What You Need to Know Today: February 10

Good afternoon, Early Risers!

Here’s what you need to know


“Think of these as the Oscars for the hoodie generation.” It’s the glitz and the glam without any of the pressure… or the public interest, said Crunchies host, comedian, and actress Chelsea Peretti. TechCrunch held its annual Crunchies awards on Monday night. Here’s an inside look at the event.

Google might deliver packages from self-driving trucks. Google was just awarded a new patent that could bring self-driving delivery trucks to a neighborhood near you. “The trucks would be fitted with a series of lockers that could potentially be unlocked with a PIN code sent to the person waiting for the delivery before the truck arrives at their location,” says Quartz.

Facebook’s 10-year plan. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg basically told investors to pump the brakes on their enthusiasm for Oculus Rift. The $599 virtual reality headsets are expected to start shipping to consumers in March. Why the lowered expectations? Sandberg says turning virtual reality into a business is part of Facebook’s 10-year plan rather than an immediate action item. This reminds me of one of Verne Harnish’s Rockefeller Habit rules: Harnish says there are only two time-frames that matter: 90 days and 10 years, and nothing in between. Here’s why.


“Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs and he’ll still destroy you.” Billionaires and elite athletes have something in common: they do more with less. There are also 7 more things billionaires and elite athletes have in common. Read this.

The only way to intro a colleague. Here’s one from the archives worth repeating. The double opt-in introduction is the ONLY way you should be introducing people via email. Here’s how it works.


How to Snapchat like a 13-year-old girl. This is a must-read today, seriously. BuzzFeed’s Ben “Bitchamin Hoesen” Rosen asked his 13-year-old sister for advice on how to Snapchat. Here’s a hint: BEN: Wait. Really? I have like 30. BROOKE: OMG!! 30?? Only NARPs have less than 150. BEN: What is a NARP? BROOKE: Nonathletic Regular Person. NARP. BEN: Ah. So…I’m basic? BROOKE: Yeah.

How to watch movies like a New York Times movie critic. “As the late New York Times writer David Carr once said, if you’re a film critic for The New York Times, “you’ve got a big box of lightning bolts on your desk.” For 16 years, movie critic A.O. Scott has wielded those bolts responsibly. His movie reviews are distinguished by a keen grasp on what makes a movie work or fail and a sharp ability to articulate it, but he’s also known for his generosity: He’ll give every film a chance. Whether a particular movie is a flaming wreck or a limp pile of trash, his prose exudes authority without snobbery,” says GQ’s Jacob Shamsian. Full story.


What One Boston Celtics Fan Can Teach You About Being Awesome

By Nick Riggle

During halftime at a Celtics basketball game in 2009, the Bon Jovi song Living on a Prayer came blasting through the loudspeakers. As people relaxed in their seats, chatting, eating and drinking, the stadium’s ‘Fan Cam’ zeroed in on the audience, projecting their images onto the jumbo screen for everyone to see. Most of them did what fans normally do – they nudged their friends, smiled, waved, covered their faces, pointed to the giant images of themselves lording over the arena. But then the camera settled on Jeremy Fry, a skinny young man sitting next to his mother. Click here to find out what happens next.

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