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Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41983343 - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41980922 - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
UK  Uber  Platform  1099  Self-Employment  gig  Economy  on-demand  working  poor  poverty  insecurity  Precariat  minimumwage  Mindestlohn  TaskRabbit  neoliberal  Exploitation  workers  rights  trade  union  neoliberalism  Capitalism  profit  maximisation  PAYE  NI  taxation  pension  scheme  bailout  welfare  state  recovery  Technology  totalitarianism  technocracy  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  evasion  avoidance  tax  employment  law  Deliveroo 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Roger Cohen on Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Apple Gets Hardcore About Its Hobbies | TechCrunch
[from version 1 to 2, 3, 4 ] The iPad wasn’t versatile enough for business. The iPhone camera wasn’t sharp enough for photographers. And none of Apple’s products were fast enough for die hard gamers. Until today. [ more and more extension of you, part of you, you, ... unthinkable to live without it ... remote control for your life, that thing where your life happens now, partially on the screen/inside. away from the gadget factors which still had friction. now less and less friction. ]
Apple  iPad  iPhone  iOS  technological  progress  Apple  Watch  technological  history  Technology  mobile  homescreen  Escapeism  productivity  Entertainment  utility  society  Steve  Jobs  Gesellschaft  Wearable  computing  friction  frictionless  quantified  self  digital  economy  digital  self 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
The Phablet Effect – AVC
[ remote control for your life, of your life ] Tablets are niche. Watches are niche. You could even argue that desktops are becoming niche. Everything pales in comparison to the smartphone it seems. [ small computer connected to super computer and all the worlds information ] & [ will have also impact on semiconductor business. marginal costs lower for mass smartphone parts, could (will eventually) find its way into the data center according to a16z Peter Levine and Benedict Evans and others. - bit.ly/1Jcx77U - Mobile Invades the Data Center & Consumerization (commodity hardware and software (OPEN SOURCE) will orchestrate everything else) of the Data Center &! bit.ly/1TZZVuH &! &! A Copernican Update … In Tech, the Smartphone Is the Center - bit.ly/1TZZZun // &! bit.ly/1JGyI9Z - The smartphone is the new sun.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New Tech CEO Archetype – AVC
I believe that product is the heart and soul of tech companies, it is where it all comes together. You can’t build a great company without great products (or great people). So it’s heartening to me to see that the next generation of technology leaders is coming from product management. I think that bodes well for those companies and the tech industry in general. // learned from past mistakes, putting COO, finance guys, pure MBA managers, or else in the CEO role of Tech Companies *Yahoo! anybody? after all in a new world that is being build, its about the product and thus the user (experience) [UI UX product strategy, and thus companies strategy alignment]. And not about purely sales and marketing (stuffing products down the throat of companies that the end users hate (and the manage hates as well because staff are complaining and lost productivity), but the procurement manager (or CIO) got a great deal on and got a raise). << that was so 90's and the first decade of the 2000's.
CEO  Leadership  consumer  product  multi-product  company  product  management  product  strategy  Silicon  Valley  Wall  Street  Technology  business  product  SAAS  bottom-up  Slack  Box  DropBox  long-term  view  long-term  thinking 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Meerkat CEO: Competitive Products Are a Sign of Success - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD3FYSmTADQ - Why Twitter Users Prefer Live-Streams in Their Feeds // serendipitous of YouNow, Persicope, and Meerkat (plus their previous version) are a sign when one technology capability matures for wider user adoption and not just for early adopters. #timing #luck --- Jobs talked about the user experience and utility and working backwards to the technology from that point of view, of the user. "It just works." // first there was 3G and ustream and qik and others. then there came 4G/LTE and we now have huge reach with social networks(effect) and instantness of twitter and co. ... and we will soon have 5G which will make the experience even more immersive because of more bandwidth, think of streaming 720p from your phone to the world with a great sound.
Meerkat  Periscope  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  user  experience  Technology 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Calm down, tech journalists: It’s okay if you don’t use Snapchat | PandoDaily
artificial limitations is the trend that emerged late out of the freeze box that was SV 2001-2005/6 ... artificial limitations ie 140 charachters, ephemeral content, <10s videos, Yo, (photo)filters, ... and anonymity within the echo chamber made Secret --- and the real world broke the idea. Hot deals emerge quickly within an echo chamber, even if it doesn't end world hunger or make it rain. // This is a new phase of SV companies and tech, question is, can anyone of these be sustainable long-term world wide as big and far as they are shouting (out of the echochamber) // as fascinated as the press at large is right now, there could be, looming on the horizon, a backlash from the general population, as their livelihoods are deeply affected (work, social, democracy, ... uncertainty. people don't like uncertainty and insecurity.)
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Fortune 500 firms in 1955 vs. 2014; 89% are gone, and we’re all better off because of that dynamic ‘creative destruction’ | AEIdeas
Economic Lesson: That’s a lot of churning and creative destruction, and it’s probably safe to say that almost all of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be replaced by new companies in new industries over the next 59 years, and for that we should be thankful. The constant turnover in the Fortune 500 is a positive sign of the dynamism and innovation that characterizes a vibrant consumer-oriented market economy, and that dynamic turnover is speeding up in today’s hyper-competitive global economy. Steven Denning pointed out a few years in Forbes that fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a firm in the Fortune 500 was around 75 years. Today, it’s less than 15 years and declining all the time. In the end, the creative destruction that results in a constantly changing group of Fortune 500 companies is driven by the endless pursuit of sales and profits that can only come from serving customers with low prices, high quality and great service.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
PicturePhone: How Bell Telephone lost a half billion, but nearly created the internet - YouTube
subsidizing ur product (expensive cellphone) w long-term contract. subsidizing one customer base (entry) with the cash cow of the other customer base (expert). or as a multi-product company; subsidize your new products (to get traction, interest, let users form habits, lower the barriers of entry, increase the potential customer base) with excess profits from another product you have. subsidizing mass market product development with a well marketed, high-end, status symbol product - tesla motors with tesla roadster - to get to the model s and further.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Elon Musk Just Opened Up All of Tesla's Patents : The New Yorker
It’s a risky move but a shrewd one. It’s one that wouldn’t make a lot of sense for a lot of companies. But it does for Tesla. The company’s stock has doubled in the past year, but the industry is struggling. Musk’s biggest electic-car-entrepreneur-frenemy, Shai Agassi, led his company, Better Place, into bankruptcy a year ago. It’s a good moment for the industry to get a jolt. “Putting in long hours for a corporation is hard,” Musk said on Thursday during a conference call. “Putting in long hours for a cause is easy.” What exactly is that cause? It’s bringing clean cars to the people, of course. But it’s also, it seems now, showing the world a new way to think about innovation. || +++ http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/17/teslas-elon-musk-on-making-electric-car-patents-public-were-really-all-in-the-same-ship/ >> // Industrial Policy - 1% and increasing incrementally on gas guzzling cars. + emissions tax on consumer driving a gas guzzeler.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
The week of the brogrammer: Why bro-shaming won’t fix tech’s sexism problem | PandoDaily
http://www.theawl.com/2014/05/the-bros-who-inherited-the-earth ""Let a wave come and wash away these people so that we may try again! Their ideas will survive just fine."" || http://pando.com/2014/02/27/we-call-that-boob-er-the-four-most-awful-things-travis-kalanick-said-in-his-gq-profile/ - “We call that Boob-er:” The four most awful things Travis Kalanick said in his GQ profile || ___ ""This attitude toward women in tech has real consequences. This week, Google released a transparency report stating that only 17 percent of its technology staffers are women. This troubling statistic, and the trio of badly-behaving sexist founders this week, are both symptoms of a larger, more pervasive sense among the people bankrolling these billion dollar companies who think of the mythical founder-genius in very male terms."" ___ || It all starts in childhood an the impregnation with Label's and Boxes ... and maybe even a sprinkle of Religion.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk Bet On The Gigafactory - Business Insider
At a tech conference hosted by Tesla last week, Musk put things in even more stark terms: The company won't be able to function at all if it doesn't build a gigafactory — and will ultimately need hundreds of them. "We can’t figure out any other way to scale," the Wall Street Journal's Cassandra Sweet quoted Musk as saying.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - UK's oil, coal and gas 'gone in five years'
"Britain has just 5.2 years of oil." Aberdeen companies (whole region) got 2 pivot 2 off-shore windfarm tech and maintenance and tidal wave technology [clean tech - clean energy technology]. PLUS there is the decommissioning business, decommissioning of oil and gas platforms. Plus the option of building/solidifying itself as knowledge and skill hub for global oil and gas business - the mobile creative / skill-based worker. Otherwise it could turn sour quiet quickly like the areas where the coal mines and other post-heavy industry locations in the UK were - them being still smudge of economic inactivity on UK's economic landscape and economic history. "Ministers are hoping that enough shale gas - extracted by fracking - will be obtained to make a difference, the BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin says." The gas amount from fracking in UK is negligible, not comparable to USA even if accounted 4 landmass size & energy usage/capita. + http://econ.st/1n8oyAZ http://econ.st/1gdiesV
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Binge Media Culture Finds a Receptive Audience in Americans - NYTimes.com
“With the things that get us to really crave the news, the tenor of the story tends to have a negative impact on the way we see the world more generally,” he said, referring to the controversial and scandalous subjects that draw in chronic readers and viewers. “We become more cynical.” Does he regard his own bingeing on these topics as escapist? + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aAJrJB6h0 + http://alaindebotton.com/news-users-manual/ “Absolutely,” he said. “You forget about your life for 30 minutes while you read about Chris Christie’s implosion.” Joshua Ferris’s forthcoming novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” is about “the obsessive-compulsive nature of your own personality emerging through these platforms, and disliking the person who is taking advantage of them,” he said. Mr. Ferris, 39, confessed to bingeing on news, TV and YouTube videos, though he recently took a six-month purgative sabbatical.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Franchise redux: The professionalization of the sharing economy has deep implications | PandoDaily
But for all Airbnb and Uber’s much deserved “disruptive” acclaim, these businesses have older roots than the hype cycle suggests. According to conventional wisdom, Airbnb and Uber enable “regular individuals” to make a few extra bucks renting out an extra bedroom or giving fellow travelers a ride. They unlock a new class of assets, where fellow consumers share in collaborative consumption. In fact, while these businesses nailed rapidly changing consumer preferences  –  buying services at time of usage, rather than owning assets fits the post-recession, Millennial sensibility of the moment –  the supply side of their businesses does not match the narrative. Supply in these marketplaces is increasingly delivered by entrepreneurial, small business owners, not fellow consumers. Uber and Airbnb are best understood as reimagined franchise operations that leverage mobile data, the social graph, and continuous feedback loops to deliver a better consumer experience.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why I’m Bullish on the News - POLITICO Magazine
Go maximum mass or maximum specific. [...] News organizations are also going to have to mix and match revenue models. I see eight obvious ones: advertising, subscriptions, premium content, events, cross-media promotion, crowdfunding, micropayments and philanthropy. [...] Today, this same science culture, this civilization of engineers and math, is again on the rise. And to many, it feels like it’s running away with the future. [...] The point is that, for people who aren’t deep into math and science and technology, it is going to get far harder to understand the world going forward. || + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/1-destroy-the-village-2-save-it-105923.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/lords-of-the-viral-internet-105905.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/brauchli-keller-interview-the-new-york-times-is-not-going-to-turn-into-buzzfeed-105900.html
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why your dinky little startup is worth billions of dollars - Quartz
Though companies hire trained futurists, technology is still moving to fast to predict where it will go. “Value has become an abstraction because we don’t really know what kind of product is going to make the most money,” Chayka writes. “We have no idea what kind of technology will dominate the commercial landscape over the next decade, let alone century.” For companies with as much money and as much to gain—and lose—as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, it’s better to be optimistic about hyped startups than to let them slip away. Of course, this means that they know some of their acquisitions will be duds and even those that aren’t will be expensive. But it’s worth more to them to stay ahead of the curve.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie -- Daily Intelligencer
[via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7559540 ] She was the only female at her company, a designer who had been with the start-up from the beginning and had overseen its design and marketing, yet had gotten left out when the company was sold to Google for its workers, in what's known as an acqui-hire. "I feel like my world just ended," she wrote. The thread quickly became the talk of Silicon Valley. It was seeming proof that even within the happy-go-lucky world of tech start-ups, there are winners and losers, and more often than not, the losers in situations like these are the designers, who are more likely to be female than their engineer counterparts, and whose "soft" skills are seen as less valuable than coding chops. [The] start-up decided to sell itself to Google as a last resort, after failing to find traction in the market. [FOR G IT IS A public nightmare!]
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Money talks: March 31st 2014 - YouTube
Nadella: ' Mobile first, cloud first.' - msft has to use its cash, and size and existing customer base - following trends. mobile and cloud. with ms office and windows and server os (business software) as its cash dog.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Google Glass: Silicon Valley zweifelt an Datenbrille - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Google Glasses come out of Google X aka X Lab overseen by Sergey Brin. Word on the street is that the X Lab is Sergey's Playground, and Larry finances it, and Larry finances also Eric Schmidt's lifestyle.
Google  Glass  wearables  Google  Apple  iPad  iPhone  Smartphone  Internet  of  Things  Robert  Scoble  robertscoble  Larry  Page  Sergery  Brin  corporate  governance  technology  tech  trends  hip 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
Staying Ahead of the Curve — The Entrepreneur’s Journey — Medium
RE: @garyvee @stunwin How do you stay ahead of the game? How do you strategize with your team? Any particular methods you use? [...] RE: Staying Ahead of the Curve Innovation isn’t a tactic. It’s a religion. It’s not a method, it’s a mindset. Everybody’s looking for tactics, but it’s more about religion. So the reason my team and I stay ahead is that we’re built to stay ahead. We value the ROI that comes from the time we spend researching and pondering and debating and playing. [...] We’re in the business of always trying to put ourselves out of business. [...] But when it call comes down to it, nothing trumps execution. When Vine came out, I spent many hours between 11pm and 2am playing and understanding. At the end of the day, those hours were taken out of leisure time, sleep, and preparing for projects. I knew that and I still allocated that time. On paper, that seems very counter-intuitive, but I understand that value, and if you want to stay ahead, you should, too.
innovator  innovation  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Social  Media  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Blue  Ocean  start-up  technology  Platform  microcontent  short-form  content  digital  content  digitalnatives  digital  economy  book  Tumblr  Pinterest  Facebook  Twitter  gif  infographic  infographics  execution  people  management  management 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
Sharp Drops After Saying Material Doubt on Survival - Bloomberg
SHARP and PANASONIC likely next candidates to fail (bankruptcy, reorganisation, splitting of assets). Their demise is partly to contribute not being able to stay in touch of technology trends. It is a dead end street to compete simply by price where ur products are just a commodity.

Same with Motorola and their cell phone business.
Same with Nokia and their cell phone business.
Same with RIM and their cell phone business.
Same w Kodak and photo business.

- But what makes it even worse for SHARP and PANASONIC is that they a Japanese companies, with Japanese Corp. ORG structures. Also see OLYMPUS.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2010/07/japanese_corporate_culture
http://www.cityam.com/forum/the-japanese-disease-how-its-corporate-culture-turns-disasters-catastrophes
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-biggest-problem-with-japanese-corporate-culture-lives-on-2012-9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_management_culture
Apple  Kodak  management  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  Olympus  Eastman  Kodak  Eastman  Kodak  Company  Research  In  Motion  RIM  Google  Motorola  Amazon  commoditization  lostgeneration  lostdecade  Japan  Panasonic  Corporation  Sharp  Corporation  Nokia  technology  innovation 
november 2012 by asterisk2a
Let Your Smartphone Deliver the Bad News - NYTimes.com
Digital flakiness.

“Offline rules of etiquette no longer seem to apply,” Ms. Wick said. “People hide behind e-mail or text messages to cancel appointments, or do things that feel uncomfortable to do in person.”

The face-to-face consequences of being a flake have all but disappeared. If the unpleasantness of having to disappoint a host or dinner date was one reason commitments were honored in the past, technology has rendered that moot.

“People don’t feel bad shooting someone a text to cancel, but no one would ever pick up the phone and say, ‘Let’s have dinner next week because I want to go to this party instead,’ ” “But when you say it out loud, you realize how bad it sounds.”
etiquette  culture  shock  culture  society  technology  millennials  generationy 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Falling Out of Love with Twitter
Downside to Technology in our lives. A personal view.
life  technology  Facebook  Twitter 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
Air-Conditioning Is an Environmental Quandary - NYTimes.com
Fact 1: Nearly all of the world’s booming cities are in the tropics and will be home to an estimated one billion new consumers by 2025. As temperatures rise, they — and we — will use more air-conditioning.

Fact 2: Air-conditioners draw copious electricity, and deliver a double whammy in terms of climate change, since both the electricity they use and the coolants they contain result in planet-warming emissions.

Fact 3: Scientific studies increasingly show that health and productivity rise significantly if indoor temperature is cooled in hot weather. So cooling is not just about comfort.

“It is true that air-conditioning made the economy happen for Singapore and is doing so for other emerging economies,” “On the other hand, it poses a huge threat to global climate and energy use. The current pace is very dangerous.”

= “an increase in electricity demand.”
= possibility of blackouts rises within cities across the world
economics  productivity  technology  globalwarming  climatechange  Air-Conditioning 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse | TechCrunch
An entrepreneur-turned-venture investor told me over the weekend: Booms are the worst time to build a company.

Only capital is cheap. Everything else is expensive — talent most of all.

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Fed's ZIRP and QE (and Bailout bonanza, moralhazard) - did fuel VC/Seedfund pockets - overthrowing capped supply (investments in companies).
ZIRP and QE do increase the demand for alternative investments. And skews investors risk sentiment. They take on more risk in hope for the next big thing that brings them that more ROI that the market can not produce due to World Wide QE, ZIRP, currency debasement, Sovereign Debt Crisis.
monetarism  monetary  theory  monetary  policy  Fed  behavioral  finance  behavioral  economics  QE  supply-demand  economics  unintended  consequences  ycombinator  instagram  Zynga  Google  Facebook  Technology  Boom  bubble  entrepeneurship  venturecapital  vc  ZIRP  2012 
april 2012 by asterisk2a
Is Facebook making us sad? Stanford University research and Sherry Turkle's new book Alone Together suggest that social networking may foster loneliness. - Slate Magazine
quote by Montesquieu: "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

Jordan, who is now a postdoctoral fellow studying social psychology at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, suggests we might do well to consider Facebook profiles as something akin to the airbrushed photos on the covers of women's magazine. No, you will never have those thighs, because nobody has those thighs. You will never be as consistently happy as your Facebook friends, because nobody is that happy. So remember Montesquieu, and, if you're feeling particularly down, use Facebook for its most exalted purpose: finding fat exes.

- unintended consequences.
happiness  economics  sociology  society  technology  psychology  facebook 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Cancer research: Take five | The Economist
technology and its exponential growth leads to advances in cancer research and possible treatments ...
technology  genome  research  DNA  cancer 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Unfriendly: Google Blocking Ex-Employees Social Circles Book (Oh Yeah, He Now Works At Facebook) | TechCrunch
“Google is an engineering company, and as a researcher or designer, it’s very difficult to have your voice heard at a strategic level. Ultimately I felt that although my research formed a cornerstone of the Google social strategy, and I had correctly predicted how other products in the market would play out, I wasn’t being listened to when it came to executing that strategy. My peers listened intently, but persuading the leadership was a losing battle. Google values technology, not social science.”
google  facebook  technology  socialmedia  socialnetworks 
july 2011 by asterisk2a
Technology Provides an Alternative to Love. - NYTimes.com
Let me toss out the idea that, as our markets discover and respond to what consumers most want, our technology has become extremely adept at creating products that correspond to our fantasy ideal of an erotic relationship, in which the beloved object asks for nothing and gives everything, instantly, and makes us feel all powerful, and doesn’t throw terrible scenes when it’s replaced by an even sexier object and is consigned to a drawer.
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.

Let me suggest, finally, that the world of techno-consumerism is therefore troubled by real love, and that it has no choice but to trouble love in turn.
technology  culture  love  society  iphone  advertising  relationships 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Fixing the economy the scientific way - latimes.com
Take jobs first: This has been a theme hammered home by the National Academy of Sciences. In its two "Gathering Storm" reports released in recent years, the academy has argued strongly that our future prosperity depends on investments made now in research and innovation.
The basic premise rests on the work of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow, who documented that advances in technology and knowledge drove U.S. economic growth in the first half of the 20th century. If it was true then, it's even more so in today's information economy.
GDP  growth  USA  2010  research  innovation  energy  crisis  global  technology  green  renewable  recovery  recession 
december 2010 by asterisk2a
"Fair use" generates trillions in the US alone
The method is similar to that used in several prominent piracy studies; in this case, the "fair use" industries are divided into "core" and "non-core" companies, depending on how important fair use is to their very existence. Economic activity and payroll numbers can then be crunched from this data, offering a rebuttal to any view of fair use that sees it as a mere afterthought in copyright law, one good for protecting YouTube parodies but not much more.

The CCIA report's numbers are staggering. The "fair use economy" accounted for 23 percent of all US real economic growth between 2002 and 2007. Fair use industries (core and non-core combined) generated $4.7 trillion in 2007. And "about one out of every eight workers in the United States is employed in an industry that benefits from the protection afforded by fair use."
economics  copyright  fairuse  intellectualproperty  law  technology  riaa 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Apple Continues To Morph Into The Chocolate Factory. Expect Fewer Gobstopper Leaks.
Immediately following the iPad announcement, I wrote that the biggest news of the event may not have been the device itself, but rather that Apple was in control of building (or at least designing) the chip that runs it. While right now, this is iPad-only, it seems very likely that this chip (or some variation) will find its way into a future iPhone (maybe even the one coming this Summer). And if you listen to Steve Jobs’ own comment — “Apple is a mobile devices company” — it’s not hard to imagine a day where Apple is in charge of making the chips for its entire line of products.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/27/apple-intrinsity-a4-chip/#ixzz0mQT9fggu

Apples acqusition strategy (tech) is a competitive strategy
against all other coming Android devices.
apple  acquisition  technology  Google  microsoft  competitive  advantage  strategy  stevejobs 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Rumor: Apple Thinking About Buying ARM. iPhone Rivals To Sleep With The Fishes?
ARM architecture also is used in systems such as the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, which are also iPhone rivals of a different fashion: in gaming. Basically, if Apple did this, and cut off the ARM (funny, no?) supply, it would be a Michael Corleone-type maneuver to take out its rivals.

Apple bought chipmaker PA Semi back in 2008. That acquisition led to the development of the A4 chip. But that acquisition also led to the departure of key team members from the PA Semi team, who left to form a new company, Agnilux, which Google just purchased. Yeah, this continues to get more and more interesting.
apple  google  mobile  technology  strategy  strategic 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Why a Bad Economy Is the Best Time to Start a Business
In 2000, the high point, investors anteed up more than $100 billion into startups. By 2008, that number had dropped by almost three-fourths to $27 billion, and in 2009 it plummeted to less than $20 billion, about the same level as 1998. Nevertheless it appears that money is spent more wisely.

“We were built to survive a recession while guys funded during the up market weren’t,” Chatterjee says, “Venture capitalists gave us extra due diligence and we had to be singularly focused on providing value to customers.”
recession  entrepreneurship  business  entrepreneur  startup  inspiration  economy  greatrecession  GreatDepression  history  startups  jobcreation  venturecapital  investment  investing  investor  investors  leanstartup  technology 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
How Apple and Google's Romance Turned To Hate - Apple - Gizmodo
Knowing how things developed, it's surprising that Schmidt stayed on Apple's board for so long. He resigned on August 2009, just as the war started to go open, first with Google grabbing mobile advertising company AdMob from Apple's hands (which forced Apple to buy Quattro Wireless). Then with Apple pissing on Google's parade by stealing Lala, the music streaming service that Larry and Sergei wanted to have.
google  apple  iphone  android  mobile  mobilephone  ericschmidt  stevejobs  admob  Lala  advertising  ads  adsense  2010  technology  business  war  HTC  Motorola  googlephone  legalbattle  legal 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Andreessen’s Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”
Oh, and he points out, that the iPad will have a “fantastic browser.” No matter how many iPads the Apple sells, the Web will always be the bigger market. “There are 2 billion people on the Web,” he says. “The iPad will be a huge success if it sells 5 million units.”

As technology becomes ubiquitous, it goes mainstream.

Yes, there are still a lot of people and money in those boats—billions of dollars in revenue in some cases. “At risk is 80% of revenues and headcount,” Andreessen acknowledges, “but shift happens.” You’d have to be crazy to burn the boats. Crazy like Cortes.
iPad  tuki  newspapers  journalism  media  innovation  print  marcandreessen  nytimes  mediachange  advice  comment  opinion  technology 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Apple Plots Reboot of iTunes for Web - WSJ.com
Apple is exploring an overhaul of the way it sells and stores music that is aimed at extending its influence to the Web, according to people briefed on the strategy.

The key vehicle for the move is Apple's newly acquired music-streaming service La La Media Inc. for which Apple paid $85 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Where Apple's iTunes requires users to download music onto a specific computer, Lala.com lets users buy and listen to music through a Web browser, meaning its customers can access purchases from anywhere, as long as they are connected to the Internet.

Apple is considering adopting that same model for songs sold on iTunes, a change that would give consumers more ways

That new business model extends Apple's grip on the music business, giving it the ability to sell music through search engines and other Web sites and broaden its reach beyond people who come to its virtual store.
apple  itunes  Lala  music  technology  cloudcomputing  cloud  online  streaming  musicindustry  strategy 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
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