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Four short links: 20 August 2013

Polaroid camera, Highway Traffic Safety, issue hits newsstands, premier graphics

When Apps Modify Behavior -- Over the past couple of weeks, Ive noticed an app blowing up in my social circle. Its more of a controlled explosion, really as far as I can tell, the app hasnt even yet cracked the top 200 in its category in the App Store. (To be clear, Im not an investor in either of these, but I know a bunch of folks who are .) The idea is almost laughably straightforward: take a picture of what youre looking at with the back camera of your phone, then take a photo of yourself with the front camera. The picture taken with the back camera is a crutch to prop up your confidence so you can take that front camera picture of yourself.

Tesla Model S Achieves Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested | Press Release ... -- Palo Alto, CA Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. While the exact number is uncertain due to Model S breaking the testing machine, what this means is that at least four additional fully loaded Model S vehicles could be placed on top of an owner's car without the roof caving in. After verifying through internal testing that the Model S would achieve a NHTSA 5-star rating, Tesla then analyzed the Model S to determine the weakest points in the car and retested at those locations until the car achieved 5 stars no matter how the test equipment was configured.

Malik: We Are Too Dependent on Google: Video - Bloomberg -- August 19 (Bloomberg) -- Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, talks about Marissa Mayer's first year at Yahoo and the dependence on Google services after the brief outage last week. she talks about everything from motherhood to what it takes to run yahoo!

Loyalty and Layoffs | Heart, Mind and Code -- I was working at one of the premier graphics companies in the world. I was bummed to find out that the company had let more people go, but I was really happy at my job and sure, Id be glad to help Jim Oyler, President and CEO, take up the slack. (In fact, she told me on my first day to do my best to stay off Terences radar, because he had a nasty habit of laying off contractors and new people.) She also had my psyche dialed in perfectly, and broke me out of my impostor syndrome in my first (and, it would turn out, only) performance review by saying: The thing that makes you unique on this team is that more than anybody else here you really love this shit. They had to fish it out of the mail drop because everyone else in the layoff had cleared out before noon, so HR had assumed I must not have come in to work that day and probably didnt know Id been laid off.

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