“David Plouffe, the former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Barack Obama, is taking his political secret sauce to Uber late next month as senior vice president of policy and strategy.”

A LEADER FOR THE UBER CAMPAIGN

e-erik:

(from 1996; first as tragedy, then as farce)

e-erik:

(from 1996; first as tragedy, then as farce)

“Twitter and Instagram have been suppliers of data to us for over a year and we’re able to look on behalf of brands at what the conversation about them looks like through photos,” David Rose, CEO of Ditto, told Motherboard. “What’s different about Tumblr is that they’re supplying us with the entire firehose of all photos that we’re then able to interpret.”

Tumblr just signed a deal with Ditto


Ditto’s algorithm identifies products that it’s been trained to recognize via a machine learning process, as well as indicators of users’ feelings towards the brand like a smile or a frown. By picking out the brands or goods said product is paired with in a given image, Ditto builds maps of product affiliations.

Tumblr just signed a deal with Ditto

Ditto’s algorithm identifies products that it’s been trained to recognize via a machine learning process, as well as indicators of users’ feelings towards the brand like a smile or a frown. By picking out the brands or goods said product is paired with in a given image, Ditto builds maps of product affiliations.

Tumblr just signed a deal with Ditto

Moments later, the Uber phone pinged with a ride request. She accepted immediately. But, ever in risk-mitigation mode, she waited two minutes before leaving, lest the rider change his mind.

“There’s nothing worse than driving all the way over to some place and then having them cancel,” she explained, heading down to the driveway.

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty - NYTimes.com (via iamdanw)

justinpickard:

'Drones help create 3-D images like the one of Inka Wasi, an Incan palace.'
(Source: The New York Times, ’New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone’)

justinpickard:

'Drones help create 3-D images like the one of Inka Wasi, an Incan palace.'

(Source: The New York Times, ’New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone’)

Her goal is to earn at least $25 an hour, on average. Raising three children with her longtime partner, Jeffrey Bradbury, she depends on the income to help cover her family’s food and rent. That has become more unpredictable of late. Uber and Lyft, her driving mainstays, recently cut certain passenger fares. Last month, TaskRabbit overhauled the way its users select their helpers; immediately after the change, Ms. Guidry’s stream of new clients dried up.

“You don’t know day to day,” she said. “It’s very up in the air.”

— that an arrangement like this is seen as fine and in fact preferable to other options by the people in it, imo, signifies the ultimate, irreversible victory of capital over the workers. (via concepthuman)

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“Replace “sharing economy” with “sublet economy,””

Silicon Valley’s Sharing Economy: Airbnb, Lyft Are Selling a Big Lie | New Republic

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(Source: andren)

eeek

eeek

(Source: brucesterling, via viralradio)

The tech industry has a hero problem, and during my time there, Mozilla was no exception. Famously, Eich developed the JavaScript language in ten days, in order to meet a Netscape release deadline. This is a textbook example of how tech valorizes individual “heroes”, always male, who can put in intense effort on a problem over a short period of time but not work with others on a solution in the long term.

I have no doubt that Eich’s work on JavaScript was solid, but I also see no reason to think that he was the only person who could have done the same thing. In fact, there are probably people who could have done better, but were not accorded the privileges in life needed for doing so. As far as I’m aware, Eich himself has maintained a humble attitude about his achievements, but the same can’t be said of his fans.

Killing the Messenger at Mozilla, by Tim Chevalier | Model View Culture (via iamdanw)

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