Internet recommendations from Sarah Kessler, Fast Company's Associate Editor:
1. The “Can Men Wear Shorts?” debate
The Pacific Standard was the only publication I saw bring an academic into this debate, which is exactly what it needed.
3. The Pixar Theory
John Lasseter, Disney’s chief creative officer, recently told me
while I was reporting an upcoming story that mixing characters from different Pixar movies has always been taboo. And after reading Jon Negroni’s “Pixar Theory,” I finally understand why: Putting Pixar characters together would make it far too obvious that all the studio’s movies are actually part of the same story—beginning with the witch in Brave experimenting with giving animals the ability to speak. I can’t believe we didn’t see this before.
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The news that former Xbox chief Don Mattrick was leaving Microsoft to help revive the social gaming company Zynga has people wondering if Steven Spielberg will stick with Microsoft’s planned TV series based on the video game Halo.
The Halo series will, of course, proceed without Mattrick, but given that Mattrick’s close relationship with Spielberg was key in signing the deal, one has to wonder whether new snags might arise now that he’s gone.
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"I think it validates the model in a lot of ways. I think it also blurs the line forever about what is television. Television is what’s on the screen, no matter what size the screen or how the content got to the screen. Television is television is television."
—Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos talks about the Emmy nominations for Netflix shows: House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good day to youTumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- An Australia-based firm has developed wetsuits that make you invisible to sharks.
- A small Colorado town is considering granting drone hunting licenses and even offering bounty to citizens who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.
- A technical glitch led PayPal to temporarily ban a book for having “Iranian” in the title.
- Today’s most innovative company: Hot Pockets, which celebrated its 30th birthday by showing it’s still hip.
- 63 tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, signed a letter asking the NSA for increased transparency regarding security-related surveillance.
- Dismal first quarter results reveal that Nokia’s smartphone plan isn’t working.
- The .Amazon domain name may go to the river instead of the ecommerce giant. You’re next Patagonia.
- Rolling Stone is standing its ground after several retailers including, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Roche Brothers, refused to carry its newest issue
- This teddy bear monitors a child’s vital signs and then sends the data to their parent’s smartphone… creepy.
- The Emmy nomination of Netflix’s original show House of Cardsis evidence that the way we watch TV is changing.
Have a great day!
One thing that makes NYC so great is all of the free things to see and do.
Like this concert that is happening outside of our office right now.
The 7 WTC 7th Anniversary Concert Series will be held at 12 pm on every Friday from July 12 through August 23.
- The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
- U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
- MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
- A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
- Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week.
- Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
- Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
- TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
- Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
- An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’
Made in anticipation of the newest Superman movie, Man Of Steel, this new infographic visualizes the evolution of Superman logo from its debut in 1938 to 2013.
"In my experience, what’s true as a woman is very different from some of the more cliched ways we’ve represented women over the years. I want to tell a more complex story. I want to tell a more empowered story, a more joyful story, a more sexy story …
There’s an opportunity to create a new way of looking at women in the culture, and that’s by example.” -Connie Britton, No. 13 on our list of Most Creative People in business
17-year-old Jennie Lamere created Twivo which allows Twitter users to block certain words from their feed to prevent spoilers.
Recognize these photos? If you’ve seen Star Wars, you probably do.
This the abandoned set of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. A photographer accidentally stumbled upon the set, which sits in Tunisia. It sits in perfect stillness, at the crest of the Sahara Desert, eaten away by dust and sand.
Glaring Lack Of Zombies in “Downton Abbey” Rectified
1. Pig Newton (Louis C.K.)
7. Cameron Pace Group
8. Stereo D
9. Nimble TV
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