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Two Quick Links

Mon, 19 May 2014 06:13:37 +0000

How ‘likes’ bring votes – Narendra Modi’s campaign on Facebook: Like it or not, India has just concluded its first social media election. It is no coincidence that the national parties that were late adopters or did not have a social media strategy also acquired the image of non-transparency, out of sync with the aspirations […]


Tue, 13 May 2014 07:38:39 +0000

Reasons to kill your LinkedIn account

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:10:53 +0000

Some of the latest Terms of Service in Linkedin’s User Agreement: Linkedin’s Unlimited License to Sell My Information to Anyone: Section 2.2 of the user agreement grants Linked an unlimited license to do whatever it wants with the information you post on Linkedin, including the right “to use and commercialize, in any way now known […]

Tech inflluencers lobbies Congress

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:59:05 +0000

Via Tech Crunch and WSJ a graphical display of the dollars flowing into the Capitol for lobbying activities of tech companies like Google, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Yahoo.

Term “social media” overused

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:01:15 +0000

Ev Williams definition of social media: Media for which the consumer’s relationship with the creator is relevant for understanding or value. If you don’t know the people, or don’t care, it’s probably not social media. It’s just media. It doesn’t matter if it’s created by an individual or a corporation. What’s more, when companies use […]

Twitter Private Messaging

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:10:37 +0000

The valuations of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and others are, obviously, stunning. Allowing proper private communication among users is an obvious easy win. And yet Twitter has never really cared about private messaging. Direct messaging is a long neglected product, and Twitter doesn’t seem to care much about it. I wonder if Twitter execs […]

Easy Interface for Internet of Things

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:23:28 +0000

Amid a wide range of new platforms to manage streams of data from the Internet of things, a simple version emerges that anyone can use. Read David Talbot’s report on MIT’s Technology Review With a new service called Freeboard, Bug Labs is giving people a simple one-click way to publish data from a “thing” to […]

Car As Platform

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:44:02 +0000

LTE Will Let Your Car’s Computer Update Like Your Smartphone. Think about it: The average person hangs onto a car for about 11 years. The average lifespan of a computer or tablet or smartphone is, what, three at the high end? So that super-slick infotainment setup in the center console is gonna feel pretty dated […]

Media and Civil Society in Syria’s Evolving Conflict

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:18:52 +0000

The conflict in Syria is being presented to the international community through a complex mix of state, opposition, international and local media sources. Individuals and NGOs in Syria have also effectively used social media to show the world the horrors of the conflict. As the crisis has evolved, so too have the ways in which […]

Obama’s review of the RSA

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:24:14 +0000

President Obama delivered a speech at the Department of Justice to announce the outcomes of a broad-ranging and unprecedented review of U.S. intelligence programs. [Also read 1) The Fight Against Big, Bad Data 2) Big Data and the Future of Privacy] The review examined how, in light of new and changing technologies, we can use […]