As a child, one might have imagined counting to ten billion in the course of reckoning with the seeming infinitude of enormous numbers. This is actually impossible to do in a human life time, since it would take over three hundred years. But, as an adult, one might discover that he can simply will himself from zero to that number, or even more—at least as long as he is counting in dollars, as the founders of Snapchat and Uber have discovered, whose companies are now valued at more than ten billion dollars. A lingering question: now that the ten-billion-dollar frat has become a little less exclusive, who will be [...]
A most disconcerting scene from a high school in Kansas, where teens are in the grips of a sickness. A teacher's perspective:
I am pretty lenient about phone use in my class because we use phones for various things. There is always the kid that sneaks in a text or two, but as long as it isn't a distraction, I don't worry too much.
Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had [...]
NowThisNews was started a couple years ago as a "brand new video network built from scratch for people who get their news on mobile devices and through social streams." It was given five million dollars. Its early videos were short YouTube-style news bulletins; most of the old embeds seem to be gone. Now, a few PIVOTS later, the company is focusing on publishing news directly to apps, including Vine and Instagram. This concept—bypassing websites, going directly to other companies' channels—is something that a lot of people will start trying over the next year, because the internet is broken.
NowThisNews is also publishing directly to [...]
Here's the guy who runs Uber, which has raised over $300 million:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he was not getting any ladies when he was previous startups were tanking. “It’s great now!"
— Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson) May 28, 2014
And the guy who co-founded RapGenius, which has raised over $15 million because it's the darling of two of the most influential investors in the world:
(Previously: "I'mma rape you in your mouth")