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Om Malik

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What’s worth reading today

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:00:57 +0000

Here is my selection of some articles that I found interesting. They will make for good reading this weekend or any other time really.  Do Big Advertisers even matter to the platforms? John Battelle makes a good case the P&G and Unilever need Google and Facebook more than the evil ad twins need them. I...

Facebook’s Fake Account Problem Is Getting Bigger

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:04:54 +0000

The 37-page indictment by the U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals makes one thing clear – the Russian Propaganda Machine (R.P.M.) was super efficient in using Facebook thanks to the use of a lot of fake accounts and smart targeting. And guess what, it is a growing problem for Facebook, as its most...

What’s Worth Reading Today

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:07:45 +0000

It was a hectic Monday, but I did manage to read some good stuff with my morning cup of tea and then later, over post-lunch espresso. I hope you get a chance to read these technology stories that will be worth your time. Inside Facebook: Two years that shook the company. [Wired Magazine] $150 million...

Startups are a global opportunity!

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:03:22 +0000

Despite a boom in startup activity, more and more companies being formed, it doesn’t mean that more good companies are being created. I keep seeing the same names hit up investors again and again. A few successful ones are garnering a lion share of the total funding dollars, especially as they get more traction. Even...

Why 16GB Memory Cards Are Better

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:40:31 +0000

It is not hard to find a memory card that can pack as much as 128 gigabytes (GB) storage capacity into an SD memory card, a boon when shooting videos or when embarking on  a weekend trip with a nice point and shoot like the FujiFilm x100F or Leica Q. Personally, however, I like the...

Why Snapchat can’t control its narrative

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:31:20 +0000

Couldn’t agree more with this statement from Bill Gallagher, author of “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story.”  “Snapchat struggled a lot with controlling narrative in the media in part because Snapchat’s user base doesn’t overlap that much with Instagram’s user base who cover these things.”

What to read this weekend

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:01:03 +0000

I might have been slow in re-starting my recommended reading list, but I promise you, these are worth reading over the weekend. In conversation with Quincy Jones: The music legends doesn’t hold back in this interview with The Vulture. America’s love affair with Prescription Medication: This is a nominee for National Magazine Awards, and once...

Smart Home is a Home that’s always spying on you

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:57:15 +0000

It is ironic that we pay good money to buy and install devices that steal our privacy and sense of identity. We complain about Facebook’s ill-effects on society, but have no problems leaving digital footprints by excessive use of the service. We love Alexa, but we don’t stop and wonder what is the end game...

Blogs are “thought spaces”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:29:58 +0000

A long long long time ago when I started blogging, it was for two reasons: I wanted to share what I learned on a daily basis as a reporter — tiny bytes of intelligence — and at the same time, have a place to think out loud about everything from baseball to broadband. Never for...

Fixing the “roads of hell” created by Uber & Lyft

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:45:38 +0000

Ever since I wrote about the traffic chaos created by Uber & Lyft, I have been thinking about how we can use technology to understand the extent of the problem, and then using other sets of technology to fix the problems and avoid regulatory challenges. After a while, I believe computer vision and data analytics...