November 11, 2016: Friday news roundup
Today is Veterans Day in the United States, and we want to thank all of our military personnel for their dedicated service. In other news, yes, there was a presidential election this week. We, along with the rest of the country, wait to see what the next administration has in store. We don’t get political here in the roundup, but it’s been hard to find news about anything else. We have a few tidbits to share anyway.
The tech manager’s challenge: How to stay steeped in tech while focusing on leadership?
Written by the CTO of a Seattle tech company, this piece addresses a challenge that faces anyone who’s moved up from coding to management: getting caught in the tug-of-war between technical details and leadership responsibilities. The author has some really helpful advice for finding the right balance.
Why the problem with learning is unlearning
Here’s an interesting examination of what it means to “unlearn” something and why it’s something we need to do. Essentially, we’re all prone to becoming stuck in our thinking, and we don’t even know it. A concept or framework we learned at some point becomes the default to the exclusion of other possibilities. This happens to companies as well as individuals and can get in the way of effective decision making and collaboration.
Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform
In the election’s aftermath, many are taking a closer look at the role fake news stories may have played in shaping people’s views. Whether you believe misinformation influenced Facebook users’ votes or not, it’s worth thinking about the growing reliance on algorithms to curate what people see in their feeds.
Defunct Computer Company Name Generator
We could all use something fun and completely removed from politics, so we’ll wrap up the roundup with this silly page built by the creative geeks over at Boing Boing. Keep hitting refresh for more plausible-sounding company names displayed in awesome retro-tech fonts.