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Techcrunch Disrupt: Brian Chesny and Airbnb

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.

And it’s that process that is the magic.

Steve Jobs

pewinternet:

A few things to explore ahead of today’s Apple announcements:

As of January 2014:

  •     90% of American adults have a cell phone
  •     58% of American adults have a smartphone
  •     32% of American adults own an e-reader
  •     42% of American adults own a tablet computer

Note that tablets have the fastest rise of any of these innovations (and ebook readers could be considered as a minimal subset of tablets, which would make the rise of tablets even more steep).

Techcrunch Disrupt: Max Levchin and Affirm

engadget:

Twitter’s ‘Buy’ button is finally ready for public testing
If our world survives, the next great challenge to watch out for will come – you heard it here first – when the curves of research and development in artificial intelligence, molecular biology and robotics all converge. Oboy.

Thomas Pynchon, Is It OK To Be A Luddite?, NY Times 1984

I probably will sign it, yes.

Gov. Jerry Brown, during last night’s gubernatorial debate with Republican rival Neel Kashkari, talking about a law that would make California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (via latimes)

(via latimes)


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