Restaurants Go Virtual


The Rise of Digital-Only Eateries

Food delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub are starting to reshape the $863 billion American restaurant industry by inspiring digital-only establishments that don’t need a physical storefronts, tables or waiters, the New York Times reports. Diners who order from the apps may have no idea that the restaurant doesn’t physically exist.


Money-Losing WeWork Files to Go Public

WeWork this week filed paperwork for an initial public offering. The filing shows mounting losses over the past three years, Business Insider reports, with the firm posting a net loss of $1.6 billion in 2018 on revenue of $1.8 billion.


How Far Tumblr Has Fallen


Verizon this week sold Tumblr to Automattic, the parent company of blogging platform WordPress. No financial terms were disclosed, but multiple sources told Axios that the price was around $3 million—or less than 1 percent of what Yahoo (now owned by Verizon) paid for the blogging platform. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg talked with The Verge about what’s next for Tumblr.


The Technological Slowdown


Progress isn't what it used to be. This century's one signature technology achievement is the iPhone, Wade Roush writes on Scientific American. Meanwhile, the list of potentially world-changing technologies that remain stubbornly in the prototype phase is very long. Can we regain the 20th century's rapid pace of technology change?


Verizon Sues Rochester Over 5G Fees


Verizon has sued the city of Rochester in a bid to avoid paying fees for deploying 5G equipment and fiber lines. Verizon's lawsuit claims that the fees are higher than those allowed by federal law, Ars Technica reports. The city imposed its new fees in February.


LinkedIn Hops on the Dark Mode Bandwagon

After highlighting Facebook's upcoming dark mode, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered that LinkedIn is doing the same, CNet reports. She found the unreleased dim-color option while digging through the code for the Android app.


The Biggest Myths about 3D Printing


3D printing, used to build objects directly from computer models without expensive tooling, alarms many people. Fast Company researched the realities of 3D printer usage by businesses and consumers in order to dispel some common fears.


Finding the Right Approach to Online Marketing

Everywhere you look these days, it seems like there’s another person sharing their latest marketing innovation, best practice or hack. Marketing Land says the secret to effectively marketing a business isn’t the latest best practice or marketing hack; they won’t do you much good if your fundamental approach to marketing isn’t solid.


Why ‘Old Town Road’ Is More than Just a Song

Lil Nas X’s smash single "Old Town Road" illustrates how digital media is creating a shared global culture in an otherwise atomized age, writes Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times. The unlikely story of the song’s creation and culture-spanning success suggests some reason for optimism about the power of digital culture.


Authorial Voices


The Chinese search engine Sogou is creating artificial-intelligence lookalikes to read popular novels in authors' voices, the BBC reports. It announced "lifelike" avatars of Chinese authors—created from video recordings—at the China Online Literature+ conference.