Category: Technology

FT: Big Tech should hit the reset button

In case you missed it, there is a good piece on FT.com on how tech companies are mis-managing the rising discontent with their power written by Rana Faroohar. Some highlights: The Fangs — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — are having a crisis that encompasses the cognitive, the political and the economic. Activists, regulators and even some

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The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…making a company memorable…the world’s leadership approval ratings…China leads the mobile payments race…how is history made…it’s hard to say goodbye…and more. Have a great weekend.   Business & Economics What macroeconomists actually do But in very crude terms, a DSGE model contains equations representing individuals’ choices to consume and save; companies’ choices

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Cross-Device Tracking Makes Our Online History the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future

Like many of you, my company had a Holiday Party, and about two weeks before the happy event my wife was on line shopping for a dress. She soon found one and asked me over to her computer to look it over. I did and thought nothing of the event until twenty-four hours later when,

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The Algorithm Manager Is Here. Artificial Empathy Is Next.

Last year I wrote a post about a future in which work is dominated more and more by non-human agents. To accompany the article I used a photo from a TV show about robot workers, which is pretty much what most people think about when they contemplate machines replacing workers. However, the reality is that

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FT: “Would you pay for an ethical search engine?”

Don’t miss Jonathan Margoli’s short FT piece on whether consumer would pay for a private search engine or e-mail service. I know I would… Some highlights: I asked two of them if this liking was to their liking. The BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones appeared to “like” the New York Times. Is this so, I

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It’s Time to Put The Credit Bureaus Out of Business

Like 142.9+ million other U.S. consumers, my data was stolen from Equifax’s computers recently. Having been the (thankfully brief) victim of identify theft years ago, I can only hope that we all don’t suffer too much from Equifax’s carelessness with our data. As so many other commentators have noted, they have only one job to

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Recent Read: “Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs”

Good MIT Tech Review post on VCs focused on immigrant founders. I know the CEO of one of the VCs mentioned and can attest not just to a solid vision but also a clear business focus. Some key points: These are tense times for foreigners who want to live and work in the U.S., due

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Recent Read: “Searching for Steve Jobs: Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and the Dangers of the Origin Story”

I just finished readingAlexander Mallery’s paper on “protective ignorance” in Stanford Intersect. It’s an interesting take on the Elizabeth Holmes/Steve Jobs connection and how it may have shielded her and her company from scrutiny. Some highlights:   Holmes, thus, did not just copy the Jobs story—she improved upon it. Jobs dropped out of Reed College

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