The End of an Era


Page and Brin Hand the Reins to Pichai

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Stanford graduate students who founded Google over two decades ago, announced Tuesday they are stepping down from executive roles at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, the New York Times reports. Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, will become the chief of both Google and Alphabet.


Users Flock to Wikipedia Founder's Social Network


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says his new social network, WT:Social, now has more than 160,000 members. The platform says it will never sell user data and relies on "the generosity of individual donors" rather than ads, the BBC reports. Those who do sign up are added to a waiting list and asked to invite others, or choose a subscription payment.


Retro Tech's Lasting Allure

Cassette players are having a bit of a resurrection. Vinyl too. As things that used to be physical are increasingly digitized, some are yearning for yesterday’s tech, Vox reports.


The Big Year Ahead for UX Design 


For user-experience design, 2020 could be a momentous year. New technology and user experience trends during the last decade have made competition across most modern industries tougher than ever before. Looking ahead, UX Planet examines the latest UX trends.


How an E-Newsletter Helped a Magazine Reinvent Itself


When the digital revolution started to change the magazine business, Money magazine found itself in a bind. It had to go digital, of course, but it also needed to attract a new readership. In response, Contently reports, Money expanded its email program.


The Year's 10 Most Popular GIFs

Giphy, the largest GIF search engine, has compiled a list of the 10 most popular GIFs of 2019. The list contains a number of familiar GIFs, along with some surprises, Mashable reports.


Alphabet Helps Fund Pittsburgh's First Unicorn


Duolingo, a Pittsburgh-based language-learning platform, raised $30 million in Series F funding led by Alphabet's CapitalG at a $1.5 billion valuation, Axios reports. It's the Steel City's first-ever unicorn, and claims to be the world's most-downloaded education app.


The Chemistry That Powers Your Smartphone

In a TED Talk, scientist Cathy Mulzer takes a journey down to the atomic level to reveal how almost every component of high-powered communications devices exists thanks to chemists more than Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. As she puts it: "Chemistry is the hero of electronic communications."


The Reach of Pirate Radio

Broadcasting a radio signal without a license on AM and FM bands over a distance of 200 feet is illegal. But there are cities in the U.S., like Miami and New York City, where unlicensed radio stations are broadcasting to large neighborhoods in an underground community. In a special series called Pirate Radio, The Verge examines these illegal transmissions and who they reach.


More Milk, Virtually


The grass may be greener in a virtual world. The Moscow Times reports that Russian farmers strapped modified VR headsets to cows to see if it improved their mood—and their milk production. The first test reduced the cows' anxiety. The second phase of the experiment will evaluate the VR-wearing cows’ milk production.