FreeSpeech prevails. How a single movie has set a major precedent.

Over the past month, a satirical movie - The Interview - about a journalist's interview and planned assassination of NK dictator - has put us on the verge of a major cyberwar between the USA, its major corporations and hackers around the globe. What is a cyberwar? And, what will the first cyberwar will look like: How … Continue reading FreeSpeech prevails. How a single movie has set a major precedent.

Why I am ditching my iPad, returning to paperback, and plugging in my alarm clock.

The BBC reported that " A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep. They found it took longer to nod off with a back-lit e-reader, which led to poorer quality sleep and being more tired the next morning. The team reports, “The use of light-emitting electronic devices for reading, … Continue reading Why I am ditching my iPad, returning to paperback, and plugging in my alarm clock.

Get out to vote: What if Facebook influenced our elections?

Dave Eggers, in his work - The Circle - warns of a company so powerful that eventually they will run national elections. (See my review below.) Today, the USA is holding its congressional elections, and, according to the NYTimes, Facebook has its own "Get out the vote" campaign. This raises some issues though: "Facebook’s get-out-the-vote tests have … Continue reading Get out to vote: What if Facebook influenced our elections?

Public Space? Should municipalities rent it out?

Last week there was an incident when Dropbox & Airbnb employees rented a soccer field but found the neighborhood teens playing there. The controversy, while seemingly blown out of proportion, raises fundamental questions about how we continue to balance the privatization of public spaces. San Francisco’s startup culture has thrived on monetizing commodities that were … Continue reading Public Space? Should municipalities rent it out?

Forget wearable, the next big thing is implantable technology.

Haaretz and TheHigherLearning allege that an Israeli graduate student may have created a way to harness energy from the human body. Naomi Kizhner “designs jewelry that harnesses your body’s energy to generate electrical power…. The project includes three pieces: The Blinker, The E-pulse Conductor and The Blood Bridge.” She is quoted: I wanted to provoke the thought … Continue reading Forget wearable, the next big thing is implantable technology.

10 year old changes the way we think about charity — Make A Stand (app)

We've seen many leverage the wisdom of crowds. (James Surwieki wrote a great book on it. See my post) a) Seeking Alpha is a crowd sourced financial platform the leverages the wisdom of 1,000s of investors who can cover 1,000s of stocks. b) Lending Club has issued over $5 B in peer 2 peer loans since its … Continue reading 10 year old changes the way we think about charity — Make A Stand (app)

Facebook’s deep targeting now available on other websites.

Facebook has “rebuilt ad platform, called Atlas, that will allow marketers to tap its detailed knowledge of its users to direct ads to those people on thousands of other websites and mobile apps.” positioning themselves to directly compete with Google which also allows advertisers to target users based on behavior. (NYT) The NYTimes explained that … Continue reading Facebook’s deep targeting now available on other websites.