Verizon Is Killing Tumblr’s Fight For Net Neutrality

One reason for Karp and Tumblr’s silence? Last week Verizon completed its acquisition of Tumblr parent company Yahoo, kicking off the subsequent merger of Yahoo and AOL to create a new company called Oath. As one of the world’s largest ISPs, Verizon is notorious for challenging the principles of net neutrality — it sued the FCC in an effort to overturn net neutrality rules in 2011, and its general counsel Kathy Grillo published a note this April complimenting new FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to weaken telecommunication regulations.

Now, multiple sources tell The Verge that employees are concerned that Karp has been discouraged from speaking publicly on the issue…

One of many reasons why I left Tumblr before Verizon completed its acquisition of Yahoo!

via Verizon is killing Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality – The Verge

Apple Car Systems?

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market.

“We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in a June 5 interview on Bloomberg Television that amounted to his most detailed comments yet on Apple’s automotive plans. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important.”

A strange turn of events, I just don’t see Apple being a supplier of parts or software. The market will be huge when all cars transition to electric self driving pods (iPods, please?) so maybe Apple feels the market is too large to ignore.

via Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push – Bloomberg

The Solitary Bee Project

The Solitary Bee Project

To begin our journey to understanding nesting we have chosen four solitary bee species to focus on. These species all nest in aggregations (lots of nests grouped together), making them easier to spot. They are also active at different times of the year so we can begin to get an overview of what’s happening throughout the season. These four species are:
1. Andrena fulva 2. Andrena cineraria 3. Halictus rubicundus 4. Colletes hederae

via Home | thesolitarybeeproject.org

Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

The question became, if YouTube TV’s font could look like anything, what should it look like? Should it be gothic like a newspaper headline? Should it be blocky like a Hollywood film marquee? The team actually found its inspiration in YouTube’s core interface element–not the logo, which users actually see relatively infrequently–but the one thing YouTube had before any of its online competitors: the play button.

via Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

And now, a brief definition of the web

Speaking of questions, I’ll re-pose one from earlier: who cares? Well, I do. The openness of the web allowed small companies to become big ones without seeking permission from the biggest ones. Preserving the web, or more specifically the open principles behind it, means protecting one of the few paths for innovation left in the modern tech world that doesn’t have a giant company acting as a gatekeeper. And there’s reason not to trust those giant companies: there’s much less incentive to encourage openness when you have a massive empire to defend.

Not everything has to be as open as the web, but some things should be.

via And now, a brief definition of the web – The Verge

Mellow Table

Mellow, as the Kickstarter page so aptly describes, is a Bluetooth speaker / power bank / table from Team Creatio, a hardware company with a couple crowdfunding campaigns under its belt. As the company describes it, Mellow is “the only speaker table you (sic) ever want,” and a statement that is certainly hard to argue with.

The design of Mellow is probably the best part of it: it’s a polished wood table, made of either black walnut or ash, with beech legs. The sides are wrapped in a gray fabric that complements the look nicely.

YOU HAVE TO CHARGE THE TABLE TO USE IT
But Mellow doesn’t just serve as an end table — it also has a Bluetooth speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack built in for music, along with a pair of hidden USB ports on the back to recharge devices.

I continue to be amazed at the simple ways product designers are still able to combine things into a much more useful sum than its parts. This is a pretty neat table / speaker.

via Kill three birds with one stone with this Bluetooth speaker power bank table – The Verge