Miscellaneous

10 May 2015

The revolution will be digitized Washington Post

Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers' lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ramifications

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Google, Dominant in Search, Tries Disruptor Role in Wireless and Broadband New York Times

Call it the Google paradox. Last month, the European Union's antitrust chief accused Google of abusing its dominant market power in web searches.

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Eat or be eaten: With a wave of consolidation in prospect, America's big internet firms look set to divide into predators and prey The Economist

Even at charity auctions, technology titans like large transactions. At a recent fundraiser for Tipping Point, an anti-poverty charity in San Francisco, guests swiftly bid up the price for a package of Super Bowl tickets in increments of $100,000. The fortunes made by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are so vast that the event effortlessly raised $14m. Guests tossed yellow confetti round the room in celebration.

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06 May 2015

Google Pushes Advertisers to Smaller Screens New York Times

Google has spent the last few years tweaking its search engine for mobile screens. Now it is trying to get advertisers to join in.

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23 March 2015

At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film New York Times

Of the roughly 200 buildings that once stood on the 1,300-acre campus of Eastman Kodak's business park in Rochester, 80 have been demolished and 59 others sold off. Terry Taber, bespectacled, 60, and a loyal Kodak employee of 34 years, still works in one of the remaining Kodak structures, rubble from demolition not far from its doors.

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07 March 2015

Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it ABC News

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem.

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26 February 2015

Google and Apple Fight for the Car Dashboard New York Times

When Google hosted a boot camp here this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: auto manufacturers.

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14 February 2015

Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever New York Times

Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the anodyne language of corporate earnings reports.

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05 February 2015

Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google's data farm The Guardian

Well, they started it. Google Street View allows people to crawl virtually along your street and look at your house. Google Earth offers global intrusion from above. The web giant has done its bit to abolish privacy. Now an artist has out-Googled Google, offering a sneak peek at its less than beautiful underbelly.

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02 February 2015

The future of new business is disrupting old business Washington Post

There are many lessons to be learned from Uber, the taxi- ­ and car-hailing start-up that came out of nowhere and is valued at $41 billion. Less than three years ago, Uber had zero drivers. Now it has more than 160,000 active drivers who have collected $656.8 million in fares (net of what they pay Uber).

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31 January 2015

West Africa turns into dumping ground for e-waste CIO

As measures by countries in East and Southern Africa to prevent the dumping of e-waste take effect, West Africa has become a destination for old computers, mobile devices and components.

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27 January 2015

Marissa Mayer's Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold. The Question Now Is Time. New York Times

When Marissa Mayer was offered the chief executive job at Yahoo in the summer of 2012, she had a script for returning the pioneering Internet company to the tiny club of Silicon Valley powerhouses.

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19 January 2015

Google searches for a way to avoid Microsoft's fate The Observer

The news that Google's share of the web-search market in the US has suddenly dropped is interesting. According to an independent analytics firm, StatCounter, last month Google's market share dropped to 75.2%, compared with 79.3% a year earlier. That is its lowest share since 2008, when StatCounter started tracking the data. Yahoo, by contrast, seems to be on the up: its December market share (10.4%) was the highest it has achieved since 2009.

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15 January 2015

Bitcoin revealed: a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another Washington Post

If Bitcoin were a currency, it'd be the worst-performing one in the world, worse even than the Russian ruble. But Bitcoin isn't a currency. It's a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another.

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07 January 2015

Heat blamed for Australian internet failure BBC News

Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.

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05 January 2015

Editorial: Brazen Attempts by US Hotels to Block Wi-Fi New York Times

Some large hotel chains want to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices. It's a blatant attempt to limit customer choice, and the Federal Communications Commission should say no.

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19 December 2014

Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers' BBC News

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

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10 December 2014

President Obama writes Frozen code with school group BBC News

American President Barack Obama has written a line of computer code to help animate a character from the film Frozen.

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21 November 2014

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla? The Guardian

Firefox users in the US will no longer see Google from December when searching on the browser, but will be offered Yahoo as their default search engine which outbid Google for the deal.

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17 November 2014

Google to test-fly balloons which transmit internet over Australia The Guardian

Google is bringing its audacious internet-transmitting balloons to Australia.

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The desperate struggle at the heart of the brutal Apple supply chain The Observer

On Monday 17 July 2000, the graphics card company ATI put out a press release telling people to watch out for its Rage and Radeon cards in three new iMac computers to be unveiled by Steve Jobs, then Apple's chief executive, in his keynote at Macworld in New York the coming Wednesday.

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11 November 2014

Book Review: 'How Google Works,' by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg New York Times

There is a footnote on Page 3 of the new book by Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and its former vice president of products, Jonathan Rosenberg, that should set readers' expectations suitably low. The authors are describing Schmidt's first years as C.E.O., when the board of directors was consumed with worry about its most formidable competitor, Microsoft. Back then Google employees, the authors write, referred to their archrival by a secret code name: "Finland." It seems like a fresh if somewhat inexplicable detail, until the eye wanders down to the bottom of the page and this disclaimer: "In fact, 'Finland' is a code name for the code name we actually used. If we used the actual code name in this book, it wouldn't be much of a code name, would it?"

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10 November 2014

Twitter's future: How high can it fly? For all its success so far, the social-media firm may not achieve the scale many investors hope for The Economist

Dick Costolo used to be an improvisational comedian. Quick wits can be useful in business too, especially when performing for a testy audience. On November 7th the company he runs, Twitter, celebrated its first anniversary as a public company. In spite of early applause, its reviews among investors have been mixed (see chart). No one can quite decide on its prospects. Some believe it could become the next titan of digital advertising, up there with Google and Facebook, while others think it will be stuck in a niche, albeit a fairly large one, and will ultimately be valued as such.

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07 November 2014

Axel Springer, Losing Web Traffic, Bows to Google on Content Wall Street Journal

German media company Axel Springer has backed off its demands that Google Inc. pay for access to some of its content, bowing instead to the U.S. Internet giant after restricted access caused traffic to plunge.

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31 October 2014

Top literary agent Andrew Wylie calls Amazon 'Isis-like distribution channel' The Guardian

He is the sinister "jackal" of the literary world who counts Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth and Martin Amis among his formidable roster of clients.

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