Generation Y is the first to have unprecedented access to information; they’ve had the world wide web. They’ve had windows (both proprietary and conceptual) to vast archives of sexual materials in their hands and in their pockets. And their potential relationships haven’t been naturally bounded by the people in their immediate environments. The so-called threats to “family values” reiterate the ones from the swinging 60s, the roaring 20s and the entire era of Romantics – not the new ones, mind. So what is love like for these millennials? Have innovations in technology done what protest songs, love-ins and flapper dresses were unable to do? Or is the practice (and the process) of our rawest, most vulnerable human emotion the same as it’s always been? Let’s start with how it always begins: finding love.

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The talent — and there’s a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving these infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.

Why do these smart, quantitatively trained engineers, who could help cure cancer or fix healthcare.gov, want to work for a sexting app?

Part of the answer, I think, lies in the excitement I’ve been hinting at. Another part is prestige. Smart kids want to work for a sexting app because other smart kids want to work for the same sexting app. “Highly concentrated pools of top talent are one of the rarest things you can find,” Biswas told me, “and I think people are really attracted to those environments.” But that presumes that the talent at older companies is somehow subpar, less technically proficient, than it is at their younger counterparts. This seems unlikely if you look at Cisco’s list of patents. Yet clearly there exists some sort of discrepancy between the talent the new guard looks for and the old guard provides. There are thousands of engineers working at big corporations in Silicon Valley, many with years of experience and proven track records of creating code. Many of them have also been through several cycles of layoffs, as older companies divest assets and shave costs. So why are start-ups constantly bemoaning a shortage of talent?

The marketplace is competitive, and if you’re not working on this or that potentially industry-disrupting idea, someone else will get there before you. But it breaks down when you begin to question whether or not your idea is actually industry-disrupting or, really, meaningful at all.

TV over books

"The growing intellectual currency of television has altered the cultural conversation in fundamental ways. Water cooler chatter is now a high-minded pursuit, not just a way to pass the time at work. The three-camera sitcom with a laugh track has been replaced by television shows that are much more like books — intricate narratives full of text, subtext and clues."

David Carr on how our TV time is eating into our book time as it deserves to because of shows like True Detective, House of Cards, Breaking Bad.

The double lives of Iranian youth – CNN Photos

The double lives of Iranian youth – CNN Photos

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Idea for Coursera

How many of us have signed up for courses on Coursera and then didn’t follow through? I have to admit that I’ve signed up for 3 courses and I’ve always managed to finished the first two sections at one go (because of my enthusiasm for the subject) but then once I left Coursera, no number of email reminders could get me back. I started to snooze.

Coursera has rich content, great faculty and an awesome design for the course. So, what keeps people from dropping off? 

It still feels very academic to go back on the page and continue with the courses. When it feels very academic, the excitement dies off and it becomes a ‘have to do’ rather than a ‘want to do’.

1. It needs more color on its website. It needs a bit of spunk that gives me the feeling of it being contemporary and cool.

2. I wish that there was a way my class could be added directly onto my bookmark bar. I could easily join the class that I left off by clicking on the bookmark and letting a window pop up rather than going to the website and feeling pressurised. If I stay in “my environment”, and I feel like I am in control - it’s a “want to do”. If I step into “their environment”, it feels like an obligation, a task, and very academic. 

3. Partner with meetup.com or equivalent. Make it an opportunity for me to meet other people who took the same course and live in my city. Whenever there is someone watching, you tend to finish things you started. Few people are driven by self-discipline. If there is a real group that’s discussing the course, the FOMO (Fear of missing out) will kick in and I’ll be more likely to complete projects. 

This also opens up a stream for advertising revenue. Cafes, Spaces could partner with Coursera and host meetups (and drive business).

You could do the above OR you could start charging for the courses like Skillshare does.  

BuzzFeed has begun working with clients to make the quizzes, which currently include “Which David Bowie Are You?” from Spotify. The “Which Barbie doll are you?” quiz from “featured partner” Mattel has around 152,000 Facebook shares since it launched on Feb. 21, a spokesperson for the site told Mashable. “With branded quizzes, there are a tremendous amount of angles we can approach,” Rosenthal said.

WEARABLE electronics have been stuck in a design rut. Bulky watches, bright wristbands and Roman-gladiator-meets-the-Jetsons arm straps have been the go-to look for manufacturers like Nike and Jawbone.

But these wearable gadgets — often a dull representation of function over form — are finally getting a fashion-industry makeover.

Fitbit, the maker of the Fitbit One and Flex, has teamed with the designer Tory Burch to make new trackers that look like stylish jewelry. In January, Intel started a wearable design competition that will award a total of $1.25 million in prize money. (Intel also signaled its seriousness about wearable tech this week by purchasing the fitness tracker company Basis for a reported $100 million, so look for new design ideas in future Basis products).