Recent Stories: Google CEO Visits India

I was in India recently covering the first offiical visit Google CEO Sundar Pichai has made to his home country. In the scene–setter, I wrote about the importance of India to Google — and other big U.S. tech companies, like Facebook: NEW DELHI— Alphabet Inc.’s Google became a global technology titan serving developed-world consumers on their […]

Very Cool: Video Footage of NYC from the late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Embedded above and on YouTube here: footage of New York City from 1896 through 1905. Via Kottke.

Does Social Media Make TV a Better Entertainment Medium for Our Time than Film?

This snippet in Richard Brody’s recent New Yorker piece on the best movies of 2015 struck me: The cinema’s self-conscious modernity arose when its makers put a virtual mirror into its lenses and revealed the filmmaking process in the films themselves. They reflected the world around the movie within the movie, the director on the screen. […]

Video of the Week: ‘Monkey Sees A Magic Trick’

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Monkey Sees A Magic Trick.” I love it.

By Me Yesterday: Lyft Teams up with India’s Ola and Singapore’s GrabTaxi

The story begins: The international alliance of Uber Technologies Inc.’s ride-hailing competitors is growing stronger. San Francisco startup Lyft Inc. confirmed Thursday it is teaming up with Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. and India’s Ola to allow users of each app to hail rides from drivers of the other apps while they are traveling […]