Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called “ The Internet Apologizes .” We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. This interview features Dan McComas, the former senior vice-president for product of Reddit and the founder and CEO of Imzy, a community-focused platform . You can find other interviews from this series here . Reddit started a couple of years after Facebook, and it’s super giant, and the kind of thing that you were present for was the challenge of building a platform that can accommodate a really large and sprawling set of communities, but at the same time make sure that it’s able to maintain community standards. You worked at it, I know, from the product end. I’m interested in hearing a bit about how you came to work at Reddit, and the questions you were thinking about. I came in … [Read more...] about ‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’
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It was a Zoom call for help. Some 1,500 worried Jewish leaders dialed in Tuesday to ask Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to beef up security just three days after an 11-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended when the gunman who had taken a rabbi and three others hostage was killed. The virtual meeting was organized to "hear directly what the government is doing to prevent future attacks and what resources are available to make our shuls and other institutions more secure,” said Nathan Diament of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which co-hosted the call with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Garland and Mayorkas, both of whom are Jewish, were joined on the call that lasted more than an hour by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Paul Abbate, the deputy director of the FBI, a spokeswoman for the Orthodox Union said. "I did not know the FBI director was … [Read more...] about 1,500 synagogue leaders meet with feds to discuss security in wake of Texas standoff
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The flavors at the Peruvian restaurant Jalea are electric. The location? A bit more unassuming. The nearest major city, St. Louis, is 23 miles away. But on a quiet cobblestone street, sandwiched between a Pilates studio and a financial services consultancy, you’ll find ceviche with delicate slices of grouper and plump corn kernels, all swimming in a tart, ginger-heavy leche de tigre; and lomo saltado whose soy- and vinegar-laden sauce arrives lacquered onto chunks of rib-eye. Jalea’s owners, the siblings Mimi and Andrew Cisneros, recognized the risk in choosing this quaint street over a city known for its vibrant restaurant scene . But they saw opportunities in the suburbs that they wouldn’t find in St. Louis. Yes, the rent was lower. And St. Charles, where the Cisneroses spent their teenage years, is also one of the fastest-growing counties in Missouri. “St. Charles is not just the white suburbs where we grew up,” Ms. Cisneros said. “It is becoming … [Read more...] about America’s Next Great Restaurants Are in the Suburbs. But Can They Thrive There?
At a subway station deep under Manhattan, a dingy room is filled with rows of antique equipment built before World War II. The weathered glass boxes and cloth-covered cables are not part of a museum exhibit, however — they are crucial pieces of the signal system that directs traffic in one of the busiest subways in the world. Much of the signal equipment at that station, at West Fourth Street, is decades beyond its life span, and it is one of the main culprits plaguing the overburdened subway. As New York City’s sprawling subway faces a deepening crisis over delays , the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that modernizing the signals is a top priority. But the rollout of a new signal network is unfolding at a glacial pace even as the subway system is straining under the demands of a booming ridership. Two decades after the agency began its push to upgrade signals, work has been completed on just one line. At the current pace, transforming every subway line could take … [Read more...] about Key to Improving Subway Service in New York? Modern Signals
The publisher and TriBeCa resident Judith Regan was in her reliable old neighborhood restaurant the Odeon the other day when she smelled something different in the air, and it certainly wasn’t a new entree on the menu. “You’re very hip again,” Ms. Regan told the headwaiter. She was right. The joint is jumping. The bartender with her glasses and slash of red lipstick looks like a younger Jenna Lyons. Who’s that by the window eating a niçoise? Jonathan Burnham, the senior vice president and publisher of HarperCollins. And by the wall near the bar, having an omelet? Pamela McCarthy, the longtime deputy editor of The New Yorker . And that guy in the booth by the back? The clothing designer Steven Alan. “They make a fantastic burger,” Mr. Alan said. Mayor Bill de Blasio has been here recently, as has Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. “Not together,” stressed Aimee Bell, the deputy editor of Vanity Fair and another regular. In recent years, … [Read more...] about Brighter Lights, Bigger City: The Odeon’s Second Act
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a long-running case that would decide the fate of a renowned work of art stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family fleeing Germany at the outset of World War II. The court is being asked to decide the case, which concerns a Camille Pissarro painting, on extremely technical legal issues involving which laws should be applied to determine the piece's rightful owners. David Boies, an attorney for the descendants of the Cassirer family, which purchased the painting in 1900, argued on Tuesday that the laws of California, where the suit was filed, should be applied as opposed to those of Spain, where the painting now sits in a museum. ADVERTISEMENT In 1939, Lilly Cassirer, the heir of a German Jewish art collector, was forced to sell the Pissarro work for $360 in order to get permission to flee Nazi Germany. Today, the painting is estimated to be worth $40 million. The painting, "Rue Saint-Honoré, Afternoon, Rain Effect," changed … [Read more...] about Supreme Court grapples over fate of artwork stolen by Nazis
It is the option that nobody in the Olympic movement wants to talk about, but it is the one staring everyone in the face: a Tokyo Games this summer with no fans, just 10,000 athletes competing in front of seas of empty seats. As the coronavirus continues to spread , with more than 3,000 deaths and 90,000 documented cases worldwide, sporting events without fans are edging toward becoming a kind of new normal. Fans were barred from attending the International Biathlon Union’s World Cup event in the Czech Republic that began on Thursday. In Italy, the country’s top soccer league will resume its schedule this weekend by playing matches in empty stadiums with no fans allowed until at least early April. And in England, where Premier League clubs have been told to avoid pregame handshakes, teams have been advised to begin making plans for the prospect of playing matches without crowds. The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match … [Read more...] about As Coronavirus Spreads, Olympics Face Ticking Clock and a Tough Call
Hanging out on the corner of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx will not yield a lot of clues about how Malcolm Livingston II first got fired up about food. At 28, Mr. Livingston has been the head pastry chef at WD-50 for almost four years, and he recently landed a job that may be described as a wild Scandinavian plum : In December, after WD-50’s bold 11 ½-year run of boundary-pushing cuisine ends, he will move from New York to Denmark to conjure up desserts at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that some critics have called the best in the world. The chef at Noma, René Redzepi , has drawn wide acclaim for a new form of cooking that is largely rooted in foraging for nibbles from nearby forests, fjords, meadows, dunes and tide pools. Mr. Livingston, a veteran of the kitchens at Le Cirque and Per Se, is the first to admit that he has zero experience with that. When he showed up on a chilly Monday morning last month at this corner of his home borough, in a … [Read more...] about Foraging for a Pastry Chef in the Bronx
0 Community Corner Looking for things to do this week? Patch has your guide to upcoming events in and around Dedham. Event News , Patch Staff Posted Reply DEDHAM, MA — Hoping to go on a family outing? Hoping to spend a night out with friends? Your Dedham Patch community calendar is a great way to stay up to date on what's happening near you and discover local events that fit your interests. Here's a roundup of local events coming up in the area this week. Wondering how you can get your event in the next roundup? You can add it to the calendar using this form . You can also spread the word in nearby communities by promoting your event. The cost is $1 per day per community. Here are all of this week's events in the Dedham area: Mid-Year Exams - Dedham High School When: Tuesday, January 18th at 12:00 a.m. Where: Dedham High School Learn More Featured Event: Divorce Boot Camp - Vesta's Newton, MA Hub … [Read more...] about Dedham Area Events Calendar: Check Out What’s Happening This Week
SEATTLE — Microsoft said on Tuesday it planned to buy the powerhouse but troubled video game company Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion, betting that video games will become an increasingly central part of people’s digital lives. The blockbuster acquisition, the largest ever by Microsoft and for the gaming world, would catapult the company into a leading spot in a $175 billion industry that is successful on virtually every kind of device, from bulky gaming consoles to mobile phones, and has reached even greater heights during the pandemic . Technology companies are swarming around the industry, looking for a bigger share of attention and money from the world’s three billion gamers. In an industry driven by blockbuster franchises, Activision makes some of the most popular titles, including Call of Duty and Candy Crush. Yet the company has been roiled by employee revolt over accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination in recent months. The deal may also strengthen … [Read more...] about Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard, a bet on games being central to the internet’s future.