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Tidal, Apple, Beyonce, and the Future of Streaming Music

Jay Z and a bunch of his big time friends in the music business held a press conference this week to re-launch Tidal, a music treamervice he recently acquired. Let’s use that event as an excuse to reassess the state of online music. Here are eleven steps to the future of online music. 1. Before …

Let’s Give Them Something to Tweet about (Or Why Periscope Matters)

It’s showtime on the Internet. With the launch of Periscope, Twitter has enabled each of us to livestream video to our followers. That’s good news for our cats, and that’s good news for Twitter, a company that has seen some of its promise limited by the very technological age in which it emerged. There are …

You Should Be Afraid

The Internet got really mad at an article the NYT’s Nick Bilton wrote about the potential risk of cell phone use and wearables. I linked to it in Wednesday’s NextDraft, and I almost immediately got a litany of angry feedback in volumes usually reserved for subjects such as the Middle East, domestic politics, or Apple’s decision to remove ports from …

You Kids Stay Off Mark Zuckerberg’s Lawn

Let’s start with the money shot: “Mr. Zuckerberg goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life.” That quote — from one of Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers — was included in a recent lawsuit covered by the NYT’s always excellent Matt Richtel. It turns out that certain wealthy individuals require those who work on their homes (and …

You Are Not Stressed

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How To Win the Lottery (and build a community)

Darius Kazemi with a tremendous parody of every tech conference presentation … ever.    

Holiday Reads

Each Friday, I include a few good weekend reads in NextDraft. Here’s a look at some of the best ones from 2013, along with a few oldies, and a few other lists that will keep your iPads and Kindles humming throughout the holidays. A blogger for a Chicago TV station made what, by Internet standards, …

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Post Office

I was a weird kid. I’d write and painstakingly edit endless paragraphs in which I’d riff on current events and major news items. Then I’d take a floppy disk to my local copy store where I’d print out the pages and bind them with card stock covers, before heading to the post office to mail …

The Answer is Just a Click Away

About twenty people walked into the room, sat down and slid their phones, iPads, and other devices towards the center of the table. It was the last session of the conference and the rules were simple. We would work our way around the table twice. On the first pass, each person was required to name …

Get Off My Stoop

When news of the unthinkable comes, we all head for the front stoop. Today, that stoop is virtual, and the digital neighbors with whom we share the news of the moment communicate with us via tweets, status updates, and hastily-tapped texts. We whisper in ears, we shout towards rooftops, we tell each other what we …