Branded For Life

View this image › Hostgator.com, formerly known as Billy Gibby. Photo by Stephen Nigl. Wherever Joe Tamargo goes, people stare at his forearms. He likes it that way. Years ago, Tamargo, a resident of Rochester, New York, auctioned off space on his arms, transforming himself Read More …

Meet The Guy Who Busts Cheaters In Video Games

View this image › Most players are honest brokers, but game fraud persists. Square Enix / AP Meet Sam (not his real name), an employee of a large game studio who is tasked with, among other things, handling security and fraud issues. He has some Read More …

Will Twitter Ever Be Able To Predict The Stock Market?

View this image › In October of 2010, a paper came out in the Journal of Computational Science that claimed to be able to predict the stock market with Twitter. There was more to it than that, of course, but the bottom line was a Read More …

Dear Tech: Stop Chasing Dystopia

View this image › Info Glut, by Laurie Lipton Via laluzdejesus.com Tell me if this sounds familiar: Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is Read More …

Why I Probably Still Won’t Get An iPad

View this image › SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 07: Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talks about pricing for the new iPad during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, Read More …

Welcome To The New Internet: Simple Design, Short Names, No Ads

There’s Svbtle, a Stripped-Down Blogging Platform View this image › Via dcurt.is Branch, a Free-Floating Comment/Discussion System View this image › Via branch.com Medium, A Minimalist “Publishing Platform” View this image › Via medium.com App.net, An Infrastructure-Level Version of Twitter View this image › Via Read More …

How The Internet Turns Everything Into Marketing

View this image › wordpress.com / Via http://VentureBeat Stay at CES, the world’s most important electricity trade show, for long enough and you’ll get the feeling: a bone-deep queasiness that comes from too much networking, too much jargon and the jumbled sound of everyone promoting Read More …

The Trouble With The New “Share Economy”

View this image › The pink mustache of Lyft, a ride-sharing service. wordpress.com Disruption. It’s really in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it? Take a few high-profile startups that are part of the much-touted “share economy” — ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber. It turns Read More …

Apple’s Green Gadget Certification Goes Dark

View this image › WWDC attendees look at the new MacBook Pro that is displayed at the 2012 Apple WWDC keynote address. Unlike previous Mac products, this one won’t be held to EPEAT environmental standards. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images As first reported by CIO Read More …

When The Holograms Invade

View this image › Read part one here. You can download this story as an ebook for your Kindle here, or for other e-readers here. Instructions for transferring this file to your Kindle can be found here. The story so far: In 2130, the only Read More …