Here is a weekly selection of important information bits, thoughtful opinion pieces and interesting analyses from the digital and technology world. Published every Thursday.
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- The story of a few mega corporations and billions of self employed
My expectation is that the situation described in this great post will happen, and this is why a basic income, financed by the tax of those highly profitable mega corporations, is inevitable.
- Do Screens Make us Stupider? Time for a Rethink of Reading
Some facts and observations about why the reading experience and quality of memorizing seems to vary depending on the type of medium.
- Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it
Some enlightening insights into the news consumption of Millennials and the role social media plays during that process.
- Germany Moves Away From U.S.-Dominated IoT Standards Groups
The race for establishing a leading standard for the Internet of Things is a lot about “protecting national interests”. Let’s hope this won’t create too much fragmentation.
- Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor
Long profile about Tripadvisor and the hotel review business, which is a pretty big deal.
- A $6 commute with Wi-Fi, USB ports, and coconut water
In San Francisco, like in most cities of the U.S., innovation in transportation is created by private companies, while public transport is lacking big time.
- How Meerkat conquered all at SXSW
Meerkat here, Meerkat there. I think the hype has gotten way out of proportion. It is not the first time, but it is funny that the tech crowd never learns. Or does not want to learn.
- (Now) Apple is all about China
The motivation behind some of Apple’s current product decisions might be a bit disappointing to some: It’s increasingly about China.
- Digital Media Darlings Unfazed by the Fall of the News Site Gigaom
Some details and background regarding the sudden death of the tech blog Gigaom. Here is another informative take, and here one more.
- The internet has become increasingly hostile to indie writers
About the slow but steady return of the gatekeepers in online publishing.
- Medium launches Custom domains for publications
Interesting move by Medium on its path to become what I would call a cloud-hosted CMS for media companies and projects big and small.
- Why enterprise software is so bad
Fortunately this is about to change.
- Are DJs Abandoning SoundCloud For Newer, Smaller Platforms?
As the question mark at the end of the headline indicates, this is not a fact, just a speculation. Still, there is a risk considering SoundCloud’s ongoing transformation.
- Alibaba, Prince Alwaleed Go In On Snapchat’s $500M Round
With investors from China and Saudi Arabia, lets not bet on that Snapchat will defend free speech and democratic values when it counts. I touched that issue in January.
- German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law
A welcome initiative by the German hardware startup Protonet.
- Has The ITA Matrix Become Useless for Finding Airfares?
While Google Flights is getting better and better, the product on which the search engine is based on and that Google acquired some years ago, ITA Matrix, is getting increasingly buggy. Most likely Google will eventually pull the plug.
- The ‘SimCity’ Empire Has Fallen and ‘Skylines’ Is Picking Up the Pieces
I generally do not play video games due to their potential to become a massive time sink. Otherwise, I would definitely buy this game. Sounds fantastic.
- VCs Are (What Google Thinks)
Almost every startup founder wants their money, yet Venture Capitalists are not that popular, it seems.
- WhatsApp hits 1 billion installs on Android, the second non-Google app to do so
Massive. Only Facebook crossed that milestone before (as a non-Google app).
- Creandum: 9% of global Billion dollar exits come from the Nordics
The Nordic tech industries is doing pretty well.