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The last time I appeared on CNET’s “Daily Charge” show — during the normal times — with Roger Cheng (left) and Lauren Routt (right).

Prior to the Christmas holiday, I was honored to be invited back to CNET’s “The Daily Charge” podcast where I spoke with the publication’s executive editor, show host and my friend Roger Cheng about the 10 biggest tech stories of 2020. But there was a twist: Instead of me ranting on about what I thought were the top stories (you can read those on Flipboard’s “Tech Year in Review”, by the way), Roger and I compiled our own lists and debated it on-air.

To say the least, we had some really lively discussions about it.

What were your top 10 tech-related stories? …


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December 25 is when you’d expect to watch films with a family-friendly tone, ones in which it celebrates the holiday season and encourages us to cherish what we have. For me, some must-see movies include “A Christmas Story”, “The Polar Express”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It’s the last one where I think the modern-day version has just been released.

Released exclusively on Disney+ on Christmas day, “Soul” is an extraordinary animated film from Pixar, directed by filmmaker Pete Docter, and written by Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers. It stars Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner, a jazz musician who has spent his life trying to make it big as a professional performer but feels that landing a full-time job as a music teacher is just settling. After landing his big break, Gardner encounters a tragic end and finds himself in the after-life. …


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I’ve seen a few reporter friends in 2020 part ways with their companies in favor of starting their own publication. This has got me thinking about what tools would be needed in order for someone to create their own media empire. It used to be just a blog with some search marketing but then evolved to include social media. Now, there are plenty of platforms and apps in the marketplace that’ll greatly improve your reach.

As someone who has not only worked for two tech publications but spends his life observing the news practically every waking moment, I’m wondering what would be in one’s toolkit. Personally, I’m leveraging Flipboard to help curate all the articles I see, but how do I supplement that work? I’m using social media channels and hope to use my newsletter as well. …


Roblox’s Director of Digital Civility explains what companies can do to make their communities safer and civil, especially when involving children.

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Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

The internet can be a pretty awful place at times and there seem to be new stories of people being bullied or harassed online — many people have a tale where they felt unsafe when interacting with a community, be it on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or any other social platform. Children especially are prone to this and it has unfortunately led to disastrous results for some.

I wanted to know more about what companies can do to curb bullying and harassment and make these online communities a place where people can really connect and foster relationships. So I asked Laura Higgins, the Director of Digital Civility (yes, that’s an actual title) at Roblox, an online game design platform that is frequented by children and young adults. …


The photojournalist and tech enthusiast explains how media outlets can build rapport with readers and how to tell a better story.

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Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

As cliche as it may sound, as Tyrion Lannister once said on Game of Thrones: “There’s nothing more powerful in the world than a good story.” And when you look at a photograph, that’s exactly what it conveys: a tale about someone’s life that gets passed down to others. For Anthony Quintano, photography is much more than a hobby — it’s a way for his audience to experience what’s going on in the world beyond a text-based reality. It’s all about feeling like you’re a part of the moment.

Whether it’s providing a behind-the-scenes look at one of television’s most popular morning shows or offering a different vantage point at Times Square during New Year’s Eve, chasing storm patterns, or experiencing a volcano explode in Hawaii, Anthony has told remarkable stories that do more than anything an 800-word article could convey. …


The founder of marketing firm AnyContext explains why ethics should be a part of every company’s product roadmap and story.

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Photo credit: Vanessa Camones

Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

Technology was once praised for being innovative, helping to change how we do work, get around more conveniently, and communicated with one another. It helped to make the world a much smaller and more connected place — so what happened to make us question this reality?

Over the past couple of years, scandals about technology’s use in destroying our democracy, dividing us, and erosion of our privacy have stemmed its progress. Today, we’re examining whether companies like Facebook and Google have amassed too much influence and should be broken up, if technology like artificial intelligence and facial recognition should be regulated, and expressing outrage over misbehavior and unfair treatment in the workplace. …


Tenor’s chief executive explains why we’re fond of GIFs, how he wants to capitalize on it, and ways visual communication has changed.

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Tenor CEO David McIntosh (Photo credit: Google)

What is it about animated GIFs, those image files that oftentimes make it easier to convey what we’re trying to say versus typing it out? They’re everywhere, from being plastered across social networks to our emails and messaging apps like iMessage and WhatsApp. A big part of the proliferation of GIFs is thanks to a company called Tenor, formerly Riffsy. It has helped make embedding GIFs naturally into our conversations. But it’s much more than a form of expression, which Tenor’s chief executive David McIntosh has shared with me in the past.

While some might think that the insert of a GIF into a conversation is funny, it’s usage highlights its sociological impact. Truly a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is something that after more than five years, Tenor wishes to capitalize on. Prior to its acquisition by Google, it made moves into helping brands monetize GIF usage, seeking to establish what McIntosh believed would be the emotional graph. …


Howard Nuk and Dennis Miloseski share why they revived the name of a Silicon Valley icon and why there’s room for another smartphone in the market.

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Palm co-founders (left to right) Howard Nuk and Dennis Miloseski (Photo credit: Palm)

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

In the 1990s, many were infatuated with Palm, the tech company that made popular personal digital assistants (PDAs) like the Treo and Centro. It was acquired by Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2010 for $1.2 billion before ultimately having its brand wither away. Four years later, the Palm brand was sold to TCL in a bid to revive it, before the brand was licensed exclusively by a San Francisco startup, giving birth to a new Palm with the aim of building a smartphone for the modern era. …


The founder of smart oven company June reveals his experiences as a founding member of Lyft and the challenges of starting a hardware company.

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Photo credit: Matt Van Horn/June

Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

It’s the reality that many startups will likely fail than those that succeed, so how do entrepreneurs endure the struggle? And what qualifies as a good idea for a company these days? I decided to ask someone who has been at several startups spanning different industries for his take. Meet Matt Van Horn, the co-founder and chief executive of smart oven maker June. …


Social Media Club’s co-founder talks about the problems with corporate innovation, accelerators, and why his new startup Mentor Bureau is the solution.

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Photo credit: Chris Heuer

Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn.

When he co-founded Social Media Club in 2006, Chris Heuer looked to establish an organization supporting those interested in social media’s potential — he wanted to build a community. It’s in his nature after all. From his time as an entrepreneur and a consultant with Deloitte and also his own firm AdHocnium, Heuer’s goal has been to spark innovation within companies to help drive things forward.

After talking with startups and mentoring them at Google’s Launchpad accelerator and also as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Collider accelerator, he’s taking on a new role: founder of Mentor Bureau, a consultancy to help guide startups through growth beyond the accelerator/incubator stage. …

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Ken Yeung

Technology Editor at Flipboard. Journalist and marketer. Formerly with VentureBeat and The Next Web.

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