October 2013

  1. One million kids signed up for the Hour of Code. Let the geeking out commence

    The Hour of Code will happen during Computer Science Education Week, which runs from December 9-15. Throughout the week, schools around the country will hold workshops teaching students about different programming languages, career options, and training resources. There are prizes to be had, from new computers to free Dropbox storage.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Blucarat wants to power the next wave of social shopping

    Let's face facts: social shopping has been a dud. Facebook has failed, over and over, to get it right, and it seems to have caused a ripple effect across both the social media and commerce worlds. First Facebook went all-in on "Beacon," the tool that published your credit card activity in your friends' News Feeds. That terrible idea obviously failed. Then it went all-in on "F-commerce," which was meant to drive commerce on Facebook pages. That also failed, because it was expensive for stores to execute, and because people don't want to shop on Facebook. Then there was Facebook Gifts, which has been a big disappointment, too. The company has scaled back the service and doesn't even talk about it in earnings calls anymore.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Play to win: Skild targets the long-tail with self-serve online competition platform

    Consumers are encountering more more marketing noise today from companies. Everywhere you turn, from TV, radio and print, to now the Web and mobile devices, brands are are struggling get their messages in front of potential customers. But with all this noise, it’s extremely difficult to break through and build positive associations.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. It's time for Silicon Valley to ask: Is it worth it?

    A hand-drawn emoticon ought to be enough to push Silicon Valley over the edge.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Hustle and flow

    I have a good friend who, in an attempt to look productive and important, is constantly tweeting and posting about how hard he’s hustling. Not only are his boasts painfully transparent, but sadly, his ideas about what makes someone effective are usually just plain wrong. For example, a few days ago he posted a motivational video with the following quotes: "If you're going to be successful, you gotta be willing to give up sleep..." and " gotta want to be successful so bad you forgot to eat" -- that's for real. This is flat out ridiculous. How can someone possibly perform at their best if they’re not sleeping and forgetting to eat? If you’re the CEO or a manager at your company, do you want your employees coming into work exhausted and starving? Do you think anyone can do quality work while they’re in such a condition? Of course not. And yet my friend is not alone in buying into the “crushed and crushing it” mentality of work.

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Kittens and zombies: When Uber and Lyft compete using gimmicks, everyone wins

    It's no secret that Lyft and Uber are sworn mortal enemies. Travis Kalanick ensured that when he ran a "shave the 'stache" campaign and rolled out free UberX services for September in all the new cities Lyft moved into. If the rideshare market is only so big, these two are battling for dominance.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  7. A reporter asked us to hack him, and here's how we did it

    You may have read Adam Penenberg’s PandoDaily article, “I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling,” explaining how we infiltrated Adam’s life in just a couple weeks.

    By TrustWave , written on

    From the News desk

  8. The trouble with investors' "Jack & the Beanstalk" approach to Apple's growth

    Apple decided long ago that its success would depend on increasing profits instead of market share. The company still considers its computers and tablets and smartphones as luxury goods instead of commodity products, and it prices them accordingly. This has allowed Apple's competitors to reach more customers by offering cheaper devices. It has also made its retail stores the most popular -- as measured by sales per square foot -- in the US.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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