Tech IPOs Then and Now


How Today’s Tech IPOs and the Dot-Com Era Compare

When Uber begins trading on Friday, it will be one the largest ever tech IPOs, the New York Times reports. Not since the dot-com boom have so many richly valued tech companies gone public in such short succession. These tech companies are more mature, but a number remain deeply unprofitable.



Hackers Steal Nearly $41 Million in Bitcoin


Hackers stole more than 7,000 bitcoin from crypto exchange Binance, the startup reported Tuesday. Binance said a “large scale security breach” was discovered earlier that day, CoinDesk reports. The hackers accessed user API keys, two-factor authentication codes and “potentially other info,” allowing them to withdraw roughly $41 million in bitcoin from the exchange.



The Facebook Free Speech Fracus


When Facebook booted a number of extremist figures last week, it inflamed some on the right and raised new questions about what is and isn’t protected speech on digital platforms, Vox reports. The current debate over speech and social media is far bigger than Facebook. It resolves around a fundamental question: Are social media companies platforms or are they publishers?



Inside the Industry of Online Influence


Sponsored social media content may be obnoxious, but it's legal—as long as influencers own up to the fact that they're being paid. Yet few do, Wired reports, and the Federal Trade Commission isn't paying close attention. Welcome to the weird—and booming—industry of influence.



How to Become Design Driven


Design-led companies are disrupting entire industries. Apple and AirBnb are excellent examples of companies that owe much of their success to their design-savvy leadership and keen sense of customer experience. Laura van Doore, head of product design at FathomHQ, explains how they do it.



Is Slack Ruining Work?


Job software like Teams, Slack, and Workplace were supposed to make us more productive. This type of software is meant to get different parts of a company working together, to break down hierarchies, to spark chance interactions and innovations. But "in practice it can be hell," Recode says.



The New Digital Divide


In the past, technology experts have worried about a “digital divide” between those who could access computers and the internet and those who could not. But, as digital devices proliferate, the divide is no longer just about access, writes Anjana Susarla on The Conversation. Savvier users are navigating away from devices and becoming aware about how algorithms affect their lives, while consumers who have less information are relying even more on algorithms to guide their decisions.



Google Launches a New Web Page Navigation System


At the I/O 2019 developer conference this week, Google launched a new technology called Portals that aims to provide a new way of loading and navigating through web pages, ZDNet reports. Portals will work with the help of a new HTML tag named < portal >. Similar to classic < iframe > tags, the portals tag will allow users to navigate inside the content they are embedding—something that iframes do not allow for security reasons.



The Pixel 3a: Bargain Price or Half as Good?


Google this week also took the wraps off the Pixel 3a, a brand new entry to the Pixel line that costs half as much as its older sibling. But how much are you really giving up when you opt for the cheaper model? PCWorld takes a close look.



Stupid Sells


A startup has raised $1.6 million to sell canned “punk rock” water. It’s called Liquid Death, it costs $1.83 a can—and it’s literally just water, BuzzFeed reports. On its website, the company states: ""We started Liquid Death with the diabolical plan to completely obliterate bottled water marketing clichés by taking the world’s healthiest beverage and making it just as funny and stupid and entertaining as the unhealthy brands across energy drinks, soda, and beer."