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The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The presidential campaigns have the technology to know more about voters than any other bids in history...

 

"In recent primary states, Romney aired two very different ads on local news websites: one for supporters, and another for those who may not support him. This sort of thing could pop up on television as well very soon. Within five years, Will Feltus of the National Media predicts, advertisers and politicians will only target households where the messages can have maximum effect. And just like that, the days of shared commonality over a played-out commercial will be over. Women won't have to endure Cialis marketing, and men will be skipped when it comes time to air the Tampax ads."

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Four Management Rules Facebook's Seventh Employee Learned From Mark Zuckerberg

Four Management Rules Facebook's Seventh Employee Learned From Mark Zuckerberg | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Rule 1: Put the product visionary in charge, not the business leader. Colleran: "I went into Facebook having been a Babson educated entrepreneur who thought that the entrepreneur is the business owner and you come up with a business plan and you go and build the product.I think having worked for Mark and looking at other examples from the Valley, I’ve realized that it takes the product visionary to be the leader. It’s not the entrepreneur who has the business background to just plan an idea. If I had been in Mark’s shoes throughout the Facebook experience I would have made a lot of by-the-book decisions that would have been the wrong decisions for the company."

Rule 2: Don't get comfortable in a niche market if a bigger one is there for the taking. Colleran: "[Back in 2006] a lot of people felt like we shouldn't expand past college. We owned the [college] market, a hugely valuable market. We could have just stopped there and said this is what we set out to do: To be the biggest US college web site and we’ve got this audience now and that it’s 97 percent penetrated. Now let’s go and figure out how to monetize that market or give them what they want. Mark was very clear that this was not about college, and [he] expanded Facebook to high school. Then he expanded Facebook to adults."

Ruke 3: Sometimes, the customers are wrong. Loud wrong. Colleran: "When we launched the News Feed [in 2006] it was midnight in Pacific Time. People had gone to bed with the old Facebook and woke up with the new Facebook. We were all under the impression that it was a great product. But users freaked out. It was the first time that users realized this thing was going to keep changing and Mark was going to keep pushing the envelope. Now, you can’t imagine Facebook without a News Feed. It’s an industry standard thing. But for a while, there were protests and a million people joining the “I hate News Feed” group and every news crew outside of our offices. If you were a public company or not a product visionary you probably would have rolled back that feature when a third of your user base start protesting. [Editor: Zuckerberg did not.]"

Rule 4: Don't sell crap just because people will buy it.  Colleran: "[Zuckerberg doesn't] want to splash big disruptive ads on the site. In the older days, that was the only choice you really had if you wanted to monetize the web site. You had to play by the rules of the ad industry. You could sell an [Interactive Advertising Bureau-approved] ad unit and or an even bigger IAB ad unit. That’s what ad agencies would buy. You’d be one site of 20 that were on a plan that you’d get the same creative and targeting requirement that everyone else had. Luckily, Facebook went into a different direction and its continued growth allowed it to rewrite the rules."
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Instagram gets Facebook to bite a million bait

Instagram gets Facebook to bite a  million bait | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Kudos for a brilliant setup

The smart move was Instagram’s when they chose to not integrate their app with Facebook last year. It must have taken balls to resist the temptation, but they made it. Because the service was growing independently of Facebook, capturing TSO and growing their user base very fast, they became a threat.

With the $50mm round they were raising at $500mm value a few days ago, they were on the path to becoming an unaffordable threat, in both senses. Facebook had one bullet, and they fired it quickly. Investors at $500mm valuation would not have agreed to selling at a small premium. Hence the offer that made the deal, at a x2 valuation: $1bn.
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The iPad is growing up, and iPhoto is its puberty

The iPad is growing up, and iPhoto is its puberty | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The hardware of the iPad has matured to the point where it is almost transparent. This means that the most interesting signs of its growth and maturity as a platform come in the apps that we’re seeing for it. And those apps are largely boring slaves to the standard touch gestures and interface conventions that Apple released with the iPhone back in 2007. It’s now 5 years after multitouch and it’s time for the iPad to move beyond those basic interface tricks into uncharted interface territories. iPhoto for iOS is here to help us realize that there is more to touch than pinch, swipe and tap, and that we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg in touch control.



Releasing an app in order to push the boundaries and move the platform forward is nothing new for Apple. Just look at Garage Band and iMovie from last year. They’re still arguably some of the best and most feature-rich apps on the App Store and they proved that there was room for serious creative apps on the tablet.
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Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering

Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
How does Facebook deploy improvements to one of the world's largest websites—and do so every day? Thank BitTorrent, IRC, karma, and a department called "release engineering." We go onsite with the team.
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WARNING: More Than Half A Million Macs Have Been Infected With Malware That Steals Passwords

WARNING: More Than Half A Million Macs Have Been Infected With Malware That Steals Passwords | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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The Death Of Printed Books ?

The Death Of Printed Books ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Pew Internet and American Life Project says 21% of Americans have read an e-book in the last year as of February. That's up from 17% in December.

It also surveyed Americans to find out what they like about e-books versus print books. The result is above. As you can see, print books are only better for reading with a child, and sharing with friends.

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Project Glass by Google: dream or (augmented) reality ?

"We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't."

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Qarnot Computing: connected CPU powered heaters as a distributed datacenter

Qarnot Computing: connected CPU powered heaters as a distributed datacenter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Qarnot Computing: connected CPU powered heaters as a distributed datacenter

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Why Google Might Be Going to $0

Why Google Might Be Going to $0 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Interesting history with an uncertain conclusion

"1998: Ken files a patent that classified how search results and ad results are sorted based on the number of click-thrus an ad gets. He sells the company to Lycos for $40 million. Ken Lang becomes CTO of Lycos and they take over his patents.
$40 million! What? And then Lycos stock skyrockets up. I can’t believe it. I’m happy for my friend but also incredibly jealous although later in 1998 I sell my first company as well. Still, I wanted to be the only one I knew who made money. I didn’t think it was fun when other people I knew made money. And, anyway, weren’t search engines dead? I mean,what was even the business model?
Fast forward: the  2000s. Almost every search engine dies. Excite, Lycos, Altavista. Before that “the world wide web worm”. Lycos got bought by a Spanish company, then a Korean company, then an Indian company. To be honest, I don’t even know who owns it now. It has a breathing tube and a feeding tube. Somehow, in a complete coma, it is being kept alive.
One search engine, a little company called Google, figured out how to make money."
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What Happens in an Internet Minute?

What Happens in an Internet Minute? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Do you know what happens in one minute on the Internet? In just one minute, more than 204 million emails are sent. Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales. Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr. At least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world. And more than 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora while more than 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube.  
Computing is transforming and touching more people in a wider range of devices. From smartphones to tablets, netbooks and notebooks and even automotive; it can often seem like every one of us is connected. But while it’s hard to miss the proliferation of portable devices, it’s what we don’t see that’s the bigger issue.
What many don’t see is that the increase in mobile devices has had a tremendous impact on the amount of data traffic crossing the network. It’s a little easier to comprehend once we think about all that’s done on a connected device like a smartphone. Listening to music, watching videos, downloading photos, playing online games, refreshing Twitter feeds and status updates – all of those activities generate network traffic. Following is an infographic illustrates just how much data passes through the network in 60 seconds. Nearly 640K Gb of global IP data is transferred in just one Internet minute!
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Du Big Data au service de la recherche scientifique

Les Etats-Unis ont débloqué 200 millions de dollars pour développer les technologies de Big Data dans le domaine de la recherche scientifique. En France, ce sont 25 millions d’euros qui seront alloués à des projets de Big Data.
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50% Of U.S. Mobile Phone Owners Now Have Smartphones

50% Of U.S. Mobile Phone Owners Now Have Smartphones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

50% Of U.S. Mobile Phone Owners Now Have Smartphones

 

Here's a big shift happening right before our eyes: Smartphones now account for 50% of all mobile phones in the United States, Nielsen reports.

 

Don't expect smartphone growth to slow any time soon. In the last three months, 66% of all mobile phones sold were smartphones.

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iTunes’ Windows Problem

iTunes’ Windows Problem | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"iTunes has turned into an operating system — kludgier and uglier than many — a role it was never meant to fill."

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The Only Two Smartphone Companies That Matter

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The Only Two Smartphone Companies That Matter

There are only two smartphone companies that matter: Samsung and Apple.

This chart shows preliminary smartphone shipment estimates for Q1 from analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco. As you can see, it's a two horse race. Everyone else is irrelevant.
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Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion In Cash, Stock - Forbes

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion In Cash, Stock - Forbes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook today announced that it has agreed to acquire the photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close later in the June quarter.

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BYOD is unstoppable. Smart companies must build apps

BYOD is unstoppable. Smart companies must build apps | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has gained unstoppable momentum. And thanks to the burgeoning mobile app market, employees have high expectations for these tools. They want an attractive user experience tailored to their devices. In other words, companies need to invest in building apps, period.
During my two decades of working in enterprise IT, I’ve observed the client-server revolution, the internet explosion and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) boom. Despite all the buzz around cloud and big data, I believe mobile will dominate enterprise IT transformation over the next decade and help to shape those other two trends. Our company, Layer 7 Technologies, and competitors such as Apigee and Mashery, are providing API management solutions to support mobile integration for the consumer app market. I believe that BYOD will spark an ever greater demand for API management to address enterprise mobile apps.
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CHART OF THE DAY: Watch As Yahoo's Business Gradually Becomes Worthless

CHART OF THE DAY: Watch As Yahoo's Business Gradually Becomes Worthless | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Activist hedge funder Dan Loeb created this chart which shows the diminishing value of Yahoo's core business over the last seven years.

He says the core businesses value has gone from $30 billion in 2008 based on the Microsoft buyout offer to $2 billion in the last six and half years.

Loeb arrived at the value for Yahoo's core business by backing out the value of its cash, its stake in Alibaba (after taxes), and Yahoo Japan (after taxes). Importantly, this isn't necessarily a reflection of the true value of the business, just what the market thinks, says Loeb.
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Apple's EasyPay Makes It UNBELIEVABLY Easy To Spend Money In The Apple Store

Apple's EasyPay Makes It UNBELIEVABLY Easy To Spend Money In The Apple Store | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Apple Store is already way more efficient than shopping in most other stores -- there are usually dozens of clerks walking around with handheld card readers, so you never have to wait in a long line for a cash register.
But sometimes the store gets so crowded, it's hard even to find a clerk to check you out.
That's where the Apple Store App comes in. It was released last week for the iPhone 4 and 4S, and lets you buy small items like chargers, cases, or packaged software without ever talking to a single person in the store.

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Half of US iPhones are repeat purchases

Half of US iPhones are repeat purchases | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The latest comScore data (period ending February) shows that Android added 2.87 million users to its base while iPhone added 1.52 million. If we assume that Android sold a minimal number of replacements (due to the limited time in use of bulk of units) and round up to 3 million for February, and if we assume that Apple sells as many iPhones as Android (which is what Walkley suggests) then we can conclude that in the US roughly half the iPhones are bought as replacements for existing iPhones.

Extrapolating this to global markets may be risky but already we can begin to form a picture of how the iPhone franchise is becoming an annuity-based business.
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Remember AOL Instant Messenger ? It is vanishing now...

Remember AOL Instant Messenger ? It is vanishing now... | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A 64% year-over-year decline....
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Apple's iPhone Has Staged A Monster Comeback, Android Is Now Dead In The Water

Apple's iPhone Has Staged A Monster Comeback, Android Is Now Dead In The Water | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Apple's gains are the result of a few key factors, all of which demonstrate that Apple learned a searing lesson from its failure in the 1990s PC market:

• First, in the U.S, Apple has finally broadened distribution of the iPhone to Verizon and Sprint, instead of just selling through AT&T
• Second, Apple introduced a "low-price" version of the iPhone--the 3GS--which gives price-conscious consumers an Apple alternative (lots of Android phones are cheap)
• Third, Apple broadened its distribution channels to major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy, which has given it access to consumers it might not otherwise have reached
• Fourth, and critically, Apple's products now cost the same as high-end alternatives, instead of selling at a "premium price." In the 1990s, Macs were always more expensive than PCs. Some Apple fanatics were willing to pay these high prices, but most normal people weren't. This contributed to Apple becoming a niche player.
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The title is a little too much... Remember Talleyrand ?
The main advantage of Apple is in the much bigger serials because of a very limited range for dozen of millions each.
But, in the contrary, Apple need to maintain very high profits... which, in any market, keep competitors alive, many competitors and some big like Samsung (40% of iPad3 comes from Samsung).
Android is not dead in the water...
The business insider slide shown above has a sister which shows that Google is winning big on mobile ads and nobody comes close.
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Google Ventures Has $1 Billion To Invest And It Likes Big Data Startups

Google Ventures Has $1 Billion To Invest And It Likes Big Data Startups | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google's investment arm, Google Ventures, doesn't divide its $1 billion into tech-specific funds.
Even so, big data is one area it has begun to focus, says partner Karim Faris.
Faris is one of the backers of ClearStory Data, a big data startup that launched this week. But he told Business Insider that he and other partners will be launching more in the next few weeks.
Google is almost uniquely qualified to identify big data startups given that much of the new technology is based on techniques invented at Google, like MapReduce and Google File System (GFS).
"We're lucky to have in our backyard dozens of people that know a lot about the problem in real life," he says. "So we've got a good understanding of the issues and the opportunities. There's going to be a lot coming out of us in the next few months in this space," he adds.

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CHART OF THE DAY: A Tale Of Two Smartphone Companies

CHART OF THE DAY: A Tale Of Two Smartphone Companies | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
This chart compares Apple and Research In Motion's stocks over the last twelve months. It pretty much tells the tale of the two smartphone companies. One is ascendant, while the other is in free fall.
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RIM misses big on revenue, stock tanks

RIM misses big on revenue, stock tanks | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Brutal demise of an icon.
Although their model was platform based (both ends of the value chain), they did not resist the 2007 shift toward both touch UIs and Open OS app platforms.
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