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Would You Buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion? How ’bout $3.8 billion?


When Verizon agreed to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion, it was the right price. Not because Yahoo was worth $4.8 billion, simply because it was the price Verizon was willing to pay. Valuations are all smoke and mirrors until someone is willing to write you a check. That is the moment (the only moment) you know the true value of anything.

Monochromatic Crowd

Digital Monoculturalism: Small Changes, Big Impact


I'm not really worried about rogue computers threatening our lives. I'm worried about the small number of programmers and coders charged with realizing the financial and political goals of their patrons. Could a ubiquitous social network skew or even direct an election? Could a traffic control system delay certain people from getting to work on time? Could an AI-enhanced financial services company deny loans or insurance due to zip code or race because it is the "best outcome" based on its programming? Could we train the AI that controls our news, communications and entertainment to restrict us to our comfort zones without even realizing what we've done?

Snap Spectacles

Snap Spectacles, Glass for the Masses


Glassholes, rejoice! Your hopes and dreams are about to be fulfilled by a $129 pair of video-recording Spectacles that its creator calls a "toy." But while they are going to be super-fun to play with, Snap Inc.'s Spectacles are a serious brand extension for the company that created ephemeral visual conversation.

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7: Are You F#$king Kidding Me?


Let me get right to the point. The new iPhone 7 is a fantastic, awesome, incredible, spectacular iteration of the iPhone 6. Great processor (a quad-core, 64-bit A10 Fusion), outstanding rear-facing camera (12 MP), a new wireless chip (W1) to facilitate Bluetooth connectivity, iOS 10, a pressure-sensitive home button, and taptic feedback. Oh, yeah, there's one more thing … [