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2014: The Year of The Truman Show

James Moore | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
James Moore

When The Truman Show debuted to great acclaim 16 years ago this summer, film critics were, initially, slightly baffled. Audiences were intrigued, though, by the story of a man whose life was being secretly broadcast to the world and had billions of viewers.

Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

David Sable | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media
David Sable

In an always-on digital world, we have the two-edged sword of our "legacy cement" constantly being poured...hero to zero and back again before it dries.

Yep, We're Definitely Glad Google Isn't A Real Person

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.11.2014 | Comedy

Your Google search history is often best kept secret between you and your computer. Could you imagine if there were a living, breathing human bein...

Woman In Heroin Deaths Panicky Then Calm, Police Say

Associated Press | KATHLEEN FOODY and TERRY COLLINS | Posted 07.11.2014 | Crime

MILTON, Ga. (AP) -- Twice last year, Alix Tichelman found herself alone with a man suffering from a drug overdose. The first time she called 911. The ...

Why Google's Removal of News Links in the EU Is a Good Thing

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

The furor over Google's removal of news links in the EU will, I hope, alert people to the dangers of allowing a single, commercially motivated entity to effectively be the sole gatekeeper and organizer of the Web's information.

Google Backs Down From Net Neutrality Fight

Bloomberg Businessweek | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology

Google Inc. (GOOG:US), once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows....

Billionaire Google CEO Thinks It Won't Be So Bad When Robots Start Taking Our Jobs

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business

The man who made billions at his full-time job running Google thinks you should stop worrying so much about losing your own full-time job to the robot...

How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology

Stars like Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page are asking Google to blur out their houses on Street View, but that's not a feature exclusive to celebrities....

YouTube Wants You To Know Why Your Videos Won't Load

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology

Wondering why that YouTube video isn't loading? Blame your Internet service provider. At least that's what YouTube is saying in a relatively new fe...

Why Workplace Leadership Is About To Get Its First Major Makeover In Over A Century

Mark C. Crowley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Mark C. Crowley

As workers have become increasingly more critical to the overall success of their companies, what they need and expect in exchange for their work has also profoundly changed.

Your Work Needs Both Cake and Icing

Paul Jarvis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Paul Jarvis

Marketing is icing. If there's not a cake underneath, it'd be pretty hard for it stand up in the shape of a cake by itself. We can't just focus on making icing. We need to also make the cake.

Google Backtracks On Harshly Criticized Censorship Decision

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | Media

(Reuters) - Google Inc GOOGL.O GOOG.O on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain's Guardian newspaper, underscori...

Google Just Made It Even Harder To Search For Porn

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 08.07.2014 | Technology

Google just got a little less NSFW. This week, Google banned advertisements that, in the words of the company, "promote graphic depictions of sexua...

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

Facebook Plays Short and Long Game with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift

Esmeralda Swartz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Technology
Esmeralda Swartz

While WhatsApp and Facebook's previous $1 billion acquisition of Instagram were in keeping with its social network roots, Oculus Rift was in the video game industry and had yet to release a product. This led many to ask: what was Zuckerberg thinking?

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says 'Trust Us'

Jonathan Handel | Posted 07.02.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Handel

Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be i...

Google Buys Streaming Music Service Songza

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc has acquired streaming music service Songza, the Internet search company's latest move to play a bigger role in t...

Digital Marketing Mailbag - Your Questions Answered

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 07.01.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Welcome to the Digital Marketing Mailbag! Thank you to everyone that asked a question and some will be used in future columns as well. Feel free to submit questions for future mailings! Otherwise I will have to pull them from my fake inbox.

To Google, or to Doodle? That Is the Question

Anthony Strano | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

It had been a long trip traveling throughout South Africa to various cities including Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and now Cape Town. I would ...

So You Are Shocked Facebook Did #psyops on People?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Well then. Let's start with a working definition of psyops. Here is some background on the Facebook mass psychological testing as being reported rece...

Google Comes to Havana!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Have you ever tried to explain Google to someone who doesn't know what it is?

How the Jeff Koons Retrospective Was Curated and Other Recommended Readings

Matthew Israel | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

If you're looking for some insight into the current Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum, this interview with curator Scott Rothkopf is a good place to start.

The Supreme Court Rules With a Caveat in the Wings: Is Your Smartphone Public or Private?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.27.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

It appears that Chief Justice Roberts feels that if a social media company states that they have access to view and analyze your posts, content, and relationships, then that ought to be fair game for the government (and law enforcement), too.

Pattern Matching, the New Jim Crow

Eric Hamilton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Hamilton

The pattern of men who start billion-dollar tech companies happen to be young, white drop-outs of really good schools (i.e., Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg). Therefore, investors look to this pattern when looking to invest.