Editor’s note: Hunter Walk was most recently Director of Product Management at YouTube.
Search engines have long memories. I think about this whenever reading new coverage of some immoral, misanthropic or illegal act. The kids who tweeted racist statements about Obama on Election Day, the college student whose secret videotaping of his gay roommate helped lead to the young man’s suicide, the catfishing of Manti T’eo. Years from now it’s possible, even likely, that when the perpetrators’ names are Googled, these histories will be what surfaces first for them. An employer, a girlfriend or boyfriend, a neighbor will find out about what they once did years ago
We’re guessing the wrapping paper is already back in your closet where it will say till next year’s festivities, but that doesn’t mean more tech goodies are out of the question. Our holiday gift guide giveaway runs through December 31st at 11:59 PM ET, so be sure to leave a comment on each of our 14 guides. Depending which contest you enter — and you should probably just enter them all — you could ring in the new year with an AT&T smartphone such as the HTC Windows Phone 8X, LG Optimus G or Samsung Galaxy Express. In any case, here’s hoping your holidays are happy and bright!
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Evernote? More like ever tease. Just this week it was tempting badly organized Mac owners with a beta release of Evernote 5, now the team is back to dangle its 5th version for iOS in front of our noses. The theme here is speed, with the new design putting everything just two taps away — along with quick note buttons right on the home screen. The places view also gets a lick of paint, to help you better pin down those moments of inspiration (or panicked remembering). Other tweaks include a new “recent notes” bar, and — generously — easier access to premium features. Ironically, the creators forgot to give us a release date, leaving us only with “coming very soon” for reassurance. While you wait, however, why not watch the preview video after the break for solace.
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A $ 125,000 hardware-and-software system could help researchers analyze data securely and with less IT support.
Starting today, researchers can now order a “plug-and-play” human genome interpretation system from Knome, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based genome analysis company co-founded by Harvard Medical School’s George Church. The nearly 600-lb box of computer hardware that is pre-loaded with genomic interpretation software sells for $ 125,000 and is designed to simplify the task of gleaning useful medical information from a patient’s DNA.
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For hordes of Apple fans who plan to buy a new iPhone 5, the question is: What should you do with your old iPhone after you buy a new one?
The next iPhone will be called simply “iPhone” if this pic is to be believed. Published by iPhonenieuwsblog.nl, the image is reportedly of the next, ahem, new iPhone’s packaging fresh off a massive printing press. And within, clear as day, is the new iPhone with five vertical rows of icons and the wording “The New iPhone.” Gone is the numerical designation that’s been with the iPhone for the last four generations. Apple is making it as simple as possible with the next iPhone — and this will likely be confusing to a lot of people.
In one week, the Olympics kick off. When you think about it, they aren’t so different from our startup world. How many pitches have you heard that include the phrase “dream team?”
If you had to compare the startup world to one sports league, what would it be? I’d argue the NBA, where the best players leave school early to start their pro careers and work to join dynasty teams with other superstars.
Who makes the roster of our tech dream team? Check it out.
The sharpness of the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro is great, but the ability to see more all at once is wonderful, too.
A revolutionary new armor relies on a liquid that hardens when something hits it, promising unprecedented protection while letting soldiers move freely, unrestricted by bulk and weight.
Well-read designer Dustin Curtis has come up with a new blogging platform called Svbtle, that’s meant to help you take blog posts from ideas to well-presented articles. At first, it looks like a better Tumblr, based on the work he showed off on Thursday. And in fact it looks so good that a couple developers forked it within hours, and offered new versions for the world to install.
Which, in turn, sparked a big debate about the rights that creatives have over their work… I’m going to skip over all that because it’s not a new topic, and it misses the point.
All the way over in India there’s a tablet that you may have heard of – the Aakash. This little beast was revealed last year for students across the country, and is now getting a $ 40 next-generation upgrade that’ll be dropping in April. Will this lovely little tablet be a great competitor for the iPad?
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I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to all these newfangled mobile payment methods. Fan as I am of Google Wallet (and all the Wawa coffee I bought with the included $ 10 prepaid card), I can’t help but want something more immediate, something more widely-usable.
The big sticking point that comes with the NFC-based payment systems that companies like Google and Visa love with is they require buy-in from the people and companies you actually want to buy from. When your favorite mom-and-pop store can’t be bothered to jump on the NFC bandwagon though, well, that’s just a bummer.
And that’s where the truly awesome iCache Geode comes into play.
Researchers have created invincible file-sharing software they say cannot be shut down by governments or anti-piracy organizations.
Tobii shows off a way to replace touch input with gaze control. And it actually works.
A group of cool cats has figured out how to add new textures and other mods to cars and buildings in the Android version of Grand Theft Auto 3. The XDA Developers forum is a good place to start for mod file downloads and the files can be inserted in the sdcard/android/data/com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3/ directory (which happens to be the same directory structure as the PC version). Click the break to see a video of one of the car mods in action and remember, your ride isn’t ideal for drive-by shootings unless Xzibit says so.
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If you are worried that all of the cuts to the U.S. Postal Service will slow delivery of your letter to Santa this year, hope is not lost. There’s a quick solution—download the All I Want From Santa app—and your wish list will instantly make it to the North Pole.
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote from a CNN article:
“The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation is asking eligible high school seniors to tweet a photo that illustrates their commitment to education and enriching their communities. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars winner, announced December 15, will receive up to $ 5,000 per year to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public university in his or her home state. … Other organizations, perhaps weary of wading through applicants’ lengthy essays, also are offering eager students ways to turn a 140-character message into money for college. … Why a tweet? Jodi Schafer, the University of Iowa’s director of MBA admissions and financial aid, told USA Today that application essays were ‘becoming unoriginal.’ She said ‘we’re hoping that incorporating social media in the process will help bring back some of that creativity.’”
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The reviews are in: The Kindle Fire is a dog. Mostly. But don’t tell those that jumped on the bandwagon early because Amazon is shipping the Fire a day earlier than expected. The device was supposed to ship tomorrow, but the retailer just announced that it’s hitting shipping channels today. The Kindle Touch is also shipping earlier than previously announced. The new touchscreen Kindles will leave Amazon fullfillment centers tomorrow, six days early.
DailyDeals.com is launching with strategy that shuns local and embracing national and e-commerce.
Steve Anderson’s Baseline Ventures has a portfolio that includes Instagram, Heroku, and Weebly. (Earlier this month, Baseline was part of a $ 1-million seed round in Crashlytics). It took him only four weeks to raise $ 100 million for his curernt fund. In this episode of Founder Stories with host Chris Dixon, Anderson discusses investing in Instagram and what led him to become Baseline’s founder in 2006.
Anderson tells Dixon that after working for companies including Microsoft, eBay and Starbucks he was ready to strike off on his own. However, he lacked the roughly half-million to start his company and was not interested in trading a sizable chuck of his ownership (40-50%) to secure financing from a Sand Hill Road VC.
I’ve always hated the notion of ratings based on five stars. It makes no sense. Sure, something that sucks is “1 star” and something awesome is “5 stars”, but what determines a “2 star” rating? What about a “4 stars”? It’s totally arbitrary. Why not just say something is “bad”, “okay”, “good”, or “great”? Or better yet, why not say nothing unless something is great? That’s the basic idea behind Stamped, a new startup currently in stealth mode.
The startup has deep Google ties — 2 of the 3 co-founders are ex-Google, while 4 of the 7 total team members are — but it’s iPhone-only for now. They’re taking the Instagram-approach to launching in that regard. And they’re taking cues from Instagram in another key regard: simplicity.
Real-time fact checking is possible, and should be done. When a candidate says something and proclaims it fact, the answer can be found quickly, and displayed on the screen.
In cases where there are many facts that are true, they should all be displayed.
This is 2011, people.
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