NatGeo presents article "Genius" to accompany is new cable series         

The National Geographic issue for May 2007 has a feature cover story on p. 30, “Genius: Why some people are so much smarter than the rest of us.”, link (paywall) here .
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An important measure of genius is whether the person’s output lives throughout the ages.  Beehoven’s output takes on a life of its own. 

The article gives some attention to the life story of Leonardo DaVinci.

The years of highest probability of major output are the late twenties into the mid thirties.

An important and controversial variable would be how versatile the person is with "real life" skills.  The best of today's young adults simply are or were much more mature than I was at ages like, say 16-21. But it helps to be born later. 


However, there are real prodigies, in coding (Mark Zuckerberg) and in music.  In music, prodigy becomes harder to show after Mozart.  But Eugen d’Albert’s gigantic first piano concerto (as published, in B Minor) was composed before age 20 and shows real intellectual brilliance as to harmony, counterpoint, and form. Brahms, on the other hand, waited until his forties to compose symphonies.  Genius enters new territory in the latest years, as we know from the last nearly-complete symphony of Bruckner.

There is a new series on National Geographic Channel which I have not seen yet.
  

The issue also has an article on the Central African Republic, the Burning Heart of Africa, and “United in Protest” against the North Dakota oil pipeline. 

          Special 319: Facebook's F8 Keynote        

TWiT Live Specials (Video-HD)

On the first day of Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's shift to augmented reality. Facebook's camera will be capable of recognizing people and objects and add Snapchat-like effects to the world. Facebook is hoping developers will help them take augmented reality to the next level, both using Facebook Camera Effects and the Oculus Rift. Facebook also announced a new social virtual reality app, Facebook Spaces, which will allow users to interact with each other in VR using cartoon avatars. Other announcements included an expanded focus on Messenger chat bots, QR code-like parametric codes, and Messenger Platform 2.0. The latter will add AI, games, music, and more to Messenger.

Host: Leo Laporte

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/twit-live-specials.

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this special presentation.


          CENSURADO EN FACEBOOK        
Hola! Anduve desaparecido del mundo bloguero por muchas razones, entre ellas que estuve estudiando y preparando finales a lo largo del año pasado; y otra razón más importante (sin desmerecer lo otro) fue que el colorado puto de Mark Zuckerberg eliminó mi perfil porque no pertenecía a una persona real (y en consecuencia desaparecion la páginas que he creado bajo ese perfil).

Creo saber quienes fueron los que denunciaron mi perfil. Son los discriminadores del boliche Cuba Inc. (eso me pasa por comedido, por saltar a defender personas como yo a pesar de no haber estado aquella noche en el BarCamp, muchos ya conocerán la historia, si no, usen el Google).

Marcos Gennaro es el dueño del boliche Cuba Inc. y es un cagón de mierda por disculparse sólo en privado por el maltrato, en vez de hacerlas públicas en la página Facebook del boliche (y encima bloquea a quienes critican o hacen algún reclamo). Forrea a sus empleados (como Anyelen Kocian y Gise Piñeiro, entre los que me acuerdo) para que bardeen en la página creada para denunciar la fea situación que ocurrió y ocurre en ese boliche. Y creo que se pusieron de acuerdo entre todos o algunos de ellos para denunciar mi perfil.

Pero bue, de todos modos me animo a opinar cada vez más con el perfil de Facebook con mi verdadero nombre y apellido, aunque me hayan puteado más de una vez.

Y en cuanto a Cuba Inc., no iría ni a palos por mi cuenta, aunque "dé con el perfil del lugar", si un amigo festeja un cumpleaños ahí, o por alguna razón me toca caer por allí, ire resignado, pero con ganas de hacer alguna maldad... jejeje!

En cuanto a los que saltaron a defender la discriminación, la verdad que me dio vergüenza ajena leer sus comentarios, y me hicieron dudar que estemos en el siglo XXI.

MI TARDÍA OPINIÓN ACERCA DE LOS RESULTADOS DE LAS ÚLTIMAS ELECCIONES

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

La verdad que si ha ganado por el 54% de los votos en primera vuelta, tendré que aceptar con resignación el resultado. El papel de la oposición la verdad que es lamentable. No se ponen de acuerdo, y proponen regresar a los '90 en algunos casos, y la discontinuidad de medidas que tan mal nos hicieron históricamente a los argentinos. Yo voté a Binner, ya que hizo un buen trabajo en Santa Fe.

Tendremos que seguir bancándonos el autoritarismo y la soberbia por 4 años más. Solo queda conformarnos con poder seguir votando, y que no haya terrorismo de estado.
Espero que nadie apoye otro golpe de Estado.

José Manuel De la Sota

Les juro que estuve puteando como el Tano Pasman cuando me enteré que Don Gato y su Pandilla ganaron por amplia ventaja. Pero el porcentaje no es muy convincente. Los que no queremos que sigan todos estos delincuentes de Unión por Córdoba en el gobierno somos mayoría (42,6% contra 52.49% del Frente cívico + UCR). Los cagones de los legisladores quieren seguir manteniendo su quorum propio y seguir siendo una escribanía de De la Sota; no van a querer reformar la Constitución para implementar el ballotage.

A los que votaron a De la Sota, y no los atienden en los hospitales públicos por los paros de los médicos, me encantaría reírmeles en la cara y cantar "SE JOOOOODE ♫♫♫..... SE JOOOOODE ♫♫♫....." (como en "Justo a Tiempo"). Ustedes hicieron posible que los médicos sigan mal pagos, y que los hospitales no estén en condiciones. Si sigue así la situación, los médicos se van a seguir yendo a otras provincias y a las clínicas privadas. Nadie va a querer atender en un hospital provincial de Córdoba.

Y voy a aprovechar el Boleto Educativo Gratuito, no sólo para ahorrar hasta $200 por mes, sino para colaborar con la desfinanciación de la provincia, y así le explote en las manos a De la Sota la crisis que él mismo generó, y así el Centro Cívico y la Legislatura quedarán reducidos a cenizas con todos los delincuentes adentro.

Ramón Javier Mestre

La verdad que siento indiferencia ¿se puede destruir más la ciudad de lo que ya está?. Me chupa un huevo que este pendejo drogón de mierda esté haciendo todo lo contrario a lo que prometió en campaña. Y que nos aumenten los impuestos, espero que valga la pena y tengamos contraprestaciones como la gente.

¿Y, Giacomino? ¿estás cómodo en tu inmerecido sillón de diputado, HIJO DE LA GRAN PUTA, TRAIDOR DE MIERDA, CARADURA?


No tiene sentido seguir posteando acá, si ya hay un grupo que sale a las calles y defienden la educación más que yo, un quejoso que quiere hacerse pasar por esclavo del sistema, y que sólo puede expresarse de forma anónima a través de una compu.

AGUANTE SECUNDARIOS ARRIBA!
          Seventeen Leading Experts Envision The Power of Technology in 2014        

Randi Zuckerberg, David Pogue and Shannon Miller Among Illustrious Speaker Line-up at Living in Digital Times Technology Lifestyle Conferences at 2014 International CES®

(PRWeb December 19, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/livingindigitaltimes/2014ces/prweb11439048.htm


          Je Facebookverslaving heeft te maken met onze natuur: we oordelen graag        

De insteek van Facebook is afgaande op Mark Zuckerbergs woorden...

Het bericht Je Facebookverslaving heeft te maken met onze natuur: we oordelen graag verscheen eerst op Vance.


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Casting began in early August 2009, and open auditions were held in various states. Jesse Eisenberg was first announced to be attached to the project in September 2009.[6] (Coincidentally, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, Zuckerberg revealed that Eisenberg's cousin, Eric Fisher, was a Facebook product designer. He and Jesse also created a wordplay site together called OneUpMe.com) Several days later, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield were confirmed to portray the roles of Sean Parker and Eduardo Saverin. In October 2009, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer, Shelby Young, and Josh Pence were cast. Max Minghella and Dakota Johnson were also confirmed to star in the film In a 2009 interview with The Baltimore Sun, Eisenberg said, "Even though I've gotten to be in some wonderful movies, this character seems so much more overtly insensitive in so many ways that seem more real to me in the best way. I don't often get cast as insensitive people, so it feels very comfortable: fresh and exciting, as if you never have to worry about the audience. Not that I worry about the audience anyway - it should be just the furthest thing from your mind. The Social Network is the biggest relief I've ever had in a movie."

 

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          Daily Must Reads, October 4, 2012        

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. The winner of last night’s presidential debate? Twitter. (The Atlantic Wire) 2. Mark Zuckerberg discusses Facebook’s ‘next billion’ (Bloomberg/Businessweek) 3. Internet use disorder coined by American Psychiatric Association (MediaJobsDaily) 4. What BuzzFeed’s evolution says about the future of longform journalism (Poynter) […]

The post Daily Must Reads, October 4, 2012 appeared first on MediaShift.


          Benefits Of Facebook For Small Business Online        
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook has greatly changed the communication among individuals and even on the marketing side. As the number one social network site in the world, Facebook is steadfastly growing bunking on the ever-growing popularity of virtual communication that encompasses personal, business and corporative relationships.

While Facebook may have turned the world upside down and partly affected how people perceive the effectiveness of personal communication, these are also the factors that have made it the new "it" thing in marketing. And for some - albeit, debate for its potentiality and security - the new online shopping tool.
These are positive factors that can be taken as advantages for companies who want to step up customer relations and social market viability of their products on Facebook.

There are three advantages to the way Facebook has changed company-customer relations:

The Emerging Social Shopping Trends:

Social shopping is an emerging trend. People already use to do it. Women go shopping together or they gather around in coffee shops and talk about their latest finds and buys. They compare prices and check out shops that sell the most affordable products. Only today, this practice has gone social and many people are obviously caught up with this.While Facebook is not a social shopping network, its users are predominantly online people. They log in to Facebook to share their thoughts on the most mundane things. It includes their new gadgets or products and what store did they buy them. They share to their friends what they love about a particular store or what pissed them off. That's free advertising and indirect product recommendation.
And almost always, Facebook friends buy what their friends are buying.

Facebook as a Customer Support Tool:

Customers who like a particular product or company support always find them to like a product or company page. Some customers even use company or product Facebook pages to post inquiries, issues and problems.If a company is quick to reply, the customer friends and other followers will be able to see the efficiency and excellent support of the company.

The Social Network Attitude:

While review sites are still the most reliable sites for most consumers in belting out their complaints or impressive reviews, it cannot be discounted that Facebook users also post their concerns or opinions regarding certain products. If a company or a product has impressed a customer immensely, it's certain that the customer is going to rave about the product for days - complete with pictures and anecdotes regarding her latest finds, be it a new Kindle or Be Present Capri pants. The more social media presence there is for a company, the more it can access its customers and potential customers in the social media. Tapping millions of Facebook membership for product marketing and sales is not an easy feat, though. Company will need to use effective tools in order to catch the attention of Facebook users and direct them to particular products. But, the gains are worth exerting efforts for. Facebook users are the most potentially active online customers who spend great amount of time browsing the net, checking new products and trends. And if they're impressed enough, they spend for products online.
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Justin Hernandez. He is a owner of Zinzz Chat Network. Full time web entreprenuer and Social Media Blogger. Follow him at @JustinNY.

          Novos modelos de redes sociais        

As redes sociais online são a resposta maciça à típica pergunta: Quem é você?
Nesse sentido, o https://www.facebook.com/jfhyppolito marcou um antes e depois como a web plataforma grande de condução 2.0, aquele em que o conteúdo é gerado por todos os usuários de moldar os 3Cs:-Comunicação-cooperação comunitária.

O site criado por Mark Zuckerberg, que inspirou o premiado filme Rede Social, e tem mais de um bilhão de e continua a crescer usuários, mas saiu de moda. Sim: um artigo recente da fundação Pew Internet & American Life Project revelou que jovens usuários estão mudando seus hábitos no site e migrando para novas alternativas. 

É que quando os adultos foram adicionados à rede e do número de conhecidos se arregalaram, corria o "partido". Adolescentes deixou sem a necessidade de ajustar as configurações de privacidade e eliminar muitos dos seus posts mais antigos não são adequados para os pais preocupados.

Além disso, o consumo de redes sociais tornou-se mais específico. Já não basta ter um perfil em uma plataforma. As contas são multiplicadas pelo valor dos juros e é normal que caminhar diariamente por meia dúzia de redes.


A pergunta surge: os usuários, agora, quais são eles?

No micro-blogging

Ou como a de expressar uma ideia em poucas palavras. As novas alternativas estão https://www.tumblr.com/ e https://www.pheed.com/ , embora o mais popular ainda é https://twitter.com/ , com as suas famosas mensagens de 140 caracteres. 

Aqui a prioridade é o imediatismo e essas plataformas são orientados para o uso móvel. Privacidade importa menos. No entanto, uma nova opção, https://path.com/ , só pode ter 150 contatos, por isso o que queremos dizer apenas ficar entre muito perto.

Na América Latina, a inovação veio das mãos de http://es.blaving.com/ , oferecendo mensagens de gravação de áudio de dois minutos sobre o que você quer e compartilhá-lo com a comunidade. 



Este produto criado pela empresa Argentina-Brasil tem uma vantagem competitiva Pmovil o vasto potencial de interligação com outras redes: blavs mensagens gravuras-o de voz também pode postar no Facebook, Twitter e http://www.orkut.com/Main#Home -o rede social mais popular no Brasil -.

Na partilha de imagens


Nesta área, http://instagram.com/ era o favorito, especialmente os filtros oferecidos para modificar as imagens de uma forma divertida. Mas os pais colocam suas cabeças nesta comunidade, e agora a opção número um adolescente é http://www.snapchat.com/ , que tem a distinção de imagens -borrar- self destruct depois de ser visto. Este convida mais e enviar Eejits ousados ​​coisas que não importam que eles são para a posteridade. Sim, você tem que ter cuidado porque snapshots podem ser gravados com um screenshot.


Em mensagens de texto descontroladamente

Não há necessidade de cobrar à célula conta cards porque as mensagens irão consumir todo o crédito. Com opções como http://kik.com/ e http://www.whatsapp.com/ está resolvido o problema. Apenas 24/7 a equipe e também a nossa meta para tirar único implacavelmente mensagens de texto está conectado à Internet.

A importância dessas plataformas é revelada quando o Facebook demonstrou interesse em expandir suas ferramentas de mensagens instantâneas e espalhar rumores de que o Google iria comprar Whatsapp http://noticias.tudiscovery.com/whatsapp-google-facebook-y-la-batalla-por-la-mensajeria-instantanea/ .

Ao voltar para o básico dos blogs

As ferramentas para blogs e tem dez anos no mercado e tiveram algumas modificações. Em alguns casos permanecem sem atrativos, outros tornaram-se plataformas para a geração de sites. 

Com https://medium.com/ , o mesmo criador do http://www.blogger.com/homee co-fundador do Twitter, e http://tryghost.org/ , uma plataforma de código aberto, o blog tornou-se as bases. 

Para onde o que importa são as palavras e a configuração tem a simplicidade e beleza necessária para acompanhá-los.

Na partilha de interesses

Não é mais o suficiente para ser parte da mesma como os outros. Há mais nichos que você pode imaginar e achar que é o próprio desafio. Na América Latina, existem várias propostas.

Um deles é Vinylfy , nascido em fevereiro de 2013, para conectar-se aos amantes de discos de vinil. Na plataforma os usuários podem fazer upload de suas coleções, participar de discussões, conhecer novos lançamentos e encontrar lugares ou pessoas dispostas a vender a coleção de discos precioso. José Pimenta, um dos seus dois criadores-os cubanos residentes em Miami, explica a visão do projeto: "Acreditamos que a combinação do potencial de uma rede social com uma ferramenta que permite aos usuários gerenciar suas coleções de qualquer jeito que você quer precisamos coletar registros experiência ainda mais emocionante. "


Outra é Facepopular produto de militantes argentinos Facebook mentes cansadas que colocam todos os tipos de restrições, em particular a sua propaganda política. Seus criadores são peronistas e convidar outros "parceiros" para participar de sua Face (Alternativa Frente Contra a Criação). O estilo é semelhante à rede americana, mas com "emoperones" em vez de emoticons Peron foi a alma mater do movimento no meio do século passado, e com a opção de se algo "não gosto" ea possibilidade de escolher o carácter desejável da semana. O software ainda está em beta, mas já completou o contingente inicial de 24 mil inscritos.


Outro projeto argentino, mas com projeção internacional, é http://www.posibl.com/ , a primeira rede social na solidariedade mundial. Lançado em novembro de 2012 nos Estados Unidos, permite a interação entre usuários e associações que têm um sonho a cumprir. 

Através de mensagens, fotos e vídeos de cada procurará obter o apoio de outros para alcançar o objetivo final. Por exemplo, um menino argentino poderia conhecer seu ídolo no futebol e uma menina indiana que trabalha em um cruzeiro. Há muitas histórias com finais felizes e mais e mais pessoas envolvidas e que trabalham juntos em cinco continentes, com uma taxa de crescimento de 133 por cento ao mês.

Muito menos altruísta, mas com muito glamour é a página criada pela atriz colombiana Sofia Vergara e seu parceiro Luis Balaguer: NuevoWorld.com . O site pretende ser uma ponte entre os artistas de língua espanhola e seus seguidores. Enquanto celebridades e interagir com seus fãs através de redes como o Facebook ou Twitter, essas plataformas não foram criados para o efeito;sim esta nova opção. 

Fotos, vídeos, notas e reportagens exclusivas vai ser a posição. Sofia Vergara, Cristián de la Fuente, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Raul de Molina, Fernando Fiore, Alejandro Chaban e Giselle Blondet e juntou-se, e logo para ser muito mais. O objetivo de seus criadores: chegar a 200 milhões de seguidores. O que uma tarefa.

Você mudou o seu uso do Facebook nos últimos anos? Qual dessas novas redes sociais que você prefere?


Fonte: http://noticias.tudiscovery.com

          Sejarah Facebook        


 

 Facebook adalah sebuah social networking yang baru saja dirintis pada tahun 2006 oleh seorang mahasiswa Harvard yang bernama Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg atau Mark Zuckerberg lahir lahir pada 14 Mei 1984 di Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, New York, Amerika Serikat (AS).

Ide berawal ketika dia bersekolah di Exeter High School, New HampshireSaat itulah dia berkenalan dengan Adam D’Angelo. Zuckerberg lulus dan masuk Harvard University, awalnya membuat program Coursematch yang memungkinkan mahasiswa di kelas yang sama bisa melihat daftar teman-teman sekelas. Proyek selanjutnya membuat facemash.com. Lewat situs ini para pengunjung bisa memberi stempel “keren” atau “jelek” foto seorang siswa, dan membuat Zuckerberg dipanggil oleh Badan Administrasi Universitas Harvard karena dianggap membobol sistem keamanan komputer kampus, melanggar peraturan privasi di internet, dan melanggar hak cipta.


Oleh karena itu ia mebuat Facebook dan diluncurkannya pada tahun 2004. Dalam waktu singkat duapertiga mahasiswa Harvard jadi pengguna Facebook. Teman sekamarnya, Dustin Moskovitz dan Chris Hugh, dberhasil mengembangkan sayap ke Universitas Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Ivy College, dan beberapa sekolah lainnya di wilayah Boston. Dalam waktu singkat, mereka meluncurkan Facebook ke 30 sekolah.

Zuckerberg bersama Moskovitz dan beberapa teman lain pindah ke Palo Alto, California, liburan musim panas 2004 menyewa rumah kecil buat kantor. Oleh karena ingin mengerjakan Facebook dengan serius mereka meninggalkan Harvard. Di kantornya itulah Zuckerberg bertemu Peter Thiel, pendiri Paypal, yang ngasih dana segar sebesar US$ 500.000 ,merupakan investor pertama mereka sehingga mereka bisa pindah ke kantor yang lebih besar di di Universitas Avenue yang dinamai sebagai kantor “Kampus Urban”
Pada 23 Agustus 2005 Zuckerberg membeli domain facebook.com dari Aboutface Corporation senilai US$ 200.000 atau sekitar Rp 1,86 miliar. Pada 2 September 2005, Zuckerberg meluncurkan situs Facebook khusus untuk anak-anak sekolah menengah atas. Hanya dalam waktu 15 hari sejak peluncurannya, sebagian besar sekolah di AS sudah menjadi anggotanya. pada akhir tahun 2005, Facebook telah mencakup sekitar 2.000 kampus dan 25.000 sekolah menengah atas di AS, Kanada, Inggris, Meksiko, Puerto Riko, Australia, Selandia Baru, dan Irlandia.

Pada 27 Februari 2006, dia mulai mengizinkan para mahasiswa yang menjadi pengguna situs ini untuk menambahkan siswa-siswa SMA sebagai temannya. BusinessWeek, melansir kabar bahwa Zuckerberg tengah bernegosiasi dengan calon pembeli potensial Facebook. Tapi, akhirnya, dia menolak tawaran yang disebut-sebut bernilai US$ 750 juta atau sekitar Rp 6,97 triliun. Pasalnya, Zuckerberg menganggap harga itu terlalu murah. Saat itu, dia memperkirakan nilai Facebook US$ 2 miliar.

Pada April 2006, investor pertama situs ini, yaitu Peter Thiel, Greylock Partners, dan Meritech Capital Partners, menambah investasi di Facebook dengan menyetorkan dana US$ 25 juta. Facebook pun masuk ke India melalui Institut Teknologi India dan Institut Manajemen India.

Dia juga memberikan fasilitas Facebook Notes. Fitur baru ini merupakan fitur blogging yang memungkinkan pengguna memberikan tagging, memasukkan gambar, dan fitur-fitur lainnya. Selain itu, pengguna bisa mengimpor blog dari situs Xanga, LiveJournal, Blogger, dan situs blogging lainnya. Berkat fitur baru tersebut, pembaca bisa memberikan komentar terhadap tulisan yang dimuat pengguna Facebook. September 2006, Zuckerberg membuka layanan Facebook bagi semua pengguna internet. Namun, langkah ini justru menuai protes dari para pengguna dan pelanggan setianya. Alhasil, dua minggu berselang Facebook terpaksa membenahi layanan baru itu dengan membuka pendaftaran bagi pengguna internet yang mempunyai alamat surat atau e-mail yang jelas.


Peter Thiel, memprediksi pendapatan situs ini pada 2015 nanti bisa mencapai US$ 1 miliar. Nah, pada saat itu, nilai perusahaan pun bakal ikut meroket menjadi sekitar US$ 8 miliar. Ada juga iklan baris gratis di Facebook. Fitur yang diberi nama Facebook Marketplace ini diluncurkan pada 14 Mei 2007. Layanan baru ini pun langsung menjadi pesaing perusahaan-perusahaan online lain. Craigslist yang sudah lebih dulu menempatkan iklan baris di situsnya. Bisnis Zuckerberg pun kian mengalir lancar. Bahkan, Apple rela memperpanjang kerja sama dengan Facebook untuk memajang contoh musik iTunes.

Facebook membeli perusahaan Parakey Inc., dari Blake Ross dan Joe Hewitt, pada Juli 2007. Parakey adalah produsen aplikasi komputer yang mempermudah transfer data berupa tulisan, gambar, dan video ke sebuah situs di internet. Bill Gates, pada Oktober 2007 membeli 1,6% saham Facebook seharga US$ 240 juta. Pasalnya, Zuckerberg tidak berniat menjual semua saham Facebook sekaligus. Alasannya sederhana dan sungguh mulia, dia ingin Facebook tetap independen.

Pada 7 November 2007, situs ini meluncurkan layanan terbaru berupa pemasangan iklan dengan sistem yang disebut Facebook Beacon. Triliuner Hongkong, Li Ka-shing, tertarik untuk menanamkan duit senilai US$ 60 juta di Facebook pada 30 November 2007.

Sekarang jumlah pegawainya sendiri telah mencapai 400 orang. Namun, Facebook adalah perusahaan unik. para eksekutif dan petingginya masih berusia muda, antara 24 tahun-37 tahun. Markas besar Facebook lebih mirip asrama mahasiswa. Para pegawai, yang setiap hari mendapat jatah makan gratis, bekerja sambil melakukan kegiatan favoritnya. Ada yang bermain gitar, bersepeda, main pesawat kontrol, atau bergoyang ditemani musik racikan seorang disc jockey (DJ). Mereka juga tak perlu berpakaian rapi. Celana pendek dan sandal jepit adalah kostum favorit mereka di kantor. Zuckerberg mengaku ogah suasana kantor yang terlalu formal.

Meski sudah mampu menghimpun harta kekayaan hingga US$ 3 miliar atau sekitar Rp 27,9 triliun Zuckerberg tetap tampil apa adanya, seperti pemuda kebanyakan yang menggemari pakaian santai.

Sumber: http://id.shvoong.com/humanities/history/1946922-sejarah-facebook/#ixzz28LFXgWDI

          Should You Accept That LinkedIn Connection Request?        

Bruce Lee:

In most social networks, connecting with someone else can feel like a personal decision.  After all, if you accept a friend request in Facebook, you’ve just given access to all of your “private” images and updates.  They’ll see that embarrassing photo of you at the beach.  {GASP!}  This has trained us to be weary of who we allow to be “connected” with us online.  So much so that some people have private Twitter accounts.  (Something that I have yet to understand.)

Six Degrees of Separation

The way LinkedIn was created was based upon the six degrees of separation, the theory that everything is somehow 6 steps or less connected to other things.  Do you remember the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game that people once played?  LinkedIn takes advantage of that theory, by connecting professionals that otherwise might not be able to be connected, for the end goal of exposing new opportunities to each other.  They even display it to you when looking at other peoples profiles.  For example, it was interesting to see just how close I am to knowing CEO’s of major companies, like Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

I'm only 1-2 degrees away from being connected to some well-known CEO's

What if I had an amazingly ground-breaking idea or opportunity for one of them, or vice-versa?  LinkedIn makes it possible to do what wasn’t imaginable 15-20 years ago.  We can find each other through mutual connections.  For example, I can ask Mike Earhart to help get me a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg.  Without these connections, I wouldn’t know how to even begin such a task, much less the right person to contact to make it happen.

In a real world application of this idea, your opportunities probably won’t involve Facebook or Microsoft – but the principle is the same.  You might be looking for that next opportunity, or it might be looking for you. 

Now How About That LinkedIn Connection Request?

In general, I’d tell you to accept pretty much every single LinkedIn request you get.  This is pretty much the rule I live by myself.  The only connections I turn down are the few that look obviously spammy.  You should also never be afraid to ask for a LinkedIn connection, and never turn down an inbound connection request. 

You simply never know how that connection might turn into something unexpectedly amazing – like your next job, the co-founder of your next startup, your foot in the door at the next client, or your savior when you need some critical information during your next project.  They might even be the key to you getting introduced to a high-powered CEO. 

If you’re using LinkedIn correctly, these same connections could also amplify your reach to other people when they like, comment on, or share your updates.

Oh, and by the way… there’s no harm to accepting anyone’s request.  If they become annoying or are spammers, LinkedIn makes it easy for you to block or remove them.

Wait a Second, What About the Spammers?

Out of all of the major social networks, LinkedIn appears to have the least spammers as far as I can tell.  At least, I don’t run into them a whole lot.  For the most part, the profiles appear to be real people.  Now, some of them are simply there to generate more sales for their business, but they’re real people, with a real profile, and other real profiles connected to them.


          Know Your ABB’s: Always Be Branding!        

A filtered view of yourself

When people look at you, they see you brand, whether intentional or not.  It’s a lot like looking at things through a camera lense.  It’s a similar thing when you look at any successful business.  No matter if you see it’s sign on the side of the road, in an ad on a website or billboard, or you visit their booth at a conference – you know where you are and who you’re interacting with.  When you walk into any In-N-Out location or visit their website, you can feel their brand all around you.  You’ll never look at one and confuse it with Burger King or McDonald’s.  When you think about your personal brand, you need to attempt to achieve this as best you can.  Be the CMO of your brand!

What You Wear

Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg's brand styleThere are a few notable people that we’d all recognize who were masters of their personal brand.  It wasn’t always because they were trying to do anything related with branding – sometimes it was purely functional – personal branding was the happy accident.  Steve Jobs is probably the most well-known, with his black turtle necks, loose-fitting jeans, and New Balance tennis shoes.  Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey shirt mostly everyday.  Johnny Cash became known as “the man in black” for the very reason that the phrase suggests.  And Dean Kamen (he invented the Segwey) always was seen wearing jeans with his denim shirts.  These people embodied what was to become their personal brand, every day.

When I took over as president of a little known user group in Orlando, it had maybe 20 members, 9 of which you might see together at any given moment.  I took this responsibility seriously.  I wanted to grow the user group as fast and as large as I could.  I quickly learned and employed numerous techniques to do this.  One of the primary things I did was go to any other user group event in my area, and when I did, I always wore the same shirt, jeans, and matching shoes.  The shirt had the user group logo on it – large and pronounced.  Whenever you saw me at one of these events, you knew what I was there to represent.  You were aware of the user group I was leading. 

This was only one of many things I did, but it worked incredibly well.  We ended up having hundreds of members in our mailing list, a live streamed monthly meeting, advertising in the other user groups, regular members that would drive as far as 3 hours to a weeknight meeting, and a full board before I handed the reigns to the next leader.

How You Look and How You Sound

This is more related to the ways you’re represented when you’re not directly representing yourself.  This includes your personal website, social media profiles/bios, and so on.  Every surface, laptop, tablet, slide background, and even the moleskin notebook you might be carrying is an opportunity to showcase your personal brand to the people around you.  Don’t waste the opportunity.

I don’t represent the user group any longer, but I do represent an e-commerce company right now.  When you see me speak at events or visit clients, there’s no mistaking the brand I am projecting to you, and you won’t forget me.

Will Strohl speaking at an open source conference

If you have a personal website, you should make every effort for it to represent who you are.  It should also use photography, content, and colors that reinforce the personal brand you’re trying to build.  Your emails should all reflect the same branding you’ve settled on, and so on.

When you decide to have an avatar, follow the LinkedIn best practices, and make sure it’s the same avatar on all of your public profiles.  Also do the same with profile backgrounds and bio’s, if possible.  Keep them for long periods of time.  Every time you change your bio or avatar, people end up having to spend time getting to to know your brand again.

If you have a laptop or tablet that will be sitting in front of potential clients or opportunities, use a service like SkinIt to brand it.  It’s fun, it’s cheap, and it’s super easy.  (Also, it comes off easily.)  If you don’t do this, you’re wasting an incredibly effective way to spread your and reinforce your brand.  Like trailers in front of a movie, this is a simple method to connect with your captive audience.

You’ll undoubtedly meet people that could help spread your brand for you.  You’ll need to introduce yourself.  Like a business with their tag line, you should have an easy-to-remember phrase or short sentence that describes who you are and what you do.  If you don’t, recommending you will be much more difficult.  There should be nothing cocky about your introduction, but you really should think of something memorable – but please leave out ninja and guru (even expert is pushing it).  When you say your introduction, do it with confidence and always keep eye contact. 

Another part of your brand will often go overlooked… Your brand should be and project positivity.  It should help connect others.  Sure, a negative or controversial post will get a lot of likes, but it’s simply catering to the lowest common denominator of human nature.  In the end, it won’t inspire people, and it won’t reflect the best parts of you.  Your social currency is very valuable.  Every word you say costs you.  Spend it wisely.

Just to sum this up, I’m not here to suggest that you should wear the same clothing everyday.  However, you should have a consistent style in what you wear, what you say, and what you do. The whole point of this is that when someone needs to recommend someone like you – they remember you for the right reasons and recommend you before anyone else!


          Hell freezes over: Sina Weibo now lets you post to Facebook        

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For some strange reason, Sina Weibo's always required folks to log in to view some of its posts, but now there's more incentive for those who've yet to open a Weibo account. Announced yesterday, the website claims to be the first Chinese social networking platform to connect with Facebook -- the irony being the latter is still blocked in China, plus Tencent's WeChat already beat Weibo on this one.

Anyhow, both new and existing overseas users (including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong) can now register their Facebook accounts on Weibo, thus letting them post Weibo messages to the former simultaneously. Understandably, it doesn't work the other way round, but this should still somewhat help Weibo expand its user base of over 530 million.

As you can see in the above screenshots, this author took the new feature for a test drive and could only forward text-only Weibo posts to Facebook. That said, Sina's press release states that through Facebook's Graph API, Weibo users will eventually be able to also share images, videos, TV shows, music and mobile location to Zuckerberg World. For now, this Facebook integration is only available on the web client, but the Android and iOS clients will soon receive it as well. We've reached out to Sina to see what's up with the Windows Phone version, so stay tuned.

Via: The Next Web, Engadget Chinese

Source: Sina Digital (Chinese)


          Column: Should companies stay politically neutral?        
People gather to protest outside the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., February 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX2ZF3C

People gather to protest outside the Uber offices in Queens, New York, on Feb. 2, 2017. Most people think it’s bad for business when companies get political. But Daniel Korschun says research shows otherwise. Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim countries has put corporate executives in a bind. Almost from the moment he announced the ban, questions poured in about where those executives stood on the issue.

The media have highlighted a cluster of companies that have made public statements against the executive order. For example, Netflix called it “un-American,” while Ford Motor Company said: “We do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company.”

It may be more dangerous to remain silent than to take a political stand.

But overlooked are the many more companies that tried to distance themselves from the debate. Chevron, Disney, Verizon, GM, Wells Fargo and others have all taken a wait-and-see approach. An illustrative example is Morgan Stanley, which expressed concern and said it is “closely monitoring developments.”

Such responses are no doubt based on the prevailing wisdom that companies need to stay out of politics. Most large corporations have diverse constituencies that draw from both sides of the political spectrum. As a result, executives fear that attracting the political spotlight by taking a stand on the executive order will alienate either the millions of customers who voted for Trump or the millions who voted against him.

My research suggests their fears are misplaced. And in fact, the opposite may be true: It may be more dangerous to remain silent than to take a political stand.

Violating expectations

Consumers today form relationships with a company based not only on the quality of the products and services it sells but also on a set of expectations of how it should comport itself (see also here).

When companies violate these expectations by behaving inconsistently, consumers reconsider that relationship. Obviously, this can have a major impact on company performance if many customers experience a violation.

My colleagues and I at Clemson University and Drexel University have been testing this notion in a series of controlled experiments.

In one field experiment, for example, we exposed study participants to statements about a pharmacy chain moments before they entered one of its stores. Some read a statement in which the company described itself as guided by a set of values (what we call a “values orientation”), while others read that it tries to adapt to whatever market conditions warrant (a “results orientation”).

These statements established participants’ political expectations of the company. We predicted that for a values-oriented company, taking a stand would align with expectations but that abstaining would violate expectations.

Participants then read a short article reporting that the company had either just taken a stand on proposed gun control legislation (we randomized what side of the issue the company took) or had abstained from making a comment. After shopping, participants reported their in-store experience and whether or not they had bought anything that they hadn’t planned to purchase before entering the store. We used the unplanned purchase to indicate the impact of the political stand on the customer-company relationship.

In general, unplanned purchases remained consistent no matter how the company reacted to the political issue. That is, about 18 percent of participants made an unplanned purchase whether they read that the company had taken a position or not.

But when we accounted for expectations set by the company, the effects were stunning. For a values-oriented company, 24 percent of participants made an unplanned purchases when it took a stand, but that dropped to just 9 percent when it abstained – violating expectations. For a results-oriented company, the effect was reversed: Unplanned purchasing was 26 percent when it abstained and dropped to 13 percent when it took a stand (again, violating expectations).

Even after accounting for the personal view of the participant and whether his or her state voted Republican or Democratic in the 2016 election, purchasing behavior was significantly affected if the company went against prior expectations.

Costs of staying silent

Additional experiments reveal that consumers behave this way because they find it hypocritical for a company that claims to be “guided by core values” to then withhold its position on a political issue. The implication appears to be that the company is hiding something and therefore trying to deceive its customer base. Conversely, reinforcing expectations may forge trust and enhance relationships with customers.

Additional experiments reveal that consumers behave this way because they find it hypocritical for a company that claims to be “guided by core values” to then withhold its position on a political issue.

For a real-world quasi experiment on the potential costs of staying silent, we need look no further than Lyft’s and Uber’s respective responses to President Trump’s executive order. Lyft reacted by publicly opposing the order and pledging US$1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. Uber was more equivocal. In a Facebook post, CEO Travis Kalanick acknowledged concerns and said he would raise the issue “this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting.”

As part of a poll I administer periodically to gauge reactions to companies that take political stands, a group of leading scholars were asked to grade Lyft and Uber on their respective approaches. The panel was generally favorable toward Lyft, although conservative panelists questioned whether its actions would have a lasting impact on the political issue at hand.

However, Uber was criticized by scholars of all political persuasions for not confronting the issue. Panelists thought Uber was taking some leadership by reacting quickly, but its lackluster response was not consistent with its purported beliefs as a bold game-changer. It is little surprising, then, that the move motivated many customers to uninstall the Uber app from their phones. Uber received so many requests, in fact, that it had to implement a new automated process to handle all the deletions. The company later announced in an email to defecting customers that the executive order was “wrong” and “unjust.” Kalanick also resigned from President Trump’s business advisory council.

Feet to the fire

The danger of inaction – as Uber’s experience shows – is real. In remaining silent on important societal issues, executives may be harming performance more than they think.

It is no longer enough to engage government solely through private channels, although that will certainly be necessary as well. Consumers are willing to hold executives’ feet to the fire if they believe the executives are betraying corporate values.

This may be especially true for companies that forcefully advocated for free trade, access to a global talent pool, action on climate change and inclusivity for all orientations and religious backgrounds during Barack Obama’s tenure. My research suggests that both liberals and conservatives could view it as a breach of trust to abandon those beliefs by acquiescing to a swing of the political pendulum.

Consumers are willing to hold executives’ feet to the fire if they believe the executives are betraying corporate values.

Though our current political environment is polarized and contentious, most people still find failures of sincerity more troubling than differences of opinion. As long as a company is not being deceptive by obfuscating its beliefs, consumers can be surprisingly tolerant of a company that holds an opposing view.

So to corporate executives: Your constituents are watching. They acknowledge that your company has a distinct set of values. They are asking for you to be forthright. And they want to know that you have the gumption to stand up for your stated values.

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          Trump’s ‘rollercoaster’ of a career marked by self-interest        

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Donald Trump’s tax returns aren’t the only way to gain insight into his financial dealings.

Trump’s business record offers another look.

William Brangham has that.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: To understand Trump’s vast and varied business dealings, we’re joined now by two men who’ve spent a good deal of time looking into those businesses, as well as talking with Trump at length about his career.

Marc Fisher is a senior editor at The Washington Post and co-author of the book “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power.” And Tim O’Brien is executive editor of Bloomberg View. His book is called “Trump nation: The Art of Being the Donald.”

Gentlemen, thank you both very much for being her.

Marc Fisher, I would like to start with you.

The Trump campaign is predicated in large part on the idea that Trump is a magnificent businessman who can bring America back to prosperity. And you have done a long analysis of what his business career is like. Is that a fair characterization of him? Does he deserve that title?

MARC FISHER, The Washington Post: Well, he’s certainly had a good deal of success. He’s also had some terrible failures.

His business career has been a roller coaster. He’s been at great heights. He dominated Atlantic City’s casino gambling business for a time, but then he overextended himself there and actually ended up cannibalizing his own business and ended up with six corporate bankruptcies there.

Similarly, around the world, he’s had a number of successes, but he’s really changed his whole business model in recent years, so that he’s taking on less debt, less risk, because that had not been going well for him. And so he has really retreated and found a new avenue in recent years, where he essentially rents out his name and uses his name to allow others to take the risk, foreign investors and others.

So they take the risk on projects and he merely rents out his name and gets a guaranteed income stream from that.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Tim O’Brien, I would put this same question to thank. And I should say, for the record, you are one of the few journalists in the world who have actually seen some of Trump’s tax returns, but because of a court order of a suit brought that Trump brought against you for libel, you are not allowed to talk about them in too much detail.

But tell us what you can about them and whether or not they shed any light on whether he deserves this reputation for having a tremendous business acumen.

TIM O’BRIEN, Bloomberg: Well, I do think that the tax returns are important. I don’t think he will release them.

I think the reason he won’t release them is because I think they would go towards offering substantiation around a bunch of things that Trump has made central to his political campaign, his track record as a business person, how charitable he is as a philanthropist, his operations overseas, and the kinds of business and financial conflicts that would potentially come to bear on him should he end up in the Oval Office.

And I do think it does come back to yet another referendum on his business career. And I think what’s important to remember about him is that the Donald Trump of the ’80s and the ’90s was essentially a creature of debt. And the last time he really operated a large business that involved, you know, complex financial and managerial decisions was when he was running the Atlantic City casinos, which he essentially ended up running into the ground.

He put those through four separate corporate bankruptcies. And, as we all know, he almost went personally bankrupt in the early 1990s. And the Trump who emerged from that is essentially now a human shingle, as Marc said. He oversees a licensing operation where he puts his name on everything from mattresses and men’s underwear to vodka and buildings.

And then he’s got a golf course development operation, and then essentially a self-promotion publicity machine that made itself the most visible during “The Apprentice” years.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Marc, let’s talk a little more specifically about that business, one of those businesses that Tim just mentioned, the casino business.

As you know, the Clinton campaign has been making a lot of hay about Trump’s time as a casino operator. They say he enriched himself, left this trail of bankruptcies and really ruined a lot of small businesses. That’s been a big part of their argument against him. How true are those accusations?

MARC FISHER: They’re quite accurate.

I mean, he did have some early success in Atlantic City, but he had great trouble making the payments on the finance notes that he took out in order to build those casinos. He did have trouble paying and in many cases didn’t pay some of his vendors and contractors. There was a series of lawsuits about that.

We have a number of such vendors and contractors who we quote in the books saying that their small businesses were ruined by Trump’s failure to pay them for work that they did for his casinos. So there’s a huge gap between what Donald Trump was able to do for himself in Atlantic City and what he — the people he ran roughshod over in order to get there.

We asked him about this. And he said: Look, I was looking out for myself and that other people took risks to come along with him and, if they failed, that’s their problem.

We asked him, well, how does that translate into someone who needs to do something for all the people as president of the United States? And he said: Look, it’s just a completely different phase of my life. I was doing this for Donald Trump, and I didn’t likely care what was happening to other people.

So there’s a large trail of destruction coming out of the Atlantic City experience. But he did at various points manage to make sure that he had a guaranteed income stream, and he did manage to negotiate with the banks in such a way that he was able to hold on to those properties or at least some portion of them even after they had essentially failed.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Tim O’Brien, you looked at this career for a long period of time. Are there any examples in Trump’s career that do support his contention that he is a strong, smart, successful businessman that might have some bearing on him being commander in chief?

TIM O’BRIEN: Well, I mean, this all comes back to, how do we want to define success and how do we want to define business?

I think he has not been a successful operator of large enterprises. The Trump Organization now is essentially a boutique operation. At times, when it’s mattered the most, he hasn’t demonstrated strong financial discipline.

On the campaign trail, already, we have seen a number of moments in which he’s actually been financially unsophisticated when he’s spoken about the debt markets, the federal debt, the Federal Reserve and monetary policy, fiscal policy.

There is a large degree of ignorance around someone who is saying that his experience as a businessperson qualifies him for the Oval Office.

And I think what he has been successful as, as a businessman, is self-promotion. He’s a very self-assured self-promoter. But that’s very different from being a great entrepreneur. He is not a John Rockefeller. He’s not a Henry Ford or a Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerberg.

He’s essentially a P.T. Barnum. And there’s a real skill and street-smart approach he has around keeping himself in the public eye, keeping a certain perception about who he is front and center with the media, with his political opponents, and with voters.

But the reality is, there is a — there is a very “Wizard of Oz” truth about a lot of the things surrounding Donald Trump, that when you just look at the fact pattern around his track record as a businessperson and pull the curtain back, you know, there’s a guy there busily spinning the wheel and myth-making.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: All right, Tim O’Brien and Marc Fisher, thank you both very much for being here.

MARC FISHER: Thank you.

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          SACHBUCH - Die perfekte Frau und der Tod        
Vor zwei Jahren verlor Facebook-Managerin Sheryl Sandberg ihren Ehemann. Er starb mit nur 47 Jahren. Über ihre Trauer und den Umgang damit hat sie jetzt das Buch "Option B" geschrieben. Ein Text von Belinda Luscombe, die für das "Time Magazin" Sandberg und Zuckerberg traf.Von Focus Magazin-Autor Belinda Luscombe
          Akankah FaceCash Membunuh Kartu Kredit?        

TEMPO Interaktif, Jakarta - Sebuah perusahaan Silicon Valley telah menciptakan sistem pembayaran bernama FaceCash yang diharapkan suatu hari menggantikan kartu kredit.

Pendiri perusahaan, Aaron Greenspan, lulusan Harvard yang tahun 2007 mengklaim bekas temannya, Mark Zuckerberf, telah mencuri karyanya saat Zuckerberg menciptakan Facebook. Tahun lalu Greenspan memenangkan gugatan terhadap Facebook dan Zuckerberg yang diajukan pada 2008.

Greenspan, sekarang 27, memiliki tidak hanya kepintaran, tapi juga kebulatan tekad. Dia telah mengerjakan teknologi pembayaran ini selama 10 tahun, sejak dia mengelola teknologi akunting untuk bisnis keluarganya.

Greenspan memperlihatkan FaceCash hari ini untuk VentureBeat, untuk mendemonstrasikan bagaimana dia dapat membayar makan siang di restoran Thailand di Palo Alto, California.

Begini cara kerjanya: Anda dapat mengunduh aplikasi FaceCash di berbagai ponsel cerdas- dia akan tersedia di iPhone, Blackberry atau ponsel Android minggu depan. Ketika anda menulis informasi akun bank anda, nomor jaminan sosial, dan nomor SIM, dan mengunggah gambar anda. Cukup itu saja.

Sekarang anda dapat menggunakan ponsel anda untuk berbagai transaksi baik di restoran atau toko - sepanjang mereka telah mengadopsi layanan itu. Untuk menerima pembayaran anda, toko cukup memindai kode FaceCash di ponsel anda, dan fambar anda akan muncul di layar komputer mereka - yang membantu mereka menghidari penipuan. Mereka kemudian menyetujui pembayaran anda. Sangat mudah.

FaceCash adalah produk dari Think Computer, perusahaan yang didirikan Greenspan pada 1998. Perusahaan itu akan meluncurkan FaceCash di konferensi Asosiasi Pembayaran Elektronik akhir minggu ini.

FaceCash mengesankan karena sistem pembayarannya dibangun seluruhnya dari bawah. Jika dia meluncurkannya, dia akan mengontrol sistem proses pembayaran itu, dan dapat menawarkan fitur pembayaran yang lebih murah dan efisien dari pada perusahaan lain.

Jika dia melakukannya dengan benar, terdapat potensi besar. Pasar pembayaran mobile diperkirakan mencapai US$ 510 miliar pada 2012, menurut Edgar, Dunn and Company. Sebagian besar perusahaan baru gagal untuk memecahkan kode itu dan dan kembali melayani segmen kecil, seperti membantu pembayaran games mobile. Bahkan Paypal, perusahaan mobile yang telah mapan, belum mencapai kekuatan besar dalam pembayaran perorangan.

Bagi FaceCash, mendapatkan pedagang yang mendaftar sistem ini adalah tantangan pertama. Pedagang harus membayar pemindai kode senilai US$ 30 dan harus memiliki komputer. Jika tidak ada dia dapat membelinya dari perusahaan Greenspan US$ 150.

Bagaimanapun, pedagang dapat dengan cepat menutupinya, karena FaceCash hanya membebankan 1,5 persen dari semua transaksi. Nilai itu lebih murah daripada yang harus dibayar restoran ke perusahaan kartu kredit, setelah berbagai biaya, beban transaksi, dan pajak diperhitungankan. Jika sebuah restoran mencatat US$ 30 ribu per bulan, FaceCash akan membuat restoran itu menghemat sekitar US$ 450 per bulan.


          Zuckerberg desafia Neymar em game de futebol do Messenger        
A última vez que eu vi o Mark Zuckerberg interagindo e desafiando alguém na minha vida foi durante o desafio do balde de gelo, ainda lá em 2014. Mas ele decidiu aproveitar a temática dos Jogos Olímpicos para desafiar ninguém menos que Neymar Jr. em seu mais novo game de futebol para o app Messenger. … Continuar lendo Zuckerberg desafia Neymar em game de futebol do Messenger
          Sénégal: Facebook désormais gratuit chez Tigo        

L’internet gratuit de Facebook est désormais disponible pour les abonnés du réseau Tigo au Sénégal. Un événement de lancement d’une initiative amorcée par Mark Zuckerberg a eu lieu à Dakar le Jeudi 4 juin 2015. Internet.org, qui regroupe plusieurs géants de la tech, propose aux internautes de profiter d’une version Light de l’internet. En effet, dans […]

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          Facebook has made no secret of the fact that it is going after Snapchat's future roadmap        

Fortune :: Snapchat's name didn't come up during Mark Zuckerberg's address at Facebook's annual developer conference on Tuesday, but the company's presence was still felt regardless, since Facebook's strategy consists largely of colonizing the ground already staked out by its smaller competitor.

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          A billion people use WhatsApp daily        

One billion people check WhatsApp every day. Not every month -- it hit that number way back in early 2016 -- but every single day. The Facebook-owned chat app has announced the milestone number in a post thanking its users, though it was also mentioned in passing during the company's earnings call. Zuckerberg mentioned during the call that Facebook's own Messenger app has reached 1.2 billion monthly actively users (MAU), but WhatsApp still has more patrons in that regard at 1.3 billion MAU. Taking those numbers into account, 76 percent of people who use WhatsApp don't go 24 hours without firing it up on their devices.

Source: WhatsApp


          Competing views of history        
I belong to a private facebook page that was created to discuss issues relating to generational theory.  It has a fairly broad range of opinion, including a few Trump acolytes.  The other day we got into a discussion of the nature of p.c. One poster, a bright young man who has just graduated from college, made the following comment to explain the modern leftism to which he has been exposed in college--but clearly without adopting it fully.  Keep in mind that the author is only 23, I believe, and probably has only some dim memories of Bill Clinton.  I have edited slightly just for readability. 

"Many view the progression from slavery -> Jim Crow -> what people call "New Jim Crow", as an all-around trajectory of progress.
Ta-Nehisi Coates views it as the culmination of an intentionally subtle and insidious web of formal and informal institutions descendant from slavery. Same with people who view crony capitalism and income inequality as more sophisticated incarnations of aristocratic and/or oligarchic systems from the past, designed to entrap citizens. Same with a Glenn Greenwald or Oliver Stone, who look at the military industrial complex + surveillance state + multilateral institutional architecture, and see an intentionally complex web of systems and institutions that entrench (what they call) Western imperialism and make it hard to step away from.

"A lot of it is based in Critical Theory/Marxism, which we discussed a ~month ago. Left philosophy/ideology is based in a goal of emancipation from old exploitative systems. Thus leftists (Coates, Stone, Greenwald) have far more cynical perspectives of America that say we're simply moving into more inconspicuous--thus unseen and difficult to prove to well-to-do decision-makers far away from issues of the underclasses-- incarnations of slavery in the social realm, an oligarchic + crony aristocracy in the economic realm, and imperialism in the foreign realm. You're right, it isn't the full story/perspective of history, but it is one side of the coin that we have to be aware of. It's why people on the left view incremental change as a non-starter. It's viewed as preserving or further entrenching descendant systems of: slavery, oligarchy, and imperialism.

"Imo, the tricky part is that those views of our social, economic, and foreign paradigms are more true than false. The part I've grown to criticize, is the inherent cynicism that accompanies this view of history. Coates says, we still have significant forms of oppression, inequality, and imperialism entrenched complex institutions; it's a tragedy that says exploitation is both feasible and profitable without much consequence. On one end, leftists may be driven to activism. On the other hand, leftists may say, "America is hopeless" while only despairing about our society without getting politically involved because the system is too icky to reformulate from the inside.

"Ideally for me, we'd recognize how complex and dichotomous America is, being conscious of our institutional history while not neglecting how we overcame/evolved beyond certain paradigms and behaviors. To me it's as simple as, positive and negative exists; it's part of life. In my more romantic view, challenges create stronger people and societies if we confront them without fear, but rather with an interest in creating success stories and improving life."


What struck me is that John had grasped the essential belief of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Oliver Stone, Glenn Greenwald, and many others: that the system is hopelessly rigged and always has been.  That is a slight oversimplification in Stone's case, at least, since he has made clear at various times that he thinks American history might have been very different if Henry Wallace had remained  Vice President in 1945, or if John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated. (For the record, I think things would have been quite different had JFK served out two terms in the short run but that we would probably be in about the same place now anyway.)  Coates, whose father was a Black Panther in the 1960s, has emerged as the Generation X's leading spokesman for black rage, in the tradition of James Baldwin (GI), Eldridge Cleaver (Silent), and Nathan MacCall (Boomer.)  Fame and fortune have if anything made him more shrill, and at a recent event on Harvard and slavery, he said,
“We talk about enslavement as though it were a bump in the road,” nd I tell people it’s the road, it’s the actual road.”  The idea that the United States is fatally flawed by original sins of racism, sexism, and homophobia is extremely popular in academia and has been eagerly embraced by many young protesters on campus.

My own view is close to John's, but I would put it differently.  Yes, racism has always existed in the United States and had terrible consequences, beginning with the introduction of slavery and continuing to this day.  Yes, corporate power has posed a potential or actual danger to liberty, as recognized by Presidents including Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.  Yes, women could not vote until 1920 and did not begin to secure equal rights in the workplace until the 1960s.  Yet I would always keep two things in mind.

The first and most important is to take a broader historical perspective to place US history in the context of world history.  White males in Europe and the US did not invent racism, economic oppression, racism, homophobia, or imperialism.  All those phenomena have characterized all the major civilization that we have been aware of since the beginning of time.  Few, if any major ethic groups now live on land which they did not take from some one else. Economic inequality has been the norm, not the exception, for most of human history, especially among developed civilizations.  To get specific, in the context of western civilization, Ta-Nehisi Coates is wrong: slavery in North and South America was a detour from the road. It had been abolished in western Europe well before the 16th and 17th centuries, when settlers introduced it into the Americas.  They did not bring their slaves form Europe, but bought them in the very active slave markets of West Africa, where different tribes continually enslaved one another.  The United States fought a successful and very bloody war to abolish it, after most of the Latin American nations and the colonial powers in the Americas had already done so.

What distinguishes western civilization in general and the United States in particular is that they were the first civilization to develop a doctrine of equal rights, and to design institutions based upon it.  Of course their original application of the doctrine was limited to free men, but they did not state it in that way--certainly not in the US Constitution--and inevitably, excluded groups were going to demand the rights proclaimed in founding documents. The same drama played out rather rapidly in the European colonies elsewhere, as soon as South Asians, Vietnamese and Africans were educated in the principles of British and French liberty.  Unfortunately, very few young people learn much about the true history of civilizations before the modern era nowadays, and are more likely to learn about the hopeless defects of the West.  In the last 30 years colleges and universities have usually replaced Western Civ with World History, which often turns into the story of the west's exploitation of the rest of the world.

The history of the United States has in fact been divided into periods tending towards more democracy (1801-1836, 1861-1876, and 1901-1980) and those tending towards oligarchy and corporate power (1787-1800, 1877-1900, 1981 to the present.)  An understanding of those different periods would allow young people today to see where the wretched state of the nation is coming from and how it truly could be improved.  Instead, young people are being taught a Manichean view of a society based upon oppression, faced with a vision of a world free of all evil which colleges are trying to bring to life on their own campuses.  It is not surprising that so many young people (although not my young friend) are completely disillusioned with politics in general and politicians in particular, and even hope for a kind of Democratic Donald Trump--Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, or Mark Zuckerberg--as a presidential candidate.

My young friend, whose opinions I have learned to respect over several years, has not given up hope for the US, although he thinks today's leftist view is "more true than false."  I agree that inequality and imperialism have been on the rise again, although I'm not so sure about racial inequality.  What he seems to understand, however, is that the pessimistic left wing view simply can't be the basis for an effective political movement.  Having seen it first emerge in the late 1960s, take over academia, and now become mainstream within a good deal of the media and the Democratic party, I think that that is true.  Liberalism has declined as leftists have lost all faith in it.  My friend does have some ideas of pursuing a career in politics and government, and I hope he does--armed with a true sense of the place of the US in world history and the possibilities for change its history offers.
          Animal Map of the World Map for children and kids, Art Print (61) by artPause        

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          Facebook LOVE Indonesia        
Facebook LOVE Indonesia
Memasuki usia ke-10 tahun pada 24 Pebruari 2014, Facebook menunjukkan kecintaannya terhadap Indonesia. Wajarlah, ketika Facebook memperhatikan Facebooker Indonesia yang tetap setia berselancar dan berinteraksi pada salah satu negara di dunia maya bernama Facebook. Selamat datang Facebook di Indonesia. Semoga kiprahnya dapat memberi sumbangsih berharga terhadap kemajuan dunia teknologi dan informasi di tanah air. Bersama ini pula, Ambae.exe mengucapkan Selamat Ulang Tahun kepada Facebook. Semoga semakin berkembang dan bertahan sebagai salah satu jejaring terbesar di dunia selamanya.

Ultah Facebook ke-10 2014 by. Ambae.cdr
Facebook pernah mengungkapkan, ketidak tertarikannya untuk membangun kantor di Indonesia. "Karena Indonesia adalah salah satu dari lima negara di dunia dengan jumlah pengguna Facebook terbanyak (per Oktober 2012), kami tentu mencari cara agar warga Indonesia bisa memperoleh manfaat lebih dari platform kami," ujar Chian. "Tapi saat ini kami tak berencana membuka kantor di Indonesia."

Langkah yang diambil saat itu hanya sebatas peningkatan kerja sama dengan media digital yang ada di Indonesia. "Facebook akan mempererat kerja sama dengan agensi media digital melalui workshop kreatif untuk meningkatkan kemampuan dan pengetahuan mereka agar bisa membantu klien dengan lebih baik." Hal ini disampaikan Kepala Urusan Komunikasi Facebook untuk Wilayah Asia Pasifik (Charlene Chian) yang dilansir media Tech In Asia edisi 2 Juli 2013.

Tahun 2014 merupakan babak baru bagi Indonesia bersama Facebook sebagai situs jejaring sosial terbesar dan terpopuler sampai saat ini. Indonesia masuk dalam kategori 5 negara besar pengguna aktif terbesar dari Facebook yang didirikan oleh Mark Zuckerberg pada tahun 2004 silam yang mencapai 65 juta user.

Dalam pertemuan Wakil Presiden Facebook Asia Pasifik (Dan Neary) dengan Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta (Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) di Balaikota Jakarta, diungkapkan bahwa Facebook hadir di Indonesia sebagai upaya untuk membantu interaksi antara para politisi dengan konstituennya. Facebook telah dimanfaatkan oleh politisi dalam ajang Pemilu yang berlangsung di Indonesia. Facebook merupakan bagian yang tidak terpisahkan dari Pemilu di Indonesia. Kampanye para kandidat berlangsung pula di dunia maya. Bagi kami, Pemilu adalah pangsa pasar tersendiri yang layak diperhitungkan untuk kami kelola dengan baik melalui Facebook, seperti diungkapkan Neary.

Neary menyampaikan kepada Ahok (Red. : Kamis, 20 Maret 2014) bahwa Facebook telah membuka Kantor Perwakilan Facebook di Jakarta. Indonesia menjadi negara keempat terbesar di dunia, patut kami perhitungkan. Sebagai langkah awal, Facebook sedang merekrut warga lokal Indonesia sebagai karyawan. Langkah ini sejalan dengan upaya Facebook untuk meraih pasar Indonesia, mengingat warga lokal lebih paham dalam pengembangan pasar.

Harapan terbesar Facebook, semoga Usaha Kecil dan Menengah lebih berkembang dengan kehadiran Kantor Perwakilan Facebook di Indonesia. Kerja sama dalam hal pemasaran akan tercipta dan semakin dimudahkan. Seperti dilansir dalam Blog Resmi Facebook.

          21 perguntas que as pessoas gostariam de fazer a Mark Zuckerberg        

Bilionário declarou que, atualmente, dedica mais tempo a viajar pelos EUA e ouvir os questionamentos dos cidadãos

O post 21 perguntas que as pessoas gostariam de fazer a Mark Zuckerberg apareceu primeiro em Forbes Brasil.


          Elon Musk diz que Mark Zuckerberg é ingênuo sobre robôs assassinos        

Bilionários têm debatido, nos últimos dias, sobre os perigos da inteligência artificial

O post Elon Musk diz que Mark Zuckerberg é ingênuo sobre robôs assassinos apareceu primeiro em Forbes Brasil.


          Fortuna de Zuckerberg tem aumento recorde de US$ 3,5 bilhões        

Ações do Facebook, que tiveram alta de quase 40% desde o início de 2017, continuam a crescer

O post Fortuna de Zuckerberg tem aumento recorde de US$ 3,5 bilhões apareceu primeiro em Forbes Brasil.


          Bill Gates e Mark Zuckerberg doaram milhões à escola polêmica        

Bridge International Academies promove um programa educacional controverso na África Oriental

O post Bill Gates e Mark Zuckerberg doaram milhões à escola polêmica apareceu primeiro em Forbes Brasil.


          Linkpost | 5.13.2012        
• The Education of Mark Zuckerberg – Is Facebook’s co-founder and CEO grown up enough to lead a potentially $100 billion company? Also Sizing Up Facebook • Americans Now Spend More Time On Facebook Mobile Than Its Website • Expect a 6 month freeze on Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – Due to regulatory scrutiny. • Apple
          Facebook Gruppen-Einstellungen        

05 Mark Zuckerberg hat sich für dieses Jahr das Thema Gruppen und die Vernetzung von Menschen auf die Fahne geschrieben – seine Mission: „Bringing the world closer together“. Es verändert sich bereits auf Facebook so einiges. Ist dir auch schon aufgefallen, dass dir in deinem Newsfeed häufiger Beiträge von Gruppen und von Fans vorgeschlagen werden [...]

Der Beitrag Facebook Gruppen-Einstellungen erschien zuerst auf Katrin Hill.


          10 Website yang Merubah Peradaban Dunia        

Dengan mengatakan bahwa internet telah pasti menjadi bagian sejati dari kehidupan sehari-hari. Di AS saja ada 266.224.500 pengguna internet, di Asia ada 825.094.396. di seluruh dunia ada sekitar 1.966.514.816 orang yang menggunakan Internet dan jumlah ini terus tumbuh setiap hari.
Seiring dengan Internet datang jutaan website yang kita gunakan. beberapa situs tidak menjadi sepopuler yang lain, dan beberapa situs telah menjadi bagian yang kita butuhkan dalam kehidupan sehari-hati.

Di bawah ini adalah 10 website yang secara jelas telah mengubah cara kita berfungsi baik secara online maupun offline.

10. Craigslist– Merubah iklan baris
http://www.craigslist.org

Sebelum ada di Internet jika Anda pernah memiliki kepentingan dalam iklan baris, Anda mungkin langsung ke koran lokal dan melihat apa yang dapat Anda temukan.

Tentu saja kemudian Internet datang dan saat Anda bisa menemukan iklan baris online, sebagian besar situs diisi dengan posting spam atau orang yang ingin membuat Anda siap, sementara yang lainnya hanya terorganisir dan sebagian besar waktu iklan baris untuk lokasi yang lebih kecil tidak ada.

Namun, saat ini, jika Anda pernah mencari sesuatu,, yang perlu Anda lakukan adalah pergi ke Craigslist. Anda dapat menemukan banyak hal di situs iklan rahasia; dari mobil, hewan peliharaan , untuk pekerjaan, rumah, dan bahkan tempat untuk mendiskusikan apa yang Anda miliki di pikiran Anda.

Craigslist terus menjadi sangat populer di kalangan orang di seluruh dunia. Anda dapat menemukan iklan di negara Anda dan kemudian mempersempit ke sebuah kota yang membuat menemukan apa yang Anda butuhkan jauh lebih mudah.

9. Geocities – Merubah aksesibilitas internet
www.geocities.com

Meskipun saat ini siapapun dan setiap orang dapat mengakses Internet, dari sepupumu anak usia 3 tahun sampai nenek buyut, ketika Internet pertama kali diciptakan, mereka yang menggunakannya terutama mereka yang terlibat dalam teknologi atau bidang ilmiah dan sering kali orang-orang ini mencari bug , perbaikan, dan cara-cara untuk meningkatkan teknologi yang ada.

Pda satu titik waktu, internet itu cukup membosankan dan telanjang. Namun, karena website mulai muncul, semakin banyak orang setiap hari mulai menggunakan Internet.

Untuk melanjutkan pertumbuhan ini, website seperti GeoCities diciptakan, yang membuka dunia baru untuk orang-orang yang tidak paling tech-savvy seperti orang lain. GeoCities memungkinkan orang untuk dengan mudah membuat website sendiri.

Website ini dimulai pada tahun 1994 dan pertama kali dikenal sebagai BHI (Beverly Hills Internet), yang pada saat itu adalah web hosting perusahaan kecil berbasis di Southern California. Perusahaan ini menawarkan layanan gratis untuk orang-orang dalam berbagai lokasi di California dan tahun kemudian menjadi layanan di seluruh negeri dan kemudian di seluruh dunia.

Saat website ini sudah mati di AS dan Kanada, tetapi masih ditawarkan sebagai layanan di Jepang.Ketika membeli layanan Yahoo setelah 10 tahun kesuksesan selama apa yang disebut gelembung dot com, dikatakan bahwa hampir 38 juta halaman GeoCities ditutup.

Meskipun hanya yang ditawarkan di Jepang , cukup aman untuk mengatakan bahwa GeoCities memungkinkan untuk web designer awal.

8. Blogger– Merubah gaya blogging anda
www.blogger.com

Blogging adalah jalan dan cara dunia sekarang. Siapa yang perlu untuk mencoret-coret di sebuah diary pribadi atau untuk menulis hal-hal acak pada potongan kertas notebook saat Anda dapat naik pada komputer Anda, login, dan jenis semua pikiran Anda ke layar komputer Anda, tekan upload, dan memiliki kesempatan untuk memiliki seluruh dunia membaca apa yang Anda harus katakan.

Blogger diluncurkan pada tahun 1999 dan sejak itu telah memungkinkan dunia blogging berkembang.

Sementara banyak ingin kredit LiveJournal atau beberapa lainnya blogging situs dengan meningkatkan bar di dunia blogging, Blogger datang lebih dulu dan sering dikreditkan untuk menetapkan format blog umum.

Website ini telah dirancang dan didesain ulang dan yang paling baru-baru ini telah mulai bekerja sama dengan Google untuk menyertakan beberapa fitur mereka yang paling populer.

Situs web pada skala Alexa adalah peringkat # 8 dan setiap hari lebih dari 388 juta kata dipublikasikan di situs Web. Meskipun pesaing website seperti Wordpress, LiveJournal, dan TypePad telah ada, Blogger tetap dikreditkansebagai awal revolusi blogging.

7. Pandora – Merubah cara kita mendengarkan musik
www.pandora.com

Cara kita mendengarkan musik telah berubah drastis dari waktu ke waktu. Sekarang MP3 dan MP4 adalah cara dunia, tetapi jangan lupa rekaman, kaset musik, dan tentu saja, radio. Namun, meskipun MP3 dan musik digital tampaknya menjadi tren terbaru, Pandora telah meningkatkan dan menawarkan cara untuk mendengarkan musik online saat Anda surfing.

Pandora adalah sebuah stasiun radio online yang pada dasarnya memungkinkan Anda membuat sendiri stasiun radio Anda berdasarkan musik yang Anda ingin dengarkan. Tentu saja, mendengarkan musik di Internet bukanlah sesuatu yang baru, tapi anda bisa membuat stasiun musik Anda sendiri.

Siapapun bisa tune ke musik yang dimainkan di Yahoo atau mendengarkan favorit Anda radio online stasiun, tetapi kenyataannya adalah bahwa sebagian besar lagu-lagu yang diputar setiap jam (atau lebih tampaknya) dan kadang-kadang lagu yang diputar bukan merupakan salah satu yang Anda sukai.

Tapi, ketika datang ke Pandora, website akan memutar lagu berdasarkan pada apa yang anda sukai, website akan memainkan musik serupa.

Hal yang besar adalah bahwa Pandora sering menampilkan band-band baru yang sedang naik daun. Dengan PAndora Anda dapat dengan mudah mengetikkan sebuah band favorit di website, mendengarkan lagunya, dan kemudian memiliki kesempatan untuk mendengarkan band baru yang mirip dengan selera Anda.

6. Facebook – Merubah Cara kita berinteraksi
www.facebook.com

Pertama ada telepon, kemudian pager, kemudian telepon seluler, maka datanglah internet dengan layanan pesan instan dan chatroom, dan sebelum semua ini ketika orang ingin berkomunikasi, ada berbicara percakapan dan huruf.

Hari ini, Kita Memiliki FAcebook, dan ini salah satu situs jejaring sosial yang telah mengambil alih dunia seperti badai. Meskipun secara teknis bukan situs jejaring sosial pertama diciptakan, banyak yang akan berpendapat bahwa ini adalah yang paling berguna dan adalah salah satu yang telah membuat dampak terbesar di masyarakat kita.

Situs ini diluncurkan pada bulan Februari 2004 oleh Mark Zuckerberg enam tahun kemudian website meledak, menarik lebih dari 500 juta pengguna, mulai dari Anda sampai kalangan selebriti, dan bahkan pemimpin politik dunia.

5. Wikipedia – Merubah Cara kita Meneliti / belajar
www.wikipedia.org

Sebelum Wikipedia datang, SMA dan mahasiswa harus melakukan riset mereka sendiri dengan cara yang sulit.

Dalam keseriusan semua, sebelum Wikipedia menjadi salah satu ensiklopedia terbesar yang booming, banyak situs yang menawarkan secara online baik diperlukan keanggotaan yang dibayarkan untuk memiliki akses ke informasi atau ensiklopedia yang sama sekali tidak memiliki banyak informasi.

hal ini seperti pergi ke perpustakaan untuk menemukan penelitian yang Anda dibutuhkan atau mengeluarkan sedikit uang untuk mendapatkannya.

Tetapi, Wikipedia mengubah semua ini dan benar-benar membuat penelitian mudah. Situs ini menjadi yang pertama dari jenisnya: e-encyclopedia yang telah berkembang dan mungkin akan terus melakukannya selama Internet tersedia.

Pada tanggal 16 April 2010, website ini telah mengedit 1000..000.000 judul dan hari ini peringkatnya adalh # 7 paling sering dikunjungi oleh Alexa. Di AS peringjkat stius ini ke-6 yang paling sering dikunjungi. Hal yang menakjubkan tentang Wikipedia adalah bahwa Anda benar-benar dapat menemukan apa saja dan hampir semuanya di Wikipedia.

Dengan 3.410.052 artikel dan terus berkembang, tidak ada banyak Anda tidak dapat menemukan. Jika Anda tidak bisa Anda dapat dengan mudah mengedit dan menambahkan informasi sendiri. Banding website untuk pengguna internet dari seluruh dunia, menawarkan informasi dalam berbagai bahasa seperti Spanyol, Rusia, Perancis, Jerman, Italia, dan banyak lainnya.

4. Amazon – Mengubah wajah perbelanjaan ritel
www.amazon.com

Bila Anda membutuhkan makanan, Anda pergi ke toko kelontong. Ketika Anda membutuhkan pakaian, Anda pergi ke mal atau toko ritel favorit Anda.Jika Anda membutuhkan persediaan hewan peliharaan, Anda pergi ke toko hewan peliharaan. Jika Anda ingin mendengarkan musik, Anda pergi membeli CD di toko. Semua itu adalah hal umum yang dilakukan orang,

Namun, ketika Amazon diluncurkan pada tahun 1995, perusahaan, yang berbasis di Seattle, mengubah wajah seluruh belanja ritel. Nama website ini mengatakan itu semua, Amazon adalah sungai terbesar di dunia dan Amazon.com adalah toko online terbesar yang di dapat bayangkan. Di mana lagi Anda dapat membeli perhiasan, MP3, pakaian, vitamin, mainan anjing, dan hal lain dari lokasi yang sama?

Baru-baru ini Amazon bahkan mulai menjual produk makanan yang dapat dikirimkan ke pintu Anda. Dengan penciptaan Amazon, itu aman untuk mengatakan bahwa orang semakin berkurang mengunjungi toko - toko yang umum untuk membeli barang-barang tertentu.

Situs ini menawarkan pengiriman gratis dengan pembelian $ 25 sebagai serta account Perdana yang menjanjikan pengiriman 2 hari gratis atau pengiriman dengan biaya $ 3,99 di hari berikutnya.Intinya adalah, siapapun bisa mengandalkan Amazon untuk memiliki apa yang mereka butuhkan. Ini benar-benar menakjubkan bagaimana e-shop dapat memasok beragam item.

3. YouTube –Merubah hiburan Sehari-hari
www.youtube.com

Ketika tiba saatnya untuk mencari atau menonton video secara online, tidak ada banyak macam pilihan.

Kadang-kadang orang akan meng-upload video untuk ditonton oranglain, tetapi banyak kali karena bandwidth dan faktor-faktor lain, mereka yang memiliki website hanya memilih untuk menjauh dari video dan fitur lain dengan bandwidth tinggi.

Namun, untuk memperbaiki maslah ini muncul pada Februari 2005. YouTube, yang telah berhasil berjalan selama 5 tahun sekarang, memecahkan setiap dan semua masalah ketika datang ke hiburan di Internet. Anda tidak hanya dapat menonton video tetapi anda juga dapat mendengarkan musik dan bahkan blog melalui video. Jutaan orang dari seluruh dunia menikmati fitur YouTube setiap hari.

Karena YouTube ada satu tempat yang tepat untuk semua orang untuk melihat video dan bahkan berkomentar saat menontonnya. Situs ini memungkinkan Anda untuk benar-benar melihat apa yang kau bisa pikirkan. Dari video musik untuk blogger, untuk tutorial dan video acak, Anda pasti bisa menemukannya di YouTube.

Website ini peringkat # 3 pada skala Alexa dan menawarkan 29 bahasa yang berbeda untuk pengguna yang tinggal di luar Amerika Serikat. Meskipun situs-situs video lainnya yang tersedia, seperti Hulu, belum ada yang berhasil seperti YouTube.

2. eBay – Merubah Cara kita membeli dan menjual
www.ebay.com

Sementara belanja online telah menjadi sebuah trend besar yang tampaknya setiap orang butuhkan, eBay adalah salah satu dari banyak website yang memajukan fenomena online.

Meskipun sebagian besar situs web saat ini menawarkan kepada pengguna kemampuan untuk membeli apa yang mereka inginkan secara online, eBay tidak hanya menawarkan belanja online juga memungkinkan pengguna untuk menawar pada beberapa item terpanas setiap tahun.

eBay membuat belanja setiap orang dapat lakukan tanpa harus masuk mobil, berkendara ke toko atau mal, dan kemudian melihat sekeliling untuk menemukan ukuran atau warna yang tepat atau warna. eBay memungkinkan pengguna dari seluruh dunia untuk melakukan penawaran dan pembelian item.

Hal yang baik tentang website adalah bahwa banyak kali Anda membayar jauh lebih sedikit daripada yang Anda akan di toko-toko dan bahkan lebih baik adalah kenyataan bahwa item yang tersedia mungkin tidak dijual di toko lokal untuk Anda.
eBay juga adalah salah satu dari sedikit website yang menawarkan lelang secara real time untuk suatu produk.

1. Google – Merubah hampir semuanya secara Virtual
www.google.com

Seperti ekstrim kedengarannya, itu cukup aman untuk mengatakan bahwa ketika anda datang ke Google Internet dapat menemukan di suatu tempat dan di setiap tempat.

Tidak peduli apa jenis kegiatan yang Anda lakukan secara online, dari menonton video, blogging, hanya membaca berita online lokal, Anda mungkin beberapa cara, entah bagaimana menggunakan layanan yang disediakan oleh Google, dan banyak kali Anda bahkan tidak tahu itu

Ketika Anda menonton video YouTube, Anda menggunakan layanan Google. Jika Anda pernah menggunakan Blogger, itu adalah layanan Google. Chrome: Google browser. Jika Anda pernah melihat iklan DoubleClick, ya, itu juga Google.

Jadi pada intinya, Google di mana-mana;Dari menonton video untuk upload gambar untuk menunjukkan kepada teman dan keluarga, apakah Anda tahu atau tidak, Google adalah layanan sangat baik digunakan di seluruh dunia.

Jika Anda merasa perlu untuk mendapatkan suatu tempat, Anda mungkin pergi ke Google.com. Jika Anda perlu untuk mencari sesuatu, Google.com mungkin adalah tempat pertama yang Anda kunjungi.

sumber: kaskus.us/showthread.php?t=10190471

          Facebook akan rilis tombol dislike        

Pengguna situs jejaring sosial Facebook tentu tidak asing lagi dengan tombol “Like” atau “Suka”, saat ini Facebook sedang mempertimbangkan untuk meluncurkan tombol “Hate” atau “Benci”.
Sehingga pengguna situs jejaring sosial ini tidak hanya bisa menyukai sebuah status atau posting namun juga bisa membencinya melalui tombol Benci atau Hate.

Berdasarkan sumber dari TechCrunch, pengguna Facebook saat ini mampu menghasilkan 2,7 miliar klik tombol “Like” dan komentar per hari.

Facebook berharap dengan hadirnya tombol Benci atau Hate akan menaikan klik pengguna situs jejaring sosial hingga setidaknya 2 kali lipat.

Halaman populer Facebook seperti milik Lady Gaga atau klub sepak bola Manchester United, masing-masing mampu menghasilkan klik tombol Suka hingga 20 juta.

Facebook mempertimbangkan bahwa tak semua orang menyukai halaman tersebut atau sebuah posting pengguna lain, sehingga dapat mengklik tombol Benci atau Hate.

Seperti yang dikutip dari TechCrunch, ketika tombol Like atau Suka pertama kali diluncurkan, Mark Zuckerberg berani memprediksi hingga 1 milyar klik tombol Suka dalam 24 jam pertama.

Sumber dari Facebook mengatakan bahwa Mark Zuckerberg berani memprediksi hingga 2 milyar klik tombol Benci atau Hate pada hari pertama.

Tombol kecil seperti Like atau Suka mampu menghasilkan pendapatan yang cukup besar bagi Facebook, pengenalan tombol Hate atau Benci diperkirakan juga akan menaikan pendapatan perusahaan secara signifikan.

Beberapa sumber mengatakan bahwa tombol Benci masih belum pasti, karena masih diperdebatkan oleh berbagai kalangan di perusahaan jejaring sosial ini.

Facebook sendiri saat ini belum memberikan komentar secara resmi mengenai hadir tidaknya tombol Hate atau Benci yang dinilai cukup kontroversial.

Sumber : http://sektim-area.blogspot.com/2012/04/facebook-akan-rilis-tombol-bencidislike.html#ixzz1txf6TS50

          Kommentar zu Du kannst keine 500 Millionen Freunde haben, ohne dir ein paar Feinde zu machen. von dogbyter        
Vor ca. einer Woche habe ich den Film gesehen und war wirklcih freudig überrascht. Musste ich erst noch mitgeschleift werden, um überhaupt ins Kino zu gehen, hatte ich am Ende des Streifens immer noch nicht genug von Mark. Von der ersten Sekunde an konnte ich mich mit seiner etwas vergeistigten, nerdigen Art identifizieren, hatte meinen Spaß daran, als er die Seiten der anderen Häuser ausgelesen hat, übrigens in den meisten Fällen mit ganz probaten Mitteln wie wget und anderen. Sein absolutes Desinteresse gegenüber dem Geldverdienen und der "Reinhaltung" seiner Seite von Werbung fand ich überzeugend dargestellt. Wenn sich auch Zuckerberg selbst von dem Film distanziert und sagt, sein Leben sei niemals so aufregend gewesen, zeichnet der Film hoffentlich doch ein Bild, das nah an der echten Person ist, aber das kann ich nicht beurteilen. Unterhaltsam und auf jeden Fall für einen Kinobesuch mit der Liebsten geeignet. gruß dog
          ÄÃ€O HIẾU – Kỳ 15: Mẹ và con trai        
Mark Zuckerberg đã có công rất lớn với người mẹ đau khổ vừa bị mất bảy đứa con. Hồng đã nhờ Mark gởi một cái tin nhắn qua trang FB của “Bà Dì” “Có chuyện rất buồn, chị Æ¡i.” “Chuyện … Tiếp tục đọc
          Non-active Facebook Account Will Be Deleted        
--------------------(no subject)Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,there have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that the reason is that there are too many non-active Facebook members and, on the other side, too many new Facebook members.We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to at least 15 other users using Copy+ Paste to show that you are still active. \*Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to create more space.\*Send this message to all your friends and to show me that your still active and you will not be deleted.Founder of Facebook,Mark Zuckerberg--------------------Do you receive a mail like this one? Don't know who made this up originally. But it is not a phishing mail for sure. Wondering what the purpose is this. Here is the response from Facebook Pass It On
          Infographic: The Entrepreneurship Road Map        
Wondering if you could be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Andrew Mason? Today's landscape of up-and-coming entrepreneurs is becoming more and more competitive and diverse.
          How Facebook groups bring people closer together – neo-Nazis included        

Mark Zuckerberg’s new mission is to ‘bring the world closer together’. But Facebook groups can unite extremists as easily as they serve hobbyists

Ricky Caya was looking for something. A 43-year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. “The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements – people today don’t have that,” he said.

So when a Facebook post crossed his news feed promoting a new organization that “sought to bring together good people without a voice to finally allow them to have strength in numbers”, Caya requested membership to the group and quickly became an active participant and leader.

Related: Why won’t YouTube and Google consider moderators to tackle online hate? | Keith Kahn-Harris

Related: Social media sites face heavy hate speech fines under German proposal

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          Mark Zuckerberg Got Hacked, So We're All Screwed        

The creator of Facebook and owner of Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, is the face of social media, but his passwords still suck. A rando tech group was checking his security and easily hacked into his Twitter and Pinterest accounts—yes, Mark Zuckerberg has a Pinterest account.

He doesn't use either account very frequently, because he's not desperate for retweets or planning a wedding. But it's still pretty embarrassing. Even worse is that his passwords for the accounts were "dadada." Even Club Penguin would've made you come up with a more secure password.

The group didn't do anything with his accounts, except socially humiliate him. Maybe one of his summer interns can help him come up with a better one.


          Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting        

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fightingTesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.



          HBO fue víctima de un ciberataque: robaron contenido de Game of Thrones        
ESET, compañía líder en detección proactiva de amenazas, analiza el ciberataque a HBO, uno de los canales de televisión por cable más populares de Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Los cibercriminales obtuvieron información altamente valiosa, y si bien la compañía no confirmó cuál, al parecer fueron episodios inéditos de las series Ballers y Room 104, y un guion del próximo episodio de Game of Thrones, el cuarto de la séptima temporada recién estrenada.


Los cibercriminales aseguran haber robado 1,5 terabytes de información de HBO. Los primeros en enterarse fueron los periodistas que ayer recibieron un correo anónimo, que decía (traducción libre al español, respetando la sintaxis original en inglés): “Hola a toda la humanidad. La mayor filtración de la era del ciberespacio está ocurriendo. ¿Cuál es su nombre? Oh me olvidaba de decirlo. Es HBO y Game of Thrones……!!!!!! Tienen suerte de ser los primeros pioneros en atestiguar y descargar la filtración. Disfrútenlo y difundan la palabra. Quien difunda bien, tendremos una entrevista con él. HBO caerá”.

Como ha sucedido en otros casos similares, aún no está comprobado que los atacantes tengan efectivamente la información que afirman tener y hasta ahora no se ha filtrado ningún capítulo de Game of Thrones. En general lo que persiguen estos ataques es darle fama a los grupos responsables, al demostrar las falencias de seguridad de las grandes compañías o incluso intentar venderles servicios de seguridad.

Algunos ejemplos de esto es lo que sucedió con el grupo OurMine al comprometer las cuentas de Mark Zuckerberg de Facebook, Sundar Pichai de Google y John Hanke de Niantic Labs. En términos de robos relacionados a la filtración de capítulos de series sucedió en abril con de Orange Is The New Black donde un cibercriminal afirmó que publicaría la nueva temporada si Netflix no pagaba un rescate, el pago no se efectuó y los episodios aparecieron en Pirate Bay seis semanas antes del lanzamiento oficial.

“HBO, Netflix y Disney han sido algunos de los blancos más sobresalientes de los cibercriminales. Estas compañías y otras del mismo rubro necesitan verificar que tienen compromisos obligatorios de parte de todas las entidades que participan en sus proyectos de propiedad intelectual digital, y es necesario que auditen estos procesos. Es decir, deben proteger sus series y películas en todo el proceso de planificación, producción y distribución; y no solo en sus oficinas, sino en cualquier otro lugar al que esos activos viajen durante el proceso. La prevención es el primer paso para estar protegidos.”, concluyó Camilo Gutierrez, Jefe del Laboratorio de Investigación de ESET Latinoamérica.
          Google v/s Facebook - Office Pictures        
Which giant would you prefer to work for: Google or Facebook?

It might be a question of personal preference. You can’t help but love one company’s work more than another, which leads to desire to work for them. Aside from that, you could use some objective measurements in choosing between the two.

This might help you. We give you a chance to have a sneak view at the offices from both Google and Facebook. You’ll find that both are design great, to enhance the productivity of their workers. Absolutely no trace of standard office cubicles.




Google Office



About Google: (as if you needed this)


Google Inc. is an American public corporation specializing in Internet search. It also generates profits from advertising bought on its similarly free-to-user e-mail, online mapping, office productivity, social networking and video-sharing services. Advert-free versions are available via paid subscription.  

Google has more recently developed an open source web browser and a mobile phone operating system. Its headquarters, often referred to as the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California. As of March 31, 2012 the company had 53,546 full-time employees.





Facebook Office


About Facebook:


Facebook, Inc. is a company that operates and privately owns social networking website, Facebook. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region. The website’s name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University. The website’s membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 500 million active users worldwide.


          Oil Barons and Tech Hipsters Share A Dark Side        

Oil barons and technology hipsters seem very different. But they share a dark side. The chief executive of U.S. explorer SandRidge Energy and some of his peers jet around at shareholders’ expense, while at Facebook and Google founder-bosses are insulated from owners by super-voting rights. Clubby boards also feature in both sectors.

The U.S. oil and gas industry plumbs the depths of weak corporate governance and social responsibility, with 15 companies getting the worst F grade from consultancy GMI Ratings - far more than would be suggested by their weighting in the sample. Headline-grabbing offenders include Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge, whose founder Tom Ward kitted out the business with four corporate jets despite the fact that its wells are mostly within driving distance. Meanwhile James “Jim Bob” Moffett, chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, recently engineered the purchase of McMoRan Exploration, which he runs and partly owns, for a whopping premium. Gold-plated CEO pay and perks also feature, along with generous remuneration for incurious directors.

Silicon Valley’s governance shortcomings aren’t so brash. Only a few tech companies are branded with GMI’s failing grade. Still by the consultancy’s count 41 of their number, including such leading lights as Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, have opted for multiple share classes that help bosses outvote other investors - a higher incidence than the average in GMI’s sample. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg holds just a fifth of the company’s stock but thanks to supervoting shares and other arrangements he commands over half of all shareholder votes.

Although it manifests itself in different ways, the two sectors thus share a certain disregard for regular owners. One reason could be that both abound with forceful entrepreneurs who started in complete control of startups and then sometimes struggled to adjust to the responsibilities of running public companies. That may help explain why Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder and CEO of Chesapeake, sold his personal map collection to the firm for an inflated $12 million before being forced to buy it back.

A tendency for boards to overlap and feature friends of executives may also owe something to the geographical clustering of the two industries. Oil and gas exploration companies tend to be centered in Texas and neighboring Oklahoma and Louisiana, while many tech firms call San Francisco and Silicon Valley home. When Freeport agreed to buy McMoRan, it also inked the purchase of a third company, Plains Exploration. As well as Freeport CEO Moffett’s dual role, other directors on the McMoRan board included the Plains boss. Cozy relationships are common in Silicon Valley too. Marc Andreessen, whose venture capital firm routinely sells smaller companies to tech giants, sits on the boards of Facebook, eBay and Hewlett-Packard.

For both energy and tech entrepreneurs, a peer group that includes still-private companies may also set a less than ideal example. Their bosses may not have the benefit of public shareholders’ money, but their chiefs can legitimately do as they please.

In the oil and gas patch, activist shareholders are starting to rattle the comfortable cages of some CEOs. Egged on by investor Carl Icahn, shareholders at Chesapeake ousted McClendon’s friendly board and replaced a system that allowed directors to be re-elected on a single vote with a majority requirement. And hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital has publicly challenged governance at SandRidge.

Entrenched managers and boards make these tough fights. But if enough votes can be mobilized, shareholders have the power to force change. Very few energy company executives hold supervoting shares that can prevent it.

Tech investors may not yet feel as abused as some in the energy sector. People like Zuckerberg at Facebook and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have achieved great things. But they won’t always get it right. If something does go awry, shareholders will often find there’s nothing they can do about it. Tech trouble, when it comes, could prove harder to clean up than the energy business.

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews.


          Obama May Have An Exceptional Facebook Friend        

U.S. President Barack Obama might find an exceptional friend in Facebook. The social network’s second-in-command, Sheryl Sandberg, should be on the short list for a top economic job if he wins a second term in office. Yet she’d potentially give up some $130 million in unvested equity to take the job. Her boss Mark Zuckerberg could bridge the gap. But it may cost Facebook shareholders dearly. 

Sandberg certainly is qualified to assist the Obama administration. She worked at the Treasury from 1996 to 2001, serving as chief of staff. Since then her star has soared, first with success as a Google executive, and for the past four years as the adult in the room at fast-growing Facebook. The growing importance of technology in the U.S. economy could easily make her look like an inspired choice for an administration that has been criticized for not understanding the private sector. 

Whether Sandberg is interested in uprooting is a good question. While she’s shown a proclivity for public service, participating in the white heat of technological revolution is intellectually and personally rewarding. And this year she built a 9,200-square-foot mansion in Menlo Park. Happily for Sandberg, high levels of government are also full of bright people. While negotiating budget deals can be painful, serving the country offers rewards for the soul. 

The financial benefits of Washington obviously don’t compare. But serving at Facebook has left her rich. Sandberg received 38.1 million units of Facebook restricted stock units (RSUs) in 2008. By the inauguration of the next president in January, more than 95 percent will have vested. At the current share price, the total value of the RSUs that have vested would be about $800 million. RSUs are taxed as normal income when they vest and employees receive shares. 

If Sandberg accepted an invitation to Washington, Facebook might take the bigger financial hit. The company is struggling to generate revenue from its users’ shift from computers to mobile devices. So Sandberg’s premature departure would be viewed badly, since Wall Street sees her as the social network’s chaperone. What’s more, more than 1 billion shares held by insiders may be on the block in the next half year. Any sales by Sandberg could add to the downward pressure on the stock, which has fallen from $38 at its May IPO to around $22 today. 

When Hank Paulson left Goldman Sachs to lead the Treasury in 2006, the bank accelerated the vesting of his equity. There’s no precedent at Facebook for a similar move, but the stakes are higher. Sandberg holds 3.5 million options with a strike price of $10.39 and 1.2 million in the money at $15. The total value of these options using a Black-Scholes model, plus unvested RSUs granted in 2008 and 1.2 million in 2011 using Facebook’s current stock price, would be about $130 million. 

Zuckerberg controls a clear majority of Facebook’s votes, so the compensation committee and board would certainly consider his wishes should he want to accelerate the vesting of Sandberg’s equity. That might not be great corporate governance. Then again, having a happy, highly-placed friend around the White House could be useful indeed. 

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews.


          Facebook phone finally announced        
Mark Zuckerberg has announced the new Facebook phone as you can see in the video above. The phone will be based on Android but it will be laid out differently with the home page of the phone being devoted to people rather than apps. Let’s see if this takes off. Not everyone wants the world […]
          Politics - USA        
Asterios wrote:
unlike being a CEO does.


Tell me then, which school did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates graduate from? How about Matt Mullenweg, Arash Ferdowsi, Mark Zuckerberg, David Karp, or Daniel Ek... where did they graduate from? Guess David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue... didn't really do that, since he also didn't graduate from college.

I mean, I could keep going, but I'll just put up a link, and let you educate yourself, if you so choose:

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-successful-college-droputs-2013-9?op=1
          Politics - USA        
 Ensis Ferrae wrote:
Asterios wrote:
unlike being a CEO does.


Tell me then, which school did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates graduate from? How about Matt Mullenweg, Arash Ferdowsi, Mark Zuckerberg, David Karp, or Daniel Ek... where did they graduate from? Guess David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue... didn't really do that, since he also didn't graduate from college.

I mean, I could keep going, but I'll just put up a link, and let you educate yourself, if you so choose:

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-successful-college-droputs-2013-9?op=1


how many of those are CEO's of their company's? and not just an honorary title, furthermore they are ones who created their companies, you think a company is going to hire someone to be their CEO without schooling?

 d-usa wrote:
Asterios wrote:
 d-usa wrote:
Asterios wrote:
 d-usa wrote:
I worked in fast food. Had a solid 2 week orientation period and received additional orientation when I was moved from kitchen to register, and then additional orientation when I was promoted to trainer, and additional orientation when I becae the maintenance person. I was hired after verifying my references and experience (which consisted of one previous job at the time). The majority of the people I worked with have been there for at least a year.

Maybe "that's not my personal experience" isn't a very good model to use as a base for your entire understanding of economics across the US.


that does not sound like a fast food establishment like McDonald's and such (maintenance person? Trainer?) I think we have 2 different ideas of what is fast food.


Do you honestly think that McDonald's does zero training and no maintenance?


McDonalds has a 30 minute training period, and any maintenance required is brought in from outside of the place, in fact they tell you specifically if anything breaks tell the manager and the manager calls the repair guy once getting approval from the owner, I've been an assistant manager and manger at a couple fast food places, but when I worked there we usually had 3 people working the night shift, one front and drive thru and expediting orders, one on the fryer and one on the grill.


Weird, my old McDonald's in Elk City, Oklahoma has online job postings for maintenance workers. And I have no idea why they paid me an extra buck an hour when I was promoted to a trainer just in case I happened to have someone to train for 30 minutes on any random day. I would hate to see the McDonald's that is busy enough to train someone how to open a store, close a store, prep, cook the breakfast and lunch menu, switch over from breakfast to lunch, inventory, rotate stock, unload the truck, break down equipment, clean it, reassemble it, and do all that consistently in only 30 minutes.

Maybe I'm just the Forrest Gump of McJobs, or maybe my experience is just completely out of the ordinary and I happened to work at the one McDonald's that cares (even though that has been my experience at all my fast food jobs through college), or maybe you just need to stop thinking you have a lot of factual knowledge based on your personal experience and realize that there is more to the world than "the government never called me, so unemployment statistics are useless".


sounds like you had an assistant managers job, or managers job, thats the same stuff I did, but we are not talking about assistant managers or managers we are talking a basic employee, also open a store? close a store? you mean your fast food joints open and close? out of curiousity how many employees work at any given time at your store?
          KPFT's turmoil is a microcosm of the left's dysfunction in Texas        
Texas Democrats can't find anybody willing to be slaughtered by Greg Abbott in 2018 (and that person will surely be slaughtered).  Texas Greens can't decide whether to even try to collect signatures for ballot access despite the handful of vacancies the Democrats will leave open for them to reach 5% (and access for 2020; Gadfly has already warned them this would demonstrate unacceptable weakness).

Update: Chris Hooks, though, is pumped -- pumped! -- about the Blues' 2018 prospects.  He's the same Jackass he's been since last year.  He has me muted on Twitter (told me so!) and probably doesn't read this blog, so I doubt whether he's capable of figuring it out.  All that matters that he gets paid to churn out the same drivel every two years, changing the names to protect the guilty.

And the smartest decision I have made in the past decade-plus of progressive activism was to avoid entreaties to engage in the local Pacifica radio station's politics like it was the bubonic plague.  Which it has been for its entire existence.  Alyson Ward at the Chronic (sorry to have to link to it; getting off the dope is going to have to be gradual):


Since its founding in 1970, the left-leaning Houston radio station has been bombed by the Ku Klux Klan, shot at, and has struggled to raise operating funds from its listeners. On Friday, the station boiled over yet again.

After less than three months on the job, Obidike Kamau, the station's interim general manager, was fired Friday morning by the acting head of Pacifica, the national foundation that owns KPFT, sparking a protest march by Houston staffers, board members and volunteers.

About 35 protesters gathered outside the station's Montrose headquarters Friday evening to support Kamau and demand his reinstatement.

Many of those mentioned in this article are friends of mine.  Some are Democrats, like Geoff Berg; some are nominally so (voting and participating in Donkey politics as a defensive measure, as Chris Ladd describes in his thoughtful piece here),  several are active to some degree with the Harris County Green Party, and another bloc of Democratic Socialists, Socialists, Communists, and unaffiliated independent progressives likely comprise most of the remainder of KPFT's supporters.

Kamau's dismissal came from Bill Crosier, the interim executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, which owns KPFT and four other noncommercial stations.

The California-based foundation is in serious debt â€” to the tune of $7 million — and has been sued by creditors across the country. On top of the money woes, Pacifica has been plagued by infighting and politics, inspiring media blogger Ken Mills to call it "public media's most embarrassing, dysfunctional and disappointing organization."

Crosier, who lives in Houston, was brought on early this year to help get all of Pacifica back on track. He said he didn't expect Kamau to turn KPFT around in 90 days, "but we at least need to get a plan for turning it around. ... We essentially don't have a plan yet."

All day at the station, Kamau's colleagues and supporters gathered to show solidarity â€” and to comb over KPFT's bylaws, looking for a way to nullify the firing.  By Friday evening, protesters were armed with signs and speeches that suggested race played a role in the firing of Kamau, who is African-American.

Crosier "calls himself a progressive, but he acts like Donald Trump," said DeWayne Lark, past president of the local station board.

Kamau's vocal supporters include Audel, the station's interim development director. (Yes, he's interim, too. The station is "so disorganized, half the major positions seem to be interim," he said).

"At a minimum, (Crosier) was extremely sneaky in how he handled it," Audel said. The board of directors was "completely blindsided."

Crosier acknowledged the dissent on the staff and admitted that the station's no stranger to controversy. "It's been like that at KPFT ever since I've been involved," he said. "I like to say KPFT attracts frustrated people."

More evidence of turmoil: At a meeting Wednesday night, the KPFT board heard and approved a motion to investigate Crosier. The motion listed several accusations that boil down to divisive management and mishandling of station funds. Friday's protesters called Kamau's firing "a retaliation" for that motion.

That's only the beginning of the station's problems, Audel said. "Let's be honest: KPFT, in a lot of ways, has been a laughingstock for a long time."

The station's programming has been solid, Audel said, but "businesswise, it's the Keystone Cops."

Crosier has appointed Larry Winters, a longtime KPFT deejay, to replace Kamau as interim general manager. But he said he's "open to negotiations" with Kamau's supporters. That might mean reinstating Kamau, he said, or arranging for Kamau and Winters to share the role.

"If they can come up with a plan, I'll be happy to reconsider."

Apparently not, as the spouse of one of the radio station's program hosts relates on Facebook.  Most of the dirty laundry aired there.  Benjamin Craft-Rendon:

The firing of Dr. Obidike Kamau from 90.1 FM KPFT Houston when he's spent his 3 months on the job trying to lower costs while maintaining morale among programmers seems like an infuriatingly bad call.

Three people tagged Crosier's personal page with their thoughts on his move: Rachel Clark ...

"(A) plan within (a 90-day) time frame would not have buy-in or be rooted in collegiality and in the spirit of collaboration. At best, creating such a plan would result in compliance, lack of energy, and programmers, staff, and volunteers, 'going through the motions'. Obidike understands this and had dedicated the last three months to changing the culture at KPFT. He set about having backyard parties on a regular basis once again to build community and raise funds. He also hosted the first two programmer meetings in years, and there was an energy and passion among programmers as well as a new transparency from staff and leadership that I don't think I have ever witnessed in my 17 years of being connected to the station.
Not only did Bill Crosier fail to take any of this into consideration in his seemingly unilateral decision, he also completely failed to acknowledge that Obidike was the first person of color appointed as station manager in KPFT's 40-plus year history. These blind spots are coupled with his ignorance of organizational leadership research that cites, under ideal circumstances, it takes three to five years to turn an organization around, with staff and community buy-in and a cohesive culture being key influential factors. I am not speaking as a representative for Houston IndyMedia, but rather as a volunteer who has been connected to this station since moving to Houston in 2000."

Ted Weisgal (founder of Houston's now-former Leisure Learning Unlimited):

"I had hoped wisdom prevailed but overnight (July 15-16) the interim executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, parent of KPFT, withdrew his offer to leave in place Dr. Obidike Kamau as general manager of KPFT. Many people including myself maintain that Mr. Crosier never had the right to remove Dr. Kamau in the first place because Crosier failed to follow protocols/the bylaws. Crosier, the INTERIM ED, says the bylaws don't apply here because Dr. Kamau was INTERIM. What rules do apply?
Crosier placed himself firmly behind the microphone during almost every early morning minute of the recent failed pledge drive and droned on and on while few people gave. I asked to be given an opportunity to pitch and only one morning was I granted, though briefly, that opportunity. I wanted to tell people the truth, that the drive was doing poorly. I was told not to. That was a bad strategy, they said. And now it's being used as grounds to fire Dr. Kamau. 

This is hypocrisy. When black people are denied the right to vote, it's called racist. When they aren't given a fair chance to do a job... there's no way around it: that act by Bill Crosier is racist too. This is about the survival and strengthening of KPFT as a progressive voice for the Texas Gulf Coast.

And Remington Alessi, more vehement about the racial aspect. 

The firing of Obidike Kamau from KPFT is the epitome of what people complain about when talking about white liberal racism. Hordes of safety pin- and rainbow-decorated white people are coming out to defend their friend, Bill Crosier, even if it means ignoring, gaslighting, and trolling the black folks who are explaining what a basic form of racism this whole fiasco is.

Crosier is my friend, but I'll be damned if I'll make excuses for this racist garbage. And shame on any of you white folks who do make excuses for it. I have a long memory, and so do plenty of other folks, so don't think we'll forget where you stand.

Crosier is also my friend of long standing, but he completely screwed the pooch here.  Tone deaf to both his white privilege and the demonstration of it to the listener community, unresponsive and then saying one thing and doing another after the move before retreating back into his bunker, Crosier created a Category 5 shitstorm that he should not be allowed to weather as an authority with Pacifica.  What he did wasn't just racist and incompetent but ridiculously stupid.

The larger point to be made is that in my relatively long activist experience, what all degrees of "The Left" seem to do best is fight almost constantly with each other -- and not just Hillary/Bernie-type shit, either -- which leaves no energy to accomplish anything of substance against the real political opposition.  The Democrats do it, the Greens do it, and the mishmash of progressives at KPFT have done it for decades as well.  There's an example in the field to be learned from -- an ecumenical movement toward a single goal, as it were -- but Houston's progressives are still busy tearing everything down to the slab.

It's the sort of backbiting and infighting that makes people new to the organizations (young people, non- or infrequent voters and activists in the case of political parties, volunteers and financial supporters in the case of KPFT) run screaming in the opposite direction.  Even those who've been active for a long period get burned out and withdraw, as David Collins has recently attested.

There's got to be a better way, people.

Update: Collins expands on my take with his own, as someone more involved than I with both the Green Party and KPFT in recent years.

Update II: If you'd like to learn more from the source about the Richmond Progressive Alliance (referenced and linked above), Steve Early is appearing in Austin later this month as part of a Rag Blog event, also hosted by Austin's DSA chapter and others, and will join the Local Progress conference there that weekend.

          Nowy władca świata        
Zuckerberg jest jedną z niewielu osób, dla których zostanie prezydentem Stanów Zjednoczonych mogłoby oznaczać degradację. Jako szef Facebooka już jest prawdziwym liderem wolnego świata. Nick BILTON (Vanity Fair) Nasz lewicowy Portal dużo uwagi poświęca, jak cała zresztą współczesna lewica na świecie (od Naomi Klein, Benjamina Barbera, Yanisa Warufakisa, Krytyki Politycznej i Rafała Wosia po Jean-Luca Melenchona, Bernie Sandersa, Podemos, Syrizę i Adriana Zandberga), korporacyjnemu ładowi jaki neoliberalny porządek do spółki z globalizacją i upadkiem obozu realnego socjalizmu z ZSRR na czele zgotowały dzisiejszej rzeczywistości. Mało kto jednak zwrócił uwagę na tzw. „Manifest Zuckerberga” („Building Global Community” z lutego 2017 roku), który wywołał ożywione dyskusje za oceanem na temat utopii, marzeń czy chęci „władzy nad światem” jaką ...
          15 Facts About Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg You’ll be Amazed        
Recently, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a heated public exchange about artificial intelligence or AI. Musk said that AI could potentially bring damage to human life, while Zuckerberg tagged Musk’s predictions as irresponsible. Musk then said that Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI was limited. Truth is, AI technologies […]
          Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg: 15 Comparisons        
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk and the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg continue debating on the role of Artificial Intelligence in the future. This time, Elon Musk has publicly commented on the previous words of Mark Zuckerberg calling his understanding of the subject is “limited”. In the light of this news, let’s […]
           Les chats bots nouvel eldorado pour les entreprises, danger pour les consommateurs         
Secuobs.com : 2016-04-15 16:46:35 - Global Security Mag Online - L'intelligence artificielle utilisée au travers des chats bots connait un succès grandissant auprès des consommateurs Preuve en est, Facebook part à la conquête de ce nouvel outil intelligent Mardi dernier, lors de la conférence F8 dédiée aux développeurs, Mark Zuckerberg a indiqué que Messenger intègrerait désormais des bots Le chat bot Poncho permettra par exemple de demander à l'utilisateur où il se trouve et en fonction de sa localisation le bot donnera la météo A l'origine, les bots sont des - Risk Management
          What’s Hot on Instagram, #ProudtoBe, Chrissy Teigen, Priscila Sales        

What’s Hot on Instagram, #ProudtoBe, Chrissy Teigen, Priscila Sales This week Instagram achieved a Mega-milestone reaching 500 million users 300 million of whom use the app every single day. Instagram said “Today we have 500 million reasons to celebrate, and you’re one of them. Thank you from all of us at Instagram.” Mark Zuckerberg congratulated […]

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          Facebook Launches Official Dedicated Video Service        

Has Mark Zuckerberg missed the bus? Mark Zuckerberg may have filled a niche when he created Facebook. I mean, does MySpace even exist anymore? For a man who has made real inroads in diversifying his business in the last 5 years, it’s remarkable how slow Facebook were in getting to the video scene. They have, […]

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          Facebook Changes Link Previews to Help Combat ‘Fake News’        
By Caitlan McCafferty

Big changes from Facebook took effect the week of July 18. In order to combat the ongoing spread of misinformation, Facebook has changed the way users can edit the previews of links that they post to the social media platform.

This latest update from Facebook eliminates the ability to customize link metadata, which determines the headline, description, and image shown in the preview of the link.

According to an article by Engadget, the preview function has been abused by many fake news outlets, which “have been taking advantage of the ability to customize a story's metadata to spread misinformation.They often replace the headline, image and snippet with something controversial to get the most shares, likes and comments possible." This change allows Facebook to eliminate at least one method of disseminating false information.

The social media platform recognizes that legitimate publishers and content creators rely on the customization function to tailor their shares in order to improve audience engagement, and Facebook developers have been working on a solution for them. In the meantime, content creators can continue to customize how links appear with Open Graph meta tags. Open Graph meta tags are an important option to consider to optimize content on social media.

Overall, this change signals a serious commitment from Facebook to curb the spread of false information. Shortly after the 2016 election, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced an initiative to stop fake news. The elimination of the ability to alter link previews appears to be one of many steps the social media giant is undertaking to achieve that goal.


          FX Launches Ad-Free Streaming Service for Comcast Subscribers        

Another cable network is jumping into streaming.

FX is launching its own stand-alone streaming service, bringing users ad-free viewing of its current slate of shows — including “Atlanta” and “American Horror Story” — for $5.99 a month. The new service, dubbed FX+, stems from a partnership between the cable channel and Comcast, and will be available only through Comcast’s XFinity platform starting Sept. 5. It’ll also include content from FXX as well.

“This initiative represents the first of its kind for an ad-supported cable network, and begins to put us on equal footing with premium networks and streaming services,” FX’s chief executive, John Landgraf, said in a statement.

FX+ subscribers will be able to watch a number of catalog shows, like “The Shield” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” but many of the network’s main attractions will be missing due to existing deals with other providers. “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” has been grabbed by Netflix, and Amazon has staked its claim to “The Americans.”

The deal signals a growing trend in cable, with FX following in the footsteps of AMC — which debuted its own $5-a-month streaming service with Comcast last month. It also points to the increasing importance for networks to control their own catalog of content. A library of shows will serve channels better than licensing their content to streaming juggernauts like Netflix and Hulu as these services become more commonplace.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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          Batman V Superman: Why the hate?        
Now that everyone in the world has seen Batman V Superman and witnessed the visceral attack by critics on this DC gem, get ready for The Popcast take on this theatrical powerhouse. With Critics stuck at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes and fans at 70%, obviously something is wrong here. Listen here to get Brian and Shane’s take on the new Warner Bros release and try to shed some light on why there is such a wide range of like and dislike for this movie. In this episode of the Popcast (SPOILERS BEWARE)… Shane is stuck in the internet If you don’t take a critic to Dubai, they kill your movie? Warner Brothers authorized $100M in reshoots – Don’t blame the director We Love our Reddit Fans Lois Lane has Super powers or just great intuition? OMG more Amazonian Jungle drums with electric guitar! Stanley Kubrick-esk! Martha, Martha, Martha Lex Luther is Mark Zuckerberg? Is Ben Affleck #1 or is it Michael Keaton? Send us an email: popcast@mixedtees.com Like us at https://www.facebook.com/MixedTees Follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/mixedtees Justice League Gear @  www.mixedtees.com
          La filosofía que tienen en común Mark Zuckerberg y Steve Jobs        
Te mostramos cuál es la filosofía que tienen en común los tres líderes tecnológicos Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs y David Ogilvy. ¿Quieres saber cuál es?
          Internet.org's content and usability summit in Delhi and visit of Mark Zuckerberg to India        
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly planning on visiting India next week, who will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Zuckerberg will be in India on October 9 and 10, and will first meet Narendra Modi. The publication claims that the Indian government will partner Facebook in its forthcoming initiative — Swachh Bharat. The summit aims to focus on accelerating the creation and consumption of locally relevant content and value-added services in India

Why Zuckerberg is coming?
According to press release of internet.org Zuckerberg will speak at the Facebook-promoted first Internet.org's Content and Usability Summit 2014, which is going to held at Delhi. Mark will also meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to collaborate on ways to accelerate connectivity in India.

What is internet.org?
"Internet.org is a global partnership between technology leaders, non-profits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the Internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it."
The founding members of internet.org – Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung – will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online.

Why India for first summit?
 One more thing is also going to happen, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are already in India. Last month, Android chief Sundar Pichai too visited India to launch Google’s Android One initiative.
World's greatest IT power India is the biggest market for these companies and have great possibilities in upcoming years. According to market research firm eMarketer, India is the company's second-biggest market after the US in terms of the number of users. India, however, will account for the fastest growth — 40% — in people logging on to the social networking platform in 2014. The number of users in India will touch 108.9 million by the end of the year compared with 77.8 million in 2013 — almost 10% of the Indian population and mostly young people. Indian government is also focussing on internet reachability to every person and took some initiative live optical fibre cable
 project, digital India program etc.. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi  effectively use the power of social networks first during the election campaign and later even in government.
Modi has alluded to the power of Facebook and Twitter, another social networking tool he uses regularly, in his speeches, most recently in one of his public speeches in the US. So india will
be good ground for organisations such as internet.org to achieve there goal. 

          The fundamental lessons of WhatsApp Purchase by Facebook        
Article published in Forbes magazine , Argentina Facebook used 35% of their liquid money to buy WhatsApp , the application according to the vision of Mark Zuckerberg does not replace Facebook Messenger , but the SMS , revealing thus pointing … Continue reading
          Spurs not in takeover talks        
Tottenham have insisted they are not in takeover talks amid claims that a potential buyer backed by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg could be preparing a £1billion bid.
          drrexdexter: Facebook, Google Wake Up From Their Coma On The...        


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Facebook, Google Wake Up From Their Coma On The Subject, Join Wednesday’s Massive Net Neutrality Protest - (from the nice-to-see-you-could-show-up dept.)

By Karl Bode - Jul 10, 2017

So if you hadn’t heard, Wednesday will bear witness to a major protest (both online and off) against the FCC’s plan to kill popular net neutrality protections here in the States. [https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170517/12241437395/fcc-ignores-will-public-votes-to-begin-dismantling-net-neutrality.shtml]

Spearheaded by consumer advocacy group Fight for the Future, the “day of action” is an effort to bring attention to the attack on net neutrality, to drive more people to the FCC’s comment proceeding, and to generate a wave of backlash supporters hope will mirror the SOPA/PIPA uprising. [https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108]

Countless small companies, consumer groups, and many large companies (including Amazon, Reddit, and Netflix) will be participating in the protests.

But also joining the proceedings are several Silicon Valley giants that, in recent years, have not just been apathetic to genuine net neutrality, but in many instances have actively worked to undermine the concept. 

While they didn’t make a formal announcement (that would have been too bold), both Google and Facebook reps are quietly telling news outlets they’ll be participating in the protests. [http://thehill.com/policy/technology/340961-facebook-google-to-join-net-neutrality-demonstration]

The depth of their involvement isn’t clear, but managers of the campaign say they’re obviously happy with the support all the same [http://thehill.com/policy/technology/340961-facebook-google-to-join-net-neutrality-demonstration]:

“We have not heard directly from either Facebook or Google, but we’re glad to hear that these companies are listening to their employees and Internet users and will speak out for net neutrality with the rest of the Internet on July 12,” Evan Greer, campaign director at Fight for the Future and an organizer for the event, said in a statement.

“In previous years these companies have often been on the sidelines of these fights, so we hope that they plan to do something meaningful in the spirit of the protest and educate their users about what’s at stake if we lose net neutrality protections that protect our online free speech, and give them opportunities to take action.”

Saying that Google and Facebook have been “on the sidelines” of the net neutrality fight is understandably polite on Greer’s part. 

Both have been working hard to broaden their lobbying focus under the Trump administration, and both have been more than happy to sacrifice some integrity (and the health of the internet) in the process. 

They’ve not only been mute as the FCC has taken aim at the rules, but historically they’ve taken actions to directly undermine the entire concept of network neutrality – here and abroad.

You’ll recall Facebook faced a massive backlash in India after it tried to corner the ad market with a free, AOL-esque service that critics say gave Facebook far too much influence over what content consumers would see. [https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150417/10581930699/facebooks-zuckerberg-thinks-aggressively-violating-net-neutrality-is-fineif-you-just-mean-well.shtml]

Criticism only grew after the “zero rated” service initially went so far as to prohibit the use of encryption. [https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150505/18331030896/dangerous-ridiculous-facebook-wont-let-sites-join-internetorg-program-if-they-encrypt-traffic.shtml]

India ultimately banned the practice [https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150507/10533030927/mozilla-if-facebook-really-wants-to-help-developing-nations-it-should-ignore-zero-rating-fund-real-internet-access.shtml] after critics like Mozilla pointed out that if you want to bring internet access to the poor – you should actually bring real internet access to the poor, not a curated walled garden that only thinly disguises your international ad ambitions. [https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150507/10533030927/mozilla-if-facebook-really-wants-to-help-developing-nations-it-should-ignore-zero-rating-fund-real-internet-access.shtml]

While consistently still portrayed by some press outlets as a net neutrality ally, Google has also effectively been AWOL from the discussion since 2010, when it actively worked to make the FCC’s initial rules as flimsy as possible. [https://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20100812/17291310611.shtml]

Working hand in hand with AT&T and Verizon, Google played a big part in ensuring the original rules didn’t even cover wireless networks. 

When efforts emerged in 2015 to craft the notably tougher rules we currently have (for now), Google was nowhere to be found – and has lobbied pretty consistently against net neutrality protections for consumers overseas. [https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150820/10454632018/google-lobbied-against-real-net-neutrality-india-just-like-it-did-states.shtml]

So yes, while it should be applauded that both companies are participating in Wednesday’s proceedings, the depth of their participation is far from clear, and their efforts to undermine net neutrality in recent years should not be forgotten by those working to keep the internet a relatively open and healthy platform for competition and free speech.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170710/05543537752/facebook-google-wake-up-their-coma-subject-join-wednesdays-massive-net-neutrality-protest.shtml


          The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism         

I’ve been ruminating over the last couple of weeks on the role of journalism in modern society. This bell curve of where news organisations fall on the political spectrum is a testament to the tendency of journalists to write for well-defined demographics in service to the maxim “Give the people what they want”, or at least some of the people.


          Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's AI Acquisition Will Make Science Free for All         

Isaac Newton is reputed to have said “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” He successfully built on the work of those who had come before him. One of the greatest challenges in human history has not only been to come up with ingenious solutions to difficult problems, but to also ensure we don’t forget or lose them.

The printing press allowed us to duplicate manuscripts which reduced the risk of losing knowledge. The internet has been a similarly disruptive innovation for a whole range of reasons but perhaps most important is that by distributing availability of knowledge it further reduces the risk it will be lost. With so much research now being conducted, the evolution of artificial intelligence to greatly enhance the ability of researchers to find the shoulders of giants on which to stand is a further iteration of this trend.

The commercial viability of artificial intelligence is coming hot on the heels of the internet from an historical perspective and represents a powerful tailwind for the continued acceleration of technological innovation.


          President Mark Zuckerberg? It May Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds        

It may seem a bit early to be discussing this possibility shortly before President-elect Trump is sworn in on 20th January… but perhaps not. After all, Trump has certainly opened the door for unconventional candidates who have never held political office.

Might the possibility of a bad Trump presidency close that door? Theoretically, yes although I think it would be premature to assume that Trump will be judged as having more failures than success over the next four years. In any event, Trump and Zuckerberg have very different profiles.

I think it would be a great idea if Zuckerberg ran for President in 2020, or 2024. Governance is everything and countries with the most capable leaders generally outperform. If nominated by his Party, I suspect Zuckerberg would win.

A PDF of the The Telegraph’s article is posted in the Subscriber’s Area.


          Facebook TV Is Coming In August        

In a couple weeks,  we will be able to watch Facebook TV. Yes, that is right. Mark Zuckerberg and his team plan to introduce this new feature is about to bear fruit in the coming weeks after several failed attempts, according from Bloomberg. The launch of Facebook TV is scheduled for mid-August. With this new project, […]

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          25 Random Things About Me        


By now you’ve undoubtedly been tagged at least once for that “25 Random Things About Me” Facebook note that has spread across the social networking sphere like some kind of self-revelatory virus. Love it or hate it, its rapid proliferation is unprecedented in social networking’s young history — Facebook reports that nearly 5 million notes were created by its users during the week of January 26 through February 2, which was more than double the amount from the previous week and more than any other week in the company’s history.

But still, no one seems to be able to get to the bottom of who actually started it, or why Facebook users are suddenly so enamored with this particular means of sharing both intensely personal and highly mundane details about themselves with hundreds of friends and acquaintances in their news feeds. “We don’t have specific data on the types of Notes users are creating, but we think this growth has a strong correlation to the sharing of the 25 Random Things About Me Note,” wrote Facebook spokeswoman Brandee Barker in an email message. “Other types of content, like photos or news stories, have spread rapidly and widely on Facebook, but this is the first time I’ve noticed a Note gain such distribution.”

Complete story here.

          Zuckerberg utiliza su propia plataforma para apoyar al Pueblo Musulmán        
El cofundador de Facebook utiliza la red social que creó para compartir ideas y opiniones. "Los musulmanes siempre serán bienvenidos, y contarán con mi apoyo en la lucha por sus derechos", señalaba en un post hace dos días.
          Facebook – Features And How To Create A Facebook Account        

Facebook is an American corporation, a social networking service and an online social media platform. Facebook The facebook social media website was launched on the 4th February, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and 4 other friends all from Harvard college. The corporation is based in Menlo Park, California. The social media… Continue reading

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          Dimon, Zuckerberg, Obama, Bezos, And More: Memorable Quotes Of 2013        
It was a memorable year for the markets and major storylines, captured in the words of those who made the news.
          Mark Zuckerberg: 'I Need More Privacy, You Don't' (And Other Quotes Of The Week)        
Facebook and Google changed privacy features, while the markets turned a heavy red week into a small green, despite the lack of resolution in Washington.
          6 maneras efectivas de conseguir más followers en Instagram        

Instagram es probablemente una de las redes sociales más jóvenes y populares que hay actualmente. Concebida como una app solamente para iOS, su apertura a Android le dio la masividad esperada y la adquisición por parte de Mark Zuckerberg, lo que la convirtió en un hermano no reconocido de Facebook. Muchos teenagers encontraron en Instagram, […]

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          Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI        

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century.


          More on this week's Archie Crossover Collection        
This week Archie Comics released the above trade, Archie Crossover Collection, which includes Archie Meets Ramones and five celebrity appearances from the pages of Archie, Betty and Veronica and Kevin Keller. I reviewed it at Good Comics For Kids, if you would like to read more about it there.

The biggest takeaways are, I think, that 1) Archie Comics has regularly and somewhat accidentally published some the absolute weirdest comics of the decade and that 2) Gisele Lagace is the best and you should probably look at everything she draws.

Here are some further items of note I thought worth mentioning while reading through the trade...


Gisele Lagace
1.) Mr. Weatherbee sure has changed a lot in the course of 40 years. The Archie have been transported to 1976 New York City, via a magical Ramones record given to them by Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. When they reluctantly take the stage, young Archie Andrews finds himself confronted by...Mr. Weatherbee? I do believe that's meant to be Archie's dad right next to the Bee, calling The Archies a bunch of losers (It's not mentioned in the scene, but that guy has the same mustache as Mr. Andrews, and it was previously established he was a Ramones fan).

It's funny, but adding a layer of weirdness to this is, of course, the fact that in "our" 1976, Mr. Weatherbee looked and acted exactly as he does in our 2017, as, like all of the characters, he hasn't aged since the 1940s. It might even be possible that the Mr. Weatherbee in the above image could leave the concert venue, walk to the nearest drug store or newstand and buy an issue of an Archie comic featuring a different version of himself!

Trippy, huh?


Lagace
2.) The Ramones don't even pretend to like The Archies. One of the running gags of the book is that The Archies, who are never referred to by anyone in the scene as anything other than The Starchies, are awful.

Archie gets about one and a half lines into a song in that scene where young Master Weatherbee is hassling them before he gets hit in the egg with a face and they're booed off the stage. Dee Dee Ramones' casual dismissal of them above is actually pretty typical of their response to The Archies/Starchies.

The Ramones take the stage immediately after the Archies are forced from it, and they play "Blitzkreig Bop." They are surprised to see the Archies still hanging around after the show, and when Betty asks, "Why would we leave?" they are ready with several answers.

"Does this mean we can't play the battle of the bands?" Archie asks. "If it was up to us you'd never play music again," Dee Dee replies, just as cheerfully as his dismissal of them above.

While Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg's script is somewhat hagiographic of The Ramones, as one would likely expect it to be, it's consistent in its dismissal of The Archies. They do play some well-received songs eventually, both at CBGBs and in modern-day Riverdale, but these are Ramones covers ("I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," "Judy is a Punk"), but it was nice to see The Archies being belittled as much as they are throughout the issue...particularly given the stories that follow, which treat both the Archie comics characters as the guest stars so gently.

Jeff Shultz and Jim Amash
3.) Archie Comics had permission to use Lady Gaga's name and likeness for her appearance in Betty and Veronica, but not her lyrics...I guess? I know very, very little about Lady Gaga and her body of work, but one thing I do know is that she has a song called "Poker Face." (I know this because back when that song was in heavy rotation, my nieces told me the following joke: "What's the best way to wake up Lady Gaga when she's asleep? Poke her face.")

But as you can see, in the Archie-verse, it's "Poker Head." I thought that was pretty weird. There are some other bits of lyrics that are slightly changed, or at least appear to be (she doesn't sing about salami in any of her songs, does she?), and these seem like the sorts of changes you would make if you were using a Lady Gaga analogue, like Lady Googoo or something, not if Lady Gaga herself signed off on the project.

The best I can figure is that there is some legal issue I don't understand, like maybe Lady Gaga signed off on what she could, but the rights to her lyrics are tied to another entity, and that entity didn't want to participate, or Archie didn't want to approach them because it wasn't worth it for two or three panels or...what.

Anyway, the most memorable part of this crossover for me was trying to figure out that aspect.

Dan Parent and Amash
4.) The background action is where it's really at in these older, pre-reboot Archie Comics. This is from the Mark Zuckerberg issue (When I told my 14-year-old niece, a huge Riverdale fan, about this book, she asks who Mark Zuckerberg was). The main action is the dialogue between Archie and Dilton Doiley, but man, check out the background! There's a generically pretty girl who could be Betty for all the detail she's drawn with, and she's seemingly ecstatic to catch a glimpse of that hunky Archie Andrews, and then around the corner...Man, what's going on there?

Did that girl cut off the giant, and he's angry? Did she step on his foot, and that's why he's glowering at her? Was he just standing there, fuming about something, and she's walking quickly and gingerly by, terrified?

No offense to Mark Zuckerberg, but I'm really much more interested in what's going on in that hallway than I am with his competition with Dilton.

Parent and Amash
5.) By one measure, this first panel was the funniest part of the book. The Ramones issue and the Michael Strahan issue (Confession: I had to ask a friend who Strahan was) were the two best-written of five stories included in here, and both are full of pretty effective gags. That said, the only time I actually laughed out loud was at Reggie's awesome/dumb diss of Archie in that first panel.

I also kind of love how angry Reggie looks, as he furiously eats that apple. I am tempted to watch Riverdale just to see if the guy who plays Reggie is portrayed like that, and if he always looks like he's pissed-off. I understand that the series has a murder mystery aspect to it, and Reggie's not a major suspect, but man, if anyone killed anyone in Riverdale, I would just kinda assume it must have been Reggie Mantle who pulled the trigger.

Also humorous, but in the accidental way, is the fact that Archie is feeling down because all the girls in his school are suddenly madly in love with Mark Zuckerberg, international sexy symbol.

Parent and Rich Koslowski
6.) I would really like to hear Jughead's report. The plot of the George Takei guest-starring issue of Kevin Keller was that the actor was so impressed with Kevin's essay about him that he decides to visit Kevin's school. The specific assignment was "People Who Inspire Us," and,in the panel above, we see who the other members of the gang chose.

The characters' immortality amused me here, too, as Archie and Reggie were both born before their heroes...although in Archie's case, it was at least close.

You know, Archie Comics could probably have gotten Colonel Sanders to appear. He's been starring in some extremely weird-ass DC Comics crossovers anyway, to hear Chris Sims tell it at the late, great Comics Alliance (I miss you so much, Comics Alliance! And not just the occasional check, but because I don't know where the fuck to go to get comics news anymore! I just have to hope whatever it is turns out to be a big enough deal that Tom Spurgeon covers it, and it usually isn't!).


Parent and Koslowski
7.) I confess that I love generic cosplay. So scenes at comics conventions can be pretty damn awesome, as any sort of real-world convention would of course have tons of copy-righted characters from many different media walking around, but when said convention is a fictional one, appearing in a comic book or cartoon or movie or TV show, the makers of that particular scene have to improvise, and they generally come up with some pretty bizarre analogues.

There was that one Harley Quinn issue where she visited San Diego Comic Con and, conveniently enough, everyone there seemed to be dressed like a DC Comics character, or a generic one. There's a pretty fun direct-to-DVD Scooby-Doo movie Mask of The Blue Falcon where the gang solve a mystery at a convention, and all the characters and pop culture detritus is associated with Hanna-Barbera superheroes of old, many of whom ended up appearing Future Quest (I'm still waiting for a Blue Falcon Hanna-Barbereboot comic, by the way... maybe drawn by John McCrea?).

Here artist Dan Parent just went with all-analogue route, save for Jughead and Ethel both dressing as Spock (on the next page, she embraces Jughead and says they can be "Spocks in love," which I am pretty sure is a ship somewhere on the Internet). I'm a little surprised he didn't go the route of the Scooby-Doo movie, and dress the characters as, like, Red Circle heroes or something. Of course, if he did, he wouldn't get to see Veronica's Wonder Woman costume, which sounds like she might have made it based on someone who has never seen Wonder Woman relaying what he remembered someone else saying the character looked like.

At the con, there's some pretty insane cosplaying going on, some of it close-ish to actual characters, like a guy wearing an orange Green Lantern shirt (not with the Orange Lantern symbol, mind you; it's an orange t shirt with a white GL symbol in the middle of it) or a Spider-Man with big blue pupils in his white eyes and a visible frowny face and so on. I'm 90% sure there was a toddler dressed like Mr. Weatherbee too...

Parent and Koslowski
8.) "Broad Impact"....? Kevin will just not shut up about George Takei. After Takei has visited their school and given a short speech, Kevin and a friend he reconnected with at the Smithville Comic-Con are going to the movies together, and Kevin's still talking about Takei. But forget that, what are they going to see...?

Something romantic, like the poster Kevin's friend's head is partially obscuring...Love and Rockets? Love and Ghosts? Love and Bigfoots?

Or are they going to see what I can only assume is a pretty awesome female-lead action movie, Broad Impact...? I don't know what a film with that title could be about, but I hope it stars Ronda Rousey or Gina Carano or Zoe Bell going back in time to the 1930s or 1940s and beating up everyone calling them broad, bird, frail and so on.

Parent and Koslowski
9.) I love the look on this lady's face. This panel immediately follows the one with the Broad Impact poster. What is going on in that lady's head?

I suppose Dan Parent was just drawing a bored face. But perhaps she's rolling her eyes and frowning at Kevin sounding so sanctimonious, and she's sick of hearing him talk about this, even though it's only been for a few panels?

Perhaps she's there as an example of the fact that "There's always more work to be done," and she's thinking something like, "Look at these two gays, out on a gay date, gaily. Back in my day, this would have never happened."

Perhaps she's looking at Brian's banana yellow safari shirt, and she can't believe he's actually wearing it out in public.

Or perhaps this is her first day at work at a brand-new movie theater that has just been built, and she's just now realizing that when they were building the ticket window, they neglected to leave any sort of space or opening through which customers could hand her money or cards and she could hand them tickets to the movies?


10.) But will there be a volume two...? I was a little surprised that the above issue, the first half of a two-parter involving then-President of the United States Barack Obama and then-ex-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, was not included herein. It was certainly from around the same time as many of these non-Ramones comics.

The Zuckerberg issue was Archie #624, and the Strahan issue was #626. Just scrolling through the covers between the Obama/Palin story and the book's cancellation with 2015's Archie #666 , there are covers featuring X Factor Vs. American Idol ("Simon Vs. J.Lo!" the cover reads), Archie Meets KISS and Archie Meets Glee. It's possible they're saving Obama/Palin for a future volume 2 of this collection.

Or it's just as possible that they didn't include it because no one remembers who Sarah Palin is anymore...?

(Seriously, I do wonder if the higher-ups at Archie now regard that issue as a mistake. It seemed weird, even that the time, that the President of the United States of America was paired not with, say, Senator John McCain or a real political rival, but the vice-presidential candidate on the ticket he defeated a little over two years prior to that comic's release. If I'm remembering my recent political history right--and I may not be!--this was well after Palin resigned as Alaskan governor mid-term and when there was still semi-serious speculation that she might run for president in 2012.)

If there is a second volume, rather than Obama, Palin, Simon, J.Lo, the cast of characters from Glee and that Sharknadow one-shot (which I've already bought and read), I would prefer to see something--anything!--collecting Archie Meets The Punisher.
          Facebook: das wichtigste Kommunikationsinstrument der Gegenwart        
Das soziale Netzwerk Facebook hat die Kommunikation im virtuellen Raum grundlegend verändert. Als der Student Mark Zuckerberg 2004 die Idee eines sozialen Netzwerks entwickelte, welches über das Internet Menschen unkompliziert miteinander verbinden konnte, ahnte er wohl noch nicht, welchen Erfolg dieses Konzept einmal haben würde. Heute zählt Facebook mehr als eine Milliarde Mitglieder weltweit und zählt zu den am häufigsten besuchten Websites im Internet. Zuckerberg selbst ist mit seinem Unternehmen quasi über Nacht reich geworden – doch viel wichtiger ist die Art und Weise, wie das Netzwerk die digitale Kommunikation verändert und geprägt hat. Facebook ist das Paradebeispiel für die sogenannten Social Media, also interaktive Internetpräsenzen, auf denen Nutzer Inhalte nicht nur abrufen, sondern auch selbst mitgestalten können. Im Mittelpunkt steht hier vor allem die Kommunikation, die trotz einer Entfernung tausender Kilometer unmittelbar erfolgen kann. Privatpersonen nutzen Facebook, um ein eigenes Profil zu erstellen, auf dem sie so viel über sich preisgeben, wie sie es persönlich möchten. Anschließend kann mit Freunden in Kontakt getreten und so das Netzwerk zum Leben erweckt werden. Doch auch Unternehmen und öffentliche Personen nutzen Facebook heute, um sich mit Anhängern und Kunden zu vernetzen und die Möglichkeit des Austauschs zu bieten. Attraktiv macht Facebook auch, dass die Mitgliedschaft absolut kostenlos und damit für jeden Internetnutzer erschwinglich ist. Datenschutzrechtliche Bedenken haben das Nutzungsverhalten in den vergangenen Jahren dahin gehend geändert, dass mit vielen persönlichen Inhalten vorsichtiger umgegangen wird. Auch das gehört zum Prinzip der sozialen Medien: Sie sind selbst in ihrer Funktionsstruktur nicht starr, sondern werden durch aktuelle Entwicklungen, Kritiken und Wünsche der User aktiv gestaltet.  
          Half of Americans believe Facebook is a passing fad        

Facebook

Half of all Americans think Facebook is a passing fad and the social networking site's expected asking price of $34 to $38 is too high, according to a joint poll conducted by The Associated Press and CNBC. A third of those surveyed think the company's expected value is appropriate, while 50% believe it is too high. Of those who invest in the stock market, 58% claimed Facebook was overvalued while nearly 3 out of 10 investors claim the expected share pricing is fair. Despite these claims, half of all the people surveyed believe Facebook is a good investment, compared to 31% who disagree and roughly 19% aren't sure. Not surprisingly, those under 35 are the demographic most interested in the company's IPO because of the great exposure they have had to social networking. Once Facebook is a publicly traded company, it will have to carefully examine the growing privacy concerns its users have. The survey found that three out of every five Facebook users have little or no faith that the company will protect their personal information, and only 13% trust Mark Zuckerberg and company, while only 12% would feel safe making purchases through the site. The poll was conducted from May 3rd to May 7th and 1,004 adults were surveyed nationwide. Read
          NEW Facebook News Feed: Meet Facebook Times        

The NEW Facebook News Feed is all about the visual! Learn everything you need to know as a user and Facebook Page Admin about the news feed redesign. A new Facebook news feed that reads like a newspaper? That’s exactly the intention — But it’s all about the visual! Mark Zuckerberg’s Announcement One of the […]

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          Zuckerberg y el fin del poder        
No parece descabellado decir que Mark Zuckerberg, el fundador de Facebook, es uno de los hombres más poderosos del planeta. Y no por su riqueza, sino por la capacidad de influencia que tienen sus dos redes sociales (compró en su día Instagram) y su servicio de mensajería Whatsapp, que vehiculan la expresión de cientos de […]
          Spielt mit mir "Wer bin ich ?" - Facebook und die Klarnamen.        
Ich wurde ausgeschlossen. Aus einer Gruppe. Vor fünf Tagen. Das letzte Mal ist mir das vor 20 Jahren passiert. Da wollte mich eine Gruppe von blöden Pferdemädchen nicht auf einen Ausritt mitnehmen. Sie haben mir erzählt, alle Ponys wären schon besetzt. Ich saß weinend in der stinkenden Pferdebox und zählte Pferdeäpfel. Meine Reiterhofkarriere war beendet bevor sie anfing.




Diesmal hat mich Facebook aus seiner Mitte katapultiert. 
Erbarmungslos wurde mein privater Account gelöscht und ich dazu aufgefordert, meinen Ausweis mit Lichtbild zur Überprüfung bei Facebook einzureichen, sollte ich weiterhin ein Teil des größten sozialen Netzwerkes der Welt sein wollen. Ich wurde kurzerhand aus einer Weltgemeinschaft entfernt! Wie gemein! Ich hatte offenbar gegen die "Klarnamenpflicht" verstoßen, weil ich in meinem privaten Profil unter einem Spitznamen auftrat und damit Facebook in seinen "Gemeinschaftstandards" tief verletzt habe. So tief, dass sie nichts mehr mit mir zu tun haben wollen. 

Ich fühlte mich fünf Tage lang wie Nordkorea, nur dass ich nicht mit atomarer Aufrüstung sondern mit automatischer Entrüstung und stillem Protest reagierte. Beleidigt und stur schickte ich meinen Ausweis natürlich nicht hin. Ich wollte mich nicht täuschen lassen, von dem falsch-freundlichen Hinweis: "Ni! Deine Freunde wollen wissen wer Du wirklich bist. Nenne uns Deinen echten Namen, dann schalten wir Dein Konto wieder frei."
Mann ey, meine Freunde wissen doch, dass ich das bin! Selbst wenn ich mich auf Facebook Xena, Göttin des Feuers  nennen würde. Vermutlich gerade dann.

Vor einigen Monaten habe ich bereits über den Datenschutz und seine Tücken geschrieben. Darüber, wie gläsern wir alle werden und warum der Satz "Ich habe ja nichts zu verbergen" leider zu kurz greift. Aus diesem Grund biss ich mir jetzt natürlich die Fingernägel kurz. Ich haderte tagelang mit mir selbst und Facebook lies mich am langen Arm verhungern. Facebook vermisste mich überhaupt nicht. Wer mich suchte, mich verlinken oder kontaktieren wollte, fand nur noch einen gelb unterlegten Hinweis "Der Nutzer wird derzeit überprüft". Alarmiert riefen nach zwei Tagen vereinzelt Freunde bei mir an, ob ich vielleicht tot, im Knast oder im besten Falle komisch geworden sei, aber egal wie oft ich versuchte, mich wieder einzuloggen: Es blieb beim gelöschten Account. 

Wäre meine Juramama-Facebookseite nicht zwingend mit meinem persönlichen Profil verlinkt und mir der Zugriff darauf nicht ebenfalls verwehrt geblieben, hätte ich vielleicht einfach wieder weinend Pferdeäpfel gezählt und wäre ein beleidigter Facebookausgestoßener geblieben. 

Aber ich knickte ein. 
Heute morgen.
Vor mich hin schimpfend wie das Faktu-Akut-Männchen aus der Hämorrhoidenwerbung, fotografierte ich meine Krankenkassenkarte mit dem abscheulichen Lichtbild und schickte sie an Facebook. Die Datenkrake hat mich besiegt und ich liege geschlagen auf dem Rücken. Getragen von der Hoffung, dass die biometrischen Daten meines verzerrten Fotos nicht nutzbar sein werden. Ich hoffe, dass ich jetzt nicht in fünf Jahren von Facebook über jede Überwachungskamera automatisch gesichtserkannt werde, wenn ich heimlich Sexspielzeug kaufen will und danach noch in den Baumarkt gehe. Nicht auszudenken, was das mit den Werbebannern auf meinem PC und den Vorschlägen für "Dinge, die mich interessieren könnten" Newsfeeds anstellen könnte.

Wenige Stunden später war mein privates Profil dann tatsächlich wieder da. Wortlos. Kein "Ach Nina, altes Haus. Du bist das! Wie schön, dass Du wieder da bist." oder etwas ähnlich angemessenes.
Wie eine zurückgenommene Ex-Freundin bin ich aber noch immer etwas schmallippig. Ich wollte zwar zurück zu ihm, aber jetzt wo es so weit ist, werde ich mal ein bißchen an den Hausregeln feilen. Ich will wissen, ob Facebook es nun wirklich ernst meint mit mir oder vielleicht nur mein Geld will? Oder meine Jungfräulichkeit? Beides ist nicht vorhanden, warum also diese Klarnamenpflicht? 

Was wissen die über mich und was dürfen sie wissen? 

Ich habe während meiner Wut-Recherchen in den fünf facebookfreien Tagen erfahren, dass Facebook mich durch das ganze Netz verfolgt, wenn ich den "Auf-Facebook-angemeldet-bleiben"-Haken setze oder den Privat-Surfen-Modus meines Browers nicht verwende. Facebook sammelt nicht nur Informationen aus Inhalten, die wir selbst bei Facebook teilen.  Auch aus Seiten, die uns gefallen oder aus Artikeln und Videos, die wir anklicken und sogar aus externen Webseiten, die wir besuchen, wenn wir so durchs fröhlich Netz klickern. Wir werden also von Marc Zuckerberg beschattet. Besuchen wir die Webseite eines Fahrradgeschäftes, speichert Facebook beispielsweise "Radfahren". Haben wir eine Fitness-App auf dem Handy, speichert Facebook "Fitness" oder vielleicht "Diät".

Durch all diese zusammengetragenen Informationen werden wir zu einer definierten Zielperson, die in eine bestimmte Zielgruppe gehört. Diese Zielgruppen möchten Unternehmen gezielt erreichen, deswegen bezahlen sie Facebook dafür, dass sie an diesen Informationen teilhaben dürfen und uns Werbung für ihre Produkte oder Dienstleistungen anbieten können. In unseren Kontoeinstellungen können wir ausstellen, dass uns diese auf uns zugeschnittene Werbung angezeigt wird. Das heißt aber nicht, dass dann auch keine Informationen mehr über uns getrackt und gespeichert werden. Es gibt also kein Entrinnen. Übrigens ist es juristisch wirkungslos auf der eigenen Pinnwand einen Widerspruch oder ähnliches gegen die Facebook AGB zu posten, da diese Widerspuchserklärung mangels Zugang bei Facebook nicht wirksam werden kann.

Die klassische philosophische Frage "Wer bin ich?" oder das älteste Rätsel für Generationen von Männern "Was will die Frau eigentlich?" kann Facebook echt beantworten? 
Im eigenen Profil unter "Einstellungen" kann jeder die über die eigene Person gesammelten Informationen mal anschauen. Ich tat es. Ich war sehr gespannt, was ich so für eine Type bin. 

Tja, was soll ich sagen, ich bin einigermaßen bestürzt.
Ich möchte eigentlich nichts mehr mit mir zu tun haben, wenn das alles stimmt.
Die Pferdemädchen damals hatten absolut Recht, mit mir stimmt was nicht.

Ich firmiere in der Kategorie "Lifestyle und Kultur" beispielsweise unter folgenden Begriffen:
Weihnachten, Weiblichkeit, Ritter, Subkultur, Föderalismus, Meinungsführerschaft und Langeweile. Langeweile! Unter "Lifestyle"? Ich grab mich ein.

Unter "Hobbies" gibt es über mich zu wissen, dass ich gerne kreuzfahre, stricke, Hunde mag und Gartenarbeit. What? Ich beginne sofort systematisch über jede Reling zu kotzen, sobald ich ein Boot betrete. Stricken macht mich aggressiv, Hunde ignorieren seit jeher meine Autorität und ich hab es geschafft, dass der 50 Jahre alte Efeu in unserem Garten komplett eingegangen ist. Efeu ist eine Friedhofspflanze, die überlebt quasi überall. Nur nicht mit meiner Fürsorge.

Die Ausnahme in diesem offenbar schlechtesten Profiler-Programm aller Zeiten bildet die Kategorie "Essen und Trinken". Sie ist sowohl in Reihenfolge als auch Inhalt erstaunlich präzise: Bier. Wein. Schokolade. Kaffee. Hamburger. Gourmet. Wiener Schnitzel und Mett. Offenbar esse ich auch Lamas und Goldfische.

All diese Dinge gibt es über mich zu wissen. Nun auch unter meinem richtigen Namen. Und 80% sind falsch, es bringt also niemandem etwas. Ich finde das doof.

Ist die Klarnamenverpflichtung in Deutschland überhaupt erlaubt?

In den USA, da wo Facebook wohnt, sind bekanntlich Dinge erlaubt, die hier nicht erlaubt sind (mit Schußwaffen spazieren gehen). Es sind dort aber auch Dinge nicht erlaubt, die hier erlaubt sind (Brüste öffentlich zeigen). Die Klarnamenverpflichtung hat aber nicht nur bei uns sondern auch in den USA für heftige Debatten gesorgt. Deutsche Juristen sind überwiegend der Ansicht, dass die Klarnamenverpflichtung von Facebook gegen deutsches Recht verstößt. Bei uns gilt nämlich das Telemediengesetz, das recht klar aber auch pauschal in § 13 TMG sagt:

„Der Diensteanbieter hat die Nutzung von Telemedien und ihre Bezahlung anonym oder unter Pseudonym zu ermöglichen, soweit dies technisch möglich und zumutbar ist. Der Nutzer ist über diese Möglichkeit zu informieren.“

Privatpersonen wie uns nützt das TMG aber nicht viel, wir können daraus keine direkten Recht ableiten. Speziell berufene Personengruppen, wie Datenschutzbeauftragte, dürfen aber aufgrund des TMG zur Tat schreiten und Streit anfangen. Die Schleswig-Holsteiner Datenschützer und jüngst auch der Datenschutzbeauftragte der Stadt Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, haben gehandelt und sind gegen die Klarnamenverpflichtung vorgegangen. Da Facebook eine deutsche Niederlassung hat, die Facebook Germany GmbH in Hamburg nämlich, ist der oberste Datenschützer der Hansestadt hierfür zuständig und auch befugt.  Er hat also 2015 seinen Datenschützerdrucker angeworfen und Facebook eine Verwaltungsanordnung geschickt. Unter Androhung von Bußgeldern von bis zu 50.000 € forderte er "Facebook Deutschland" auf, die Klarnamenforderung zurückzunehmen und betroffene Profile wieder unter den von den Nutzern gewünschten Namen freizugeben. Das Milliardenunternehmen Facebook zählte vermutlich erstmal kurz in der Kaffeekasse nach, ob da vielleicht noch 50.000 € in Münzen rumkullern, entschied sich aber trotzdem, der Anordnung nicht zu folgen und einen Eilantrag zu stellen. Das geht und Facebook bekam auch Recht.

Das Hamburger Verwaltungsgericht hat Facebook den Rücken gestärkt (Beschl. v. 03.03.2016, Az. 15 E 4482/15.) Das deutsche Telemediengesetz erlaubt zwar eine anonyme Nutzung, jedoch sei das deutsche Recht in diesem Fall nicht anwendbar, sondern das irische Recht.

Das europäische Datenschutzrecht und auch das Bundesdatenschutzgesetz sehen vor, dass in Fällen der "Datenverarbeitung" das Recht des Landes anzuwenden ist, in dem die Datenverarbeitung stattfindet, also dort wo die Server stehen. Die EU-Datenschutzrichtlinie nennt das das "Sitzlandprinzip". Die Hamburger Niederlassung kümmert sich, so das Gericht, hauptsächlich um das Marketing, die Datenverarbeitung selbst finde aber in Irland statt, da Facebook seine europäischen Server dort und nicht in Deutschland aufgebaut hat. Aus steuerlichen Gründen.

Schon das OLG Schlewig 2013 und im März 2016 auch das Hamburger VG haben also entschieden, dass quasi die Iren für die Sache zuständig seien. Die Iren werden aber natürlich einen Teufel tun und sich für deutsche Standards stark machen und damit ein solches Unternehmen wie Facebook verprellen. Hier offenbart sich leider die große Tücke des Europarechts. Leider machen die Gerichte hiervon viel zu oft Gebrauch und drücken sich um mutige Entscheidungen. Das Ergebnis ist dann leider oft: Stillstand. Außer Caspar ist nochmal ein wackerer Krieger und legt Beschwerde beim Hamburger Oberverwaltungsgericht ein, die Chancen stehen nicht schlecht.

Die Entscheidung des VG Hamburg über die Klarnamen steht nämlich nicht unbedingt im Einklang mit der Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofes. 

Der hatte im Fall von Suchmaschinen im Jahr 2014 entschieden, dass sehr wohl das jeweilige nationale Recht anwendbar sein könne, selbst wenn die Server in einem anderen EU Land stünden. In Bezug auf Datenschutzrechte und das "Recht auf Vergessenwerden" hatte ein Spanier Google-Spain verklagt, weil ein Eintrag über ihn aus dem Jahre 1998 zwar inhaltlich korrekt, aber veraltet war. Der EuGH überaschte damals sogar die Datenschützer, als es sich im Fall "Google" vom "Sitzlandprinzip" (und damit Irland) verabschiedete und auf das "Marktortprinzip" (Spanien) verwies, mit der Folge, dass sich Google an die Datenschutzrechte des jeweiligen europäischen Landes halten muss, in dem es eine Niederlassung hat. Das Urteil des EuGH hatte zur Folge, dass Internetnutzer nun Anträge auf Löschung von Einträgen bei Google stellen können. Über 1,2 Millionen Links wurden seit dem Urteil bereits gelöscht.


Nicht mehr Ni Espunkt?
Nun, uns nützt das momentan nicht viel. Ich heiße jetzt wie ich wirklich heiße und Facebook behauptet zahlenden Werbetreibenden gegenüber, ich würde Goldfische essen und dabei stricken und auf meinen englischen Rasen blicken.

Ob ich für Facebook bezahlen würde, damit ich es nutzen darf und dafür auf Tracking verzichten würde? Ja, ich glaube, das würde ich vielleicht sogar tun. Kostenpflichtige Plattformen wie Xing gibt der Erfolg Recht. Ob wir mit der Klarnamenpflicht Terroristen aufspüren oder Hetzer leichter dingfest machen können? Kann sein, aber solange blanke Busen stillender Mütter auf Facebook gesperrt werden und rechtradikale Hetze unter Meinungsäußerung fallen, mag ich das Argument nicht so recht gelten lassen.
 

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Ich grill mir jetzt erstmal ganz in Ruhe ein Lama und dann versuche ich vor lauter Langeweile die Weltherrschaft an mich zu reißen.

Ich freue mich übrigens über Eure Ergebnisse von "Wer bin ich". Wessen Lifestyle ebenfalls von so spannenden Themen wie "Langeweile" oder "Föderalismus" geprägt ist, möge sich bitte auf meiner Terrasse einfinden. Es gibt Bier.

Prost,
JURAMAMA


Hier eine Linkleiste, wer jetzt sein Facebookprofil mal überarbeiten möchte:
-Wer bin ich? Hier überprüft ihr, wer ihr seid.
- Datenschutzeinstellungen auf Facebook überprüfen
- Das "Recht auf Vergessenwerden" bei Google, die Pressemitteilung des EuGH
- Der Antrag bei Google



          Forbes: Πέντε λόγοι για να φοράς… τα ίδια ρούχα κάθε ημέρα        
 

Ας το παραδεχτούμε: Όλοι όσοι βλέπουμε κατά καιρούς τον Mark Zuckerberg στις δημόσιες εμφανίσεις του, έχουμε μια σίγουρη απορία. Γιατί φορά συνεχώς τα ίδια ρούχα; Ο ιδρυτής του Facebook, εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια φορά πάντα μπλουζάκι χρώματος γκρι, τζιν παντελόνι και αθλητικά παπούτσια. Εντάξει, προφανώς δεν είναι τα ίδια κομμάτια ρούχων κάθε ημέρα. Είναι όμως ρούχα ακριβώς ίδιων αποχρώσεων και σχεδίων.

Στον ίδιο δρόμο πορεύονται κι άλλοι πλούσιοι επιχειρηματίες. Όπως ο αυτοδημιούργητος εκατομμυριούχος, John Paul DeJoria. Ο οποίος ντύνεται πάντα στα μαύρα. Και ούτε αυτός το κάνει… για χάρη του στιλ.

Το Forbes εστιάζει σε αυτή την περίεργη συνήθεια. Παραθέτοντας τους 5 λόγους για τους οποίους για τους οποίος κάποιος είναι καλό να φορά τα ίδια ρούχα κάθε ημέρα.

1- Μειώνεις τις αποφάσεις που λαμβάνεις καθημερινά

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          Apple Reveals ARKit At WWDC        

First there was Google Tango. Then it was Mark Zuckerberg promising Facebook AR Studio, and now the next biggest company to throw its hat in the Augmented Reality ring is Apple. The Cupertino-based company announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that ARKit, an augmented reality platform, is going to be a key feature of […]

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          ÄŒeká daně v EU tornádo? Německo a Francie vyráží do boje s korporacemi        
Říká se jim různě, třeba dvojitý Irčan nebo holandský sendvič. Cíl mají však jediný – zajistit nadnárodním technologickým firmám (a nejen jim), že na dani z příjmu zaplatí v Evropské unii jen zlomek. Francouzi a Němci se dohodli, že ucpou díry v daňových zákonech, které podobné triky umožňují. Podle francouzského strážce státní pokladny Bruna Le Maira by měla být nová pravidla „jednodušší“ a vést k „reálnějšímu zdanění.“
          Enam Kebiasaan Hebat Para Pemimpin Besar        

Pernah kagum dengan kehidupan para pemimpin terkenal di dunia? Sebutkanlah orang-orang hebat dalam dunia bisnis, para CEO seperti Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, atau para presiden, dan pemimpin bangsa-bangsa di dunia ini yang terkenal. Mengagumi mereka karena kehidupan para pemimpin besar tersebut sangatlah menarik. Perjalanan panjang keberhasilan seorang pemimpin besar tidaklah lepas dari kebiasaan-kebiasaan mereka sehari-hari. Kebiasaan-kebiasaan ini mungkin merupakan hal-hal kecil yang sederhana yang terpancar dalam keseharian hidup mereka saat memimpin. Seringkali begitu banyak hal baik dapat Anda temukan dalam diri seorang pemimpin besar, bukankah seorang pemimpin merupakan seorang yang dapat diteladani?

Nah, banyak hal yang dapat Anda lihat dari kehidupan seorang pemimpin yang dapat menjadi menginspirasi Anda. Hal-hal ini bawah ini dapat Anda kembangkan bagi diri Anda sendiri untuk menjadi nilai-nilai positif Anda dalam mengembangkan kepemimpinan pribadi Anda. Tidak ada salahnya belajar dari hal baik yang memang sudah terbukti menjadi kunci sukses dalam hidup ini.

Berikut ini adalah kebiasaan positif para pemimpin besar:

Tidak berhenti pada satu titik.

Anda tidak akan pernah menemukan pemimpin sejati yang puas dengan diri mereka. Mereka adalah orang yang senang belajar, terus-menerus memperbaiki kekurangan mereka, mengembangkan kelebihan mereka menjadi lebih terampil dan menambah pengetahuan mereka dengan membaca, berjejaring, atau mencoba berbagai hal baru. Membaca adalah hal yang sederhana namun sangat bermanfaat untuk meningkatkan kemampuan diri.

Menyadari bahwa perbaikan adalah sebuah proses

Pemimpin itu harus sabar dalam menunggu hasil yang diharapkan. Mereka berjalan selangkah demi selangkah dalam proses hidup mereka. Mereka tahu bahwa satu langkah berikutnya akan membawa pertumbuhan seiring waktu yang terus berjalan. Pemimpin terbaik melakukan yang terbaik dari apa yang dapat mereka lakukan dalam jangka pendek. Bagi mereka waktu adalah adalah berharga dalam sebuah proses.

Terbuka terhadap kritik dan umpan balik

Orang-orang yang sukses adalah orang yang rendah hati. Mereka dengan senang akan meminta masukan dan saran atas apa yang telah mereka lakukan sebagai bagian dari proses perbaikan diri. Mereka bertanggung jawab atas kinerjanya dan memiliki kesadaran diri untuk menjadikan umpan balik sebagai suatu modal memperbaiki diri. Umpan balik itu dapat saja berasal dari bawahan, pelanggan, investor, atau siapapun. Satupun tidak ada yang diremehkan oleh para pemimpin. Bagi para pemimpin ini, kegagalan adalah titik awal untuk menjadi lebih baik di hari esok.

Memiliki visi dan percaya pada visi mereka

Masa depan itu selalu belum terlihat. Namun sudah dimimpikan oleh para pemimpin besar ini. Para pemimpin menjalani hari-hari yang sangat diyakini sedang menuju pada mimpi mereka, bahwa mereka sedang bergerak pada tujuan akhir yang indah. Pemimpin seperti ini akan selalu mampu memotivasi orang lain untuk bergabung dalam misi tersebut. Mereka menjalani sebuah rencana jangka pendek sebagai bagian dari rencana jangka panjang yang diharapkan.

Selalu membuat perencanaan yang baik (Well Plan)

Para pemimpin sukses tidak akan pernah gegabah dalam melakukan sesuatu. Bagi mereka terencana dan terukur adalah suatu penentu dalam proses meraih keberhasilan. Bukan faktor keberuntungan, tapi faktor perencanaan yang baik, detail, strategis, dan tepat. Mereka melakukannya dengan penuh kepastian karena visi yang kuat menyanggupkan mereka membuat segala sesuatu terencana.

Tidak mengeluh

Mengeluh hanya melemahkan visi Anda. Mengeluh hanya akan membuat Anda semakin pesimis, semakin buram melihat masa depan itu sungguh ada. Perhatikan para pemimpin besar ini, mereka selalu mengeluarkan kata positif dan sikap positif, bahkan saat menghadapi kegagalan. Hal ini membuat mereka selalu mampu untuk bangkit walau gagal dan selalu mampu untuk tetap berlari dalam segala situasi.

Title Ind: 
Enam Kebiasaan Hebat Para Pemimpin Besar
Body Ind: 

Pernah kagum dengan kehidupan para pemimpin terkenal di dunia? Sebutkanlah orang-orang hebat dalam dunia bisnis, para CEO seperti Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, atau para presiden, dan pemimpin bangsa-bangsa di dunia ini yang terkenal. Mengagumi mereka karena kehidupan para pemimpin besar tersebut sangatlah menarik. Perjalanan panjang keberhasilan seorang pemimpin besar tidaklah lepas dari kebiasaan-kebiasaan mereka sehari-hari. Kebiasaan-kebiasaan ini mungkin merupakan hal-hal kecil yang sederhana yang terpancar dalam keseharian hidup mereka saat memimpin. Seringkali begitu banyak hal baik dapat Anda temukan dalam diri seorang pemimpin besar, bukankah seorang pemimpin merupakan seorang yang dapat diteladani?

Nah, banyak hal yang dapat Anda lihat dari kehidupan seorang pemimpin yang dapat menjadi menginspirasi Anda. Hal-hal ini bawah ini dapat Anda kembangkan bagi diri Anda sendiri untuk menjadi nilai-nilai positif Anda dalam mengembangkan kepemimpinan pribadi Anda. Tidak ada salahnya belajar dari hal baik yang memang sudah terbukti menjadi kunci sukses dalam hidup ini.

Berikut ini adalah kebiasaan positif para pemimpin besar:

Tidak berhenti pada satu titik.

Anda tidak akan pernah menemukan pemimpin sejati yang puas dengan diri mereka. Mereka adalah orang yang senang belajar, terus-menerus memperbaiki kekurangan mereka, mengembangkan kelebihan mereka menjadi lebih terampil dan menambah pengetahuan mereka dengan membaca, berjejaring, atau mencoba berbagai hal baru. Membaca adalah hal yang sederhana namun sangat bermanfaat untuk meningkatkan kemampuan diri.

Menyadari bahwa perbaikan adalah sebuah proses

Pemimpin itu harus sabar dalam menunggu hasil yang diharapkan. Mereka berjalan selangkah demi selangkah dalam proses hidup mereka. Mereka tahu bahwa satu langkah berikutnya akan membawa pertumbuhan seiring waktu yang terus berjalan. Pemimpin terbaik melakukan yang terbaik dari apa yang dapat mereka lakukan dalam jangka pendek. Bagi mereka waktu adalah adalah berharga dalam sebuah proses.

Terbuka terhadap kritik dan umpan balik

Orang-orang yang sukses adalah orang yang rendah hati. Mereka dengan senang akan meminta masukan dan saran atas apa yang telah mereka lakukan sebagai bagian dari proses perbaikan diri. Mereka bertanggung jawab atas kinerjanya dan memiliki kesadaran diri untuk menjadikan umpan balik sebagai suatu modal memperbaiki diri. Umpan balik itu dapat saja berasal dari bawahan, pelanggan, investor, atau siapapun. Satupun tidak ada yang diremehkan oleh para pemimpin. Bagi para pemimpin ini, kegagalan adalah titik awal untuk menjadi lebih baik di hari esok.

Memiliki visi dan percaya pada visi mereka

Masa depan itu selalu belum terlihat. Namun sudah dimimpikan oleh para pemimpin besar ini. Para pemimpin menjalani hari-hari yang sangat diyakini sedang menuju pada mimpi mereka, bahwa mereka sedang bergerak pada tujuan akhir yang indah. Pemimpin seperti ini akan selalu mampu memotivasi orang lain untuk bergabung dalam misi tersebut. Mereka menjalani sebuah rencana jangka pendek sebagai bagian dari rencana jangka panjang yang diharapkan.

Selalu membuat perencanaan yang baik (Well Plan)

Para pemimpin sukses tidak akan pernah gegabah dalam melakukan sesuatu. Bagi mereka terencana dan terukur adalah suatu penentu dalam proses meraih keberhasilan. Bukan faktor keberuntungan, tapi faktor perencanaan yang baik, detail, strategis, dan tepat. Mereka melakukannya dengan penuh kepastian karena visi yang kuat menyanggupkan mereka membuat segala sesuatu terencana.

Tidak mengeluh

Mengeluh hanya melemahkan visi Anda. Mengeluh hanya akan membuat Anda semakin pesimis, semakin buram melihat masa depan itu sungguh ada. Perhatikan para pemimpin besar ini, mereka selalu mengeluarkan kata positif dan sikap positif, bahkan saat menghadapi kegagalan. Hal ini membuat mereka selalu mampu untuk bangkit walau gagal dan selalu mampu untuk tetap berlari dalam segala situasi.

Partner: 
Vera Herlina
Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2017

          Liveblogging the Oscars        
Well, here we go. I'm very curious about what James Franco and Anne Hathaway have in store for us. I love James Franco, but I'm not a huge Anne Hathaway fan--we'll see what happens.

Opening skit: This Inception thing is pretty funny. Alec Baldwin is always great, and he added a nice touch here.

"I loved you in Tron."

"Microphones get smaller."

"Please, call me Mr. Baldwin."

OK, thje opening skit was good, but the opening monologue was a little stiff. The grandma was funny, but overall it was pretty empty.

But here we go with the first awards!

Art Direction:
I picked Inception.
And the winner is . . . Alice in Wonderland.
Hmm... Not off to a good start. 0/1
This guy is painful to watch.

Cinematography:
Prediction: Roger Deakins
Winner: Wally Pfister for Inception.
I love the work of Roger Deakins, but I'm not too sad I lost this category. Inception really does deserve to be recognized here, and I'm happy this guy won.
0/2

Best Supporting Actress:
This is a tricky category. As I mentioned yesterday, I think that Amy Adams and Melissa Leo might split the vote.
My prediction: Hailee Steinfeld
Winner: Melissa Leo

Well, I was dead wrong on that one. And Kirk Douglas sure made the wait uncomfortable. Melissa Leo did a good job, but mostly I was entranced by her hair in The Fighter. And now she is making things awkward too. She just said "golly sakes" and then dropped the f-bomb. Get off the stage.
0/3

Justin Timberlake just said he was Banksy--brilliant. Also, Justin and Mila should have babies.

Best Animated Short:
Prediction: The Lost Thing
Winner: The Lost Thing.

I won on a complete guess. And did Justin Timberlake just make fun of Kirk Douglas? Fantastic.
1/4

Best Animated Feature:
Toy Story 3 -- obviously.
And the winner is: Toy Story 3

What a wonderful film.
2/5

So far the show is pretty slow. People's speeches are long and boring. Nothing really is happening.

OK, another pair of big awards: screenplay.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Prediction: Aaron Sorkin
And the winner is: Aaron Sorkin

The writing in this film was genius. Aaron Sorkin writes the best dialogue, and he really brought the story to life. I wonder if he's going to thank Mark Zuckerberg . . .
Nope.

3/6

Best Original Screenplay:
Prediction: The King's Speech
Winner: David Seidler, The King's Speech.

I was actually hoping Inception would win because of the creativity in the story. But I also know that David Seidler made a life's work out of The King's Speech, and his speech was one of the best of the night so far.

4/7

Ok, now for a musical number. A Les Mis parody . . .
Well, Anne is a good singer anyway.

And now James in in drag. Good lord.

Russell Brand and Helen Mirren make a great pair.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Prediction: In a Better World (random guess based on the title)
Winner: In a Better World

Woohoo!
5/8 -- After a slow start, I'm back.

Best Supporting Actor:
Prediction: Christian Bale
Winner: Christian Bale

Excellent. As I've mentioned, I had some problems with The Fighter, but Christian Bale was phenomenal. And his speech is very heartfelt--he really loves what he does. I wonder if this beard is for The Dark Knight Rises . . .

6/9

And now a tribute to soundtracks . . .

Best Original Score:
I really want Trent Reznor to win an Oscar--but the music from Inception was also so powerful.

Prediction: The Social Network
Winner: The Social Network

Yes! Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross really created a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, and it's nice to see a more modern-sounding score get recognized.

7/10

Best Sound Mixing:
Prediction: Inception
Winner: Inception

Sound was such an integral part of this movie that I felt pretty confident in this prediction.
8/11

Best Sound Editing:
Prediction: Inception
Winner: Inception

Ditto what I just said.
9/12

Achievement in Makeup
Prediction: Barney's Version
Winner: The Wolfman

I have not seen either of these, but I should have known that Rick Baker would win.
9/13

Best Costume Design:
Prediction: The King's Speech
Winner: Alice in Wonderland

I almost changed my vote after Alice in Wonderland won best art direction, but I stuck with my original choice. And lost.
9/14

Even though I predict that Randy Newman will win, he's such a cornball. And a crappy singer.

Jake Gyllenhaal speaks the truth about shorts. They really can mess up the ballot.

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Prediction: Killing in the Name
Winner: Strangers No More

Whatever. 9/15

Best Live Action Short:
Prediction: God of Love
Winner: God of Love

Clearly I know what I'm talking about when it comes to live action short films. And this guy looks crazy. And he thanked Delaware.

10/16

This musicalized thing is pretty funny, especially "He Doesn't Own a Shirt." Very entertaining.

And now an Oprah moment . . . Hi Oprah.

Best Documentary:
Prediction: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Winner: Inside Job

I really need to see Exit Through the Gift Shop and Inside Job. I saw Restrepo and thought it was good. I was hoping Exit Through the Gift Shop would win so we could see if Bansky would show up.

And in our first political moment, the winner here notes that no one has gone to jail for the financial fraud perpetrated on our country. Well said.

10/17

Billy Crystal's presence just make me miss the days when the Oscar show was funny.

I will just admit this right here and now: I have never thought Bob Hope was even remotely funny. That's all.

Best Visual Effects:
Prediction: Inception
Winner: Inception

Obviously. This film's visual effects are simply mind-boggling. Having watched the making-of on the Blu-Ray, I'm even more blown away.

11/18

Best Editing:
Prediction: The Social Network
Winner: The Social Network

The second time I watched The Social Network, I really noticed how seamlessly the stories were blended, so I knew it would win. Inception should have won, but it was inexplicably not nominated.

12/19

Florence! I love her voice so much, and this song from 127 Hours is so beautiful. It should win the Oscar, but I still think Randy Newman might win. But maybe with Trent Reznor already snagging an Oscar, maybe something fresh will be recognized here too.

And I prefer Gwyneth Paltrow when she's rolling on Cee-Lo's piano while he's dressed like a bird and surrounded by Muppets.

Best Original Song:
Prediction: "We Belong Together"
Winner: "We Belong Together"

Well there we go. Thus ends that speculation.

13/20

And now for the Dead People Tribute. And with Celine Dion--gross. We did lose a lot of talented people this year.

Holy diamonds, Halle. But a nice tribute to Lena Horne.

Why is Anne Hathaway wearing a rubber suit?

And now for the big four . . .
Best Director:
Prediction: David Fincher
Winner: Tom Hooper

Well, I have to say that I'm a little surprised. I am pretty sure that The King's Speech is going to win Best Picture, and usually the directing winner is the same, but I really thought that David Fincher would pull this one out.

13/21

Best Actress:
Prediction: Natalie Portman
Winner: Natalie Portman

First of all, what an amazing collection of talent. The clips of each of these performances were stunning. But I'm very happy that Natalie Portman won. I've loved her since I first saw her in The Professional when she was a kid, and she has done great work, but Black Swan just topped them all. And she gave a good speech.

14/22

Best Actor:
Prediction: Colin Firth
Winner: Colin Firth

This one was a sure thing. Again, all of these actors are fantastic, but I knew when watching The King's Speech that Colin would win. The anguish he showed in the close-ups was nothing short of amazing.

15/23

All right--so is The King's Speech going to win the big one? I think so. But as I mentioned yesterday, this is a great collection of Best Picture nominees.

Steven Spielberg--what an amazing guy. That's all.

Best Picture:
Prediction: The King's Speech
Winner: The King's Speech

Well, no surprise. I was at the last minute thinking that The Social Network might pull off an upset, but no problem--The King's Speech is a wonderful film, and it deserves the accolades.

Final score: 16/24. 67%. Not bad--better than the last few years, anyway.

Well, the Oscar show overall was pretty dull. Great movies, dull show. But I still love the Oscars.


          014 – Digital Detox Success Secrets: How to Go Device Free For a Day        

Doing a controversial Digital Detox Device Free Day helps you regain control of your life, dominate your days, get more done, and finally achieve the success you want... faster. Plus, taking time every day to UNPLUG is the secret to the success of business icons like Warren Buffett, Hedge Fund Manager Ray Dalio, publisher and author, Arianna Huffington, and even Mark Zuckerberg, the man who has dedicated his life to making you addicted to social media! This approach to your time is so counter-intuitive that only a few people have the wisdom to use it. But it’ll change your life for the better. Discover how to do a full day Digital Detox in today's show.

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          Kto stworzył Google?        

Kto stworzył Google?

Dopiero parę dni temu zorientowałem się, że nie mam pojęcia. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates - każdy zna. Zuckerberg - też zna, bo widział film.

Google wymyślili Page i Brin.

Poszukałem jakichś wywiadów z nimi i jestem zaskoczony. Spodziewałem się wizjonerów, a zobaczyłem szkoło. Gościowie są tak niewiarygodnie nijacy, że aż przeźroczyści. Nie mają nic do powiedzenia, kompletnie nic. Nie znalazłem ani jednego zdania wartego zapamiętania.

Dziennikarze zawsze pytają takich ludzi: "jaka jest tajemnica waszego sukcesu". W tym wypadku tajemnicą jest...

          Why You Should Care About Mark Zuckerberg’s Mortgage        

When the popular singer-songwriter Ne Yo purchased his second home in Milton, Georgia last week, speculation abounded as to why he would purchase a second home so close to his first home in Alpharetta. But nobody seemed to care about how he financed the purchase. Likewise, nobody seemed to care when Ellen DeGeneres purchased Brad [...]

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          LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #259        

This week's episode presents a news miscellany.

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          10% dintre utilizatorii Facebook nu sunt oameni        
Reteaua de socializare Facebook are in prezent mai mult de un miliard de utilizatori, insa dintre acestia 100 de milioane sunt animale, branduri si companii. Caini, pisici, cai si alte animale au propria lor pagina de Facebook. Chiar si cainele lui Mark Zuckerberg, co-fondatorul Facebook, are o pagina dedicate. Potrivit unui studiu al companiei de […]
          Grup de nivell de Facebookeria - el joc del Facebook        
Grup de nivell de Facebookeria és la seqüela de Facebookeria joc de la física, és diferent del paquet de jugadors de Facebookeria. La teva missió és disparar mark zuckerberg i alimentar capitalistes
          Facebook rachète Ozlo        

  Facebook rachète Ozlo, une entreprise spécialisée dans l’intelligence artificielle. L’entreprise de Mark Zuckerberg vient d’acquérir l’entreprise Ozlo début août. L’entreprise, spécialisée dans l’intelligence artificielle, rejoindra l’équipe Messenger de Facebook afin d’améliorer la messagerie instantanée de Facebook. « Nous sommes ravis de […]

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          Living in Lagos : My First Time Running on Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge         
It's a major milestone for every Lagos fitfam to run on the Iconic Lekki/Ikoyi Link bridge. Even Mark Zuckerberg came to Lagos and didn't miss out on running there.

My company holds runs within Lekki at least 2 Saturdays in a month. However, I have always been too busy to join the run/walk.

Last week Saturday I was determined to run/walk on the bridge so I did.

It was a nice and fun run, the ambience is actually really relaxing and I had great company (Danie).

My story is never complete without pictures. My friend really stood in the middle of the road to take some of the great shots of me - don't hate.

 Have a look at the photos below:


I didn't even cover up to 5km, but I did a 4.65km - Close enough.









Smile always - All photo credits go to Danie UK.



          Italia sempre più presente su Facebook e Whatsapp        

Italia (ed italiani) sempre più presenti su Facebook e Whatsapp: gli ultimi dati parlano chiaro. Scopriamo insieme i dettagli della notizia. Italia, ed italiani, sempre più alle prese con Facebook e Whatsapp: i recenti dati emanati dalla recente ricerca comScore, infatti, fotografano un paese sempre più presente sul Social di Mark Zuckerberg e sempre più attiva sul […]

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          Whatsapp sempre più simile a Facebook: arrivano gli “stati colorati”        

Whatsapp sempre più uniformato a Facebook: arriva la possibilità di cambiare colore agli sfondi degli “stati”: scopriamo insieme i dettagli. Whatsapp, da un po di tempo, sta, un passo dopo l’altro, uniformandosi a Facebook, attraverso funzionalità in un certo qual modo simili al Social di Zuckerberg: l’ultima, in ordine di tempo, rilasciata, ancora, in versione “Beta”, […]

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          Facebook, l'”Intelligenza Artificiale” scappa di mano ai suoi creatori        

Facebook alle prese con i test sull’Intelligenza Artificiale, ma qualcosa va storto: è la trama di un film? No: è realmente accaduto! Scopriamo i dettagli. Facebook, si sa, è in eterna, costante, mutazione, e ciò potremmo, decisamente, considerarlo un bene, dal momento che dall'”eterno movimento” del Social scaturiscono, quasi sempre, meravigliose idee. Zuckerberg, in fondo, ci ha abitati […]

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          Facebook e Whatsapp battono ogni record di utenti (e non solo)        

Facebook e Whatsapp battono ogni record possibile: miliardi di utenti utilizzano ogni giorno le piattaforme e i conti volano alle stelle! I dettagli. Facebook e Whatsapp battono ogni record: le due piattaforme, sotto il diretto controllo di Mark Zuckerberg e del suo team, fanno segnare cifre assolutamente da record. Iniziamo da Facebook, che, nell’ultimo trimestre, ha fato segnare […]

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          Facebook, al via gli “show inediti” sul Social e nuovi record per Instagram        

Facebook è pronto a lanciare degli show inediti all’interno del proprio Social, ed intanto Instagram batte nuovi record. Scopriamo i dettagli. Facebook non si ferma mai: è notizia delle scorse settimane quella che riguarda l’avvio di show inediti sul Social di Mark Zuckerberg. Show che verrebbero pagati, tra l’altro, ben tre milioni di dollari a puntata! L’intento è […]

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          Come Trump, con la complicità di Zuckerberg, ha convinto gli americani a votarlo        
16 luglio 2017 – Il Fatto Quotidiano Clicca qui
          En Facebook hay cuatro tipos de usuario de acuerdo a su manera de interactuar        
El «Internationa Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking» concluye que se pueden encontrar cuatro tipos de personalidad en la red social: el sociable, el cotilla, el «pregonero» y el «selfies»


Un reciente estudio publicado por la «Internationa Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking» concluye que en Facebook se pueden encontrar cuatro tipos de usuario acorde a su personalidad: el sociable, el cotilla, el «pregonero» y el «selfies». 

Para este análisis, utilizaron 48 preguntas que repartieron entre los participantes y que incluían respuestas como «Facebook es una fuente de estrés» o «es una manera de lograr ayuda inmediata». 

Lo que alude a otro estudio sobre los usuarios de la red social de Mark Zuckerberg que sacó como resultado de la investigación que las personas utilizan Facebook para odiar. Estas conclusiones se deben a los datos arrojados tras un análisis en que las personas que utilizan Facebook sienten rechazo hacia una gran parte de las publicaciones de política que utilizan la red, así como al exceso de información que comparten.

Este informe tiene cierta relación con una de las cuatro personalidades mencionadas, la cotilla, por lo que el odio y el sentimiento frecuente de molestia hacia otros usuarios puede ser apagado, pero no lo hacen por mera intención de saber qué hacen dichas personas con su vida.

Sociable

El usuario sociable es el que construye relaciones y utiliza la plataforma para fortalecerlas. La red social es una extensión de lo que vive en su día a día. Tiende a realizar peticiones de amistades a personas que no ha visto desde hace tiempo, como las amistades del colegio y tiene la iniciativa de conocer gente nueva.

Suelen comentar con frecuencia las publicaciones de los amigos de su red, como síntoma de atención hacia ellos, que se percata de su presencia y no les olvida.

Cotilla (curioso o chismoso)

Las personas conectadas en la red soial consideradas como cotilla sienten la obligación de estar en Facebook. Lo contradictorio con esta tipología es que no tienden a compartir información personal o interactúan con las publicaciones de otros usuarios. Simplemente, pasan gran parte de su tiempo viendo las novedades de los demás y sienten que deben están conectados para mantener al día.

Pregonero

Son usuarios que no les importa el nivel de interacciones que causen sus publicaciones, pero comparten opiones para todo y tienen la necesidad de no quedarse callados. Sin embargo, no tienen como costumbre compartir temas de índole personal, pero sí harán uso de las publciaciones para invitar a los usuarios de su red a eventos o información que creen de manera determinante que es trascendental conocer.

Selfie

Los «selfies» utilizan Facebook para compartir imágenes en un primer plano sobre sí mismos o con amigos a los que etiquetar. Su personalidad como usuario de la red social se asemeja mucho al del sociable en términos de interacción, ya que publican fotos, vídeos o comentar. Sin embargo, les gusta atraer la atención centrada sobre sus personas porque necesitan de la aprobación de la red. Para ellos, no es suficiente con hacerse la foto, tienen la necesidad de que otros la vean.

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          Facebook apaga una inteligencia artificial que había creado su propio idioma        
La división de Facebook de desarrollo de inteligencia artificial creó un sistema dedicado a las negociaciones. Días más tarde se sus primeras pruebas el sistema comenzó a conversar en un lenguaje extraño y aparentemente erróneo. Sin embargo, no era un error, había creado su propio idioma y Facebook ha decidido apagarlo.





La IA constaba de dos agentes que se dedicaban a negociar, llamados Bob y Alice. Sus creadores querían probar cómo un sistema de este tipo podía aprender a negociar, pero a los pocos días notaron que ya no estaban hablando en inglés, sino en algo parecido. Sus conversaciones parecían basarse en palabras aleatorias y sin nada de sentido.

Bob: “I can i i everything else”
Alice: “balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to”

Traducido al español:

Bob: “Yo puedo yo yo todo lo demás”
Alice: “bolas tienen cero a mi a mi a mi a mi a mi a mi a”
Lo que detectaron los desarrolladores es que en lo que parecían ser frases sin sentido, había un patrón. Básicamente, la IA había creado su propio idioma, uno que consideraba mucho más efectivo y al grano que el inglés. Lo que los investigadores han podido determinar es que “yo” y “a mi” reflejan la cantidad de objetos que obtendrán en el intercambio. Son frases más lógicas que adornadas, como solemos hacer en tantos idiomas “humanos”.

El problema que esto representa para los desarrolladores de IA es que si un sistema de inteligencia artificial decidiera ignorar el idioma en el que fue programada y crear el suyo propio por ser “más eficiente”, esto supondría una enorme dificultad para el desarrollo y la adopción de redes neuronales y, en general, para la creación de nuevas tecnologías basadas en la IA. Básicamente, si la IA lo quisiera, sería imposible comunicarnos con ella. Esto significa la pérdida de control del programador u operador sobre la inteligencia artificial.

Facebook apagó este sistema antes de que perdieran el control por completo, para trabajar en soluciones y seguir innovando en la materia. No es la primera vez que esto sucede, dado que a Google también se le salió de control el lenguaje de una IA que había desarrollado.

Curiosamente, Mark Zuckerberg defendió el desarrollo y los avances en materia de inteligencia artificial después de que Elon Musk hablara de regularla “antes de que fuera demasiado tarde”. En esta ocasión no hablamos del nacimiento de Skynet ni el alzamiento de las máquinas, pero sí de la pérdida de tiempo, inversión, desarrollo y un sistema completo por decisión propia.

Fuente:

Gizmodo

          10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia        

Kartu nama. Benda yang satu ini emang sulit buat dibikin pudar. Meskipun era sekarang udah banyak orang yang ngegunain produk teknlologi macam BBM, WhatsApp ataupun email buat mem-follow-up seseorang, kartu nama masih tetap digunakan banyak khalayak karena mungkin kartu nama punya kelasnya tersendiri di mata orang-orang tersebut.

Kita mundur sekitar 5 atau 10 tahun ke belakang saat kartu nama adalah primadona sebagai alat bantu orang-orang dan terutama perusahaan untuk saling memberitahukan keeksistensian mereka di mata publik. Dari berbagai kartu nama yang berseliweran itu, terdapat beberapa yang cukup exceptional. Yup, exceptional karena kartu nama-kartu nama tersebut berasal dari tokoh-tokoh terkenal dunia yang bisa dibilang mempunyai andil besar dalam membentuk dunia ini.

Berikut penampakan beberapa kartu nama legendaris dari tokoh-tokoh terkenal dunia tersebut.

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Barack Obama

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Bill Gates

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Donald J. Trump

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Eric Schmidt

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Jerry Yang

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Kevin Mitnick

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Larry Page

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Mark Zuckerberg

10 Kartu Nama Legendaris dari Tokoh-Tokoh Terkenal Dunia: Steve Jobs

Seems legit kan gan? Dan ini asli loh!

Sumber: _http://www.bitrebels.com/design/11-famous-business-cards-that-became-legendary/_

          Mark Zuckerberg, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Simple Life        
Back in the days when religious sisters wore habits, it was commonly understood that there were several reasons why religious orders embraced the veil.  Long robes to the floor and wimples that hid the neck were modest, to be sure, obscuring the body’s soft curves.   What’s more, their long habits freed religious sisters from fashion […]
          Dear Mark Zuckerberg        

Dear Mark Zuckerberg I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Facebook needs an editor — to stop Facebook from editing. It needs someone to save Facebook from itself by bringing principles to the discussion of rules. There is actually nothing new in this latest episode: Facebook sends another takedown notice over a picture with nudity. […]

The post Dear Mark Zuckerberg appeared first on BuzzMachine.


          Cignus5entity on New Old Member - SmokinJoe        

Greetings all.  Just started here.  Noticed facebook comments and I just quit it.   When Zuckerberg added more people to monitor hate speech, I said enough for me.  Not that I love hate speech, but since he is a liberal and if he doesn't like the sound of someone dissent of conservative people, then bye bye.   Anyway,   The articles that interest me the most are ones like this site and coasttocoast. 

Anytime someone would like to talk, send me email to get together.


          My Favorite Privacy Quotes – A Top Ten Countdown        
As part of National Privacy week I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes about privacy. Hopefully they will get you thinking about privacy, if you weren’t before, and spark some conversation. 10 . Our work to improve privacy continues today. – Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook I don’t think I really have […]
          CANADA, EH, and MERRIE OLDE ENGLAND        
There were nine goals that I set out to accomplish by the end of 2011. Only four were fulfilled to completion. Most of them were the cheaper endeavors, but I double-dipped on “Set foot in a foreign country,” which put me over the hump according to my selective logic. 

The first country was Canada. I had been to Canada before (if Toronto counts – it’s basically American City Lite - half the blight and even less flavor), but not to the French part. My buddy Scott lives in Burlington, VT, which is just a quick hop from Montreal. On a brisk April weekend we headed into Le Grand Nord Blanc. Once we had settled into our hostel, we stopped into a frozen yogurt shop for some treats. Besides all the French being spoken, the other obvious indicator that we had left our Puritanical homeland was a very NSFW song being played on the radio whilst I enjoyed my maple-licious dessert (enjoy Enrique Iglesias’ total lack of subtlety in the song's video posted below). There were plenty of kids around and no one seemed offended. Vive le Québec libre, I always say.

Do not underestimate Canadian Winter. She’s a tough old broad who doesn’t know when to quit. Montreal in April is akin to Boston in March – cold, wet and unpredictable. Just as Scott and I reached the picturesque summit of Mont Royal, the heavens opened and blasted us with wind, snow and sleet. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. Too bad I had left my winter coat south of the border. Damn it. Thankfully, Scott and I wandered into Café Bistro El Mundo not far from McGill, where the world’s loveliest barista (we call her Coco) made us the best Irish coffees we’ve ever had. Merci beaucoup, Coco. You are the enemy of Canadian Winter. Also, our hostel, Auberge de jeunesse de Montréal, served up a hell of a breakfast for just a few loonies. Take heed, travelers.
Other Montreal highlights included stumbling into a free art exhibition (lots of fashionable people sipping wine), Biodôme de Montréal (a groovy indoor zoo with five climate zones), and Le Sainte-Élisabeth Pub Européen (where the barmaid bought both of us a shot after she realized that she had falsely accused us of neglecting her tip – so polite, those Canadians). The very French neighborhood of Old Montreal was nice and atmospheric, but the weather was so nasty it made it hard to enjoy. Next time, I’ll bring a parka. And a camera (sorry, no pics).
Surprisingly Sunny London
My other international jaunt was to Merrie Olde England. Many of my best traveling buddies hail from Old Blighty, and I was dying to see them and their homeland. If nothing else, I wanted proof that my backpacker days were not a hallucination, and that these great people were still out there living their lives across the Atlantic. I was not disappointed.
London was very good to me. 
My first day was a fantastic, blurry marathon. I took the redeye to Heathrow and was greeted at the tube station by my buddy Zanda and his Kiwi girlfriend Michelle. I hadn’t seen Zanda since the Queenstown days and it was great to catch up. Our first stop was a pub in Chiswick. That it was high noon GMT (07:00 by my internal clock) didn’t stop me from having my first English pint. Room temperature brews took some getting used to, but the sun was shining and I’d just made a long journey after a killer week at work. It was all good. If that had been the whole day, it would have been a nice, busy memory, but we had many miles yet to cover. 

After dumping my luggage at Zanda’s flat, we headed into Central London. We walked across Waterloo Bridge to Covent Gardens, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus. It was a Saturday evening, and vast swaths of diverse humanity were out and about. London has amazing energy – like New York, but closer to the ground. The next stop for refreshment was Waxy O’Connor’s, a fantastic pub in Soho. Imagine M.C. Escher was commissioned to build a subterranean pub, and only given fragments of old wooden churches with which to construct it, and you’d have an inkling of the architecture of Waxy’s. It’s a wonderful labyrinth of burnished wood and craggy stairways to nowhere. Check it out when you can, but don’t have too many ‘cause you’ll have lots of trouble finding your way out.
From Waxy’s we headed to King’s Cross (Ye Olde Whore District) where Zanda’s buddy Marcus assured us there was a house party in full swing. Exhaustion and jetlag were setting in, but I was determined to make it through that party (even if I had wimped out, there was no way I’d have been able to make it back to Zanda’s flat without help). With lots of help from Red Bull, I soldiered on and had a great night meeting fun people from all over the world. We left the party at 2:30 AM. Zanda miraculously guided me and Michelle through two bus rides (which felt exactly like this) and a 15 minute walk back to his flat. At 4:00, we crashed. The only word is “knackered.” Blissfully knackered.
Not a bad first day. I had fourteen more to go. Let’s compress this, shall we?
Other London highlights: Westminster Abbey (the royal family’s overcrowded basement with an audio tour courtesy of Uncle Scar), Buckingham Palace (where people stare through a fence and wait in vain for the Queen to show up) and a bike trip through Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens(if the weather’s good, make use of Barclays Cycle Hire – a great, cheap way to see the city). The Millennium Bridge is also great on a sunny day – a pleasant stroll across the Thames from St. Paul’s to Shakepeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern Museum. Best of all is the amazing Tower of London. It’s got history, horror, guys in funny hats, and the crown jewels – something for everyone. Great stuff! The Underground is easy to navigate once you get your bearings, and I never tired of hearing “This is a Piccadilly Line service to Cockfosters” over the PA system. Tee hee hee!
Thanks to my wonderful English friends, I was able to see more than just London. My southern travels took me to Chichester, Portsmouth, Brighton, and Aldershot. I then headed north to Leeds, Huddersfield, Marsden, York, Barnsley & Whitby. I sped down narrow country roads, wandered the lonely moors, got lost in medieval cathedrals, napped in the graveyard that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and took a dip in the North Sea. My hosts and hostesses could not have been more warm and hospitable. It was an amazing two weeks and I’m incredibly grateful to all of them for taking me in and showing me around!
Some random observations about England:
- Downton Abbey, it ain’t. In terms of cultural diversity, England might surpass the US - even the smaller cities are melting pots.
- It is impossible to walk around England without thinking of the countless movies and TV shows that take place there

- There is nothing particularly British about The British Museum
- Hate to say it folks, but the stereotype about British dental hygiene is all too accurate (at least for older folks)

Hedley & Wyche by shundriad
Anyway, it was a great trip and I’d love to go back someday soon. I still have to see Stonehenge, the White Cliffs of Dover, Oxford, Sherwood Forest, Hadrian's Wall, Windsor Castle, Manchester, Wales, Scotland… the list goes on and on. I did, however, catch a glimpse of Susan Boyle at Heathrow while waiting for my flight home, so at least I got to see one sexy British bird!
The flight home took me over Wales and then Ireland. Unfortunately, thick clouds covered the entire length of the Emerald Isle. It was as if my Irish forebears were punishing me for going to England before exploring Ireland – Mick, ye fookin’ bastard! We won’t let ye get a peek of Ireland until you get yer arse here for a proper visit, ye cunt ye! Fair play to them, I say (although I do have some English ancestry, too). I’m sure I’ll make it to Ireland soon enough. I hope that trip will be as great as my English adventure. 

And as a great Englishman once said, now for something completely different: After a year away from the world of social networking, I made peace with Facebook. Yes, yes – I made a much-ballyhooed exit a few months back. Call me a hypocrite all you want, but Zuckerberg & Co. added some sorely needed privacy options of which I have taken full advantage. Starting an account from scratch allowed me to be more thoughtful of what I share and with whom I share it. Not everyone gets to see everything, and it’s a lot easier to keep stupid crap out of my newsfeed. Some people are baffled that I do not allow wall posts from outside parties. Too bad, bitches! Use your own damn wall. For some reason I’ve also signed up for LinkedIn. No idea why.


And here's a few more pics of England. Enjoy!

Yorkminster at sunset

Castle Hill, Huddersfield
Moors above Marsden

Cemetery in Whitby where Dracula bit Lucy Westenra

          The Twitter Trap: Are we outsourcing our brains to the cloud?        
The Twitter Trap by Bill Keller (@NYTKeller), Executive Editor of The New York Times captures many of the thoughts I have been having lately about the impact social media and technology is having on our society. Where does it end? What will be the future? How will it change us as humans? As a society? Like Mr. Keller, I have had similar feelings as I watch the impact on my 7 and 10 year old children.

Recently I have been preparing a presentation for the AHLA Annual Meeting at the end of June on the practical ways health lawyers can and should use social media. As a result I have tried to step back from the social media explosion to examine some of these issues, including the parallels between Mark Zuckerberg and Johannes Gutenberg referenced in Mr. Keller's piece.

I love this quote from Mr. Keller's article that helps visualize the innovation/disruption/impact cycle:
"My father, who was trained in engineering at M.I.T. in the slide-rule era, often lamented the way the pocket calculator, for all its convenience, diminished my generation’s math skills. Many of us have discovered that navigating by G.P.S. has undermined our mastery of city streets and perhaps even impaired our innate sense of direction. Typing pretty much killed penmanship. Twitter and YouTube are nibbling away at our attention spans. And what little memory we had not already surrendered to Gutenberg we have relinquished to Google. Why remember what you can look up in seconds?"
I also like his explanation of Twitter as a tool, "So let me be clear that Twitter is a brilliant device — a megaphone for promotion, a seine for information, a helpful organizing tool for everything from dog-lover meet-ups to revolutions."

His question around whether these new social media instruments are genuinely social is a good one. It is hard to see the answer to this when you are sitting in the midst of the social media cloud. One question that he doesn't address is how the collection of all this "collective social media data" about you and me will be used in the future. Is Facebook just one big social experiment. It now knows more about my family and friends than I can probably remember.

Take time away from your Twitter and Facebook posts, go read the article, and then sit back and take some quiet time to reflect on his message. I will leave you with this quote from Mr. Keller's article:
"The things we may be unlearning, tweet by tweet — complexity, acuity, patience, wisdom, intimacy — are things that matter."
Thanks to Jason Keeling (@JasonKeeling) for pointing out this insightful piece that was published back in print on May 22, 2011.

          Conheça o Watch, a plataforma do Facebook para competir com YouTube e Netflix        

Brasil Econômico

Plataforma oferecerá programas e transmissões de esportes em dispositivos móveis, computadores e TVs; usuários também poderão ganhar dinheiro

Watch será disponibilizado nas principais plataformas do Facebook%2C incluindo as smart TVs

Watch será disponibilizado nas principais plataformas do Facebook%2C incluindo as smart TVs

Foto: Divulgação

Depois de meses de espera, o Facebook finalmente oficializou sua plataforma de streaming de vídeos. Batizada de Watch, a nova seção oferecerá programas e séries originais, transmissões de esportes ao vivo e é considerada a resposta da empresa de Mark Zuckerberg para serviços como YouTube e Netflix. O conteúdo será disponibilizado em smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops e smart TVs.

Leia também: Saiba como o Facebook se tornou a maior rede social do mundo em uma década

Apesar da novidade, a maioria dos usuários não tem acesso ao Watch. Segundo o Facebook, inicialmente, um grupo limitado de pessoas nos Estados Unidos conseguirão visualizar os vídeos. De olho em parte da verba publicitária destinada à televisão, a rede social investe em uma série de programas. Entre eles, o Kitchen Little, em que crianças assistem a um vídeo de uma receita e devem ensinar a chefs profissionais sobre como fazê-la. O prato, no entanto, nem sempre se sai como o esperado.

Watch aproveita as reações do Facebook para destacar os programas que mais fazem as pessoas rirem, por exemplo

Watch aproveita as reações do Facebook para destacar os programas que mais fazem as pessoas rirem, por exemplo

Foto: Divulgação

Leia também: Réplica de camiseta cinza de Mark Zuckerberg é vendida por "apenas" R$ 150

Para ajudar os usuários a se organizarem, a plataforma conta com o Watchlist, um recurso que exibe os últimos episódios dos programas que você segue e o que foi salvo para assistir depois. Além disso, a descoberta de novos programas será organizada de acordo com o que seus amigos e a comunidade estão assistindo. Assim, é possível encontrar os programas nas seções "Mais comentados" e "O que amigos estão asisstindo".

Também é possível pesquisar somente "O que está fazendo as pessoas rirem". Neste caso, a plataforma seleciona os episódios que receberam o maior número de reações "Haha". "Aprendemos com o Facebook Live que os comentários e as reações de pessoas a um vídeo são muitas vezes tão parte da experiência quanto o próprio vídeo", disse Daniel Danker, diretor de produto no Facebook.

"Então, quando você assistir a um programa, você poderá ver comentários e se conectar com amigos e outros espectadores enquanto assiste, ou participar de um grupo no Facebook dedicado ao programa", completa. Com sua nova seção de vídeos originais, a rede social deverá competir com o YouTube e a Netflix. No primeiro caso, por conta dos programas de curta duração. No segundo, por meio de séries maiores e com maior orçamento.

Segundo reportagem da "Bloomberg", os programas de menor duração, isto é, entre 5 e 10 minutos, serão produzidos em parceria com empresas como BuzzFed, Vox Media, ATTN e Group Nine Media. Neste caso, as empresas precisam repassar 45% de seu retorno com publicidade para o Facebook. No caso dos programas maiores, o custo e a receita publicitária fica com a rede social.

Em smartphones, Watch ocupará nova aba no aplicativo do Facebook; usuários poderão salvar episódios para assistir depois

Em smartphones, Watch ocupará nova aba no aplicativo do Facebook; usuários poderão salvar episódios para assistir depois

Foto: Divulgação

Leia também: Saiba como encontrar internet Wi-Fi com a ajuda do aplicativo do Facebook

Outra semelhança com o YouTube é a possibilidade dos próprios usuários se tornarem criadores de conteúdo e ganharem dinheiro com a plataforma. De acordo com o anúncio, a nova seção de streaming é um meio para produtores encontrarem audiência, criarem uma comunidade de fãs e ganharem dinheiro por seu trabalho. "Esperamos que o Watch seja a casa de um grande número de programas – de reality shows e comédias até esportes ao vivo", disse, em seu perfil, Mark Zuckeberg, CEO e fundador do Facebook.


          Facebook trabalha para exibir publicações de políticos em seu feed        

Brasil Econômico

Em fase de testes, recurso exibe seção dedicada às publicações de políticos; rede social pretende oferecer um novo meio para os usuários se informarem

O feed de notícias do Facebook poderá mudar em breve. A rede social está realizando testes com alguns usuários para exibir as principais publicações feitas em páginas de políticos. O conteúdo é exibido, no máximo, uma vez por semana e apresenta aos usuários os posts que tiveram o maior engajamento neste período. Se o recurso for oficializado, os usuários deverão curtir a página de pelo menos um político de sua região para receber atualizações do tipo.

Leia também: Saiba como o Facebook se tornou a maior rede social do mundo

Segundo o site "Recode", um porta-voz do Facebook confirmou que a rede social está trabalhando no recurso. "Estamos testando uma nova funcionalidade de engajamento cívico que mostra às pessoas os principais posts dos seus representantes eleitos", disse, em comunicado. De acordo com o texto, o objetivo é oferecer às pessoas uma forma simples de saber o que está acontecendo em todos os níveis de governo.

Nos últimos meses, Facebook vem apresentando ampla participação no campo político

Nos últimos meses, Facebook vem apresentando ampla participação no campo político

Foto: Shutterstock

Leia também: Facebook Stories ganha opção para usuário compartilhar vídeos com seguidores

Disponível apenas para os usuários dos Estados Unidos, o recurso exibe publicações feitas por representantes de todos os partidos e não levará em conta a afiliação política dos usuários. Para exibir informações sobre os políticos locais, a plataforma buscará o endereço informado em seções como "Town Hall" (ou "Prefeitura", em tradução literal), que permite o contato direto dos eleitores com parlamentares.

Como lembra o "Recode", a rede social vem apresentando uma significativa atuação no campo político nos últimos meses. Antes das eleições presidenciais do ano passado, o site implementou um recurso para estimular os usuários a se increverem na votação. Segundo Mark Zuckerberg, duas milhões de pessoas usaram a funcionalidade para participar das eleições.

Leia também: YouTube deve ganhar pesquisa de vídeos por localização

Por outro lado, muitos afirmam que o Facebook pode ter contribuído negativamente no processo de escolha do novo presidente dos Estados Unidos. Os críticos apontam que a ampla exibição de notícias falsas no feed dos usuários foi um dos fatores que possibilitaram a vitória do republicano Donald Trump. Recentemente, a rede social vem apresentando esforços para combater as notícias falsas. O mais recente passou a exibir artigos relacionados antes mesmo do link em destaque ser aberto.


          Mark Zuckerberg Got Married        
The founder of the world’s largest social network, Mark Zuckerberg, has got married and updated his status on his personal Facebook page. The wife of one of the youngest billionaires in the world is his longtime girlfriend – the 27-year-old Priscilla Chan. They met at Harvard in 2004. The wedding ceremony took place in Zuckerberg’s […]
          Facebook’s Latest Move to Fight Fake News Might Finally Be the Right One        

Facebook may have finally hit on a promising way to fight its “fake news” problem.

The company on Thursday announced that it is launching a feature called Related Articles, which it has been testing since April. Now, when you see certain controversial or hotly debated stories in your news feed, below them will appear a series of headlines from other publishers on the same topic.

In its April blog post explaining the test, Facebook presented Related Articles as a way to give users “easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact checkers.” It gave as an example an article about “a new medical advancement,” suggesting that the related stories would help readers evaluate whether the piece their friend shared was accurate or misleading in its presentation of the findings.

Now, it seems, Facebook is comfortable pitching the feature more explicitly as a tool to counteract the spread of misinformation. In an update to that April blog post Thursday, it wrote:

Since starting this test, we’ve heard that Related Articles helps give people more perspectives and additional information, and helps them determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false. So we’re rolling this out more broadly.
Now, we will start using updated machine learning to detect more potential hoaxes to send to third-party fact checkers. If an article has been reviewed by fact checkers, we may show the fact checking stories below the original post. In addition to seeing which stories are disputed by third-party fact checkers, people want more context to make informed decisions about what they read and share. We will continue testing updates to Related Articles and other ongoing News Feed efforts to show less false news on Facebook and provide people context if they see false news.

When Facebook says “false news,” it’s referring at least in part to what became popularly known as “fake news” during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Much of that “fake news”—an ill-defined category that seemed to include everything from deliberate hoaxes to mainstream news stories that some perceived as biased or misleading—revolved around politics and catered to the partisan viewpoints of one group or another. That made it a particularly thorny problem for Facebook, which risked being tarred as politically slanted if it flagged or suppressed posts based on the judgment of its own editors or software engineers.

Facebook was so reluctant to wade into the murky waters of editorial judgment that it first denied “fake news” was a real problem. When that backfired, the company began looking for ways to tackle it in earnest. One of its first major initiatives was a partnership with third-party fact-checkers, in which Facebook would flag potentially false or misleading posts as “disputed” in users’ feeds. The company relied in part on its own users to report those posts, which it could then pass on to the fact-checking organizations for careful vetting.

That approach, cautious as it was, still left Facebook open to charges of bias and even censorship (although that’s a misapplication of the term) from those who took issue with the fact-checkers’ conclusions. The process is also labor-intensive, meaning that only a small fraction of misleading stories would likely be flagged as such in a timely manner. Even if Facebook overcame that problem, psychologists doubted the efficacy of the approach.

Related Articles won’t singlehandedly solve the fake news problem, either. But there is at least some academic research suggesting that it could make a real difference in readers’ perceptions. Just as importantly, from Facebook’s standpoint, it should insulate the company from cries of censorship, since surrounding a story with related articles doesn’t necessarily imply any editorial judgment about its credibility. A reader’s understanding of just about any story could benefit from additional context, so there’s little danger in “false positives,” as there is when you’re flagging an article as disputed.

This still leaves the deeper problem of the biases embedded in the very structure of the news feed. But it’s a sensible measure nonetheless, and one that suggests Facebook is capable of applying its employees’ bright minds to a societal problem broader than increasing users' engagement or monetizing their data.


          Future Tense Newsletter: a Bad Tweet Will End Humanity Before Robots Do        

Greetings, Future Tensers!

Twitter, a site plagued with stalled user growth and terrible redesigns, has become the first stop for news from the White House. And that’s the exact reason why Jennifer Grygiel advocates that the platform start premoderating tweets from President Trump before he starts a nuclear war without so much as meeting with the Department of Defense. Nuclear war might be hyperbolic (for now), but keeping the administration offline seems increasingly vital for national security. It was revealed this week that several White House officials—including short-lived White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci—had been corresponding with a prankster posing as other people from the Trump orbit. April Glaser takes a deeper look at why the White House’s digital security is just so darn bad and why that should worry us.

The one thing Trump could brag about this week? Foxconn, known for manufacturing iPhones, announced plans to build a new plant in Wisconsin, creating as many as 13,000 jobs. What the president failed to mention, however, is that the company is also on a mission to replace as much of its workforce as possible with robots. But Trump isn’t the only big name lately to ignore the looming threat of A.I. replacing jobs on a massive scale. Nick Thieme argues that tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are so busy arguing over whether robots will serve us or kill us that they fail to see the more pressing concern.

Sadly, it seems that we are stuck in this bizarre timeline, but Rick and Morty, whose third season just debuted, can give a temporary escape into a science-fueled adventure. Writer Meeri Kim talked to real physicists about the show and why they love it despite its pretty inaccurate depiction of multiverse theory.

Other things we read on our phones while crossing the street:

  • Log on, we’re going shopping: Google’s new advertising program works with credit card companies to collect data on the impact of online ads on offline shopping. April Glaser explains why privacy experts are worried.
  • Robots getting red cards: The international robotic soccer equivalent of the World Cup has been around for two decades, but so far the robots the have yet to mimic anything close to a human competition.
  • Requiem for a computer’s dream: Anyone who grew up with a desktop computer can remember the pixelated images that graced the monitor’s slumber. Jacob Brogan ponders the slow demise of the screen saver.
  • Designer baby news: The genetic engineering technology CRISPR made the news recently when a team of scientists in Portland, Oregon, became the first in the United States to successfully create a genetically modified human embryo. While the experiment was a huge step forward for science, Nick Thieme explains why we are still a long ways away from designer babies.

One multiverse away,
Tonya Riley

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.


          Facebook Is Building a “Village” for Its Workers. More Big Companies Should Do That.        

Call it… Zuckerburgh.

Last week, Facebook announced plans to build a “village” next to its Menlo Park, California, headquarters that would include some 1,500 homes, along with a grocery store, a pharmacy, shops, offices, and public plazas. One goal is to provide an attractive place for some of Facebook’s own employees to live and shop near its sprawling yet somewhat isolated campus.

The concept is reminiscent of the late 19th-century company town, in which major employers built self-contained communities for their own workers. As with many would-be utopias, some of these towns turned dystopian in a hurry.

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But Facebook’s proposal, which it’s calling the Willow Campus, differs in important ways from company towns past. And it just might be a model for other big tech companies in Silicon Valley, where housing has become so expensive that even young software engineers struggle to make ends meet, to say nothing of local blue-collar and service workers.

One difference from the traditional company-town model is that Facebook’s village would be open to the public. Besides housing its workers, Facebook said in a promotional video that the development was intended to create “pathways and connections” between its corporate headquarters and the surrounding residential neighborhoods of East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, which are relatively poor by Silicon Valley standards. The grocery store might be particularly welcome in an area that has been described as a “food desert.”

Unfortunately, the proposal calls for only 15 percent of the housing to be offered at below market rate, which is not a particularly generous ratio. It would be nice to see Menlo Park push for more below-market-rate housing in the approval process, although history says it's more likely to push for lower density instead. (Peninsula cities are notorious for objecting to new housing, ostensibly on the grounds that it will worsen traffic or crowd local schools. In some cases those are thinly veiled excuses for what amounts to a desire to keep the riffraff out.)

Other aspects of the proposal hold more promise for addressing some of the problems that the tech boom and local regulations on the San Francisco Peninsula have conspired to create. One intriguing component is Facebook’s apparent interest in reviving the Dumbarton Rail Corridor, a long-neglected transit route that would provide a sorely needed link between the East Bay and the Peninsula. An actual rail connection would be extremely expensive and is probably a long way off, but Facebook has already spent at least $1 million to study transit alternatives along the corridor, including new bus routes. Almost anything would help: Facebook’s headquarters along the Bay shore are too remote from any transit center to make mass transit convenient for most of its employees.

The problem isn’t unique to Facebook. The Peninsula in general has a surfeit of jobs, largely in the tech industry, and a shortage of housing and transportation infrastructure. The results include exorbitant rents, gnarly traffic, and vast quantities of air pollution and carbon emissions from all the workers driving long distances from their homes in more affordable suburbs far afield.

The company-town model might be somewhat less appealing in other U.S. cities where housing prices are less exorbitant. But the broad trends toward more urban-style living and away from car ownership would seem to present an opportunity for large employers outside major urban centers to develop attractive, walkable mini-neighborhoods that could double as a perk for their workers and catalysts of further development in the surrounding areas.

In the context of Silicon Valley, 1500 homes and a modest shopping center near the Facebook campus would amount to not much more than a drop in the bucket. But if the project succeeds, it could help to convince Facebook and other big tech companies to open the spigot and propose more mixed-use, transit-accessible developments along similar lines. Google is already building a few hundred units of dormitory-style temporary housing to serve some of its workers, and has in the past proposed much more ambitious projects. Salesforce and Apple come to mind as other Peninsula-based companies that could theoretically follow their lead, although their corporate cultures may be less conducive to the village concept.

Projects like this would be especially welcome if Facebook’s village really does manage to serve and include residents of adjoining neighborhoods such as Belle Haven, which have long been cut off from the sort of amenities that make the rest of Menlo Park and neighboring Palo Alto such desirable places to live. The stark contrasts between East and West Menlo Park and Palo Alto—which are mirrored, perhaps to a lesser degree, in other suburbs up and down the Peninsula, including Google’s Mountain View—emblematize the broader societal inequalities that the tech industry has helped to exacerbate. If Facebook genuinely cares about making the world more open and connected—whoops, I mean, giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together—it could start by helping to desegregate its own corporate backyard.

It’s no sure thing that this development will become reality anytime soon. Silicon Valley suburbs have been known to quash major housing and commercial proposals in the past, including from other large tech companies. Let’s hope that Menlo Park’s interventionism takes the form of making sure Facebook’s project lives up to its lofty goals, rather than watering down the density and modest below-market commitment to mollify local NIMBYs.


          Facebook Watch, sfida a Netflix e YouTube: arriva la tv streaming sui social a episodi        

ROMA – Dopo il divorzio di Disney da Netflix, scende in campo Facebook con tutto il suo peso di due miliardi di potenziali spettatori. Il social network di Mark Zuckerberg lancia Facebook Watch, la tv in streaming che consentirà di creare contenuti ad episodi. Il servizio offrirà in via sperimentale ad una porzione di pubblico americano contenuti […]

L'articolo Facebook Watch, sfida a Netflix e YouTube: arriva la tv streaming sui social a episodi sembra essere il primo su Blitz quotidiano.


          Mark Zuckerberg Steckbrief        
Die wichtigsten Fakten und Eckdaten des wohl bekanntesten Jungunternehmers der letzten 5 Jahre ...
          Fellows in Time        
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook was inducted into perhaps the most exclusive club in the world, thanks to Time Magazine. This group includes present day political biggies Obama and Putin, both Bushes and Clinton. But also the list has the Pope and the Queen, FDR and JFK, Hitler and Stalin, Churchill and Gandhi.  It’s an interesting […]
          The End of the Xbox One?        

The Xbox Two, otherwise known as Project Scorpio, and the Xbox One will undoubtedly have a period where they will overlap and both will be available to purchase. This was made evident during E3 2016 when Project Scorpio/Xbox 2 was announced. The question is how long until Xbox One goes the way of the 360?

More important, how will the Xbox One sing its final swan song? Will it go out with a bang or a whimper? How will Project Scorpio enter the playing field next year and assert itself without alienating the current owners? Perhaps even more important is how Xbox One S fits into all of this. Microsoft is clearing trying to juggle multiple generations at once, so let's take a look at how this master plan could pan out.

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Bye Bye Xbox One? (Image via Microsoft)

Historical Lifespans

First things first, let’s take a look at the Xbox 360. This greatly loved console was always reputed to have a ten year lifespan, running from 2005 until 2016 which is the year that Microsoft have promised to support the console until. The launch of the Xbox One in 2013 results in a three year overlap for the two consoles, so a three year overlap seems like a sensible assumption for an overlap between the Xbox One and the Xbox Two.

The Xbox 360 to the Xbox One may have been a seven – eight year gap, but if we look back further there was only four – five years between the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. This puts the release of Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) within this same type of cycle. With the Xbox Two launching in holiday of 2017, there are going to be new games exclusive to this new system.

That being said, unlike the past few Xbox releases, Project Scorpio is promised to be backwards compatible with all Xbox One games and accessories at launch. This is a new historic milestone for the consoles, and pushes the concept of an "Xbox Family" that Phil Spencer discussed during E3 2016.

Welcoming Xbox Two and Xbox One S to The Family

The Xbox E3 2016 press conference carried a lot of information with it. We learned about Microsoft's plan for the future which includes the "Play Anywhere" program that allows you to buy games for Xbox One and play them on Windows 10. You can even transfer and continue your game on either platform.

This was just the beginning. Phil Spencer also announced two new Xbox One consoles. We have the Xbox One S and of course, Project Scorpio which is really Xbox 2 in Disguise.

Walking out of the conference, it was easy to see that Project Scorpio is indeed Xbox Two and a next generation console. The six teraflops of power alone is a huge jump, not to mention the claims from Phil Spencer himself that the system is four and a half times more powerful than Xbox One.

The promises that came from E3 said that Project Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever built. With the kind of specs we're hearing about and suspecting, this is clearly a next generation console. With the release date coming in holiday 2017, what's to stop developers from jumping ship and focusing on Scorpio?

In an interview with Eurogamer, Phil Spencer was asked some big questions about Project Scorpio/Xbox Two.

One of the most pertinent questions was: "Why would people buy an Xbox One S with Project Scorpio coming out?" Here's what Phil had to say:

"Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don't have a 4K TV, the benefit we've designed for, you're not going to see. Scorpio is for the person who's got a 4K television, who's really focused on 4K gaming. It's going to be a premium price over what we're selling this one for, and both of them will exist in the market at the same time. Scorpio is for your 4K gamer. And that's what we designed it for."

So essentially, Phil Spencer's stance is that only people with 4K televisions should pick up Xbox Two. That of course, begs another question as to whether the console will also look and play better overall? Aaron Greenberg, a Microsoft executive, tweeted that there would be no Scorpio exclusives. Phil Spencer elaborated:

"When you're buying a console game from us, you know that console game will run on your original Xbox One. No-one gets left behind. We said that on stage. They're all part of the same family. And we want to make sure just like when you're buying your music today, you don't worry about upgrading to a new phone that somehow won't play your old songs or your new songs. We think about your Xbox One collection of games that will move with you between those different consoles."

He went on to say that Scorpio will take advantage of 4K and the six teraflops of power, but he said quote: "There won't be Scorpio exclusive console games. Absolutely Not."

At this point, you would be forgiven for thinking that Project Scorpio is not Xbox Two, but that's only true because of the wording Microsoft chose to describe their new plans. The term "Xbox Family" is used almost constantly when discussing these consoles.

"That's why we say beyond generations. The idea, is this is part of the previous generation or the next generation gets a little blurry. For you and I, we usually think about generations in terms of what games will it play? This thing [Project Scorpio] will play Ryse: Son of Rome, a launch game for your Xbox One. And we'll have launch Scorpio games as well that are playable on an Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Scorpio and look great on all three of them."

While it's clear that Project Scorpio/Xbox 2 is meant to fit into this new "Xbox Family," the Xbox One will have to be retired eventually. When that time comes, what will Microsoft do with the power and technology at their fingertips in regards to Scorpio?

Let's discuss a future when Xbox One and Xbox One S are no longer in production.

Cloud Computing

There’s one element of gaming technology that could drastically adjust our predicted timelines of course, and that’s this little thrown around statement that this is a console that will feature extra processing power with the use of cloud computing.

Essentially when you’re playing a game, data will be sent to the banks of computers waiting to make your experience streamlined; that data will be processed and sent back to your console so that the hardware on board has less to think about in order to make things run more smoothly. It’s an interesting idea, and one that could work very successfully for calculations that aren’t needed by the console immediately.

The limitation when it comes to cloud computing is more often than not related to the bandwidth of your internet connection. At present the computations completed by the processors away from your own Xbox One console will not be those that affect the here and now in the game that you’re playing, as you can imagine the frustration of waiting for a new scene to render or suffering from a bad frame rate in the midst of a firefight because your little sister starts downloading a movie.

Cloud computing is certainly a technology to watch however, as it may be implemented into Xbox Two to further enhance its processing power.

The End, or an Evolution?

So here's the thing: we're all used to getting another box when the next console comes out. Well, we've already considered on multiple occasions that the Xbox 2 may not be a traditional console like we're used to.. For now it seems, Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) is going to be a physical box. A powerful one, but a box none the less.

Microsoft had some pretty radical ideas for the Xbox One that were ultimately shot down, but what if these things could be brought back in another form? We remember the always online, no used games, and so on. We hated it because it restricted us from things we wanted to do with our consoles. Plus, internet isn't widespread enough or cheap enough to say that the console must always be online.

In 2020, when we expect to see the Xbox One taking it's final steps into the horizon, internet is going to be far more prevalent. How can I make this claim? Well, for starters the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, wants to beam internet to developing countries using drones. If that's not enough proof, I don't know what is.

So, assuming people have internet almost everywhere, and millions of people already own an Xbox Two, that creates a unique opportunity for Microsoft. You see, we expect this huge jump in graphics and power, but with cloud-based options becoming more and more ideal, Microsoft could easily just stream our Xbox 2 games to the Xbox One. The Xbox One would become a glorified antenna, yes, but it would remove the need for people to buy a new console. At that point, we'll also have the HoloLens in our hands, which could remove the need for controllers altogether.

All of the new games would be handled by a remote cloud in this scenario. All of the video cards, RAM, liquid cooling, and anything else would be somewhere else as the game is streamed to you. So, people who have the Xbox One just continue using that box, and people who don't can buy a small receiver to do the same thing. Guess what that means? Backwards compatibility since you're still using the same box. You could probably just switch it back to the regular Xbox One dashboard when you're not streaming cloud-based Xbox 2 games.

Think about how many problems this solves. Microsoft could hype it up too as the "Evolution" update and make it this whole live event that people can tune into just before the big update goes live. Would it be weird? You bet, and people would probably have a hard time swallowing the whole thing, but if the games are being streamed anyway, why not just use the box we have?

This could be a way to keep the Xbox One relevant past its expiration date, even if it simply becomes a streaming device, it will never truly leave that "Xbox Family" Microsoft is building. It may become the grandfather who plays blu-rays and talks about the good old days of 1080p, but it will still have its uses in this scenario.

It all depends on how far back Microsoft wants to go with their backwards/forwards compatibility approach. For now, though, it seems Xbox 2 will exist alongside the original in the interest of not leaving any gamers behind.

Back to Reality

I know I'll probably get some heat for that last section, but with discs going to the wayside and cloud-based gaming on the rise, it's a cost effective solution that fixes the problem of backwards compatibility and ultimately allows for a smooth and instant upgrade to the new system. The "Evolution Upgrade" may not happen, but if it does, you owe me a coke.

If things stay the same, and the Xbox One does fizzle out, we expect it to be phased out in the early 2020s. The exact date and the lifespan of this console will depend on a number of factors, such as the success of its cloud computing, general improvements to technology and, of course, whatever rivals Sony and Nintendo get up to. When do you think you’ll be trading your Xbox One in for the next generation of console? Will you purchase Xbox 2/Project Scorpio at launch, or will you wait? Let us know in the comments!

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          Garschagen em Belém do Pará e bloqueio no Facebook (sim, de novo!)        




Fui bloqueado na rede social do Zuckerberg, o novo amigo de infância de Dilma Rousseff. Sim, mais uma vez! E como sempre por comentários ditos "homofóbicos". Desta vez fiz uma piada sobre eu ter sido discriminado na loja do Boticário e chamado de "baitola". É isso mesmo: ser "baitola" é bonito, mas contar que foi chamado de "baitola" é ofensivo. Nem as aspas me salvaram. Trinta dias sem poder curtir, comentar ou compartilhar o que quer seja. Censura orwelliana, pura e simplesmente.


Tudo isso 24 horas após compartilhar oficialmente no meu perfil a palestra e o lançamento do livro "Pare de Acreditar no Governo - Por que os brasileiros não confiam nos políticos e amam o Estado", do Bruno Garschagen. Coincidência ou não, o bloqueio prejudica a divulgação deste evento que vem sendo planejado com muito empenho por um grupo de paraenses muito aguerridos e especiais. Esperamos que seja um evento inesquecível para que assim possamos mostrar que Belém merece estar na rota dos grandes lançamentos liberais-conservadores do Brasil. O primeiro de muitos que queremos realizar, seja trazendo lançamentos de livros ou palestras. Sim, tem reaçada na Floresta! E somos cada vez mais!!!

E não vamos nos intimidar. Nem parar. Nem retroceder.

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Aproveito o espaço para convidar a todos:


PALESTRA - 07 de JULHO de 2015, às 19h, no Espaço da Padaria Caramelada (Brás de Aguiar, 842-B, ao lado do Spazzio Verdi - Nazaré)
LANÇAMENTO/ NOITE DE AUTÓGRAFOS - 08 de JULHO de 2015, às 18h30, na Livraria da Fox (Doutor Moraes, 584 - Nazaré)
Sobre a obra e o autor, leia mais em: http://www.brunogarschagen.com

Entrada franca!!!




          Field of dreams Harvard Business School reinvents its MBA course        


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YOUNG mums shopping in the Copley Mall in downtown Boston last month found themselves being questioned about their use of soap by students from Harvard Business School. The students were not doing odd jobs to earn beer money. They were preparing to help a firm in Brazil launch an antibacterial cleanser.

Fieldwork—ie, going out and talking to people—is a big change for HBS. Its students used to sit in a classroom and discuss case studies written by professors. Now they may also work in a developing country and launch a start-up. “Learning by doing” will become the norm, if a radical overhaul of the MBA curriculum succeeds.

The 900 students arriving in Boston this summer for their two-year course were told they would be guinea pigs. The new practical addition to HBS’s curriculum is known as “FIELD” (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development). Not all the staff and students are overjoyed to be experimented on. But the man responsible, Nitin Nohria, who became dean of HBS in July 2010, says that “if it works, the FIELD method could become an equal partner to the case method.”

Long before he became dean, Mr Nohria lamented the failure of business schools to fulfil their mission of turning management into a profession similar to law or medicine. Asked what should be expected from someone with an MBA, he replies that “obviously, they should master a body of knowledge. But we should also expect them to apply that knowledge with some measure of judgment.” MBA students have long been sent on summer internships with prospective employers, but HBS, like most business schools, did little else to help them with the practical application of management studies.

What happens in the second year of the new course is still being worked out. But the first year has three elements. First, team-building exercises. Students take turns to lead a group engaged in a project such as designing an “eco-friendly sculpture”. They learn to collaborate and to give and take feedback. These exercises are loosely based on ones used in the US army.

Second, students will be sent to work for a week with one of more than 140 firms in 11 countries. Already the new intake have had conference calls with these companies, ranging from the Brazilian soapmaker to a Chinese property firm, and gone off-campus to conduct product-development “dashes” like the one in Copley Mall. This sort of structured learning-by-doing is a world away from HBS’s traditional encouragement of students to “go on an adventure” outside of classes.

In the third novel part of the course, students will be given eight weeks, and seed money of $3,000 each, to launch a small company. The most successful, as voted by their fellow students, will get more funding. It remains to be seen if this amounts to much more than a souped-up business-plan competition, though Mr Nohria says he hopes some real businesses will be created. (If only HBS had thought of this when Bill Gates was thinking of starting Microsoft, or Mark Zuckerberg was creating Facebook—perhaps the school would have received shares in those firms.)

It is unclear how much the one-week working assignments will achieve. Pankaj Ghemawat, a management guru, says “the literature suggests that an immersion experience needs to be at least 2-3 weeks and be backed up with time in the classroom.” The HBS students’ classroom preparation will have to be pretty thorough, then, to make up for the brevity of their field trips. Moreover, some of the HBS alumni who have agreed to offer work experience at their firms say they are unsure what meaningful work they can offer the students.

Privately, some faculty members are sceptical that all this change will be worthwhile. In January, the vote in favour of trying the field method was “as enthusiastic as you could get from a faculty,” says Mr Nohria, wryly. He wisely ensured that ownership of the idea was widely spread by delegating design of the new curriculum to several faculty committees. The vote gave the go-ahead to run a “delicate experiment for 3-5 years to see if we can move the needle”, he says, compared with the 13 years it took to develop the case method into more or less what it is today.

The experiment does not come cheap, adding 10-15% to the course’s cost (students pay at least $84,000 a year), which HBS will bear while it figures out what works. A lot is at stake. For where Harvard leads, other universities may follow.


          Bridge International, for-profit chain of schools in Africa may violate student privacy rights among other abuses        
A little less than a year ago, I blogged about how the journalist Tina Rosenberg, who regularly writes for the NY Times Fixes column, had repeatedly praised the for-profit education company, Bridge International Academy, while glossing over or omitted negative information, including the arrest of a doctoral student falsely arrested for investigating conditions at the school. Bridge International, or BIA as it is commonly called, currently runs over 500 private schools in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda, with the professed goal of reaching 10 million students by 2025. The company hires high school graduates and provide them with just a few weeks of training, and then send them off to teach to read scripts off computer tablets.

Rosenberg wrote glowingly about  this company in her column while failing to disclose how she and the organization she co-founded, Solutions Journalism, have a conflict of interest:  Bill Gates has invested in BIA, along with Pearson, Mark Zuckerberg and others, while the Gates Foundation has granted Solutions Journalism more than $2.5 million in funds since 2014.

Last year, Liberian government outsourced fifty primary schools to be operated by Bridge, and  recently decided to allow them to expand the number even more, without waiting for the results of a randomized trial as originally promised.  The decision of the Liberian government to expand the company's operations without actual evidence of their schools' quality led to a public statement of protest from the academic community.  Bridge's operations in Liberia has also been criticized by Kishore Singh, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, who sent a letter to the Liberian president, stating that by outsourcing its educational system to a for-profit company, the country was committing a “gross violation” of its education obligations under the Sustainable Development Goal number four, which states that by 2030, the nation would “ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.”


On July 27,  the NY Times magazine ran a comprehensive on-the-ground description by Peg Tyre of these schools in Kenya, along with some of their problems.  Tyre described how many families can't afford the tuition, students were sent home immediately if their parents fell behind on payments, teachers deliver rigid scripted lessons with no time to answer questions, and in buildings that often feature inadequate unsanitary conditions.

A couple of weeks later, Tyre's account was challenged by a breezy NY Times column by Nick Kristof whose argument could be summarized this way: the Liberian education system is a disaster, so Bridge's schools must serve as an improvement.  (The same argument, by the way, is often used by charter school supporters to privatize public schools, rather than invest in improving their conditions.) This column sparked a Twitter debate between Prof. Daniel Katz and Kristof, into which I occasionally interjected.

Among the other troubling concerns with Bridge is the company's plans to achieve profits by using the personal student data of students for marketing purposes, as described here by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
This concept is troubling, to say the least, and it can be easily imagined how Bridge International Academy might share data on families that lapsed on tuition payments with banks and used to deny them credit and/or loans.

More recently Liberia's teachers have come out publicly against the expansion of Bridge, and yesterday 174 organizations from 50 nations, including Network for Public Education, on whose board I sit, came out with a letter urging investors to cease their support and divest in Bridge given the company's lack of transparency, inadequate research evidence, poor conditions, and violation of student and teacher rights.  As well as divestment, the letter from the organizations , whose logos are below,  goes on to make the following demands of investors:

● Immediately and independently verify BIA’s compliance with national laws and standards,
including human rights, educational, disability, and labor standards;
● Ensure that issues of equity, systemic discrimination, and exclusion are addressed;
● Demand that BIA immediately uphold standards of transparency and publicly disclose information about its operations, including accurate information on actual levels of fees and real costs for parents, teacher salaries and qualifications, enrollment data of children with disabilities, student attrition and completion rates, legal status and policy compliance in different countries, etc.
● Demand that BIA immediately stop intimidating civil society organizations and researchers, including teachers’ unions, and collaborate with any interested researcher in order to provide reasonable access to its schools and all information required to make independent assessments of its claims;
● Engage in dialogue with civil society organizations to review the concerns about BIA and to explore alternative ways to make a valuable contribution to education;
● Demand immediate action to remedy the above violations, within a reasonable timeframe and with adequate monitoring, or alternatively withdraw existing investments;
● Transparently share information about existing or future evaluations of BIA, and engage in dialogue about these evaluations with all stakeholders, including civil society organizations;
● Cease future investments of public or private resources in BIA and other fee-charging, commercial private schools that are failing to reach the most disadvantaged and contributing to socio-economic segregation, undermining the public education system, or undermining the rule of law;
● Invest in programs that fight poverty and inequality by promoting high-quality, equitable, free public education, including programs that help local and national governments improve public schools and expand to under-served areas;
● Constructively engage with civil society organizations to promote the realization of the right to education.

Surely, that would be a good start!

          If you say it in public, it's quotable        

If I tweet that my butt hurts, and some company thinks that helps them sell their product, they can say "Dave Winer says his butt hurts," and on what grounds could I object?

If someone says something, and someone else says they said it, I'm sorry but you don't have any recourse, if you're the Pope, the President or nobody in particular.

I think we cross a line on Facebook however, when they imply that someone likes a product because they clicked on Like in relation to it. We all know, including the people at Facebook, that there are many other reasons to click Like even if "Like!" isn't what you had in mind. They're being hypocritical and expedient by equating the two, and earning negative goodwill, that may well haunt Mr. Zuckerberg in the afterlife. :-)

And, if a NY Times movie critic says he likes the music of Llewyn Davis on Twitter, the movie company can say he said so.

And it's ridiculous to think that Twitter, a company, for crying out loud, has any standing here! They can put whatever they want in their Terms of Service, this is speech. They don't get to make rules about speech that happens outside their network.

I don't think I'm out on a limb here at all. I'm not a lawyer, but I think I understand the basic rules about speech.


          We Dressed Like Mark Zuckerberg For A Week To See If We'd Experience The 'Zuckerberg Effect'        

          Netflix retrying its Social TV strategy        
Netflix retries its Social TV strategy just after two months, when they shut down their community features. The reason for this new retry is the evangelism by Facebook's CEO Marck Zuckerberg, "of a world in which every industry must fundamentally become social or risk becoming irrelevant".
Mike Hart, Director of engineering for APIs at Netflix told FastCompany:
“It’s very nascent, as of a couple days ago. We’re entering a bunch of new markets, internationally. There will be less brand recognition, less word of mouth. So viral acquisition strategies have the potential to gain for us endless new markets.
“[Zuckerberg] firmly believes that all the surviving services, the leaders in their spaces in the next decade, will be social through-and-through. We think it’s worth a bet to invest in that kind of vision to realize bigger gains for the business as well as to protect us from potential disrupters entering our space and leveraging those types of technologies.”
Difference in strategy
The old social strategy by Netflix was a limited version, embedded in ideas of community that predates current state of the Web, which expressed itself in sharing tools for the users' recommendationsand reviews. The new strategy though is based upon the diffusion of social networks-like Facebook- which fundamentally changes the way how companies market their products and the opportunities of co-creational marketing.
          Fascinating Facts about Bulgaria        

From remote, wooded mountain ranges sprinkled with secluded villages and captivating monasteries to vibrant modern cities and swathes of sandy beaches bordering the Black Sea coastline, Bulgaria is a country well worth exploring.

It isn't hard to see why so many foreign and domestic holidaymakers flock to the Bulgarian coast every summer but there is also a rich cultural heritage and some surprising facts that not many people know about this Balkan gem.

Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and it hasn't changed its name since it was first established in 681AD. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria is the second oldest city in Europe, founded 7000 years ago. Gold treasure discovered in the Varna Necropolis dates back to 5000BC making it the oldest gold in the world. Bulgaria is number three in the list of countries with most valuable archaeological sites discovered on their territories, preceded only by Greece and Italy. A Bulgarian folk song 'Izlel e Delio Haydutin' was sent into space with the Voyager 1 and 2 probes among a collection of music selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Bulgarians express approval by shaking their heads rather than nodding. Some of the world's most popular and expensive perfumes are made from famous Bulgarian rose oil. 1000 rose blossoms are required to produce one gram of oil. Bulgaria has the highest number of natural mineral springs in continental Europe with over 600. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is of Bulgarian descent, named after his grandfather Marko who emigrated from Bulgaria to the US in 1940. It was a Bulgarian who created the first computer in the world. Working in partnership with American inventor Clifford Berry, scientist John Atanasoff designed and developed the first electronic digital computing device. Bulgarian scientist Peter Petroff invented the first ever digital wristwatch and the world's first wireless heart monitor. Assen Jordanoff, of Bulgarian descent, invented the airbag. The Bulgarian national football team finished fourth in the 1994 World Cup. Over 15,000 Thracian tombs have been discovered on the territory of Bulgaria, most of which are yet to be explored.

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          Internet Innovators        

Examines over 120 individuals and personalities who had an innovative and influential impact on the development and evolution of the Internet, with an emphasis on Dot Com founders and leaders. Subjects include Julian Assange (Founder of Wikileaks), Pierre Omidvar (Founder of eBay), Gary Kremen (Founder of Match.com), Ray Tomlinson (Inventor of email), and Mark Zuckerberg (Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Facebook).


          Architects of the Information Age        

Provides an introduction to the titans of the technology industry, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg.


          #32: 覃超专访(之二)        

接着上次的访谈,覃超给我们讲讲他经历的 Facebook Phone 项目诞生和放弃的过程,以及三进程 WebKit (OS?) 架构。本期相关链接不可错过。

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  • Rio:《IT 公论》主播,IPN 联合创始人
  • 覃超:峰瑞资本技术合伙人,创业者,前 Facebook 工程师

          The Facebook Story        

  Most popular social networking service “Facebook” is a launched on February 4, 2004. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin. Now, thirteen years later, the site has become one of the biggest websites in the world, visited by 1.86 million people a month! And […]

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          Facebook Sued For $1 Billion Over Intifada Page        
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been served with yet another lawsuit. This one is seeking over a $1 Billion in damages for a page that was setup on the social network. The “Third Intifada” page, which was against Israel, received almost 400,000 fans before it was take down. The lawsuit was filed in Washington by Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist and former Justice Department prosecutor, and claims that...
          Challenges, Adventure Empower Argawal        

Aditya Argarwal

Aditya Agarwal is a leader in Silicon Valley. In December, the Carnegie Mellon University alumnus — one of the earliest employees at Facebook — was named chief technology officer for Dropbox, where he supervises hundreds of engineers creating innovations for the online storage company.

Growing up, Agarwal was always the new student in school. His father, a chemical engineer, moved the family from their home base in India to Cameroon, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

That globe-trotting, which culminated in the family’s immigration to the United States, helped Agarwal develop an outgoing personality and a sense of adventure — important assets in the startup world.

“My dad loved pursuing new adventures. My desire to be at startups is in no small part from what I learned from him in my childhood,” Agarwal said.

Agarwal said studying at Carnegie Mellon gave him the problem-solving skills to thrive.

“CMU teaches you that computer science is not a rote, mechanical field but a profession deeply rooted in creativity,” Agarwal said. “The best people in the profession are closer to artists than engineers.”

Teaching professor Mark Stehlik, assistant dean for outreach at CMU's School of Computer Science, remembered Agarwal as “strong from the get-go.” After completing his undergraduate computer science degree in three years, Agarwal was one of five students to complete the fifth-ear master’s degree program, which included Ph.D. classes. He also spent four semesters in a row working as a teaching assistant.

“He came here on a mission,” Stehlik said. “He is a poster child for the kind of student we attract here, the kind of student we make better here and the kind of student who is a leader in our industry.” Agarwal also found love at CMU — Ruchi Sanghvi. Like her husband, Sanghvi is a software engineer, entrepreneur and investor. She previously was vice president of operations at Dropbox and is now involved in South Park Commons.

“The most important thing you can do is to marry someone smarter than you so they can challenge you,” Agarwal said of Sanghvi, who was the first female engineer at Facebook. “I’m extremely grateful that I met her at CMU.”

In 2005, the two engineers headed west for jobs at Facebook. On his third day in the office, Mark Zuckerberg walked up to Agarwal, then a 23-year-old software engineer, and said, “You should build a Facebook search engine.”

Argawal said the challenge empowered him.

“We place these somewhat artificial constraints on what we can do until we look at someone like Mark Zuckerberg, who is fearless,” Argawal said. “The stars were aligned for me to have an opportunity at a generational company like Facebook. It was like getting strapped into a rocketship. That gave me experiences that allowed me to have a big impact at places like Dropbox.”

At Dropbox, he has helped the company celebrate several record-breaking financial achievements. Dropbox has 500 million users worldwide and teams in over half of the Fortune 500 companies.

Agarwal and his team have made project collaboration easier through a tool called Paper, which allows users to comment, add video and sound clips to a project and update changes in real time.

“If you could cut down on the amount of time you waste at work — reading emails, managing your calendar, keeping in sync with people — we believe we can unleash an immense amount of productivity from the most brilliant people,” he said.

Argarwal recently announced via Facebook that he was leaving Dropbox to join Sanghvi at South Park Commons.

“I am very excited by the ever-increasing scope of technology to fundamentally improve people’s lives around the world,” he said in the post. “I have been fortunate to be part of seminal companies like Facebook and Dropbox so the next act has a lot to live up to.”

This story has been updated to reflect Argarwal's recent move to South Park Commons.


          Historia de Mark Zuckerberg        

          Facebook Login        

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The Facebook Login is accessible via just about any web browser on multiple platforms including PC, Mac, tablets and cell phones.

Background


Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Facebook membership was initially only open to Harvard students but this was later expanded to other colleges and universities in the Boston area, the Ivy League and Stanford University. Facebook gradually added support for students at other universities within the US before opening itself to high school students and subsequently anyone over the age of 13. Facebook's growth has been unprecedented since and  currently has over 900 million users making it the world largest social networking website. You can find the Facebook Login link above.





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          SWE: Sex Addict        
Emily has a perfect weekend, bike riding and wine tasting with her mom in Sonoma. Someone is getting married in Sonoma and Emily’s mom wants her to walk down the abandoned aisle because she’s worried she won’t see it in real life.Mark Zuckerberg tied the knot and waited seven years to change his relationship status on Facebook. Emily is following Zuckerberg’s lead while Menace thinks that not changing your relationship status means you’re keeping your options open. Also, Menace wears female deodorant and Emily thinks approves. Why not?Pheromones parties with your dirty t-shirt, the Vamp vibrator that shimmers in the sunlight like Edward Cullen, and the video game that gives you a free vibrator.How War of Warcrafts can destroy your sex life and how to tell if you're addicted to sex or just really, really like it.
          Facebook podrá utilizar tus fotos de Instagram con fines comerciales        

Instagram ha anunciado en la última actualización de su política de privacidad y sus términos de uso que a partir del próximo 16 de enero Facebook (propietaria de Instagram) y sus anunciantes podrán acceder a los datos y fotografías de sus usuarios con fines publicitarios.

La compañía advierte que "nada ha cambiado respecto a la propiedad de tus fotos o quién puede verlas" y que su contrato ya recogía estas cláusulas con anterioridad, pero lo cierto es que los cambios en sus políticas son extensos y poco claros en cuanto a cómo afectan las novedades al usuario.


¿Pero qué significa esto en la práctica? Pues por ejemplo que, por poder, podrán vender una de tus fotos a una página de contactos o de intercambio de parejas mientras Mark Zuckerberg se embolsa un dineral a tu costa.

También significa que pueden vender fotos donde salgan tus hijos pequeños a una revista para ilustrar un artículo sobre vaya usted a saber qué sin tu consentimiento, ya que en los cambios anunciados se especifica "el uso de las fotos para campañas de marketing o de publicidad, así como el aprovechamiento de los contenidos y de sus gustos", y como los usuarios se pueden dar de alta a partir de los 13 años, ni tus hijos, ni el resto de menores de edad con cuenta en la red social, están exentos de sus nuevas políticas.

También es posible que un día puedas verte a ti mismo en una valla publicitaria o en lateral de un autobús anunciando un producto contra las hemorroides. Las posibilidades son infinitas.
          The Social Network: Hype or Buzz?        
Unless you're living under a rock, you already know about The Social Network -- David Fincher's latest, based on The Accidental Billionaires, the (fictionalized?) story of Facebook and it's creator Mark Zuckerberg.

The critical reaction to the film has been ecstatic, to say the least, and frankly that's always a cause for concern. Excessive hype almost always hurts a movie, and in this case, the hype machine is in overdrive (although Nathaniel Rogers, a film critic I've read and trusted for many years now, says it's truly "buzz" and not "hype").

Consider the names that have been dropped in the reviews that have surfaced so far: Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Rashomon, All the President's Men, The Graduate, Network... you get the idea? Some reviews have called it the first masterpiece of the 21st century -- never mind the fact that films like Mulholland Drive, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and In the Mood for Love almost certainly belong in the all-time lists at this point.

While the comparisons to the aforementioned classics may be legitimate, it automatically makes it a tall order for the film to live up to expectations. There's always a good chance that you may end up with a "Huh? That's it" reaction at the end (or that there's a backlash just around the corner -- just wait for the awards season). But since this is a David Fincher movie (almost always great except the last one, which had its moments) -- I'm going to remain excited for this.

I read the book last night, and it was just about ok -- never really penetrating its characters to reveal any thing substantial about them -- but I hope Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have brought their own voice to this project.

A film that defines a generation? My expectations just skyrocketed.
          First China Now Facebook !!!        

Infographic of India without Kashmir was posted by Chinese state Television before, now same was done by Facebook boss, though he takes it down later Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg posted an infographic of India which didn’t show Jammu & Kashmir as part of India. Frustrated Indians lashes out over social [...]

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          Arbeiten bei Facebook - Heißer Bewerbungstipp von Mark Zuckerberg        
Sie träumen von einem Job bei Facebook? Dann hat der Gründer des sozialen Netzwerks einen heißen Tipp für Sie. Mark Zuckerberg verriet beim „Mobile World Congress“ in Barcelona, nach welchen Kriterien er Mitarbeiter einstellt.
          Mark Zuckerberg kızı olmak? Chan Zuckerberg Initiative nedir?        
Mark Zuckerbergin Microsoftun kurucusu Bill Gatese hayranlığı ve Gates ile eşi Melinda nın da kendilerinin ve diğer hayır kurumlarına yaptıkları bağışlar biliniyor. Kendine örnek alıyor denilen Gateslerin aldığı ağır yorumlardan bu kez Mark da nasibini aldı ve sosyal medya ve basında olay hemen yorumlandı; Tüm bunlar vergiden kurtulmak için ...
          Plus besoin d'opérateur sur votre smartPhone        


Tout juste racheté par Facebook, le service de messagerie instantanée va proposer dans les mois qui viennent un service d'appels gratuits à ses 465 millions d'utilisateurs, a annoncé son fondateur ce lundi.

Après les messages, les coups de téléphone vont devenir gratuits sur WhatsApp. C'est ce qu'a annoncé ce lundi Jan Koum, le fondateur du service de messagerie instantanée, au Congrès mondial de la téléphonie mobile à Barcelone. "Nous allons introduire la voix dans WhatsApp au deuxième trimestre", a-t-il déclaré. 
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L'application se rapproche ainsi du modèle de son concurrent Viber (récemment racheté par le japonais Rakuten) qui propose déjà messages et appels gratuits.
465 millions d'utilisateurs actifs

Le réseau social Facebook a racheté mercredi dernier WhatsApp pour 19 milliards de dollars en action et en liquide dans l'espoir de voir doubler le nombre d'utilisateurs de WhatsApp.

"Il y a cinq ans nous n'avions aucun client", a rappelé lundi Jan Koum, et "désormais nous avons 465 millions d'utilisateurs actifs" dans le monde, une belle performance pour "une entreprise qui n'a jamais fait de marketing" et s'est plutôt fait connaître par le bouche-à-oreille.

Il a assuré qu'"il n'y a aucun changement programmé" après le rachat par Facebook: "Mark (Zuckerberg, patron de Facebook, ndlr) comprend tout à fait que, pour que Whatsapp continue à avoir du succès, il doit vraiment rester indépendant".

          Sovereignty vs Safety: The Core Issue Behind the Populism        

Way back in the day, I mean WAY back, humans ran around by themselves, isolated as individuals. The earliest humans spent every waking moment fending off predators, hunting other animals, and foraging for food. The hardest part was always staying safe. From saber-tooth tigers or lions or dire wolves or snakes, you always had to watch for predators.

(Side note: this history is, to be fair, fake. If you believe in evolution/Evolution, humans evolved from other pack animals going back millions/billions of years. It wasn’t like we somehow “started” as individuals. But let me go with it for a moment.)

The first group was the family. A male human impregnated a female human, and they stayed together because it just made it safer. This human male was giving up quite a bit of freedom. Before they mated, he could run around doing whatever he wanted. Afterward he mated, he had to come back from hunting every day by sundown. But he also got some benefits. By having children, the family had others who could help keep watch for predators, go hunting, or forage for food. (And, yeah sex.) Of course, these younger children had to obey the rules of the parents or get kicked out of the family into the wilderness to fend for themselves.

Living as a family was better than living alone.

Eventually it made more sense for one family to join with another family living nearby. This way they could share the guard duties and pool resources for food they had scavenged. Eventually, you had to join a group of families or other groups of families could come steal your food. These groups of families became the first tribes. And the tribes set up rules that all the families had to follow. These families also gave up some freedom by joining the tribe. Say a family liked to eat shellfish, but the tribe forbid shellfish. Well, the family had to give up the freedom to enjoy shrimp and lobster to join the tribe.

Joining a tribe was better than just surviving as a family.

Of course, some tribes banded together to make clans. These clans allowed for trade and inter-marriage among the tribes. They also guarded against the bad actions of other clans who might sweep in to steal food and women and, later, land.

Clans living was better than tribe living.

You see where this is going. Clans became cities, or city-states, or states, or nations, or nation states. After the Peace of Westphalia, some of these nations created alliances and today we have international treaties. In each case, working together in larger and larger groups made life better. This is a narrative version of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent history of the world, inspired by Yuval Harari’s Sapiens:

“History is the story of how we've learned to come together in ever greater numbers from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn't on our own.”

The above history is a Hobbesian-turned-idealistic view of the world, showing humanity as truly having its origins in a state of anarchy, where life is nasty, brutish and short. But it gets better as we come together. The way I like to describe this is we have been in a perpetual trade off of sovereignty for security and prosperity.

And I want to focus on one word in that last sentence in particular: sovereignty. Because it could stop the final step.

In the deeper cuts of the conservative blogosphere, the concept of sovereignty is hot. Every few years you find a conservative railing against some treaty or UN commitment that would crush US sovereignty. And not even super conservatives, as Richard Haass most recent Foreign Affairs article was about redefining sovereignty.

The most ideal form of this thinking was the book The Sovereignty Solution. A while back one of the authors sent me a copy of the book. He loved our blog, but I had casually mentioned I wasn’t onboard with their theory yet. (It went military-blog viral, admittedly a small viral, a few years back.) So he sent me a copy to change my mind. In short, the book didn’t change my mind or convince me of their theory, but it did convince me of the appeal of their theory.

Basically, any time you join the larger group, you give up some power/freedom/sovereignty. Giving up of power (freedom/sovereignty) is scary. But it is worth it, as every example above proves.

We’ve now taken the process global. 
International treaties by definition force states to give up sovereignty for the larger benefit. A bunch of countries get together and decide to cooperate on a given issue. To do so, they usually set up an enforcement agency or body. This group than regulates the issue. Sometimes, this larger international body will trump domestic law. Even in the US. (Because of the Constitution!)

You can see the benefits for international cooperation, but see US pushback because of perceived loss of sovereignty across a wide range of issues.

- Take landmines. Or chemical weapons. They are nasty weapons and we shouldn’t have them. So certain nations got together and made a deal to stop building those weapons and agreed to fine countries who don’t stop building them. The US won’t join the landmine treaty because we like having landmines.

- Take global trade. Some conservatives hate institutions like the World Trade Organization because it can restrict the actions of certain American companies. Overall, though, it makes the global trade system profitable and benefits America far more than it hurts it. But sovereignty.

(We would bring up global warming and the Paris Accords, but we know that is a hot button issue.)

When Trump rails against global elites and China and ISIS/Muslims, he’s arguing that foreigners sap our sovereignty. Trump doesn’t believe in allies because he doesn’t believe in ever sacrificing your own freedom for the larger gain. What do Brexit-eers criticize most about the EU? Those damn bureaucrats in Brussels telling them how to regulate the internet. Oh, and those same bureaucrats telling them how to run their immigration laws. How is Putin trying to destroy NATO and the EU? By encouraging countries to take back their own power from global institutions.

That’s all code for taking back sovereignty from global institutions.

So life was getting better and better in larger groups, and now we’ve stopped it in the name of sovereignty. Even though interstate nuclear war could end life as we know it, some conservative thinkers and politicians (Trump, Putin, Bannon) want to stop global integration. For conservatives, the power of groups to make the world better magically stops at the international level. 

In the end, life will be better as a global society, not as nation states. We should remember that.


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Mark Zuckerberg talks Big Green Egg on Facebook Live. [Eater] Esquire’s Nick Sullivan is one cool dude. [Esquire] Our friend David Coggins breaks down his personal style.  [J.Crew Blog] Ben Clymer is an interesting and smart guy. Get to know him. [Blamo!] Fix don’t replace. Sweden gives tax breaks for repairing things. [QZ] Speaking of […]
          Microsoft’s Kaizala an Alternative for WhatsApp for Businesses         
Facebook’s WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging and voice calling app, which gained its popularity due to its easy user-interface properties. And, in the recent past, Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to add business applications for its WhatsApp app. Stiffening up the competition, Microsoft has launched its new app “Kaizala,” a messaging app specifically made for businesses. Although WhatsApp is a magnificent app for common people to use for casual conversations, there are a few limitations that restrains this app to be used for business applications. One of them is the limitation of members that can be added to a group. In addition to that, the group conversations create mess when more people start to contribute. Prominent Features of Kaizala that Make it Better Business App than WhatsApp Kaizala is expected to overcome the aforementioned complications. This app has no limits on the number of members in a group. Furthermore, groups can be added to another groups that allows people to reach more audience. Kaizala also allows to create surveys, documents, and polls that could generate precise results for the users on Kaizala. This app is specifically build for the people who want to interact (text or voice call) to a lot of people quickly and simultaneously. Many companies need this service as it will allow them to efficiently survey their audiences. This app is expected to add more to its services. One of which is using location based data. With this service, users can explore nearby groups and may get messages and invitations from them. This will be very useful for the local businesses as they can find nearby users and message them about the discounts or offers they are providing. Kaizala is an app made for smartphones having operating systems iOS and Android. This app also has pro version that will allow users to get advanced user and group authorities. This app has been launched exactly at the time when Facebook is trying to focus on business applications of WhatsApp. WhatsApp has been working on services to be provided for business use, but a major competitor has already arrived for it.

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          Oculus to Reduce it Hardware Price Temporarily        
Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality firm, is reducing the price of its hardware for the time being, as the industry is trying to figure out why the technology for immersive stories and games has not been well received among consumers. “The company is decreasing the collective price of its Touch Controller and Rift Headset to US$399 beginning from the coming Monday for the next six weeks,” told Jason Rubin, the vice president for content at Oculus. With this step, the company is trying to match with the price of PlayStation VR, Sony’s virtual reality set. Vive, the HTC’s VR set, is of US$799 and the enterprise is not considering any price cut in the recent times. For the acquisition of Oculus, Facebook had to shell out US$3 bn in 2014. At that time, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, stated that the medium, which provides a 360-degree panoramic view via headsets, would become an integral part of the day-to-day life for a billion of people in the near future. Till now, this has not happened and the reason behind is still unclear. Many a times, pricing discounts are a viewed as a remedy for weak product sales. Jason, however, has claimed that this is not the case with Oculus. The price of Oculus was also reduced US$798 to US$598 in March this year. In May, it closed the doors of its Story Studio to focus more on external content makers.

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          Â¿Qué es Facebook Ads y cómo las ONG pueden aprovecharlo?        
La red social Facebook ofrece la posibilidad de invertir en publicidad y promocionar publicaciones, eventos u otro tipo de contenidos para llegar a un público segmentado. 


Leer más... ¿Qué es Facebook Ads y cómo las ONG pueden aprovecharlo?

La herramienta de publicidad de Facebook Ads es una gran ventaja para las ONG y entidades del Tercer Sector ya que permite invertir en publicidad con un público muy segmentado. La red social de Mark Zuckerberg recoge datos de los usuarios que luego son aprovechados por otras organizaciones para promocionar sus publicaciones. Además de ganar más “Me gusta” en la página y hacer que el público interactúe con la misma, la opción de Facebook Ads te permite aumentar el tráfico por un precio relativamente bajo que siempre puedes modificar y observar su evolución mientras que la campaña esté activa.

En Facebook, puedes crear estos tipos de campaña:
  • Promocionar tus publicaciones
  • Promocionar tu página
  • Atraer personas a tu sitio web
  • Aumentar las conversiones en tu sitio web
  • Aumentar las instalaciones de tu aplicación
  • Incrementar la interacción con tu aplicación
  • Llegar a personas que están cerca de ti
  • Aumentar el número de asistentes a tu evento
  • Lograr que las personas soliciten tu oferta
  • Aumentar las reproducciones de vídeo
Todas estas opciones pueden ser aprovechadas por las organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro para dar a conocer, por ejemplo, el último vídeo de una campaña, motivar a los usuarios para hacer donativos y dar apoyo a campañas de fundraising o dar a conocer un evento para que aumente el número de asistentes al mismo.

En cada campaña podrás escoger un único objetivo, de manera que los anuncios que habrán dentro de la campaña sólo podrán tener una única finalidad. La parte más divertida y creativa está en la configuración de los anuncios. Probar textos, cambiar imágenes, variar la segmentación o filtrar por comportamientos o intereses diferentes hará que tus resultados puedan mejorar.

Para más información sobre como tu ONG puede aprovechar Facebook Ads, puedes hacer clic aquí y pedir una beca de asesoramiento. 

                               

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          Was he really dead?        

Sir Jimmy Young, a radio DJ in the UK, died in November 2016 at age 95.  He left an estate worth more than 2.7 million pounds and a bizarre last request. In his will, Jimmy requested that his dead body be given a lethal […]

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          Hawaii Is Opening The Way For Universal Basic Income        
Hawaii Is Opening The Way For Universal Basic Income

Hawaii has recently shown that it might be the U.S.’s most forward-thinking state. In June, it became the first state to accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Accord officially, after US President Donald Trump withdrew the nation from it. Now, the state congress has passed a bill for the support of universal basic income.

Innovation and forward-thinking might be Hawaii’s two biggest exports for 2017. After being the first in the U.S. to officially accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement, Hawaii is currently taking the lead in embracing one more innovative idea: universal basic income (UBI).

Hawaii state representative Chris Lee wrote a Reddit post about House Concurrent Resolution 89, a bill he says he introduced to “start a conversation about our future.” According to Lee, “after much work and with the help of a few key colleagues, it passed both houses of the State Legislature unanimously.”

Lee also posted on Twitter:

Hawaii first state to declare everyone deserves basic financial security; begins eval of universal basic income #UBI https://t.co/RsvM95tEFs

— Chris Lee (@chrisleeforhi) June 15, 2017

The bill is divided into two major provisions. First of all, it states that all families in Hawaii are entitled to basic financial security. As Lee wrote: “As far as I’m told, it’s the first time any state has made such a pronouncement”. The second provision establishes numerous government offices “to analyze our state’s economy and find ways to ensure all families have basic financial security, including an evaluation of different forms of a full or partial universal basic income.”

Under a UBI program, each citizen is granted a fixed income that doesn't depend on their status in life. Despite the current focus on the concept, it isn’t particularly new. In fact, former U.S. President Richard Nixon floated the idea back in 1969.

Nevertheless, the benefits of this program have become more appealing considering recent technological advances, as the adoption of automated systems that could lead to widespread unemployment.


Hawaii might be the first U.S. state to pass any kind of UBI-positive legislation. However, several countries around the world are already testing this system. Finland started its two-year UBI pilot in 2016, while Germany has one as well. Canada plans to begin trials in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Ontario, and India is now debating the merits of UBI.

Reference: Futurism

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  • The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Too much inherited wealth is a bad thing in a country that was founded in opposition to aristocratic privilege. Some of the wealthiest people in the US agree. Billionaires such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg have vowed to leave only limited money to their children – instead committing the bulk of their fortunes to philanthropy.

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(Last week I had the opportunity to spend a few days brainstorming with my friends at the Economic Space Agency, an unusual and fascinating California startup organization.  Among our technical conversations we also touched here and there on some of the major social issues facing humanity as it moves forward into the era of radically advanced technologies.  This article summarizes some of the ideas we tossed around.)


I generally tend to be an optimist, including about advanced technology and about the future potential for human and transhumanist growth.  I think we’re going to create superhuman thinking machines and that some of us will merge with them and explore incredible new forms of mind, society and embodiment and experience.  I think we will create radical material abundance that will end the era of working for a living, and end disease and death.

I also think, though, there may be some serious downs as well as ups on the way to this radiant future.  And there’s also a nontrivial risk that one of the downs takes us so far down as to prevent the amazing positive futures I envision from actually coming to pass.

“Saving the world” as I mean it involves both the positive and negative aspects — making the world better by improving things dramatically, but also, preventing terrible things from happening and destroying the beautiful things we already have.

On the positive side, there is a great diversity of human values around the world, but there is also some commonality.  Nearly all of us have an innate sense of joy, and want to feel joyful.  Nearly all of us have some sense of compassion, and want others around us to feel joyful as well.   Nearly all of us want to be able to choose key aspects of our lives, and/or to have our families and communities able to choose key elements of their own paths.  And many  of us would like to grow beyond our current limitations, becoming more successful and more helpful and exploring new horizons.  And fortunately, it appears likely that a variety of advanced technologies, currently already emerging, are going to be able to promote these positive values to an unprecedented degree.  Computer networking, AI, biotech, nanotech, blockchain…

And on the negative side, the list of risks we face is also well known.  There’s the risk of natural disaster — comets hitting the Earth and so forth.   There’s the risk of human-encouraged natural catastrophe — global warming causing an unforeseen chemical reaction in the oceans leading to massive release of poison gas, or some such.   There’s the risk Nick Bostrom worries about in his book “Superintelligence” — that superhuman AIs will decide the molecules comprising humans can be more aesthetically or effectively used for some utterly nonhuman purpose.  There’s the risk of World War III between nation-states.

And then there’s the risk I think is actually the most worrisome — the risk that disaffected people, shut out of the centers of the world economy via radical economic inequality and/or political restrictions, leverage advanced technology to cause massive destruction.  Which then creates a negative and chaotic global political situation, in which all sorts of destructive technologies get born (including maybe the ones Bostrom worries about).

One thing I’m going to explain here is why I think this risk is a serious one — and then, what sort of things I think can be done to mitigate the risk.   And the solutions I’m going to suggest are things that we really should do anyway, for a whole host of reasons.

My logic here will involve a few decent-sized leaps, but I don’t think they’re insanely huge ones. You'll have to judge for yourself ;-)

When Robots Take The Jobs, Who Will Give Basic Income to the Residents of the Congo?

Let’s suppose that AI and robotics and associated technologies keep on advancing impressively, so that the need for human labor in the economy keeps on decreasing.  Then what happens to the people whose efforts are no longer needed in the labor force?   In the developed world, we already see a strong movement toward universal basic income, which is pretty much the only rational and compassionate solution to the situation.  But what about the developing world?   Who will give universal basic income to the citizens of, say, the Congo or Central African Republic, when the developed-world economy has advanced sufficiently that outsourcing to the citizens of these nations doesn’t make any economic sense?

One possibility is that developed-world philanthropists or governments rise to the occasion and distribute universal basic income throughout the world.   But I don’t have much faith this will happen.

One issue is that even the wealthiest philanthropists don’t have the funds to make a huge difference.   Suppose Bill Gates gave half his wealth to supply Africa with universal basic income.   30 billion dollars would give 30 dollars to each African for one year.   This is just not enough.   No small set of good-hearted individuals is wealthy enough to make a real dent here.  The whole class of super-wealthy individuals is rich enough to make a dent, but few of them care as much as the celebrated handful of billionaire philanthropists like Gates, Zuckerberg and Buffett.

Another issue is that, in developed democracies like the US, average voters are typically very unhappy with foreign aid.   Average Americans vastly overestimate the amount of foreign aid that the US government currently gives out, and they tend not to like it.   When the US gov’t first starts giving out universal basic income, it’s not going to be enough to keep everyone happy.  Average voters are not so likely to want to diminish their monthly payment in order to help faraway people with strange cultures and belief systems.

It could happen that, due to advancing technology, supplying basic needs becomes SO cheap that it becomes politically unproblematic to supply a universal basic income globally.  This might be the case if, for instance, we had a sudden breakthrough in molecular nanotechnology leading to fairly general-purpose, low-cost molecular assemblers.  This would be awesome.  But to be frank, I’m not counting on it.  I’m sure these technologies will come, but they may come only a few years or a decade or two AFTER the technology that obsoletes outsourcing and leaves developing-world citizens economically stranded.

The (Extreme and Nasty) Qualitative Nature of Global Inequality Today

For folks living in developed nations, it’s hard to get a sense of the extent to which people in the worse-off portions of the developing world feel (and are) left out of the modern world economy.   (I’ve gotten a little bit of insight into this via frequent visits to Ethiopia, where I’ve been co-running an AI and robotics outsourcing shop since 2013.  But I’m sure I still don’t have a full feel for these things, to the extent that I would if I’d grown up there.)

Let me try to give a vague flavor of the situation.   If you live in sub-Saharan Africa, the odds are that even if you can afford a smartphone, you can’t afford a lot of data minutes.  Unrestricted viewing of, say, educational videos is not an option.

You aren’t all that likely to be able to afford university tuition (if you do well on the exams at the end of high school, you have a good chance; but if you miss that one opportunity, your chance is probably nixed for life).

If you want to start a business, good luck saving a couple thousand US dollars in seed funding.  As soon as you save a few hundred dollars, odds are fairly high that some relative in a remote village will have a genuine urgent need for funding to pay for critical medical care.  Your choice may be to spend your savings to help your great-aunt, or else to be responsible for her death.

Do you want to use your hard-won savings to fly to some foreign tech hub to show your prototype to some investors?  Good luck getting a visa.  Sometimes it’s possible but it’s extremely chancy.  (I have had many failures trying to bring my Ethiopian AI researcher colleagues to Hong Kong, Canada and the US on temporary visitor visas or work visas.  These are people with advanced degrees in science and technology, and work history in AI software development.   Occasionally it succeeds; often the immigration departments reject the applications with no reason given.)

If you've managed to buck the odds and scramble like hell to gain the needed skills, maybe you can work online for overseas customers, doing consulting and saving money for your future that way.   Well, except the e-work websites may well not be set up to allow you to register any payment method available to you on their sites.    If you do manage to register, you'll get paid 1/10 the amount of folks in the developed world for doing exactly the same work, because of the country of residence indicated on your profile on the site.   And oh, then you  may find that your country's government decides to shut down the Internet for a week or two here or there (as I write this, Ethiopia has just shut down its whole country's internet for a week to try to avoid high school students cheating on their final exams) -- they don't seem to care what this will make your international customers think of your reliability!

Some folks in the developing world fight through all these factors to achieve great or modest success.   Many do not, despite having plenty of smarts and despite putting in MUCH more effort than the average, reasonably successful US, Western European or Chinese citizen.

The situation in, say, the former Soviet republics or the less well-off countries in Southeast Asia or South America is not as extreme as in sub-Saharan Africa.  But for many people it is qualitatively the same.   Why do you think there are so many Filipino women willing to leave their spouses and children to work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong for US$600/month, half of which they’ll send home to their families?  Why do you think there are so many attractive, college-educated young Eastern European women, willing to sell themselves as mail-order brides to unattractive, dull middle-aged men in the US or Western Europe?

What’s at issue here is not economic equality per se — almost nobody I know is upset that some people are richer than others.  There are differentials in ability and willingness to work that naturally lead to differences in wealth and income, at the current state of technological development.  And almost nobody wants to wipe out all the impact of history on wealth — nearly everyone wants to be able to pass along some of what they create or earn during their lives to their children, for example.  What’s at issue here is the ability to participate in a reasonably full way in the world economy.  In other words, those developing-world citizens I know who are discontented with their role in the world economy (i.e. nearly all of them) are not discontented with the fact that there is an economic game with a competitive aspect to it, nor are they disgruntled with sour grapes that they have lost the game.  They are discontented that, by dint of the nations they happen to have been born in, they are essentially disqualified from playing the game.  They have to fight a hard battle with low odds, often entailing great personal and family sacrifices, just to get on the playing field of the international tech economy.

I’m aware that life can be tough all around.   Even the super-wealthy can find life a struggle each day, as newspaper tabloids amply document.  I was raised middle class, nowhere near wealthy, and have worked quite hard all my adult life, with numerous ups and downs both personally and career-wise, some quite traumatic.  I’m pretty contented now and I’m grateful for both the situation I was born into and various opportunities I’ve made and happened into.  But I’ve seen close friends, also middle-class living in the developed world, commit suicide due to the difficulty of fighting through unfairly stacked competition and stultifying bureaucracy to realize their dreams.  Human psyche and human culture involve suffering everywhere on the planet; and in some ways I feel like folks in the developing world have more satisfying lives than their materially wealthy counterparts, due to the rich and warm social fabric they so often weave.  Complexities abound in nearly all human situations.  But none of these complexities takes away the prevalence, unfairness or danger of the gross inequity in the current world situation.

Minimizing the Odds of Massive Inequality Leading to Global Catastrophe

OK, so radical inequality of opportunity is prevalent and it sucks.  Now take the next step, and realize that: In spite of these factors, there are more and more highly educated young people in the developing world, with understanding of advanced technology.  Even the poorest nations are now equipped with computers and networks, and with biological lab equipment, and with universities teaching advanced science and engineering.

It’s not hard to see what sorts of risks this situation leads to.  If global inequality keeps increasing, and we have an increasing population of people who are largely shut out of the excitingly advancing global tech economy — but with significant access to modern education and technological tools — what do you think is likely to happen?

As technology advances, it takes fewer and fewer people, with less and less intelligence and know-how, to create more and more destruction.  This is true with computer hacking, it’s true with drones and robots, it’s true with biotech, and it will soon be true with nanotech.

What we need to do, to prevent global wealth inequality and advanced technology from adding up to produce global catastrophe, is increase equitability of opportunity.  We need to enable everyone in the world to have the opportunity to really play the modern global economic-social game.  We need to all be in this together, on a basic level, or else, we’re likely to squander our chance to create radical abundance for all via destroying ourselves in a maelstrom of foolishness, selfishness and violence.

I don’t mean to give the impression that the ONLY reason radical global inequality of opportunity is bad, is its strong potential to lead to widespread destruction.  According to my own morals, this sort of radical inequality of opportunity is intrinsically a rotten thing, regardless of the risk it poses to global safety.   I favor joy, growth and choice for all sentient beings, inasmuch is possible, and radical global inequality obvious is crappy on all three counts (it badly hurts joy, growth and choice, calculated in total across the globe).   I’m just highlighting, in this particular essay, one among the many nasty implications of this sort of inequality: its reasonably high likelihood of fostering a situation in which vast numbers of humans get killed and nasty futuristic technologies get developed in the chaotic aftermath.

Technology is not the whole solution here; this is a human psychology and culture problem as well as a technology problem.  But I do believe that appropriate deployment of appropriate technologies can help create a context in which culture is more likely to evolve in a way that mitigates these problems.

What technologies do we need?  We need technologies that encourage a democratic global social fabric.  That make it easier for people all around the world to connect with each other, to create media of all sorts for sharing with each other, to transact economically and emotionally with each other.  That make it less and less practical for governments and large corporations — with their tendency toward impersonality and inertia — to clog, prohibit or pervert exchanges between individuals and the formation of ad hoc or persistent social networks of various sizes and types.

Six Critical Technologies for Enabling a Positive Future

Fortunately these objectives can viably be achieved by a menu of technologies already in development to various extents.

The following would be a good start:


  1. Mesh networks, so that Internet access is outside the control of large corporations and governments, and in more direct control of the people
  2. Decentralized production of low-cost hardware.   When we can 3D print the smartphones that enable the mesh network, in relatively low-cost local factories, then we’ll be in a pretty exciting position.
  3. Machine translation, for both text and voice, that handles all the world’s languages.   This is an area where my own research on artificial general intelligence may have a transformative role to play.
  4. A social-network infrastructure that is widely used, that leverages machine translation and mesh networks, and that is out of the control of governments and corporations.
  5. A decentralized, peer-to-peer economic exchange mechanism that is widely used and understood, operating on the mesh and requiring only prevalent low-cost hardware.  Blockchain technologies provide an obvious basis here, including the new tech and ideas my friends at the Economic Space Agency are working on.
  6. Videos, games, augmented reality, virtual reality, biofeedback, neurofeedback and AI interaction systems that are oriented toward helping people understand themselves and each other better.  


Regarding the last point, another way to say it is: We need meaningful media that will help people grow, and help them come together, and help them confront the world’s difficult problems with love rather than hate — and we need this media distributed in a democratic and decentralized way rather than via advertising or propaganda dominated media channels.  If provided with the technology to create and disseminate meaningful media, the people of the world will, in my estimation, most probably do so.  There will be lots of less-meaningful media alongside, to be sure.  But if media is more strongly separated from the desire of governments to spread propaganda and the desire of corporations to maximize profit, then the more positive and growth-oriented sides of humanity will have more chance to self-organize into powerful new configurations.

These mechanisms would not automatically, magically make universal basic income spread globally.  But they would make it far more likely.  They would create massively richer, more positive interaction and interoperation between the developed and developing world economies.  They would lead to the flourishing of creative new economic and social networks, including many oriented toward environmental, social and spiritual benefit.  Rather than relying  on governments or corporations, or majority vote in corporate media dominated democracies, to spread the bounty from technological progress widely — these tools would foster self-organization of decentralized mechanisms enabling individuals and small groups to reach out to other individuals and small groups and engage them in positive and mutually beneficial interactions.

Think About It ...

Do we need all of the above to avert catastrophe?  Not necessarily.

Would the development of all this necessarily avert catastrophe?  Not necessarily.

But the more of this we can get, the more of a global “level playing field” we’re going to have, and the more of a sense we’re going to have that we’re all in this together.

Development and deployment of this set of technologies would constitute a revolution, but not the violent kind.  We don’t need to overthrow the world’s governments (though some are bound to get overthrown in the next couple decades anyway) and we don’t need to eliminate all the big corporations.  What we need to do is to build new networks that join people together directly, in parallel to governments and corporations, and ultimately subverting their power and influence.

With the above set of technologies, we would have a medium within which all sorts of new social, economic and cultural network would form.  These would not lead to complete economic or social equality, and would not eradicate all the problems of the world.  But they would go a long way toward enabling everyone on the planet to participate fully in the ongoing techno-social revolution.  A world dominated by such technologies would be one in which positive new tech would have a higher odds of getting developed - including biotech that heals rather than biotech that kills, and AI that loves us rather than AI that repurposes all our molecules.

It’s complicated.  But it’s not more complicated than building Google, Baidu, the Internet, self-driving cars, New York or Beijing, or pulling off the Human Genome Project.  Humanity can solve very complicated problems, when it focuses even a quite modest subset of its attention.

Think about where we, as a society, are focusing our technology development efforts.  Google and Tesla are great companies, for example.  But how ultimately important is more effective online ad placement, and better creation of luxury cars?   Why is our economy and society organized so that so many of the best educated brilliant minds on the planet are focusing their attention on such things?   Of course, Google’s work on ads is funding its work on life extension (Calico); and Tesla’s work on luxury cars is funding its work on better batteries, which has very broad application.   In general — in spite of the developed world focusing the majority of its economy on the creation of things that exacerbate inequality and appeal to the more selfish, shallow human emotions — we are still getting amazing and important things done.

But it’s not clear that getting the important stuff done as a side-effect of building frivolous things to enrich or amuse the most wealthy is going to be good enough.

It may be that we really need some more direct focus on technologies with strong direct potential for global good.

Think about it.


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Facebook will be airing a variety of new shows through its new 'Watch' tab on the social network. (CCM) — Facebook has decided to jump into the ring with video giant YouTube and major television networks by launching its own video service, Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post on the social network. "Today we're launching the Watch tab in Facebook — a place where you can discover
          Zuck 2020?        
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg fuels speculation by meeting real people, hiring pollster, etc.
          4 Ways Facebook Bots Can Help Your Business        

Do your customers ask you questions on Facebook? Maybe you get some comments or complaints here or there? If this is the case, you might want to consider using Facebook bots. Facebook bots are a way that allow for your business to design an immediate and automatic response system to queries such as these. Facebook bots are able to answer basic questions regarding anything that you might frequently get in regards to your business. This can be as simple and routine as your online store’s return policy, or as customized as customer feedback. Mark Zuckerberg, the infamous CEO of Facebook, […]

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          Nozze gay, in Russia si protesta contro le foto arcobaleno        

Nozze gay, in Russia si protesta contro le foto arcobaleno

Dopo la diffusione delle immagini con il simbolo "rainbow" su Facebook, arrivano strumenti per inserire anche altre bandiere. E così, esprimere sui social media la propria opposizione alla sentenza della Corte Suprema Usa


          Facebook CEO马克·扎克伯格“微服私行”记,为更加了解美国        
为了更加了解美国,马克·扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)开启了全新旅程,这次,他密会的是“冰球妈妈”、钢铁工人...
          Facebook Blocks More Than Two Dozen Popular Catholic Pages Without Explanation        


Facebook Blocks More Than Two Dozen Popular Catholic Pages Without Explanation
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.19 Jul 2017
Social media giant Facebook blocked more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages in a 24-hour period, some with millions of followers, saying only they were “suspected of suspicious activities.”

Facebook seemed to target only conservative Catholic pages with a significant following, since almost all had between hundreds of thousands and up to six million followers, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA), which brokethe story.

One of the blocked pages called “Fr. Rocky” belonged to a U.S. Catholic priest Fr. Francis J. Hoffman, executive director of Relevant Radio, whose page had 3.5 million likes.

“Catholic and Proud,” an enormously popular page with six million followers, met a similar fate. Page owner Kenneth Alimba of Nigeria told CNA his page was also blocked without explanation. He had another pagetitled “Holy Mary Mother of God” with some 200,000 Likes that was also removed.

Alimba has sent messages to Facebook in an attempt to have his pages reinstated but said he is “not optimistic” about a response. Some of Alimba’s other Facebook pages with fewer followers are still online.

“It is extremely heartbreaking,” Kenneth Alimba said of the page he has worked on for over five years. “It’s too horrible.”

Although they were furnished with no explanation for the blocks, some of the page administrators of the blocked sites have speculated that perhaps they are being censored, since Facebook has been accused in the past of censoring “conservative” news and websites, an allegation that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied.

Alimba said he believes he is being targeted specifically because it was a Catholic page. “They’ve fought and continue to fight anything Catholic and conservative,” he said.

Another Catholic fanpage called “Jesus and Mary,” which had some 1.7 million followers and depicted an image of the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary as its cover photo, was also blocked by Facebook.

Page administrator Godwin Delali Adadzie told CNA that he was on Facebook on the evening of July 17 when he was requested to upload a photo of himself because his personal account had been “suspected of suspicious activities.”

A Catholic author and evangelist, Adadzie has been called “one of the reasons the Church is booming in Africa.” He is also the founder of “Do you know Africa?”

“The page happens to be the most effective means of driving traffic to my Catholic websites and blogs,” Adadzie said. “I am also a blogger and a writer, and in writing, without readers which requires quality traffic, your writing or blogging will be useless.”

He was eventually allowed back into his personal account, but received a notification informing him that his “Jesus and Mary” page had been disabled. According to Adadzie, everyone authorized as an editor of the “Jesus and Mary” page had to go through the same process, which would suggest something more than a computer glitch is at play.

Adadzie sent two appeals to Facebook but has yet to get a response.

Of the known affected Catholic pages, 21 are based in Brazil, and four are English-language pages, with administrators in the U.S. and Africa.

Observers have suggested that the 25 pages are just the tip of the iceberg and actual numbers of blocked Catholic pages could well be in the dozens.

Catholic
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Catholic Relief Services.

Note: George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Mark Zuckerbergis a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, and a co-founder & chairman & CEO for Facebook.
Sheryl K. Sandberg is the COO & director for Facebook, and was a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).

          Zuckerberg Has The Tools To Enact Radical Political Policy        
Thanks to his treasure trove of voter data.
          How to Drive Traffic to Your Landing Page From Facebook        
Almost everybody has a Facebook account. It is amazing how this social networking site became one of the cheapest ways to connect with friends and relatives online. As long as you have the Internet connection, you can have access to the giant social networking site by signing up for a free account with them. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, you can now do 'Facebooking' and keep your friends and relatives updated with what is happening in your day to day life - whether they make sense or not. However, beyond keeping your loved ones updated with pictures and status updates, there is one very important role that Facebook can play especially if you are into affiliate marketing campaign - and that is to drive traffic to your landing page.
          Zuckerberg Made More Money Than Anyone On Earth In 2017        

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken home more money than any other single person on the face of the earth in 2017, expanding his already massive net worth by a jaw-dropping $23.1 billion from the beginning of the … More »

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          Kapitalisme nedenfra        
På bedriftsbesøk hos Veidekke med næringsministeren. Foto: Hans Kristian Thorbjørnsen
Å gi flere mulighet til å kjøpe aksjer i egen bedrift gir de ansatte mer medbestemmelse og ansvar for verdiskapingen, og dermed også lavere sykefravær, lavere turnover og bedre inntjening på bunnlinja. Dermed får de også ta større del av verdiskapingen og verdiøkningen i selskapet. Derfor ønsker Høyre å utvide aksjeprogrammet for ansatte gjennom å øke den skattefrie fordelen.

Tirsdag var jeg med på bedriftsbesøk hos Veidekke i Oslo sammen med næringsminister Monica Mæland, der vi fikk en orientering av hvordan deres aksjeprogram for ansatte bidro til verdiskapingen i selskapet. De mente at det ga flere fordeler, særlig fordi selskapet har en desentral struktur der mange med stort ansvar til daglig er langt unna hovedkontoret. De mener aksjeprogrammet er limet i deres desentrale styringsmodell og bygger opp under en sterk bedriftskultur som skaper lojalitet og oppslutning om målene i prosjekter og selskapet for øvrig.

Jeg synes det var spennende at de startet med aksjeprogrammet allerede i 1973, da riktignok kun for ledelsen. Utvidelsen til flere ansatte skjedde etter at selskapet ble børsnotert i 1986, men som strategisk middel skjøt det først fart etter at de adopterte en LEAN-modell for organisasjonen fra USA og i større grad involverte fagarbeiderne etter rundt 2000-tallet. De har et mål om at halvparten av alle ansatte skal eie aksjer i selskapet, og i dag er det 50,7 prosent av de ansatte som gjør nettopp det. I stedet for å holde presentasjoner om årsresultater i London eller Zürich, holdes presentasjonen for de ansatte. Ledelsen rapporterer altså jevnlig nedover og til siden, i stedet for oppover.

Dette er god kapitalisme nedenfra. Medeierskap, medbestemmelse og ansvar for resultatene, med tilsvarende tilsvarende risiko og belønning.

Å styrke denne typen medeierskap mener jeg også kan bidra til bedre fordeling. Ser vi på mange av de store teknologiselskapene, så har de økt kraftig i verdi fra oppstart til å bli børslokomotiver. Facebook er det selskapet som har skapt flest milliardærer under 40 år. Nå har ikke jeg noen tro på at å utvide en skattefri fordel på kjøp av aksjer i eget selskap til mer enn 3000 kroner vil gjøre mange nordmenn til milliardærer, men det er aldri galt å få del i eget selskaps verdiutvikling utover lønn.

Er du ansatt i et selskap med et aksjeprogram, regnes aksjer du kjøper med rabatt som en skattepliktig fordel. Men hvis aksjeprogrammet er en generell ordning for de ansatte i selskapet, er en del av fordelen skattefri. Regjeringen økte den skattefrie fordelen fra 1500 kroner til 3000 kroner med virkning fra i år, slik at ansatte nå kan kjøpe aksjer i egen bedrift med 20 prosent underpris for inntil 3000 kroner per år. Denne skattefrie fordelen vil Høyre altså øke i neste regjeringsperiode.

Les også dekningen i E24.
          Blawg Review #321:        
This “version” of Blawg Review is actually located at Facebook. However, I’ve duplicated it here because reading chronologically using “Timeline” can be really, really annoying. So for those who would rather not submit to the Faceborg, here you go… This week’s Blawg Review is presented in honor of the 28th Birthday of Mark Zuckerberg and […]
          Facebook Says 'Dislike' Button On The Way Soon        
After years of languishing, Facebook has announced that an official 'Dislike Button' is finally on the way. CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed during a Q&A session Tuesday, that his company is preparing to launch a Dislike button aimed at expressing empathy...
          Eduardo Saverin Mark Zuckerberg Friends        
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          Oculus Rift : Config minimum et recommandée        
oculus-rift-config-minimum-et-recommandee

 

L'Oculus Rift accuse un petit retard à l'allumage du côté des lignes d’assemblage. Si quelques lots ont pu être acheminés en temps et en heure, le gros des acheteurs ayant commandé le Graal dans les premières heures devra attendre le mois de juin pour recevoir son kit.
Il va donc enfin débarquer sur sous peu sur nos machines ! Mais que faudra comme matériel pour faire tourner correctement l'Oculus Rift ?

L'Oculus Rift , The Story..

L'oculus Rift c'est tout une histoire ! L' Oculus Rift passionne les geeks depuis 2012 mais reste encore largement méconnu du grand public.  Facebook a annoncé le rachat de la startup pour 2 milliards de dollars en 2014 , car à la base c'était un projet lancé sur kickstarter. Selon Mark Zuckerberg, ce casque qui immerge l'utilisateur dans un environnement de réalité virtuelle va «changer la manière dont nous travaillons, jouons et communiquons».

Et comme PC Il faut quoi ?

La réponse on vous la donne de suite, voici la configuration recommandée par Oculus VR :

Desktop :

  • Intel Core i5-4590.
  • 8 Go de RAM.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 ou AMD R9 290.
  • Sortie HDMI 1.3.
  • 2 ports USB 3.0 et un port USB 2.0.
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit.

Portable :
La configuration pour les PC portables est la même, excepté pour la carte graphique qui doit être une GTX 980 (GTX 980M) au minimum (selon Nvidia)

Conclusion, pour le matos ... 

On attire votre attention sur le fait qu’il s’agit ici d’une configuration minimale. Dans les faits, il vaudra mieux avoir une bécane un peu plus puissante pour profiter au mieux du casque et des différentes applications qu’il sera en mesure de faire tourner.
Vous l’aurez compris, la réalité virtuelle nécessite une puissance assez importante pour pouvoir profiter pleinement de l’expérience, nécessitant l’affichage de 90 images par seconde. Cette contrainte est la même que vous preniez un HTC Vive ou un Oculus rift !

Au minimum, c'est donc un PC de type "milieu de gamme lvl 2" qui avoisine également les 1000€ dans lequel il faudra investir. (sans compter l'écran, le windows et l'installation).
Côté Matos vous l'aurez comprit, profiter de la VR (Réalité virtuelle), c'est déjà avoir un bon budget (>2000€) pour s'équiper !


Un outil pour tester la compatibilité de votre config !

Oculus a sorti un petit logiciel à installer qui vous permet de tester si votre ordinateur est Oculus Ready ou non. Vous pouvez le télécharger ici

 

Plus d'infos sur l'Oculus Rift ?

Si vous cherchez plus d'infos sur l'Oculus Rift,  je vous invite à lire les dossiers suivant :

Gamekult

"La première version commerciale du casque de réalité virtuelle est théoriquement de sortie. Dans cette phrase, deux termes accrocheront sans mal l'attention de ceux qui ont pu suivre la gestation du projet."

Lesnumeriques

"Mais, l'autre grande question qui vient ensuite est : que fait-on avec un Rift ? Oculus a réfléchi cet aspect en prenant essentiellement l'angle du jeu vidéo. Ce n'est pas pour rien que le casque est fourni avec un pad Xbox One, puisque le magasin propriétaire met largement en avant les plaisirs vidéoludiques."

Oculus Rift VS HTC Vive ?

LesNumeriques signe un excellent article sur le Versus OCulus Rift / HTC Vive. Le HTC Vive va gagner mais votre banquier va pleurer ! (c'est le plus cher évidemment ^^)

"Maintenant que les deux principaux casques de réalité virtuelle pour PC sont sur le marché et, surtout, passés dans notre labo de test, nous ne pouvions résister à l'envie de les opposer. Un match bien réel, qui devrait vous permettre d'y voir plus clair."

 

Les vidéos :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nS6b9jEXzU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dVVcLch1_Q

 


          Google muốn mua lại Snapchat với giá 30 tá»· USD        
Facebook của Mark Zuckerberg đã từng thất bại trong việc hỏi mua Snapchat. Liệu lần này Google có thành công? Snapchat hay còn gọi là Snap Inc đã đệ trình xin được IPO hồi tháng 3. Việc phát hành cổ phiếu ra công chúng giúp Snapchat có thể nhận được các khoản hỗ trợ về tài chính. Tuy vậy, một ... Read More
          Mark Zuckerberg, chủ nhân Facebook và ông Trump tranh ghế tổng thống năm 2020, ai sẽ thắng?        
SILICON VALLEY, California (NV) – Cuộc đi thăm tất cả các tiểu bang ở Hoa Kỳ của ông Mark Zuckerberg, tổng giám đốc của Facebook, khiến rộ lên nhiều lời đồn rằng có thể ông sẽ ra tranh cử tổng thống vào năm 2020. Tuy vậy đại gia ngành kỹ thuật 33 tuổi này trước đây đã từng nói rằng ... Read More
          Comment on Zuckerberg on Facebook’s culture, Seattle and the intern incident by Facebook Seattle updates status, confirms Dexter move | Brier Dudley's blog | Seattle Times        
[…] years after opening a small engineering office in Seattle, Facebook now has more than 500 employees in the […]
          Facebook s’attaque à la vidéo avec Watch        
Le réseau social fondé par Mark Zuckerberg a annoncé le 9 août 2017 le lancement de sa toute dernière fonctionnalité appelée Watch. Il s’agit d’un service de vidéo en streaming qui vise directement Youtube mais également les canaux traditionnels comme la télévision. Une manière, pour Facebook, d’augmenter ses revenus publicitaires et de rendre son réseau social de plus en plus incontournable.
Facebook s’attaque à la vidéo avec Watch
Le lancement de Watch n’a pas réellement étonné : la volonté de Facebook de se lancer dans la vidéo était affichée depuis longtemps. Watch est donc la suite logique de la stratégie du groupe pour augmenter ses revenus.

Contrairement à Youtube, où n’importe qui peut mettre en ligne ses vidéos, Watch est réservé à des créateurs de contenus expérimentés ayant signé un partenariat avec le géant de Menlo Park. Le groupe semble donc viser la qualité plutôt que la quantité et aurait déjà des partenariats avec des ligues sportives, le National Geographic ou encore la NASA.

L’idée est de mettre en ligne des vidéos originales voire exclusives sur des pages dédiées. La diffusion sera régulière ce qui permet à Facebook de s’attaquer directement aux chaînes de télévision classiques, les seules, pour l’instant, à avoir une sorte de grilles des programmes. Mais Facebook compte aussi sur l’effet communauté : les utilisateurs pourront discuter en direct et se retrouver sur les pages Facebook entre fans.

Pour les créateurs ce pourrait être une aubaine : Facebook et ses 2 milliards d’utilisateurs dans le monde sont un public gigantesque. Ils devront toutefois convaincre le public à adopter Watch et donc à abandonner les canaux de diffusion plus habituels.

Côté publicité, c’est simple : les créateurs n’ont aucune obligation. S’ils mettent des publicités sur leurs vidéos les revenus seront partagés entre eux et Facebook, les premiers touchant 55 % du montant, le réseau social 45 %. S’ils font du placement de produits il devra être clair et explicite, notamment en tagguant la marque concernée.

Watch devrait être lancé en phase de test jeudi 10 août 2017 aux Etats-Unis. Facebook prévoit un déploiement progressif et massif outre-Atlantique, sans dates précises, avant un déploiement mondial.


          Comment on Zuckerberg on Facebook’s culture, Seattle and the intern incident by Oculus VR boss on Carbon deal, Seattle expansion | Seattle News        
[…] and near the University of Washington. It could make sense to put them alongside Facebook’s Seattle engineering team, which is reportedly searching for a larger office space, though Iribe said they don’t yet have […]
          Why Snapchat and Uber are under intense scrutiny over values        

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HARI SREENIVASAN: Now: two high-flying companies whose value has soared and are the subject of intense scrutiny, Uber, and the parent company of Snapchat.

For Uber, it’s about the culture and leadership of the ride-hailing service, valued at nearly $70 billion. It’s back in the spotlight following release of a video of its CEO berating an Uber driver. More on that in a moment.

But, first, Snapchat is about to sell its stock to the public for the first time. The parent company announced it will offer its share at $17 a share, bringing its value to nearly $24 billion. The messaging app is used by nearly 160 million people each day, and is especially popular among teens and young adults.

But there are big questions about whether it’s worth this kind of value.

Mike Isaac is covering both these stories for The New York Times. He joins me now.

Let’s start with Snapchat. What is the value that Snapchat is trying to sell investors?

MIKE ISAAC, The New York Times: Yes.

So, Snapchat’s big story is, it’s going to be its next Facebook and not the next Twitter, essentially. One of Twitter’s big struggles, if you remember, when it went public a few years ago, is, it sort of failed to grow fast enough for investors on Wall Street.

And so, as far as Facebook is concerned, their growth was huge, but Snapchat just wants to say, like, look, this is the next big social network. You want to get in as quickly as possible on the ground floor of this IPO, and we’re going to have the success and strength and reach of Facebook, particularly with younger users.

HARI SREENIVASAN: How does it plan to make money? At one point, it calls itself now a camera company. So, is it a social network? Is it a camera company? Do they make money selling advertisements?

MIKE ISAAC: Yes, so it’s primarily advertisements. They have little what they call Snapchat stories.

And publications like The New York Times will show different things inside of their — usually video and photo-based. And then they sell ads against that.

And then they’re kind of experimenting with other things, whether it’s like e-commerce-related things inside the app. And then who knows? They have what are called Snapchat Spectacles, which are glasses on your face, and maybe they can make money from that. I’m not really sure.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And so part of the reason that it looks like Wall Street is excited is because there hasn’t been a big tech IPO in a while.

MIKE ISAAC: Yes, that’s right.

I think a lot of investors feel like they missed out on Facebook a few years ago, especially when the IPO went really terribly for the company, and now Facebook is trading at over $100 a share. So I think everyone is really looking forward to a successful IPO from a tech company. And it has been a bit.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And these two founders have also decided to take a lot of the — I guess the voting control of the company. This seems to be the new thing. Mark Zuckerberg has a tremendous amount of control over his company. Is this the kind of template that now tech CEOs want?

MIKE ISAAC: I think so.

And I think investors kind of have a sense of trust that the founders tend to know best and what’s best for their company. Mark Zuckerberg really sort of became the pioneer or advocate for this approach, where, you know, he doesn’t really want to hear much of what investors have to say about how he should run his company.

And investors are comfortable with that because he tends to be running it really well, and it keeps growing, and it keeps making them tons of money. So that might work.

(CROSSTALK)

HARI SREENIVASAN: Sorry.

Let’s shift gears then to Uber. It’s been in the news recently after a former employee wrote on her personal blog that she had been sexually harassed at the company and that it was covered up.

Yesterday, Bloomberg released a video of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a heated exchange with an Uber driver over lowering fares for its black cars service. The argument took place in February.

MAN: You changed the whole business.

TRAVIS KALANICK, CEO, Uber: What? What?

MAN: You dropped the prices.

TRAVIS KALANICK: On black.

MAN: Yes, you did.

(CROSSTALK)

MAN: We started with $20. We started with $20. How much is the mile now, $2.75?

TRAVIS KALANICK: You know what?

MAN: What?

TRAVIS KALANICK: Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their…

(CROSSTALK)

TRAVIS KALANICK: They blame everything in their life on somebody else.

(CROSSTALK)

TRAVIS KALANICK: Good luck.

MAN: Good luck to you, too.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Kalanick later apologized.

He said in a statement: “It’s clear this video is a reflection of me, and the criticism we have received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.”

That’s part of the statement.

So, Mike, why is this apology to the driver and the company so important?

MIKE ISAAC: If you followed the company for the past seven years, one thing you can say about Travis Kalanick, he’s pretty unapologetic. He’s aggressive. He’s pushed into markets where operating Uber was actually illegal.

And it’s been a real no-holds-barred approach to operating a company. So, to see him say, I have to be humble, I have to change the type of leader that I am is a real big shift for them. And I’m really curious if he can actually do it at this point.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And this is also a company that is not public yet, but when it goes, if it goes, the valuations are staggering — $70 billion is currently where it’s at.

Does this call into question perhaps the temperament of this individual and whether he is the right person to run such a big global company?

MIKE ISAAC: Yes, I think that’s right.

Almost a $70 billion valuation, I think investors, as well as employees, are wondering, we had this CEO who got us through the really tough early phases. Can this person lead us through an IPO, where people really want a more even keel?

And I think everyone is still asking that question, but it’s not really clear at this point.

HARI SREENIVASAN: This is in the wake of the revelations of a woman who left the company, and she had this — part of this to say in her blog.

“It became obvious that both H.R. and management had been lying about this being his first offense, and it certainly wasn’t his last. The situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done.”

She’s not talking about Travis. She’s talking about one of her managers who she contends was harassing to her, and now there’s a large investigation. This is a big deal for the company.

MIKE ISAAC: Yes, this is — you know, this is core to how the culture operates.

You know, it’s very — to take it from Facebook, move fast and break things. But, at some point, you have to sort of clean things up on the inside and change, especially if you want to go public. And I think they’re really facing that question right now. It’s just a question of, can you do it and how long will it take?

HARI SREENIVASAN: For a little while, there was — and there might still be continuing — a delete Uber campaign. Did that have an impact on their business?

MIKE ISAAC: Yes, it did.

It was — I would say it’s not a material financial impact, but I have spoken to a number of people who were watching that go down inside. And, you know, there were hundreds of thousands of people that deleted their Uber accounts entirely, and probably hundreds of thousands more that just deleted the app.

So, it worried Uber, and they definitely tried to curb it pretty quickly.

HARI SREENIVASAN: All right, Mike Isaac of The New York Times, thanks so much.

MIKE ISAAC: Thanks for having me.

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          WE WERE WRONG I WAS WRONG THERE IS NO GOD CONSERVATISM HAS FAILED TRUMP LIED LIBERALISM WORKS        
I am writing because I am fed up and tired of all the bull shit and drama happening in my country!

Last week, my older brother was run over by a hit and run driver while crossing the street in Gloucester Massachusetts where he lived. The intersection did not have walk lights. He walked when the light in the direction walking was green. Like you always do.

However, without warning the lights changed and the opposing traffic turned green. He shouted to wait and this one pick up truck broadsided him into another car and kept on driving.

Bystanders came to help but when the police arrived, they were negligent with my brother who got real beat up by that hit and run driver. The police basically acted like it was his fault, talked down to him and lectured him while he was in serious pain. They even accused him of being homeless and ridiculed him.

The driver of the pickup we discovered was an off duty policeman who kept on going. The police shielded him and defended him and even helped to try avoid prosecuting him!

My friends who I thought were my friends in the tea party movement and in the libertarian movement  were informed and what did they do but ignore him and even SIDE WITH THE F***ING COPS!!

They even argueed that my brother and I were anti-authority! I go to churches, tea parties ETC asking for help to defend my brother, NO! They tell him to Go F himself and tell me as well!!

WTF? I THOUGHT GOVERNMENT WAS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT BUT NOW IT IS?!?!?!?

Only one group stood up for my brother. GUESS WHO?

Progressive liberals in the community which was actually very very affluent as well as very liberal.

These people   THESE GOOD PEOPLE stood up for my brother and together as a whole demanded that action be taken and that an investigation be made as to why an off duty cop on their tax payer dole was allowed to get away with hitting my brother and why no effort was made to make the intersection safer?

They also put enough preassure to not only go after this pig, but force the city to pay my brother compensation for his injuries so that he can take care of his wife and kids!

I asked them why they didn't think government is always right, they told me, WE NEVER DID THINK THAT! OTHERWISE WHY WOULD WE SUPPORT DEMOCRACY? WHY WOULD WE SUPPORT REGULATIONS AND WHY DID WE SPEAK UP!? 

The other reason I have changed is because Donald Trump has betrayed us and sold us out a bad deal of goods.

GOVERNOR LEPAIGE OF MAINE HAS ALSO LIED TO US TOO! MAINE IS STILL THE ARMPIT OF THE NATION.

The Republicans have basically betrayed us.

Trump promised that he would stop SSI from scamming innocent people, remove the 2k cap that enabled bank confiscation and force the government to give back the money.

HE RENEGED AND EVEN SUPPORTED IT!

IT TURNS OUT THE GOP SUPPORTS THE SSI CAP AND THESE SAME CONSERVATIVES WHO CLAIM TO OPPOSE MARXISM AND A COLLECTIVISM ECONOMY HAVE ACTUALLY GONE AND PROMOTED THE VERY COMMUNISTIC VALUES THAT THE USSR DID!!

EVEN TRUMP IS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT CONFISCATING BANK ACCOUNTS AND CONFISCATING PROPERTY! SO IS THE GOP!

IN FACT, IT IS THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE DONE MORE TO STAND AGAINST THE COLLECTIVE AND AGAINST THE SOVIET VALUES OF THE GOP!!

I was wrong. I was angry and scared. I couldn't help it.

 I didn't know. I thought the GOP was the party of less government and that less government is best.

BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ATTACKS YOU? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD GOVERNMENT!

ANSWER: COMPASSION, PUBLIC WILL

THAT IS LIBERALISM

COMMUNISM IS NOT LIBERALISM IT IS THE OPPOSITE

IN FACT THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT HAS MORE IN COMMON WITH THE REDS THAN THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVES IN REALITY.

THAT AND WITH THE FASCISTS

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUMP AND STALIN IS THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR THE ONES AT THE TOP WILL HAVE THE POWER THAN JUST A FEW OLD PARTY BOSSES

Also, My son Aaron Ball, he has been sick lately. I am blessed to be able to heal him and treat him help him.

But I couldn't help but wonder about all those other people at that time who couldn't get the help they needed. 

I now know.

God does not care. If he exists at all, he cannot help those who will not help themselves or each other.

I had faith in a God who really ignored me and ignroed my brother in our times of need.

Christians, more than ever along with Jews and Muslims are the trouble makers and the ones digging their heels against unity and justice

Not humanists or atheists.

If Christianity were real, there would be a holy ghost motivating us through compassion but I find these godly people are in fact not so compassionate but are selfish

We are the most religious country on the earth yet we have more problems than any secular developed country

We aren't even really a 1st world nation anymore, were a 2nd world country at best!

If you want to see proof that what I am saying is true, go to Skid row Los Angeles, go to South Boston, go to Lynn Mass, go to The Bowery in New York or Harlem at 110th street. Go to the Bronx.

Look at how innocent people are run over everyday by these same spririt filled christians!

The problem isn't itself Christianity or Islam or Judaism Buddhism Hinduism ETC

ITs religion

Religion is just mankinds failed attempt to understand the world and the universe and whatever supreme beings there are around us.

Why does God need terrorists or bible thumping racists to spread his word?

Why does God need a spaceship?

Why does he need a bunch of bossy selfish worldy numbskulled bigots and violent raping wife beating greedy mass murderers who do what they do just to they can have sex with 72 pubescent virgins for eternity?

Why does he need to dangle a carrot like that? Why not do it himself?

And why does Trump's pastor need a rolls royce and a mansion? Why doesn't God tell me himself in a way I can register that I'm a lousy sinner and what I gotta do and prove that he's who he is?

I'm just a human being. I'm a finite being.

And Why am I a sinnder as opposed to clinic bombing skyjacking sword wielding crusading fanatics like Bin laden and Vladimir Putin or Paul Hill? Why does God Need these asshats if he's who he claims?

And why are all the people speaking on behalf of God such pricks? Such violent people?

Why not come tell us himself and be done with it? Why threaten us with hell?

And he says that I could go to hell just for typing or even thinking these things but he says I'll never leave of forsake you yet does forsake us all the time.

The threat of hell is null and void if you're sick and starving. Hunger hurts more than hell fire a homeless man turned agnostic once told me.

Isn't GOd's absence slightly odd? He promises heaven and hell but breaks his promise of not forsaking us, always providing?

What about those millions of children in the third world dying because of this? Thousands have already died just now as your reading this and none of them will ever be saved. Where was God? Their prayers for food unanswered. 

IF GOD CAN'T PROVIDE FOR THEM, HOW WILL WE EVEN KNOW THEY'LL GET PIE IN THE SKY WHEN THEY DIE?

IT IS A LIE. JOE HILL WAS RIGHT.

Anyway I want to also confess that I now know most of what I preached was a lie to. I didn't lie. I just spread it it. I am as decieved as you are dear reader.

The story of Walmart being good for America, religion and morality being good and the answer some other things like that or the story of Wic recipients being mostly teenagers who were whores. No. That's a lie.

I didn't mean to. I mean I didn't lie. I just spread it. I was lied to.

SO IM GOING TO DELETE MOST OF MY ARTICLES THE ONES I FIND ARE DECEPTIVE AND MAY BE LIES. WONT BE EASY SINCE THERE ARE SO MANY

I WILL HOWEVER LEAVE THE REST UP ESPECIALLY HOW SSI IS USED BY ABUSIVE PARENTS AND REPUBLICANS TO CONFISCATE BANK ACCOUNTS AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE AS CORRUPT AS THE GOP AND TO QUOTE MY BUDDY OLDFARTRANTS NEED AN AXE HANDLE RAMMED UP THEIR A**

TO THE ZUCKERBERGS THE BOWLERS AND BAUER FAMILY, ROGER GORDON AND STU ARE JUST FINE, LEAVE THEM ALONE AND STOP CALLING YOURSELVES LIBERALS!! YOU MAKE US ALL LOOK BAD! YOUR JUST CONFUSED CONSERVATIVES LIKE I WAS!

EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN AMERICA HAS A RIGHT TO OWN PROPERTY, A RIGHT TO FOOD SHELTER CLOTHING LOVE AND COMPASSION. THE STATE HAS NO RIGHT TO TAKE THAT FROM YOU, NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE YOU LIVE WHERE YOU DO NOT WANT TO LIVE OR TO HATE YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE OR TO MAKE YOU DO WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO.


THERE IS ONLY ONE ABSOLUTE LAW, "THAT YOU MAY DO WHAT YOU WISH FREELY AS LONG AS YOU HARM NO ONE ELSE IS THE ONLY REAL ABSOLUTE THERE IS"

There will be no God who can help us, No magicians, no holy man, only we can help each other.

Thank you, Thank you all for reaching me, Thank you Gloucester and thank you Oldfartrants old buddy. 

Lets all work together and make the world peaceful and great again.
          Daily Report: Facebook’s Lucrative Long View        
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          6 maneras efectivas de conseguir más followers en Instagram        

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          Facebook lance 'Watch", son nouveau service vidéo        
Facebook lance un nouveau service vidéo qui permettra aux quelque deux milliards d'utilisateurs de regarder des émissions, du sport ou des séries directement sur le réseau social, une fonctionnalité qui vient concurrencer des rivaux tels que YouTube ou les services de streaming comme Netflix.

Ce service baptisé "Watch" inclura toute une gamme de contenu, documentaires, comédies, sports en direct a annoncé mercredi soir le réseau social dans un communiqué.

Ce sera "un endroit où vous pourrez découvrir ce que vos amis regardent et suivre vos séries et créateurs favoris pour ne manquer aucun épisode", a déclaré Mark Zuckerberg, le patron de Facebook.


"Vous pourrez discuter et vous connecter avec des gens pendant un épisode et vous joindre à des groupes qui aiment les mêmes séries et créer une communauté", a-t-il ajouté.

Facebook a financé certains créateurs pour alimenter le service. Les premiers contenus comprennent une émission du blogueur Nusseir Yassin, "Nas Daily", qui propose des vidéos avec ses fans du monde entier, et une autre émission animée par l'auteur et conférencier Gabby Bernstein.

"Watch" diffusera également toutes les semaines un match de la première ligue de Baseball.

"Notre objectif est que Watch devienne une plateforme où tous les créateurs et producteurs trouvent leur public, forment une communauté de fans et gagnent de l'argent avec leur travail", a indiqué Nick Grudin, vice-président des partenariats médias de Facebook.

Dans un premier temps, Watch ne sera disponible que pour un petit groupe d'utilisateurs de Facebook aux États-Unis, avant de s'ouvrir plus largement aux utilisateurs américains dans les semaines qui viennent.

Les créateurs pourront monétiser leurs contenus grâce à des spots publicitaires.

Le lancement est limité à des vidéos scénarisées et professionnelles, mais Watch place Facebook en concurrence potentielle d'une plateforme comme YouTube (qui appartient à Alphabet, la maison mère de Google), et à terme d'autres services de streaming comme Netflix si cette fonctionnalité séduit un large public.

"Le modèle ressemble beaucoup à YouTube", note Jan Dawson, un analyste médias de Jackdaw Research qui remarque que ces derniers mois les applications vidéos de Facebook mettent en place une large structure "avec des vidéos recommandées ou 'likées' par vos amis, celles que vous sauvegardez, celles qui sont les plus populaires", ajoute-t-il.

Facebook avait déjà lancé une fonctionnalité de vidéos en direct avec FaceBook Live et fait part de son intention d'investir dans des contenus vidéos pour faire venir encore davantage d'annonceurs.

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          Â¿Están tus datos personales a salvo con las redes sociales?        
La capacidad para acumular información de los buscadores que operan en la red de Internet (Google, Yahoo!, Firefox) puede llegar a ser muy agresiva con los derechos de la persona, al igual que pasa con los blogs y redes sociales como Facebook o MySpace. Por ejemplo, Facebook tiene alrededor de 500 millones de usuarios alrededor del mundo (y se le suman dos millones más cada semana) que vuelcan en la Red todo tipo de información personal a través de su perfil. Es muy posible que pocos usuarios de Facebook estén al realmente al tanto de la política de privacidad que aceptan. Según este pequeño documental que se expone más abajo, el periódico londinense “The Guardian” afirma: 

<<Lo que muchos usuarios no saben es que, de acuerdo a las condiciones del contrato que virtualmente asumen, le otorgan a Facebook la propiedad exclusiva y perpetua de toda la información e imágenes que publican, de hecho, los afiliados automáticamente autorizan a Facebook el uso perpetuo y transferible, junto con los derechos de distribución o despliegue público de todo lo que cuelgan en su página Web […] Más alarmante aún es el hecho de que cuando los usuarios cancelan la membresía, sus fotos e información personal permanecen, incluso cuando el usuario cancela su cuenta>>. 

La televisión, más social que nunca.

En esta sección podremos encontrar todos estos nuevos programas, saber lo que ven tus contactos, compartirlos con otros amigos y guardar ese contenido para verlo más tarde. De todos modos, uno de los principales atractivos será comentar esos episodios con conocidos y desconocidos en la red social.

Facebook

Watch llegará esta semana a un pequeño grupo de usuarios que tendrán la oportunidad de probarlo. En las siguientes semanas se espera que vaya apareciendo esta nueva pestaña en la cuenta de cada usuario.

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          Real active instagram followers-Shake Your Instagram In The Form Of Polaroid Picture        

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          umma-united VS facebook??        






Facebook. Siapa tidak pernah dengar nama ini? Mungkin agak ganjil atau ketinggalan zaman bagi sesiapa yang tidak mengetahui tentang Facebook, khususnya golongan muda. Nama singkatannya, "FB".

Umma United. Siapa yang pernah dengar? Mungkin tidak ramai yang tahu atau baru sahaja tahu. Ia lebih mesra dengan panggilan manjanya iaitu "umma" atau "UU".



Kedua-dua ini adalah antara laman sosial yang wujud dalam dunia maya hari ini. Tapi, apakah perbezanya? Sekilas pandang pada namanya, mungkin akan timbul pelbagai tekaan dan jangkaan awal terhadap Umma United. Boleh dikatakan sebagai agak islamik namanya.

Perbezaan yang lebih jelas yang ingin saya nyatakan di sini ialah berkenaan pemiliknya, kerana sebelum ini dan sehingga kini Facebook menjadi satu perkara yang mengelirukan dan menjerumuskan ramai umat Islam ke lembah dilema.

Ramai yang memikirkan status dan hukum penggunaannya kerana ia dikaitkan dengan penyaluran kewangan kepada Yahudi dan penyaluran maklumat kepada Central Intelligent Agency (CIA). Seolah-olah ia menjadi syubhah dan membuatkan kita rasa serba salah untuk menggunakannya. Ditambah pula dengan adanya pertandingan melukis kartun Nabi Muhammad S.A.W baru-baru ini. Sehingga wujud banyak seruan agar memboikot dan meniggalkan Facebook..




Beberapa hari lepas, ada invitation email daripada beberapa sahabat saya. Ia merupakan jemputan untuk menyertai laman Umma United. Setelah mengisi beberapa butiran, siaplah sudah akaun Umma United saya. Saya mengambil sedikit masa untuk meneroka dan melihat ciri-ciri dan application yang ada dalamnya.

Alhamdulillah, saya dapati ianya baik dan mempunyai beberapa ciri islamik. Secara umumnya ia hampir sama dengan Facebook, terdapat sedikit perbezaan terutamanya dari segi penambahan fungsi yang boleh digunakan untuk menyebarkan maklumat dalam pelbagai jenis media. Antara ciri lain ialah wujudnya blog, peluang pekerjaan dan perkongsian.



Berkenaan pemiliknya, inilah perkara utama yang ingin saya ketengahkan pada kali ini. Jika Facebook, ia dikaitkan dengan pemiliknya (CEO) yang bernama Mark Zuckerberg, merupakan seorang pemuda yang dikatakan berketurunan Yahudi dan pernah melakukan penggodaman (hacking) ketika dia masih seorang mahasiswa. Penggodaman itu dilakukan untuk mendapatkan maklumat peribadi pelajar lain. Baru-baru ini pula banyak aduan dan rasa tidak puas hati oleh pengguna Facebook kerana ciri-ciri privacy Facebook yang agak ketat. Kelihatan seolah-olah pihak Facebook memang ingin mengambil data pengguna dengan begitu terperinci. Rujuk sini.



Setelah membuat pencarian dalam internet, saya telah menemui beberapa maklumat tentang pemilik atau CEO kepada laman "UU". Pemilik laman Umma United ialah seorang lelaki muslim yang bernama Emmanuel-Yamin Dubuc (Yamin). Berasal daripada Perancis, merupakan seorang usahawan, pakar ICT, media digital, teknologi maklumat dan kewangan. Mempunyai ijazah dalam bidang teknologi informasi dan pernah bekerja dengan Microsoft pada permulaan kerjayanya. Beliau juga merupakan salah seorang daripada orang penting dalam sebuah organisasi profesional muslim Eropah iaitu CEDAR. Rujuk sini.

Selain memiliki Umma United, beliau juga telah mengasaskan beberapa laman lain seperti Oumma dan Oumma Media. Umma United merupakan rangkaian sosial muslim antarabangsa yang pertama dan dimiliki oleh orang Islam. Alhamdulillah...

Akhir bicara, apa salahnya jika mereka yang menggunakan Facebook selama ini bertukar dan berhijrah kepada Umma United yang lebih jelas pemilikannya dan belum ada sebarang keraguan pada masa ini. Jadikan ia sebagai alternatif. Doakan semoga pengasas "umma" dipermudahkan untuk menguruskan laman tersebut dan dapat menjaga nilai-nilai Islam dalamnya supaya wujud biah solehah dalam Umma United.

Pesanan saya, sepertimana kita berhijrah daripada Facebook, begitu jugalah kita berhijrah kepada penggunaan yang lebih bermanfaat. Walaupun Umma United dimiliki oleh orang Islam dan mempunyai ciri-ciri Islam, ia tetap bergantung kepada cara kita menggunakannya. Saudara Emannuel Yamin telah melaksanakan tugasnya dengan mewujudkannya untuk tujuan dan cara yang baik, jadi kita pulalah yang perlu menggunakannya dengan tujuan dan cara yang baik juga.

Gunakannya untuk mengeratkan ukhuwwah, menyebarkan dakwah dan membangunkan daulah. Peliharalah ikhtilat (pergaulan) dengan sebaik-baiknya serta elakkan perkara-perkara yang boleh dianggap melampau seperti bersengkang mata dan meletakkan foto yang tidak sewajarnya.

Begitulah juga dengan maklumat atau gambar yang peribadi. Elakkan daripada mendedahkan data yang terlalu peribadi dalam dunia internet. Meskipun "UU" dimiliki oleh orang Islam, kita perlu ingat bahawa ramai lagi musuh Islam yang sedang memerhatikan dan sedang memantau. Apabila sudah sampai ke tahap kritikal, tidak mustahil mereka akan sanggup menggodam laman "UU" dan menceroboh pangkalan data (database) "umma" untuk mendapatkan maklumat peribadi umat Islam. Fikir-fikirkan..

Bagai pisau, mungkin untuk kebaikan, mungkin juga untuk kejahatan. Kita yang memilihnya, dan anda mampu mengubahnya. Ingatlah orang tersayang... =)


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          YA Review: No Good Deed         
No Good Deed
by Goldy Moldavsky
Scholastic
2017
352 pages
ISBN: 9780545867511

Available May 30, 2017

No Good Deed is set up around a promising premise. Young activists are chosen by billionaire entrepreneur/do good-er Robert Drill (who is a caricature of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates) to  attend a teen summer camp/activism competition. Gregor Maravilla is excited to get an invitation to attend  his idol's camp. He dreams of winning the internship to work alongside Robert Drill, his long time hero.

Sarcasm and zingers abound but most of the characters never come to life. No Good Deed satirises  activism's flaws and the p.c. fishbowl that we live in.  Gregor keeps getting called "white" and insists he is half-Mexican although no one believes him. Half the humor comes from Gregor trying to direct his inner thoughts to be p.c. He has to keep apologizing to himself for even his own thought process.

Every camper is competing for his/her own cause--the more far-fetched, the funnier. At least that's how the book is supposed to read. The kids are so checked out and into themselves that they don't bother knowing anyone else's real name. They refer to each other by their specific cause. There's I Like Paint, Feed the Children, Men's Rights, Seat Belt Safety, and Diabetes.

Gregor is not excited that teen movie star Ashley Woodhouse is at the camp. Her campaign is Eat Dirt which she insists is a real thing. Eating dirt would save the planet according to Ashley and end world-wide hunger. Gregor keeps trying to avoid Ashley, yet everywhere he turns, she pops up.

Moldavsky's debut Kill the Boy Band is a tough act to follow. Goldy Moldavsky is still funny, but her humor is contagious when her protagonists are female and flawed. In No Good Deed, Gregor never engages as the central force of this novel.

Grade 9 and up. Some humor and funny moments, but this one falls short.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the ARC from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.


          80p // Cowtown // Peter Smyth // Coltsblood // 1st August // 8pm // 80p        
MelloMello & PostMusic present...

COWTOWN //

Big beat excitable alt electro power pop from LEEDS.

These post punk, underground groove chaps have been doing it for quite some time now, managing to make quite a name for themselves on the D.I.Y. circuit. They've just made a new record 'n everything.

It's bloody brill I truly, strongly, whole heatedly recommend you check it the hell out. They totally owwwwn.


PETER SMYTH //

Maxed out relaxcore dream folk acousto odd pop from that lad from MUGSTAR.

COLTSBLOOD //

Nail biting, blood curdling, bone shaking soil inducing doom metal.

At last a real true sludge band ,that will invariably shake the room with doom. Think Burning Witch / KHANATE... Liverpool's own  Coltsblood

8pm

80p once again.

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          80p // Paddy Steer // White Blacula // Claire Welles // 4th July // 80p         
POSTMUSIC & MelloMello present.....80p!

'A brand new night of radical new sounds' 

 Paddy Steer

If you do not already know of Paddy Steer...You should….You really should…If you DO know Paddy Steer....You should already be very excited that he is playing for us and jolly well getting yourself all washed and wearing your favourite swagger for a night of entertainment for the one-man -machine that is Paddy.


Here is some of what to expect :



White Blacula

Hailing from the very shoes and socks of Liverpool's own El Toro, Zombina , a.P.A.t.T., Long Finger Bandits, Harlequin Dynamite and The Laze. You may be unsurprised to find it sounds somewhat like the sum of it's parts.

Watch/ Listen to something here:



Claire Welles



Claire is an enigmatic, unique performer and writer who has collaborated and worked with many many artists and bands ranging from R Stevie Moore to Lovecraft. With a back catalogue of over 30 albums (she doth not quite remember) to select from expect a varied musical collection deployed on BASF C60's

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          the laptop (on the table)        
Without much fanfare or ado, April and I have entered the 21st century of computing.  It's been a couple of weeks, and in a few ways this has accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.

Within a few days of purchase, I finished writing a book review, turned it in, and there was much rejoicing.  Once it goes live online I will link to it, assuming I remember.  And notice that it's live.  I give myself one chance in three.

I've also been doing a better job of keeping up with the social network, which has the nice added effect of making me feel like less of a hermit.  April posts pictures of Errol and I on facebook enough that when I go a few days without looking, I have a pile of comments too thick to wade through.  It's been nice to interact while these posts are still fresh.  Kind of.

Now I keep thinking about making the move to Google+.  I have no idea why, other than an antipathy for what facebook is doing.  In the short term I won't, but I see now the likelihood that eventually I will.  Not sure if there's a compelling argument for it at this stage, especially given the prolific quality of my wife's pic-posts on the Zuckerberg website.

Writing continues to be hit or miss, but I am hitting for the first time in a long time.  Building back toward the habit, as it were.  I am finding that I rather enjoy taking my time and trying to generate better content than more content; again this is an obvious thing looking at it post-epiphany, but it's still nice to feel the "aha!" moment. 

I think I'm going to a con in a little over a week, which is pretty awesome.  I may end up having Errol with me for a bit of it, and I'm now thinking that I need to get that Captain Kirk onesie I saw on think geek.  If that happens, I will of course be making the obvious "captain's log" joke at the earliest opportunity.
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          Mark Zuckerberg Most Followed User On Google Plus        
In an odd twist, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is the most followed user on Google’s new social network Google Plus.

Zuckerberg has gained as of this post 21,213 followers, more than both Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Co-Founders of Google and Vic Gundotra the Senior Vice-President of Social for Google.While this may seem a little odd for a service coming from Google, this is likely mostly to do with several tech blogs reporting of Zuckerberg's presence on the service.
          Is Mark Zuckerberg On Google Plus ?        
Barely has Google+ —the search giant's answer to Facebook— gotten off the ground, that it received a most unexpected 'visit' from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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          Estas son las Universidades que más millonarios han "fabricado" y conclusiones.        
No es casualidad que algunas Universidades tengan entre sus muros a un mayor porcentaje de personas de éxito, empresarios y multimillonarios. Si seguimos las estadísticas, tampoco es curiosidad que la mayoría de las mejores universidades del mundo (en cuestión de fabricar personas de éxito) pertenezcan en prácticamente su totalidad al mismo país.

La empresa Wealth-X, ha llevado a cabo un estudio buscando las 20 mejores universidades del mundo en cuestión de creación de millonarios y personas de éxito, y para nuestra sorpresa cantada, 19 de ellas se encuentran en Estados Unidos, y únicamente se cuela en este ranking la Universidad de Cambridge (Inglaterra) como centro de generación de millonarios fuera de Estados Unidos.

Hay muchos más millonarios que han salido de estas universidades. Incluso otros que estudiaron en estas universidades y no llegaron a graduarse, como es el caso de Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

1. En el primer puesto, que no será ninguna sorpresa, tenemos a la Universidad de Harvard con el mayor número de multimillonarios creados: 1906 multimillonarios que forman una riqueza combinada de 811.000 millones de dólares.

Esta es la universidad donde, entre otros, se graduó Lloyd Blankfein, presidente y CEO de Goldman Sachs, en 1975.

Y es que el lema de Harvard es muy simple: "no fabricamos buenos trabajadores, creamos buenos empresarios que generen puestos de trabajo".
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Das WhatsApp-Problem

Dass die Verarbeitung von Skandalen und Katastrophen festen Ritualen im Internet folgt, das hatte ich schon vor einigen Wochen beschrieben. Wenig überraschend, dass auch das, was da vergangene Woche geschehen ist, exakt diesen Regeln folgte … wenn auch ohne „Brennpunkt Spezial“ in der ARD.

Der Tag, als WhatsApp an Facebook verkauft wurde

1.    Auftritt der Ich-habe-es-gerade-gelesen-und-fühle-mich-als-Primärquelle Fraktion: Harmlos, schickt bei Facebook, Twitter und Co. kurze Meldungen, die traditionell mit „Wahnsinn“ oder „Unglaublich“ beginnen.

2.    Kurz danach kommen die digital Ich-habe-es-auch-gerade-bei-Twitter-gelesen-und-muss-sofort-handeln Natives. Militant wird verkündet, dass man nun „weg sei“, gerade der „Account  gelöscht“ werde und man jetzt unter irgendeiner kryptischen Zahl bei Threema zu finden sei. Die Schweiz ist sicher – insbesondere bald ohne die Deutschen.

3.    Es wird Nacht, es wird Tag. Dann kommen die Mahnenden, die sagen, dass nur mit offenem Quellcode wirklich sicher ist. Alles andere muss zwingend als kompromittiert angesehen werden. Telegram sei gut. Oder vielleicht auch nicht, da die Routinen gar nicht die besten sein und doch nicht alles offen sei. Verzweifelte Threema-Neukunden melden sich bei örtlichen Universitäten zum Informatikstudium an.

4.    Nach den Harmlosen, den Aktivisten und den Mahnern kommen nun die Denker und Kulturpessimisten. Lieblingswort „Hysterie“. Sie haben es eh schon geahnt, passiert sei doch eigentlich gar nichts und ein Wechsel von WhatsApp zu einem anderen Dienst völlig sinnfrei. Kernargument: Facebook hat doch eh schon alle Daten. Und wer alles hat, der kann schon nach den Gesetzen der Logik nicht „mehr“ bekommen. Die „Mahner“ seien übrigens doof und stinken.

5.    Und schließlich kommen die verzögerten Blitzmerker, die noch schnell in die Abklingphase Blogbeiträge darüber verfassen, dass das alles eh festen Regeln folgt und daher immer „erst die Harmlosen kommen, dann die Aktivisten, dann die Mahner und dann die Alles-nur-Hype-Denker“.

Bringen wir doch mal etwas Grund in die Diskussion. Folgende Erkenntnisse sehe ich als gefestigt an:

1.    Facebook hat WhatsApp für viel Geld gekauft, wobei 19 Milliarden = 19.000 Millionen ist.

2.    WhatsApp hatte schon in der Vergangenheit zahlreiche Sicherheitsprobleme. Außerdem muss man stets seine Kontakte WhatsApp zur Verfügung stellen, um mit jemandem zu kommunizieren (Ausnahme neuerdings ggf. iOS) – auch die, die gar nicht bei WhatsApp sind.

3.    Facebook hat jetzt zumindest theoretischen Zugriff auf mehr Informationen von mindestens 450 Millionen Menschen, die sie vorher noch nicht hatten inkl. deren WhatsApp-Nachrichten.

4.    Die Gefahr, dass wenn ich mich heute über WhatsApp mit einem Freund zum Kino für 20:00 Uhr verabrede und kurz danach Mark Zuckerberg anruft und fragt, ob er mitkommen kann, ist äußerst gering.

5.    Facebook kauft WhatsApp und will damit zumindest auch mehr Geld verdienen als ohne WhatsApp.

6.    Geld verdienen zu wollen ist nicht per se böse.

7.    Wenn jeder Nutzer von WhatsApp weiterhin 1,- $ pro Jahr zahlen würde, dann dauert es 42,22 Jahre, bis sich der Kaufpreis amortisiert hat … sofern kein Zinsen gezahlt werden und keine Inflation besteht … und keine Steuern durch Absetzen gespart werden.

8.    Wenn jedoch jeder Mensch auf Erden (ca. 7,2 Milliarden) WhatsApp nutzen und bezahlen würde, dann dauert es nicht einmal drei Jahre bis zur Amortisierung.

9.    Ich kenne bisher nur einen in meinem Freundeskreis, der mal an WhatsApp 1,- $ bezahlt hat.

10.    Facebook und WhatsApp haben ihren Firmensitz in den USA. Die USA sind wegen Ihres geringeren Datenschutzniveaus aus Sicht der EU ein „unsicheres Drittland“ mit besonderen Zugriffsmöglichkeiten auf Kommunikationsdaten durch Sicherheitsbehörden.

11.    Facebook hat große Ressourcen dafür, um noch bestehende Fehler bei WhatsApp zu finden, zu beheben und die Infrastruktur zu verbessern.

12.    Threema ist eine Alternative zu WhatsApp, die zurzeit zumindest in Deutschland von sehr viel mehr Menschen für einmalig ca. 1,70 € gekauft wird, als noch vor einer Woche. Zum Kommunizieren ist kein Zugriff auf das Adressbuch des Handys zwingend notwendig.

13.    Telegram ist eine Alternative zu WhatsApp, die umsonst ist und auch von deutlich mehr Menschen genutzt wird als noch vor einer Woche. Telegram gibt es aktuell auf mehr Plattformen als Threema (z. B. Windows Phone).

14.    Wenn Threema und Telegram so funktionieren, wie es die Programmierer beschreiben, dann sind sie sicherer als WhatsApp, da dann auch der Betreiber des Dienstes die Nachrichten nicht lesen kann.

15.    Wenn die Programmierer allerdings grobe Fehler gemacht haben oder bewusst Hintertüren eingebaut haben, dann sind die Dienste nicht besser als WhatsApp.

16.    Bei Telegram kann man einen Teil des Source Codes einsehen und überprüfen, bei Threema nicht.

17.    Ob das, was ich mir aus dem jeweiligen App-Store herunter lade tatsächlich das ist, was als Source Code auf der Webseite steht, kann ich nicht prüfen.

18.    Threema verwendet nach ihren Angaben eine asymmetrische Verschlüsselung, die eventuell sicherer gegen sogenannte Man-in-the-middle-Angriffe ist (laut Aussage von renommierten Technikern ist das gut, wenn etwas sicherer gegen Man-in-the-middle-Angriffe ist).

19.    Telegram verlangt zwingend eine Handynummer zum Funktionieren. Threema funktioniert auch ohne.

20.    Es gibt noch ganz viele andere Alternativen zu WhatsApp, Threema und Telegram.

21.    Die deutschen Telekommunikations-Provider bieten weiterhin den Dienst „SMS“ an, der dem deutschen Telekommunikationsgeheimnis unterliegt.

22.    Die Telekommunikationsprovider können auch SMS lesen, obwohl sie es nicht dürfen.

23.    Sicher ist nichts – außer dass Bayern München 2014 deutscher Meister wird.

Mein Rat? Zumindest Threema und Telegram mal parallel zu WhatsApp installieren (und wegen der auszugebenden 1,70 € im Sommer auf eine Kugel Eis verzichten). Das Schöne ist, dass das funktioniert. Soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook sind ziemlich langweilig, wenn nur wenig drin sind. Instant-Messaging-Dienste funktionieren aber schon, wenn ausschließlich meine Disko-Bekanntschaft von gestern drin ist.
Geile grüne Punkte...

Außerdem finde ich die Scan-Möglichkeit mit dem „Ping“ und den grünen Punkten von Threema cool. Ich bin da einfach gestrickt.

Gesteht:

Euer und Ihr

Caulius

P.S.: Dieser Text hat nichts mit meinem beruflichen Hintergrund zu tun und ist privat.

P.P.S.: Auch privat ist mein YouTube-Video über die Unterschiede zwischen WhatsApp und Threema.