The Daily Read – Twitter Experiments Edition – 10/17/2014
Today’s Daily Read features Twitter experiments, more news about the whole Whisper scandal, and more!
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“On Thursday the Guardian published three stories detailing how Whisper, the social media app that claims to be “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.”
“Hey, sometimes actions speak louder than words fonts. And if you really, really like Comic Sans, then you’re going to love this. In the name of art, a gentleman named Jesse England has designed the ” Sincerity Machine,” a Comic Sans typewriter.”
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“Five months ago, I ordered a week’s supply of the future of food. It finally came: two snow-white boxes stamped “Soylent.” One box contains the pitcher for mixing your liquid meal. The other says “powdered food.” I haven’t opened them yet, because I don’t want this anymore.”
“Ultra high definition apparently isn’t ultra enough for Apple. The company is bypassing the 4K trend in high-end monitors and video rigs and jumping straight to 5K with its latest iMac. The 2014 iMac has a 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution (218ppi) display that’ll be driven by the same AMD Radeon R9 M290X found in gaming machines like the Alienware 17.”
“When Stacy Rybchin – founder of a small, New York-based sex-toy startup – tried to sign up for online payment services with Stripe in August, she was turned away. She looked into using Volusion, an online shopping-cart startup, and was again denied. Same with SparkPay.”
“Last month, I was invited to Twitter to give a talk. Twitter has made a huge, positive difference in my life, and changed the landscape of politics in multiple countries I studied, including my home country, Turkey.”