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I can picture Steve [Jobs] running into the Macintosh design group and saying really excitedly, ‘We’ve got this fantastic concept.’ His idea was that a nontechnical secretary should be able to go into a room alone with a Mac in a box and a letter opener and be doing useful work in one hour.

Our new book, Design Crazy, tells the story of how some of the most iconic Apple designs came about. It’s a great weekend read, and it’s in the iTunes store for $1.99!

All of the wonks were saying the personal computer was dead. And then one day—you never quite knew where Steve would get his ideas, because he would sometimes lay claim to others’ ideas as his own—Steve woke up and decided not only was the computer not dead, but it was more important than ever. The computer was the center of this ecosystem and there were spokes: pictures, work, music.

The story behind the iPod’s design

"I designed the boot image-a happy Mac-because we wanted the computer to be friendly. That was a word we tossed around a lot. The icon was inspired by those yellow smiley-face buttons, of course, and by the kind of things I used to draw when I was fourteen years old. We did the happy Mac, and then we did the unhappy Mac, which was never supposed to be seen. You know, like the bomb.”

Our new book, “Design Crazy," is the first oral history of Apple design, as told by the designers who were there. It’s fascinating. Check it out.

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
The new Nexus 7 tablet has gone on pre-order before Google even had a chance to reveal it.
BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.
Would you hand over your personal data to the TSA if it got you through airport security faster? 
Heads up all you hopeless e-romantics, a security flaw within the dating app Tinder exposed users’ locations and Facebook IDs for two hours last weekend.
Hmm, is your data safe with Citibike? A glitch exposed the credit card info of more than 1,000 users in April.
Get ready to see lots of promoted tweets during your favorite TV shows, because Twitter is giving a big push to its TV ad targeting feature for brands. 
Apple’s third-quarter earnings show record-setting iPhone sales but declining numbers for the iPad. 
NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting alter-ego has a name, and it is Carlos Danger.
Edward Snowden has been given permission to leave the Sheremetyevo airport, as long as he stays in Russia. 
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a Superteddy bear that would be able to chat naturally using Siri-like technology.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
  • BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
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The shut down of an Apple developer center last week may have been triggered by the security researcher who pointed out some of Apple’s bugs and potential cyber weaknesses. 
Word on the street has it that Apple is testing iPads and iPhones with larger screens.
Yahoo just bought back $1.16 billion in shares from hedge fund investor Third Point LLC. 
An encryption flaw in some SIM cards means that roughly 750 million phones can be hacked in a matter of minutes via text message. 
Celebrated statistician and 2013’s most creative person, Nate Silver, is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. 
Here is why you will see many more 3-D printers next year.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone thinks that Facebook should go premium with a paid ad-free version.
Have a great week!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

Have a great week!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Uber-rapper Sean Carter has changed his name from Jay-Z to Jay Z. Maybe it’s just too hot for hyphens?
Here’s why the new photos of alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, might do more harm than good.
What’s in secret Aaron Swartz that has MIT doesn’t want us to see?
Are knockoff iPhone chargers electrocuting people?  
Journalists and non-profits rejoice, making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is about to get easier thanks to the FOIA machine, which has been dubbed the 'TurboTax for government records.'
Apple’s purchase of Canadian navigation start up Locationary is evidence that it is serious about its mapping services. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Here’s why the new photos of alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, might do more harm than good.
  • Journalists and non-profits rejoice, making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is about to get easier thanks to the FOIA machine, which has been dubbed the 'TurboTax for government records.'

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
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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!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good day to youTumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • A small Colorado town is considering granting drone hunting licenses and even offering bounty to citizens who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Today’s most innovative company: Hot Pockets, which celebrated its 30th birthday by showing it’s still hip.
  • The .Amazon domain name may go to the river instead of the ecommerce giant. You’re next Patagonia.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 
Analysts say that the U.S. retail safety plan for Bangladesh factories is weak, especially in comparison to its European equivalent.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was forced to abandon his spacewalk after a suit malfunction that filled his helmet with water. Scary! 
The Google Glass team considered 'pew pew pew' and 'go go glass' before they went with its trigger term, ‘Ok glass.’
Airbnb is slowing international hiring and reorganizing in an attempt to prevent startup burnout. 
As we reported earlier today, Tumblr has fixed a bug in its iOS app and recommends that users change their passwords.
Jay-Z’s new album set a record on Spotify with 14-million whole album streams.
Watch out Apple! Google just released its iOS Maps 2.0 update. 
Fresh Apple rumors are milling. A new iPhone with features like a finger print reader and lighter, plastic components may be in the works.
Thanks to a team that lugged a trolley camera around the Parisian landmark, Google Street View users are getting a view from the Eiffel Tower.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
The Hubble telescope just discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon. Cool!
A determined Google Street View used a 33-pound backpack camera to capture the ancient (and inaccessible) streets of Venice. Here’s are some other great Google Street View moments.
A day after Vladimir Putin said he was leaving ASAP, it was announced that Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. 
Rumor has it that Apple might buy the 3-D gesture and identity-sensing tech company PrimeSense.
It is also rumored that Apple is looking into a live TV service that would allow viewers to skip ads.
Yahoo just won its legal battle with the Dept. of Justice, unsealing key documents that show just how strongly it objected to the government spying on users. 
Americans who are outraged by the NSA PRISM scandal are expressing themselves through art.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
[Image: Flickr user zugaldia]

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Yahoo just won its legal battle with the Dept. of Justice, unsealing key documents that show just how strongly it objected to the government spying on users. 

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Image: Flickr user zugaldia]