July 2020

  1. UberEats is "sorry to hear" its app glitch left drivers without tips in a pandemic

    Widespread shutdown orders have devastated rideshare drivers’ livelihoods during the pandemic. And a recent glitch means many UberEats drivers have lost out on tips that they rely on to survive.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Gig Economy desk

  2. The MySpace culture gap: what happens when platforms die?

    In 2019, the once-great social media giant MySpace announced that due to a server migration and malfunction, they had lost 50 million user-uploaded items, representing 12 years of content uploaded to the platform.

    By Joan Westenberg , written on

    From the Culture desk

  3. An unemployment chart that practices data feminism

    As articulated by authors Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, Data Feminism is “a way of thinking about data, both their uses and their limits, that is informed by direct experience, by a commitment to action, and by intersectional feminist thought.”

    By Jack Bandy , written on

    From the Employment desk

  4. Drill holes in your skull and stream ads to your brain with Neuralink

    "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," is the official mission statement for Neuralink, according to Musk's tweet on July 9.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Odd Futurism desk

  5. The unbundling of Udemy

    Millions of people are looking to learn new skills online yet current platforms like Udemy lack the community and topic-based interaction necessary to build truly immersive educational experiences. This hole is paving the way for a new generation of startups that are unbundling Udemy through a mix of community, interactivity, and high-quality content.

    By Greg Isenberg , written on

    From the Education desk

  6. Our personal 'branding' obsession is sucking the enjoyment out of the web

    Back in 1997, Tom Peters wrote what is now considered a classic manifesto about how branding is no longer limited to companies.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Money desk

  7. Please get your parents off Facebook

    The internet is a tool that has democratized content publishing. It has made information free and enabled anyone to publish whatever they want, share their beliefs and gain a following. This is amazing if you use it for good.

    By Marko Saric , written on

    From the Facepalm desk

  8. I'm a Gen Zer. And almost none of my friends use Twitter.

    As teens, we are constantly on our phones, watching videos, talking to our friends, participating in all the latest trends, and bouncing between all the different social media apps. Well, except for one: Twitter.

    By Kristin Merrilees , written on

    From the Twitter desk

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