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Om Malik

Last Build Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:42:13 +0000


Goodbye Netflix

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:26:06 +0000

It was over ten years ago when I started talking to Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix about broadband and streaming. The company was still in the business of DVD rentals, but the I was sold on the idea of “Netflix” being the killer app of broadband. I cut the cord early — just...

Flummoxed by Summilux SL

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:54:11 +0000

I recently visited Tuscany and spent a week with friends, unplugged; spending as much time eating, hiking and photographing the beautiful landscape. It has been a fun week, but I have struggled with photography. You see, in a rush to leave last week, I accidentally picked up my Leica Summilux 50mm SL lens to pair...

The Circle of Happiness

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 03:00:24 +0000

2.45 am… I woke up and looked out of the window. It was jet black sky with twinkling stars, spread like diamonds across the universe. There were so many of them. I was wide awake in a few minutes. I walked out to the patio, barefoot, my soles feeling the cold of the tiles and...

Some Good Reads from around the web

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:30:22 +0000

These are the stories I found worth reading during the course of my day. I hope you enjoy them. The coming software apocalypse, is a great long read on The Atlantic. I didn’t like the headline, but the story is great look into our reliance of software and weaknesses that are all around it. I...

How to think about Facebook & its Algorithm

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:00:52 +0000

The recent debate about Facebook’s impact on politics and being easily manipulated by others (Russians for example) has resulted in a lot of outrage. Increasingly, when I think about Facebook and it’s algorithm, I use the following questions as my framework.1. Algorithms are simple and mostly dumb, and that is why they are easily gamed....

Change is hard, even in Silicon Valley

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 01:16:29 +0000

After ten years of limiting its tweets to 140 characters (a limit imposed due to the limitations of old school SMS systems), Twitter decided it was time to experiment with the character limit and change it to 280 characters as a trial for some of its users. I am not sure why 280, but it...

Why I make photos

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:57 +0000

Marc Champagne (great name) founder of the Kyo app, emailed a few months ago and wanted to chat with me for a podcast. He wanted to know more about my approach to photography. I don’t quite have an approach, except as I told him “I find photography a way of capturing what I’m feeling and...

I am taking a Facebook Vacation

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:54:55 +0000

I am taking a bit of a vacation from Facebook — mostly because I find the social media is starting to become a bit distracting. It is not that I don’t like connecting to the people, but I am finding it hard to support a service that I am starting to see as empathy-challenged.  Looking...

Facebook, Elections & the Spin

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:30:13 +0000

Mark Zuckerberg, on first day back from paternity leave, posted his response to the recent questions being raised about the company and its role in elections. Much of the sound and fury has been focused on the “Russian connection.” But focusing on this issue, making it all about elections misses that larger point. And perhaps I...

Steve Jobs Theater… Some Photos

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:48:37 +0000

“From the very beginning, I’ve protested the idea that an office headquarters, whether it’s mega or micro, is only about work. It’s about lifestyle.” Norman Foster, the architect who designed the new Apple’s Campus2. All photos made with iPhone SE and converted to B&W.