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Virtual Reality: You'll Believe A Geek Can Fly

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 5:42 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)


This past weekend in Sylmar, a neighborhood in the far north end of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, a few hundred curious nerds descended upon New Deal Studios, a production company and special effects house who played host to the...

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Is the World Ready for a Video Game About Slavery?

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM

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By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Speaking about Miguel Oliveira's Thralled using the language of video games can be difficult.

"Thralled is an interactive experience about a runaway slave in 18th century Brazil who becomes traumatized over the disappearance of her...

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Is YouTube's Fan Funding a Threat to Crowdfunding Services?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 8:16 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the crowd at the annual VidCon gathering of online video fans and creators something they wanted to hear yesterday: that the 800-pound gorilla of video was getting into the crowdfunding business.

Wojcicki announced Fan Funding, a pilot program now...

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Reading Rainbow's All-Star Kickstarter Sprint to $5 Million

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 8:05 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

What do Seth MacFarlane, Ouya, Veronica Mars, a smart watch, and Neil Young have in common?

Butterfly in the sky.

Reading Rainbow's Kickstarter enabled return has been the big crowdfunding story for the past month, with the campaign's cracking of its one million...

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Crowdfunder Patreon Raises $15 Million Series A, Plots Mobile Expansion

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Crowdfunding platform Patreon announced a 15 million dollar Series-A funding round today, bringing in a host of investors that range from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to Hollywood talent agencies.

While crowdfunding has become synonymous with project-based services like Kickstarter, the Patreon way...

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E3 Press Day: At The Halfway Mark (XBOX and EA)

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:45 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Two down, two to go.

The first two big press conferences for the 2014 Electronics Entertainment Expo have come and gone and so far no major shocks, even as some old traditions die hard.

I took in the Microsoft Media Briefing at USC's...

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Storyscapes: Immersive Journalism Takes You Inside The News

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 6:12 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Journalist Nonny de la Peña has been pioneering the use of virtual reality to tell documentary stories for years now.

Her latest work, Use of Force, puts participants in the shoes of witnesses to the killing of thirty-five year old Anastasio Hernandez Rojas at the hands of...

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Should Newsweek Have Unmasked The Founder of Bitcoin?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:18 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Newsweek claims that they have found the elusive founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, and have released a cover story online that is a thrilling piece of investigatory journalism. According to Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman the name isn't a pseudonym as many have assumed, but...

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Reflections on Innovation Past and Present, From SF Designer Yves Behar

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:49 PM

By Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan)

When San Francisco designer Yves Behar was 14 years old and living in his native Switzerland, he had a design epiphany, thanks to the Sony Walkman.

An aunt had sent the device to Behar, who's now the Chief Creative officer...

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YCombinator Founder: "Starting a Startup is Painful"

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:38 PM

By Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan)

The founder of YCombinator is very, very happy that he'll no longer be running that startup incubator.

That was a recurring theme of Paul Graham's "Fireside Chat" with Launch founder Jason Calacanis, in which Graham also touched on various lessons from working...

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Uber CEO: New Surge Pricing Feature "Brings Humanity" to Car Service App

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:20 PM

by Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan)

The online car service Uber will offer a new feature that gives users an option to reject controversial surge pricing until prices decline.

CEO Travis Kalanick, who was the keynote interview this morning at the first day of the Launch...

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Crowdfunding's Patreon Takes Aim At YouTube's Business Model

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:03 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

"I can't see any possible future where there isn't a media site that isn't paired with crowdfunding," Jack Conte tells me. We'd been talking for a half-hour about how the current way artists make a living online sucks.

"How can you have a...

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First Ever Crappy Awards Target SF's Tech Industry

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:37 PM

by Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan)

Inspired by the sly tradition of the Razzie Awards, which commemorate the worst of Hollywood, San Francisco fair housing advocates are kicking off "The Crappy Awards" tonight in the city's arts district.

A coalition of housing groups decided to throw an...

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24 Hours With Paper

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:50 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Facebook is all grown up.

Ten years old today, Facebook finished its first decade of existence by releasing what is almost universally being hailed as "their best app yet" on Monday. After a few years of stumbles in the mobile market (Poke,...

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California Regulators Say Coding Bootcamps "In Good Faith" Won't Be Shut Down

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:20 PM

by Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan)

The cease and desist letters sent to so-called "hacker schools" in California is an attempt to protect students, not entrenched educational institutions.

That, according to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), the state agency that regulates non-accredited schools (with some exceptions, like...

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Image Disruptor: Flag Looks To Upend Photo Printing Through The Magic of Free

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 3:53 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Flag, a photo printing start-up that is holding a barnstorming 14-day Kickstarter campaign right now, turned up on my radar this week thanks to John Gruber's Daring Fireball. The pitch video for the app is slick, featuring go-to start-up pitchman...

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Doc Series 'Outerlands' Aims To Chronicle Video Game Culture

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:26 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

"It's still really hard to sell people on the idea that video games are more than just a toy and a pastime," Matt Chandronait said to me from across the table of a Santa Monica cafe, "but that they are actually a culture."

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Who's Behind the Wheel May Help Drive Attitudes on Surge Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 5:39 PM

By Nishat Kurwa (nishatjaan)

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The online car service marketplace is already valued in the billions of dollars. But to keep growing, its leading companies may need to get better at managing customer perceptions around variable, or "surge,"...

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Pyrrhic Victory? Netflix "Wins" CES

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:05 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Every few years television manufacturers try to get the vast majority of consumers to upgrade their TVs.

From a certain point of view, that's what the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is about each and every year: just how whiz-bang will the...

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Taking 'A Total Disruption' Open Source

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 6:57 PM

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)

Sundance winning documentarian Ondi Timoner isn't in the habit of doing things in half-measures. Her latest endeavor, the web series "A Total Disruption," features some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. The project is in a sense a quest to profile...

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