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The Bill Gates Line – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
- interesting essay on the nature of monopoly power, platforms and aggregators
business  economics  alphabet 
2 days ago by renaissancechambara
Opinion | What the Microsoft Antitrust Case Taught Us - The New York Times
- interesting how what would have isolated sporadic criticism of the big four internet giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now morphing into criticism and calls for remedy on a regular basis. Behavioural change from a marketing perspective is usually driven by reach and repetition. The ground is being prepared for legislation or a court challenge a few years from now
facebook  alphabet  totwitter 
5 days ago by renaissancechambara
Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct
Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

“Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000. When Google was reorganized under a new parent company, Alphabet, in 2015, Alphabet assumed a slightly adjusted version of the motto, “do the right thing.” However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several weeks. The phrase has been deeply incorporated into Google’s company culture—so much so that a version of the phrase has served as the wifi password on the shuttles that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters, sources told Gizmodo.
google  alphabet  code-of-conduct  dont-be-evil  evil  Corporatism  2018 
5 days ago by zzkt
Nabokov’s synesthetic alphabet: From the weathered wood of A to the thundercloud of Z
The long a of the English alphabet ... has for me the tint of weathered wood, but a French a evokes polished ebony. This black group also includes hard g (vulcanized rubber) and r (a sooty rag being ripped). Oatmeal n, noodle-limp l, and the ivory-backed hand mirror of o take care of the whites.
language  psychology  alphabet 
10 days ago by terry
Warren Buffett zu Bitcoin: "Rattengift hoch zwei" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Buffett indes will in weitere Apple-Aktien investieren und lobte er die jüngste Entscheidung des iPhone-Herstellers, eigene Aktien im Volumen von bis zu 100 Milliarden Dollar zurückzukaufen. Erst vor wenigen Tagen hatte Buffett erklärt, Berkshire habe weitere 75 Millionen Apple-Papiere gekauft. Die Nachricht hatte - zusammen mit der Rückkauf-Ankündigung und den zuvor präsentierten Quartalszahlen - die Apple-Aktie auf ein Rekordhoch getrieben.

Buffett sagte zudem, es sei ein Fehler gewesen, dass er nie daran gedacht habe, dass Amazon und Google ebenfalls gute Investments für Berkshire gewesen wären. Er hatte sich über viele Jahre geweigert, Geld in Technologie-Firmen zu stecken. Sein Gespür für gute Investitionen hat ihn in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten dennoch berühmt gemacht. Buffett ist laut dem US-Magazin "Forbes" der weltweit drittreichste Mensch mit einem Vermögen von rund 85 Milliarden Dollar. Er steht seit 1965 an der Spitze von Berkshire Hathaway.
investing  Kandidaten  Apple  amazon  Tesla  Microsoft  Google  Alphabet 
19 days ago by snearch
BBC - Capital - The cost of changing an entire country’s alphabet
The Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet from Cyrillic script to the Latin-based style favoured by the West. What are the economics of such a change?
cyrillic  kazakh  language  font  change  east  west  europe  alphabet 
4 weeks ago by xer0x

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