No. 47: Twitter goes long, scary fossil possibilities and a computer that loves Lichtenstein

THE 1099 ECONOMY: Consider that Uber has 160,000 contract drivers and fewer than 2,000 employees. Though no one tops that 80 to 1 ratio, firms like Handy, Eaze and Luxe aren’t far behind. Behold the future of employment, where head count will mean something else entirely. Tech Crunch

A CLEAN BREAK WITH THE PAST? Plastic is being printed into custom prosthetics and manipulated into patient-specific surgical instruments. Titanium powder is being used to produce implants that are optimized to fit a patient’s anatomy. A medical boom from 3-D printers? Maybe, if they can get the darn things sterile. CNY

LONG FORM: Starting next month, Twitter’s Direct Message feature will allow missives of up to 10,000 characters. Regular tweets are unchanged.

IN THE i OF THE BEHOLDER: If you could program a computer to judge the world’s best art, how would it do? It would get Munch, Monet and Lichtenstein and snub Durer. Which sounds correct, actually. Business Insider

ARE WE SURE THIS ISN’T PRODUCT PLACEMENT? Just in time for the release of Jurassic World, paleontologist have discovered soft dinosaur tissue in eight fossils. Smithsonian

Also: Researchers have discovered that raptors traveled with their third toe raised, likely to prevent its razor-sharp claw from getting dull. But they occasionally lowered it while walking, Science Daily reports, perhaps to use as a cleat on slippery ground.

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THE DEBRIEF: Mitch Maiman, chief at Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions, sits down with Innovate for a free-wheeling discussion on what Long Island’s innovation economy needs to hit critical mass. And it’s not just money.

BUT PLEASE HURRY: P-TECH, named after its clunky, acronym-focused name, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, is quietly building future leaders for the Long Island manufacturing sector. Innovate

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DON’T BUY THIS: With Father’s Day nigh, the Web and social media are downright distended, digitally speaking, with gift ideas for the favorite progenitor-figure in your life.

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