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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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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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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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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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