alexis Madrigal, and Caitlin Dewey, who send daily or weekly lists of links to interesting things to read. (You should sign up for their newsletters — all three are wonderful, in very different ways.) And my occasional emails have felt […]

Heroic levels of hype

What 2 runaway llamas taught us about net neutrality

OPINION: For about two hours today, all the Internet wanted to talk about was the FCC’s historic net neutrality decision. (They’re in favor of it.) Then, suddenly, all work stopped as the digerati focused their collective attention on two runaway llamas scampering around Phoenix. Short attention span much? Sure. Never accuse the Twitterverse of being able […]

What 2 runaway llamas taught us about net neutrality

Dylan’s Desk: Why the coming messaging economy will be very big business

OPINION:   There’s a deep shift in the way we communicate happening, and it’s about to turn media and marketing businesses upside-down. In short, the Web-based world is about to become secondary to the message-based world. Messaging apps like WhatsApp (now part of Facebook), WeChat, Line, Snapchat, and Kik are sitting pretty in this new […]

Dylan’s Desk: Why the coming messaging economy will be very big business

I want to go there.

This week, Science published a noise map of the U.S., showing where the loudest and quietest places are. It reminded me of a tree map of the U.S. published a couple of years ago. If I were a maps geek, I’d try to combine these two maps so I could see at a glance the […]

I want to go there.

Think mobile is big? You ain’t seen nothing yet

Mobile technology has been one of the biggest drivers of growth in the tech sector since the iPhone’s launch in 2007. But if Digi-Capital‘s predictions hold water, you ain’t seen nothing yet. According to the research and advisory firm’s latest Mobile Internet Investment Review, investors plowed more than $32 billion into mobile tech companies in 2014. The most […]

Think mobile is big? You ain’t seen nothing yet

Marc Andreessen was right — people do love to fish

FishBrain, an app and social network for anglers, just caught its 700,000th user yesterday. It is also releasing a new version of its app today, which includes a “FishBrain Forecast” feature that uses a combination of algorithms and crowdsourcing to help you figure out, based on the weather, time of year, and other factors, where the ideal […]

Marc Andreessen was right — people do love to fish

Dylan’s Desk: Why Silicon Valley is still a man’s world

Girls are just better at school, it appears. So why aren’t there more women in key roles at tech companies? Girls outperform boys in academic achievement in 70 percent of the countries around the world, according to a recent study. The study, done by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow, looked […]

Dylan’s Desk: Why Silicon Valley is still a man’s world

What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Nicholas Carlson, the chief correspondent for Business Insider, has just published a book that goes deep into Yahoo under Marissa Mayer. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo has details such as Mayer’s first day at work and her showdowns with activist investors and truculent executives. We brought Carlson into the podcast studio to ask […]

What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms

What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015? Read VB’s full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out. The best things at CES, an annual festival of consumer electronics and excess in Las Vegas, were not what you’d expect. Giant televisions were everywhere, of course, along with the usual forest of […]

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms