A report suggests Google is going to unite all its various chat products under the name “Babble.” We sincerely hope this is not part of another effort to make us all use Google+. [Geek.com]
“Sanders and Armstrong share something with the startup world as a whole: the arrogance of naivete. They see what they think is a problem. They think they’re the ones to solve it.” [Melville House]
Wait ’til the mayor sees this: There’s a couple of teens who review cigarettes on YouTube. Gross. [Daily Dot]
You can now climb every mountain with Google Street View. [L.A. Times]
Security researcher Brian Krebs tracked down the hacker who completely wrecked Mat Honan’s digital life. BRB, double-checking my two-factor authentication. [Ars Technica]
They make great presents, but books are deceptively difficult to give: You don’t want to buy some random bestseller off the front table at Barnes and Noble, but wander very far into the store and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with options. To lend a hand, we’ve combed through this year’s techie-targeted releases (and tossed in a couple of old favorites, as well).
Reality Distortion Field
Even more so than other industries, tech startups are full of incurable optimists, prone to pronouncements about how this SoMoLo app is totally going to change grocery shopping forever and ever, man. Moderation isn’t exactly enshrined as a virtue, and everyone wants his very own Steve Jobs effect.
Hence, we can’t help but feel bad for anyone whose boss gets his hands on a copy of Trevor Blake’s new book, Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life, in which he apparently argues that Negative Nancies are actually quite bad for you. According to a recent interview with Inc.:
Tao of Steve
Steve Jobs’ biography was recently leaked to the press—or purchased off the back of a truck, however you’d like it—and with the leak came a flurry of revelations about the recently-deceased technological revolutionary whose death was mourned worldwide. Many of these sneak peeks concerned his not-so-friendly side; in other words, the juiciest tidbits about him.