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Twitter Just Isn't Mainstream

Twitter Just Isn't Mainstream | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
People know about it, but they don't use it.

Twitter is a wonderful, revolutionary communication tool that media organizations around the world are using. It is not, however, a mainstream product for users yet. Below you can see a chart from the Pew research just 11% of people has seen news on Twitter, versus 47% for Facebook, Google+, and other social sites.

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Open Compute EU Summit keynote - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute EU Summit keynote  - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The first Open Compute Europe Summit took place in Paris on October 30 & 31st, 2014, on Ecole Polytechnique's campus in Palaiseau.

The european tech scene is catching up on OCP, with pioneers such as Telecity or Enter.it , and is federated by Splitted Desktop System's Jean-Marie Verdun.

Here is the keynote I delivered at government's request, explaining why France is Open (to) Compute (following my April post - in french).

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Most enjoyable standing ovations are the ones you call for those deserving real credit (at 29'30")

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Obama Wants the US to Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Obama Wants the US to Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
President Obama wants to pave the for the first exaflop supercomputer---something that's about 30 times faster than today's fastest machines.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
Arms race #HardwareIsNotDead
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Arms race #HardwareIsNotDead

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How the way you type can shatter anonymity—even on Tor

How the way you type can shatter anonymity—even on Tor | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Researchers perfect technique that profiles people based on unique keystroke traits.
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You are how you type.
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Is Cyberarmageddon Upon Us? Three Glitches in One Morning Have Some Saying Yes

Is Cyberarmageddon Upon Us? Three Glitches in One Morning Have Some Saying Yes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Chill. Everyone chill.
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This Anonymous tweet echoes Norse Map — http://map.norsecorp.com and enforces suspicion.
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Le Bitcoin, une monnaie qui révolutionne le système bancaire

Le Bitcoin, une monnaie qui révolutionne le système bancaire | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Le regard du secteur bancaire serait-il en train d'évoluer ? Le Bitcoin peut rendre obsolète tout le système bancaire.
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Constat très intéressant de BNP sur Bitcoin...
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Dans le cerveau du CIO #USI2015

Pastiche de Vice-Versa présenté à l'USI 2015

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Hilarant et très très bien vu ! Toute ressemblance avec des personnages existants...

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How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The Open Compute Project started out as a controversial idea inside Facebook and has turned the $141 billion data-center computer-hardware industry on its head
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
My Open Compute Keynote for USI 2015 is ready ! Will deliver it on July 2nd morning
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François DEMONGEOT's curator insight, July 1, 6:33 AM

This coupled with the announcement of the mega satellite projects signed by Airbus are two indicators that really the disruptions are not to stop 

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Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire | WIRED

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire | WIRED | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Fascinating "paper" on how Google (#4 server manufacturer WW) secretedly built itself the networking equipment that runs its online empire.
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"If it ain't available, do it" then raises next question: to share or not to share ? Open Compute brings a different answer than Google in that respect...
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Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete

Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google just laid out a course for making apps obsolete. And it's paved by Google Now and Now on Tap
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
Beeyond Apps & Back To The Web
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Liste des intervenants à l'USI 2015

Liste des intervenants à l'USI 2015 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Aaron Dignan The Responsive Organization

John Hagel

Yann LeCun Director of AI Research Facebook

Rafi Haladjian Scénarios alternatifs pour l'internet des objets

Philippe Dewost Open Compute

Mike Monteiro How Designer's Destroyed the World

Georges Nahon Trends in Silicon Valley

Mark Horstman Tout ce que l'on vous a appris sur le Management est faux

Anne Pascual Designing for the unexpected

Cédric Villani Pour faire naître une idée

Salim Ismail Exponential Organizations

Gabriel McIntyre Harness the Power of Play

Jamie Anderson Creative Thinking

Michael Harte Digital transformation in banking

Mark Randall Passion + Purpose = Innovation

Erika Hall Au delà de toute mesure

Hilary Mason Innovating through Data

Jürgen Appelo Manage Yourself!

Christian Monjou De l'intérêt de déchiffrer des tableaux: un exercice pratique

Raffaello D'Andrea Systèmes Cyber-Physiques, Objets Connectés, feedback omniprésent: Pour le meilleur et pour le pire

Axelle Lemaire Secrétaire d'Etat chargée du Numérique Ministère de l’Economie, de l'Industrie et du Numérique

Chris Anderson From Maker Movement to Industrial Revolution

Adrian Cockroft Systems for Innovation

Gilles Babinet Transformation digitale des entreprises

Chris Skinner The future of money, trade and finance

Yann Moulier-Boutang Régime de la propriété dans le capitalisme cognitif

Philippe Gabilliet Pourquoi la chance sourit-elle aux audacieux ?

Yves Pigneur Créer une proposition de valeur attrayante dans un business model innovant

Henri Verdier Politique de la donnée

Dana Chisnell Designing Democracy: Modernizing the citizen experience

Mikko Hyppönen Securing Our Future

Peter Norvig Deploying machine learning applications in the Enterprise

Ludovic Cinquin De l’entreprise digitale à l’entreprise libérée

Carlos Moreno De la « Ville Numérique » à la « Ville Vivante »

Jared Spool Building a Winning UX Strategy Using the Kano Model

Yves Morieux Smart Simplicity

Christian Fauré Comment éviter de se faire court-circuiter par le digital ?

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Human

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Impressionné de faire partie de la liste des speakers de l'USI 2015. Grosse pression sur la préparation du talk que je délivrerai à cette occasion sur Open Compute.

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Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency

Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two billion photos are shared daily on Facebook services. Many of these photos are important memories for the people on Facebook and it's our challenge to ensure we can preserve those memories as long as people want us to in a way that's as sustainable and efficient as possible. As the number of photos continued to grow each month, we saw an opportunity to achieve significant efficiencies in how we store and serve this content and decided to run with it. The goal was to make sure your #tbt photos from years past were just as accessible as the latest popular cat meme but took up less storage space and used less power. The older, and thus less popular, photos could be stored with a lower replication factor but only if we were able to keep an additional, highly durable copy somewhere else.

 

Instead of trying to utilize an existing solution — like massive tape libraries — to fit our use case, we challenged ourselves to revisit the entire stack top to bottom. We're lucky at Facebook — we're empowered to rethink existing systems and create new solutions to technological problems. With the freedom to build an end-to-end system entirely optimized for us, we decided to reimagine the conventional data center building itself, as well as the hardware and software within it. The result was a new storage-based data center built literally from the ground up, with servers that power on as needed, managed by intelligent software that constantly verifies and rebalances data to optimize durability. Two of these cold storage facilities have opened within the past year, as part of our data centers in Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Facebook adds 2 Bn pics every day : their full-stack approach on cold storage operating at 25% the power of conventional storage servers  is both fun and fascinating to read.

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The Value of Blockchain Technology according to an Ethereum founder

The Value of Blockchain Technology according to an Ethereum founder | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

One of the questions that has perhaps been central to my own research in blockchain technology is: ultimately, what is it even useful for? Why do we need blockchains for anything, what kinds of services should be run on blockchain-like architectures, and why specifically should services be run on blockchains instead of just living on …

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Brilliant essay by Vitalik Buterin, one of Ethereum founding members, about what Blockchain is / is not (for).

And his very interesting and generic definition of what a blockchain is:

A blockchain is a magic computer that anyone can upload programs to and leave the programs to self-execute, where the current and all previous states of every program are always publicly visible, and which carries a very strong cryptoeconomically secured guarantee that programs running on the chain will continue to execute in exactly the way that the blockchain protocol specifies.

Notice that this definition does NOT:

- Use financially-charged terms like “ledger”, “money” or “transactions”, or indeed any terms geared toward a particular use case

- Mention any particular consensus algorithm, or indeed mention anything about the technical properties of how a blockchain works (except for the fact that it’s “cryptoeconomic”, a technical term roughly meaning “it’s decentralized, it uses public key cryptography for authentication, and it uses economic incentives to ensure that it keeps going and doesn’t go back in time or incur any other glitch”)

- Make a restriction to any particular type of state transition function

 

I do strongly recommend to anybody interested or curious in this field to take the time to (re)read this post in extenso...

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IBM "Device democracy" links IoT to blockchain in a very promising way

IBM "Device democracy" links IoT to blockchain in a very promising way | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In the emerging device-driven democracy, power in the IoT will shift from the center to the edge.

As devices compete and trade in real-time, they will create liquid markets out of the physical world.

In the IoT of hundreds of billions of devices, connectivity and intelligence will be a means to better products and experiences, not an end.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

"Device Democracy" is one of the most enlighting yet comprehensive paper about computing power shifting to the edge and blockchain like protocol's role in enabling the Internet of Things

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I run a university. I’m also an Uber driver.

I run a university. I’m also an Uber driver. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
I wanted to understand the sharing economy. Instead, I got schooled in the failures of Atlanta's public transit system.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
Way more than a thought experiment, a fascinating dive into the reality of what it takes to go to work in some neighborhoods...
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Way more than a thought experiment, a fascinating dive into the reality of what it takes to go to work in some neighborhoods...

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Uber Closes $1 Billion Funding at $51 Billion Valuation

Uber Closes $1 Billion Funding at $51 Billion Valuation | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Additional money likely to deploy across India & China
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Age of the Megacorn (would next round happen at a $100Bn valuation?)
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Programme du West Web Festival - 16/17 juillet 2015 durant les Vieilles Charrues

Programme du West Web Festival - 16/17 juillet 2015 durant les Vieilles Charrues | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Web, Business & Music... Assistez à l'université d'été du web européen ! L'événement le plus cool de la FrenchTech
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Ma keynote d'ouverture du #WWF15 est prête: sera-ce une "conférence sérieuse" ? cc @CaisseDesDepots @LaFrenchTech
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It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry - Singularity HUB

It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry - Singularity HUB | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
What is most uncomfortable for policy makers is the pace at which #AI and #Robotics might replace human jobs...
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François DEMONGEOT's curator insight, July 9, 3:04 AM

Yes , but it's not new  'news' it happened constantly since the 19th century and mechanization and same social effect with 'Revolte des Canuts'  Where are the Canuts today? It also increases significantly the number of jobs with IT components

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Sense: Know More. Sleep Better.

Sense: Know More. Sleep Better. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm. 

Sense combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.

With Sense's Smart Alarm, it can even wake you up in the morning at the right point in your sleep cycle, to avoid that groggy feeling we all hate so much.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

My Sense has finally arrived ! (with the now usual 9 months Kickstarter delay) - Remember that they raised $2.4 M against a $100k target...

 

While the unboxing experience was made slightly complicated by how tight the additional sleep pill box was closed, the overall setup is a pure bliss and the product finish is amazing. Sense may be paired with several "sleep pills" that you clip on the pillow and allow to monitor your sleep as well as your spouse's without interferences other than snoring :-)

 

(The remarkable and fluid phone UI has 2 slight glitches

1/ when setting the alarm tone, it doesn't play in on the Sense (just on your phone) hence making you to guess whether the Sense has or not sound capabilities
2/ in Europe, would have appreciated a temperature in degrees Celsius not Fahrenheit)

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Facebook just rolled out P2P payments all over the US

Facebook just rolled out P2P payments all over the US | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mobile payment transactions may not be the standard yet but there are a lot of people who prefer this method simply because of its ease and convenience. Others are simply worried about privacy and security but developers like Facebook know how to make an app secure all the time. Frequent updates and releases make sure the app is  always in tip-top shape.


The latest update to Facebook Messenger brings a new feature that allows person-to-person (P2P) mobile payments. The P2P payment on Facebook Messenger only requires a debit card or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) so you can send money right away to a contact. To send an amount, open up a conversation, click on the dollar ($) icon, enter amount when prompted, and then click 'Pay'. Amount will be sent immediately to the other person who will receive the money on his or her own checking account.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Messaging apps are the cornerstone of mobile P2P as evidenced by this Facebook smart move.

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These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster. Nobody listened.

These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster. Nobody listened. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
As the Web arrived in the 1990s, tech giants churned out flawed products, unleashing bugs that persist today.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
In times where everybody thinks the future is now and looking backwards is nothing but a waste, such long documented article reminds us all that security has a price. #BabelMinuteZero
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Hardware Startups: The VC Perspective

Hardware Startups: The VC Perspective | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Among all the excitement for the Internet of Things and the resurgence of hardware as an investable category, venture capitalists, many of whom new to the space, have been re-discovering the opport...
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Great Slideshare by @mattturck on hardware tech
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Time = Money As Evidenced By The Impact of a 1 Second Page Load Time Improvement

Time = Money As Evidenced By The Impact of a 1 Second Page Load Time Improvement | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cedexis has found through its customer base that improving page load time by one second decreases bounce rate by an average of 13.9% while improving conversion rate by an average of 27.3%

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Time is money and we are getting closer to the ability to value 1 second.

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NASA's New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane

NASA's New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a ten-engine, battery-powered prototype with a ten-foot wingspan that can change its shape midair to fly either horizontally or vertically. This month, NASA announced it recently took off vertically and, for the first time, successfully rotated its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to standard “wingborne” flight.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

NASA's GL-10 design is expected to be 4 times more aerodynamically efficient than an multicopter drone

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Richard Branson to Host Blockchain Summit on (his) Necker Island

Richard Branson to Host Blockchain Summit on (his) Necker Island | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson is set to bring "the greatest minds in cryptocurrency" together to discuss bitcoin and the blockchain on his personal private island this May.

Taking place on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands from the 25th to 28th, Branson's event will feature discussions moderated by Hernando De Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Wall Street Journal senior columnist Michael J Casey and Matthew Bishop, US business editor for The Economist.

Branson has been enthusiastic in his praise for the bitcoin, having previously invested in payment processor BitPay and accepted the digital currency for his space travel enterprise Virgin Galactic.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Looks like Sir @RichardBranson focus is more on blockchain than on bitcoin. Will invitations extend to Ethereum ?

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Adept is IBM’s proposal for an IoT combining BitTorrent, Blockchain, and a secure messaging protocol called Telehash

Adept is IBM’s proposal for an IoT combining BitTorrent, Blockchain, and a secure messaging protocol called Telehash | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Paul Brody, the head of mobile and internet with IBM, is proposing a system called Adept, which will use three distinct technologies to solve what he sees as both technical and economic issues for the internet of things. The Adept platform is not an official IBM product, but was created by researchers at IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV). Adept will be released on Github as open-source software. The platform consists of three parts:

1/ Blockchain: As mentioned above, block chain is the distributed transaction processing engine that keeps track of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. The beauty of block chain is that it can be used for many purposes. Basically it’s a technology that allows data to be stored in a variety of different places while tracking the relationship between different parties to that data. So when it comes to the internet of things, Brody envisions it as a way for devices to understand what other devices do and the instructions and permissions different users have around these devices.In practice this can mean tracking relationships between devices, between a user and a device and even between two devices with the consent of a user. This means your smartphone could securely communicate with your door lock or that you could approve someone else to communicate with the door lock. Those relationships would be stored on the locks, your phones and come together as needed to ensure the right people had access to your home without having to go back to the cloud.

2/ Telehash: It’s one thing for devices to use block chain to understand contracts and capabilities, but they also need to communicate it, which is why Adept is using Telehash, a private messaging protocol that was built using JSON to share distributed information. It’s creator Jeremie Miller says at its simplest telehash is a “very simple and secure end-to-end encryption library that any application can build on, with the whole point being that an “end” can be a device, browser, or mobile app.” He added, “Perhaps, you can think of it as a combination of SSL+PGP that is designed for devices and apps to connect with each other and create a secure private mesh?” A new version of the software is expected soon.

3/ BitTorrent: And finally, to move all this data around, especially because not everything has a robust connection to each other — especially if they are using a low data rate connection like Bluetooth or Zigbee, Adept uses file sharing protocol BitTorrent to move data around keeping with the decentralized ethos of Adept.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Detailing IBM's "Device Democracy" position paper, IBM's Adept system looks quite similar to / inspired from Ethereum while clearly evidencing blockchain as a generic piece of infrastructure. Comments in the post are equally worth a read.

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An Open Source Microsoft Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

An Open Source Microsoft Windows Is 'Definitely Possible' | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

“It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s a new Microsoft.”

Russinovich is sitting in front of several hundred people who spend their days running thousands of computers. He helped build Windows, and he carries one of the most respected titles at the world’s largest software company: Microsoft Technical Fellow. But here, on stage at a conference in Silicon Valley, he’s perched in front of an audience whose relationship with Microsoft is, at best, complicated.

So many Microsoft customers now rely on open source code. That means Microsoft must embrace it too.

The conference is called ChefConf. Chef is a tool that helps tech geeks setup and operate the many machines needed to drive a website, smartphone app, or some other piece of business software. It’s an open source tool, which means it’s typically used alongside other open source software. When Russinovich asks how many in the audience use nothing but Windows to run their machines, one guy raises his hand—one guy out of several hundred. Mostly, they run the open source Linux operating system.

 

But this is what Russinovich expects. “That’s the reality we live in today,” he says. The tech world has changed in enormous ways. So many companies—so many Microsoft customers—are now relying on open source code. And that means Microsoft must embrace it too. As Russinovich points out, the company now allows Linux on its Azure cloud computing service, a way of renting computers over the internet, and today, Linux is running on at least 20 percent of those computers.

It’s quite a change for Microsoft, so long the bete noir of the open source community. But as Russinovich explains, it’s a necessary change. And given how popular Linux has become, Microsoft could go even further, not only allowing open source software on its cloud services, but actually turning Windows into open source software. “Every conversation you can imagine about what should we do with our software—open versus not-open versus services—has happened,” he says.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Fascinating yet not totally unexpected : internet history litterate people will have noted that such move is rooted in this millenium's early years, with Microsoft's huge effort on XML that encompassed opening the file formats of its then "real" OS (as per Jean-Louis Gassee's analysis), namely Office. Opening Word, Excel and Powerpoint file formats enabled the openOffice movement, as well as Apple's rescue... which would later launch the iWork suite (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) on OSX then iOS.

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