Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year Extension with Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

The Lakers did not announce financial terms, but a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the deal is worth $48.5 million.

Even as a huge Laker fan, I don’t see the logic behind this decision. Kobe Bryant has been one of the best players of the current era, but I certainly thought this would be his last year. As great as he is, age eventually catches up with you.

But I could be terribly wrong. They don’t call him the Black Mamba for nothing.

Geri Coady on Design Trends

Should we really be dropping buttons, even if it negatively affects intuitive interaction patterns or confuses people with cognitive disabilities? Should we really be using thin type to look “modern” at the risk of decreasing legibility? And tell me, should we really be dropping textures and reducing contrast because it’s the “stylish” thing to do this week?

Geri makes some amazing points, and then drops the mic. Such a great read.

Twitter Tests Cleaner Web Design

Darrell Etherington on TechCrunch:

Twitter is testing a new website design, which opts for a lighter, flat design that seems at least partly inspired by its shift to similar design trends on mobile.

This looks terrible. It lacks the polish it should have. The type continues to feel tight, and the fact that they’re going “flat”, is disappointing.

Why You Should Use Sass

Dan Cederholm on A List Apart:

…the reality is that Sass (and other CSS preprocessors) can be a powerful ally—a tool that any style-crafter can easily insert into their daily work. It took me a while to come around, but I’m sure glad that I did.

We published a great excerpt from Dan’s new book Sass for Web Designers. Dan has been long regarded as one of the best when it comes to CSS, and I can’t wait to finish reading this new book. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy the book, this great excerpt might be just the thing to whet your appetite.

Marvel Creating Superhero Shows for Netflix

Jacob Kastrenakes reporting for The Verge:

Marvel is creating four live-action superhero series and an Avengers-style special event that will all air exclusively on Netflix, beginning in 2015. The first of the TV series will focus on Daredevil, while the following series will star Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.

Netflix does it again. Can’t wait to see this.

BlackBerry Secures $1 Billion in Funding

Vlad Savov reporting for The Verge:

Today was always going to be a momentous day for BlackBerry, with a looming deadline for its proposed takeover deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings. As it turns out, the full takeover isn’t taking place, but the company is going to receive an investment of $1 billion from Fairfax and a group of other institutional investors as it seeks to steer a new course.

What? I mean, it’s tough to feel bad for a company that just received a billion dollars, but what are they doing? BlackBerry is holding on for dear life, and I have to wonder whether this can turn things around for them. I hope for the best.

Twitter Facing Monetary Challenges in Japan and Korea

Reported on The Next Web:

Twitter is strong in Japan (as we noted back in 2011) where it’s used by one-third of the Internet population — but the country accounts for under 10 percent of its global revenue and one ad exec told WSJ that many Japanese brands “don’t think Twitter is something to pay money for.”

This particular post is interesting to me. Twitter is facing challenges everywhere. Why is it news that advertisers don’t want to pay in these specific places?

With that said, I really do admire these new ways of generating revenue that they’re trying. Partnering with TV, although I originally didn’t understand it, makes a lot of sense, and is one alternative to the advertising route that so many seem to just default to.

Rules of Tech Journalism

Harry Marks:

Things have gotten out of hand. Tech writers are given far too much freedom to perpetuate inaccuracies and falsehoods, as well as a generous helping of incompetence these days. That’s why it’s time to put a bit of structure in place for those publications that don’t understand good work from bad work.

This is an interesting read. Although The Bold Report isn’t incredibly popular yet, I’ve always tried to hold myself to the rules of proper journalism. I do not want to contribute to the assumption that online writers are an unprofessional bunch.

Adobe Security Breach Worse Than Originally Thought

Jared Newman reporting for Macworld:

When Adobe announced the breach on October 3, it said that attackers stole user names and encrypted passwords for an undisclosed numbers of users, along with encrypted credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates for 2.9 million customers. Krebs on Security now reports on the full extent of the attack, confirming the 38 million figure with Adobe.

Wow. 2.9 million was already a huge number, but now thirty-eight million? I’m keeping a close watch on my card to see if it’s being used, and I’d recommend you do the same. Also, if you were using the same password in multiple places, it might be a good time to look into 1Password. At this point, the probability of your information not being involved in this attack is low.