How is the Essential Phone? Greg got to spend a few days with it prior to its general release, so he can tell you. It's not enough time to call it a proper review, but he shares extensive opinions about the anticipated device.
TL;DR – it's solid, but nothing amazing, yet. Nothing, you might say, that you couldn't do without, if you've already got a great device. Also, we learn that the only things Greg cares about in this world are apparently Netflix and Photos.
Kalanick had words about Benchmark's lawsuit in a legal filing. The former Uber CEO said that the legal action was "part of [Benchmark's] public and personal attack" on him, and also an "ambush" "executed... at the most shameful of times," immediately following the death of Kalanick's mother.
Do super rich people have the perspective necessary to provide direction about closing the digital divide that increasingly seems to separate people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. DFJ's Steve Jurvetson will try to convince us he can indeed help at Disrupt this year in SF.
If you're a media company currently pivoting to video (which is all of them), make sure you're not pivoting to the wrong kind of video. Facebook has said it'll shut down clickbait content and fake video play buttons on images designed to grab clicks.
I have a lot of stuff around that would probably be very useful for others, and which I use very rarely. Fat Lama thinks a lot of people are probably in similar situations, and would like to help them rent out their gear – whatever it may be – in a peer-to-peer asset sharing scenario.