Chicago’s startup tech scene gets some new national attention thanks to the incubator 1871, but it wouldn’t be a Trend without someone from not-flyover country giving us the what-for.
TAL pulls its most popular episode podcast—and devotes this week’s show to the aftermath—after fabrications by monologuist Mike Daisey are revealed by a Marketplace reporter.
Plus: Sunspot images, “The New Optimism,” means of determining the optimal baseball batting order, and a forthcoming social-services finder for Chicago.
Indiana University researchers develop Truthy, a system that follows Twitter memes with an electronic eye towards what’s fake and what’s real: sort of a CDC for viral media.
The Siri abortion controversy reveals a lot about information technology and entrenched sexism. Not to mention people, computers, and the uncomfortable, uncanny things that happen when we try to make one behave like the other.
Four UIUC students present a method of “rendering synthetic objects into legacy photographs.” The short of it is that it’s mindblowing.
On Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple; and Jef Raskin, the man behind the Macintosh, an unsung computer genius whose odd, innovative ideas have never quite taken hold but continue to trail Apple’s products, 30 years after he left the company.
iDEA GUY: The Groupon cofounder tells us a thing or two about entrepreneurship
Two college students tweet their way to a book deal
Alex Seropian just sold his West Loop-based video game company to Disney. What does that mean for the city’s nascent gaming industry?