SXSW

Panel seeks to figure out the right age for kids to specialize

At a SXSW panel on Sunday, Tom Farrey cited a survey about Division I athletes who were specializing in their sport by the age of 12. According to Farrey, 87 percent of women gymnasts were only doing gymnastics at that age, while 72 percent of women’s...

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Nick Denton talks life after Gawker, whether he has any regrets and what he thinks about Peter Thiel

Thankfully, the interviewer didn’t beat around the bush. Moments after coming on stage to speak at the South by Southwest Conference on Sunday, former Gawker CEO Nick Denton was asked about the video.  Given what happened, was it really a good idea?...

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BookPeople tweets SXSW clapback to keep Austin weird

BookPeople knows Austin. They’re the largest independent bookstore in Texas, and they’ve been keeping folks reading since 1970. That’s what makes one of their latest tweets during South by Southwest so satisfying. The store tweeted a photo of three...

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SXSW 2017: Cheryl Strayed takes us to church on live Tim Ferriss podcast

It’s been more than 20 years since Cheryl Strayed, still grieving her young mother’s death, faced her deepest demons as she walked the Pacific Crest Trail.  The journey has reached something of mythical status over the year, first in her bestselling...

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Want to see Joe Biden at SXSW? Wake up and get a wristband

As if you weren’t already dreading losing an hour of sleep for Daylight Saving Time, South by Southwest organizers have sprung a plot twist on attendees hoping to see former Vice President Joe Biden speak at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. RELATED: Jill Biden added...

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Streaming tech fail mars Jennifer Doudna genetics keynote at SXSW

Saturday’s South by Southwest keynote, a talk from geneticist Jennifer Doudna, had all the makings of a standout SXSW presentation. It’s about future-looking technology that could affect the lives of literally billions and that is so in its infancy...

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Get tidy, get the life you want: Marie ‘KonMari’ Kondo shows you how at SXSW

Seeing Marie Kondo fold clothes live in person -- sending love through her palms and making items stand upright -- might be what the world needs right now. She was a gentle and calm presence in the midst of the South by Southwest storm Saturday in...

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Talking Trump tweets, Wikileaks and surveillance

Two panels on data security and online privacy during South by Southwest Interactive’s government track were particularly salient Friday after a newsy week that included Wikileaks’ release Tuesday of documents on how the government hacks your tech...

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Van Jones says being a liberal pundit was easy until he got to know the other side

It was easy for Van Jones to be a Trump-bashing liberal pundit before he took time to meet the other side. But once he did, Jones said, he learned “The Messy Truth” -- which is the title of his CNN town hall program. "Trump is worse than I feared...

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Author Dan Lyons tackles ‘bro culture’ and why it’s damaging to tech companies

The irony of a white male in his late 50s delivering a talk about diversity and bro culture on the opening day of South by Southwest wasn’t lost on Dan Lyons.  “I never expected at my age to become some sort of diversity advocate,” Lyons joked  when...

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