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Politics, Science, Art, Web, Business: a curation of 2013 events (and 2012, and 2011)
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Sep 2013: Microsoft buys Nokia

Sep 2013: Microsoft buys Nokia | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"As part of $7.2 billion deal, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will step down to become an executive vice president of the division"

Photo from wired.com.

Marc Rougier's insight:

When we started Goojet (our Mobile Social Media adventure before Scoop.it) in 2007, neither iPhone nor Android existed and Nokia ruled the world. Their N95 was the best device then for mobile internet. And now they're gone. Talk about a market disruption initiated by Apple! Check today's phone market shares. Impressive performance by Samsung.


Speaking disruption, 2013 was a turning point for three major evolutions:

  • Bitcoin. Its price increased 100x ! What does it mean for the finance world and the world in general? Read more on Investors Europe Stock Brokers' topic.
  • The MOOCs, which address the most important asset: knowledge. Lots of good reading on MOOCs on Scoop.it
  • 3D Printing which changes the rule of the production game, some going as far as calling it the third industrial revolution.

 

These, plus IoT and Big Data: some fundamental changes, not mere buzz, emerged or exploded in 2013. Thinking of something else? 

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Feb 2012: The Artist

Feb 2012: The Artist | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"The Artist, a love letter to Hollywood, got hugs, kisses and the best-picture Oscar"  - The New York Times

Marc Rougier's insight:

5 Oscar, including best actor for Jean Dujardin. And first best-picture award for a silent film since first ceremony in 1929. A Touching film, with daring choices (black and white, silent) and great actors. And also probably a superb marketing campain.


Google get clearance for its $12.5B bid on Motorola. Seems to me like Google went into mobile just yesterday. The pace at which the mobile world is reshaping is amazing ; the Android v. Apple battle is epic.


And for the geekiest : IBM getting closer to Quantum Computing! (can someone please explain this ?).

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May 2012: Facebook IPO

May 2012: Facebook IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

1. Too late. Facebook's shares have been dead in the water for the last 12 months. Private investors had already bid up Facebook to a $100 billion value a year ago.


2. Mark Zuckerberg’s disdain for investors.


"7 Reasons Why Facebook IPO Was A Bust" - R. Karlgaard, Forbes.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Facebook IPO was huge: more than $100B valuation (record for a newly public company) and raising $16B (the 3rd biggest amount in a US IPO)!


However it was not as smooth as planned and the shares went from a high of 45 to a low of 18 in less than 5 months. Things are going better now, with mobile monetization taking off.


And you? How many hours per day on FB? Do you have friends leaving FB? Do you see more effective F-commerce? Do you like the latest UI?


Oh! Why this pic, "the Scream" by E. Munch? It was sold for $120M this month, a new world record for any work of art at auction. Absolute record is hold by "Les joueurs de carte" de P. Cezanne ($250M).

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Fine Arts could be one of the next "Bubble" in worldwide.
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Feb 2011: 140 Chars = $10 Billions

Feb 2011: 140 Chars = $10 Billions | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported."

Marc Rougier's insight:

No deal so far. But clearly a milestones for the Social Web. Shanghai Web Designers had this great infographic "What's happening on the web in 60 sec". E.g.: 694,445 queries on Google, 695,000 status updates on Facebook, 98,000 tweets.

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May 2011: LinkedIn IPO

May 2011: LinkedIn IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

LinkedIn raised $350m and its valuation doubled the first day of listing to nearly $9 BillionsGroupon IPO was even bigger in October. 2011 ended up as the biggest year for Internet IPO since 2004 and Google (infography). Booming or Bubbling?


Other major news of May: President Barak Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden. The war on terror cost more than WWII, said some. $4 Trillions.

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Jul 2011: Deathly Hallows

Marc Rougier's insight:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, huge success: best opening week-end of any movie, third grossing movie (more than $1 Billion!) of all time (Avatar still #1).

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Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street

Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Ephemeral turmoil or profound revolution? 2011 was a year of serious challenges and legitimate questioning, at least. OWS is now in Moscow.


In September, Las Vegas also hosted the biggest live music event in radio history. Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, David Guetta and more... an impressive show to promote iHeartRadio, facing tough competition from leader Pandora, which made a huge IPO earlier this year.

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Nov 2013: Twitter IPO

Nov 2013: Twitter IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Twitter started trading on the NYSE at a price of $45.10 a share, which is 73% above the IPO price of $26 that was set by the company "

Marc Rougier's insight:

Huge success (its IPO valued Twitter $30b+). As a multiple of sales, it's more than Facebook. 1600 Twitter's employees will become millionaires and the government pockets $2b+ in taxes.


Some believe that the price is too high, but we at Scoop.it ran a survey [infographics] and found that, relative to its interest to Small and Medium Businesses, Twitter is cheaper than Facebook or LinkedIn! The sure thing is, this simple concept of 140 characters communication changed how we consume information and therefore, the world we live in.


Another mindblowing event in the digital economy this month: Evan Spiegel saying no to Facebook $3B offer for Snapchat


Oh, the photo in this post is not Twitter nor Snapchat related. This is the famous Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon. This November, it sets a new world record price for an art work at an auction, at a mesmerizing $142m.

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Apr 2012: Myanmar

Apr 2012: Myanmar | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Economic sanctions against Burma should be suspended in recognition of the changes taking place in the country"

Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi (/AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)

Marc Rougier's insight:

With armed conflicts in so many countries, it's almost impossible to catch the good news. Well, things are going better in Myanmar! D. Cameron, British P.M., called for suspension of sanctions; the European Union does it and Japan will write off the debt.


April also saw the mega acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1B! Instagram was a 2-year old, 12-people, no revenue company. Its founder, Kevin Systrom, 27-y old, pockets $400M.


Mark Zuckerberg then claimed "Not much will change with the service". I wonder if Instragram's users would agree with this statement today.

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Aug 2012: Curiosity on Mars

Aug 2012: Curiosity on Mars | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!".

Marc Rougier's insight:

After a  352 million miles, 253 day journey from Earth, Nasa's heavy-weigth (1 ton) rover Curiosity lands on the red planet! One of the mission is to collect data for a manned mission!


Paul Doherty has a great video explaining what (Carbon) - and how - the rover is searching. Must watch.


Things to know when planning your next trip to Mars.


And if you want more good news from the stars, discover Guillaume's topic. And keep traveling!


On the business front, it was decision time for the Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Apple won.


I love the design of Apple's products. And I believe that patent rights are a necessary protection of R&D investments. But things are getting absurd. E.g. a "rectangle with rounded corners"; or "a tap is a zero-length swipe". Come on Apple, please...

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Mar 2011: Japan Tragedy

Mar 2011: Japan Tragedy | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

March 2011 will be remembered for the tsunami in Japan and its nuclear aftermath. Terrible short term impact for the Japanese people (20,000 victims). Very impressive: watch the pace of recovery (found in Japan News). Longer term speculations about nuclear energy sustainability all over the world... what's new on solar energy?


Coincidence: Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found! A 2500 year old myth.

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Jun 2011: Most Expensive Musical Instrument

"The nonprofit Nippon Foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster".

Marc Rougier's insight:

Amazing record and beautiful cause.


The Lady Blunt was crafted in 1721 by Antonio Stradivarius and is surprisingly well preserved. Stradivarius' art is still a mystery. Read, watch and listen more about violins of all kinds.

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Aug 2011: USA loses AAA

Aug 2011: USA loses AAA | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"An unprecedented blow to the world's largest economy in the wake of a political battle" and a sign of major trouble in the world finance. Europe was next, and it's not over.


Marc Rougier's insight:

Irony? Same month, a diamond planet is discovered! More good news from the stars.


Ok, it's summer time. Let's relax and forget the bad news. Everybody should have watched these two wonderful time lapse videos (1 & 2). Full screen, breath, and travel. Life is good :)

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Oct 2011: Steve Jobs, A Master Thinker

Oct 2011: Steve Jobs, A Master Thinker | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Many of us have been impacted by his death. Some believe the media made to much noise about the death of a business man while true heroes are struggling around the world – with no air time. True. Nevertheless, Steve Jobs was unique and inspirational. A tribute.

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