Was Google's Empire Inevitable?

Dwaiter Weekly

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March 11, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

In Survival Mode from the Start

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Joi Ito from Inbamura, Japan - Wikimedia Commons)

It might seem today that Google’s power and success were inevitable, but the reality is quite different, Recode writes. In fact, Google needed to claw its way to survival, then sustained relevance, and eventually to dominance.

2_WORK

The Tax Headache Many Remote Workers Face


If you worked from a state other than your primary residence state for more than 183 days in 2020, you might have sparked dual residence status in those two states—making your income subject to taxation by both, Fast Company reports. Even if dual residency status was not activated, you still may face paperwork and compliance hassles when you file your return.

3_SECURITY

The Cyberthreat of QR Code Abuse

The use of QR codes is growing as a convenient input mechanism to make mobile transactions more efficient. But Qshing, or QR code abuse, is also a rising cyberthreat, Government Technology reports.

4_TECHNOLOGY

Help for Restaurants Amid the Pandemic

Restaurants have been decimated by the pandemic: More than 110,000 U.S. restaurants—one in six—permanently closed in 2020, the National Restaurant Association says. Going forward, Lunchbox founder Nabeel Alamgir thinks his platform can be part of the industry's solution, Inc. magazine reports.

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5_VIDEO

On Zoom, Basic Mistakes Are Still Common 


Briar Goldberg, the director of speaker coaching at TED, says there are some common mistakes that many people—even experienced communicators—are still making on Zoom nearly a year after the Covid-19 pandemic triggered explosive growth in use of the video platform. Among them: 1. Not enough eye contact with the audience; and 2. Lighting that’s too bright or too dark.

6_APPS

The ‘Disposable Camera’ App 


David Dobrik's new photography app Dispo harkens back to the days of the disposable camera, Protocol reports. Daily at 9 a.m., users log on to see their pictures from the day before after they get "developed." They can send pictures to their own library, or add them to "community rolls," which is where most of the social interactions happen. Can Dispo stand out in an oversaturated market of social networking apps?

7_DESIGN

Bad UI Runs the World

The ugly truth, Michal Malewicz writes on UX Collective, is that much of the great design we see has been created in the last 15 years—but most of the world is "running on horrible, outdated, clunky user interfaces." The good news for designers: Soon, there could be a lot of work for fixing these problems.

8_TRENDS

The Tech Outlook Around the World


As tech ecosystems mature around the world, they’re not always following the path laid down by Silicon Valley. Rest of World looks at emerging trends for 2021, region by region.

9_INTERNET

Where Investigative Journalism Is Flourishing


A new wave of digital news outlets in Russia is using conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of President Vladimir Putin’s power, the New York Times reports. There is a growing online audience for their work in a country where the state controls, directly or indirectly, all of the major television networks.

10_SAY WHAT?

No Tipping Necessary

Now you can belly up to … a robotic vending machine that serves drinks. The Rotender can serve a drink in 15 seconds and make more than 350 drinks before needing to be refilled, The Spoon reports. The machine also keeps track of how many drinks it serves each customer. Should anyone order too many drinks in a single hour, Rotender can pause service to that individual.

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