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- Meet The Man Traveling The World On $25 Million Of Bitcoin Profits (forbes.com, 2)
Just awesome. In hindsight, it is amazing to consider how a few people’s seemingly naive willingness to gamble away some money on a crypto currency created unexpected wealth for many of them. It also completely goes against the notion that only those who already have a lot can get rich. In the case of Bitcoin, the main requirements for experimentation were information, risk affinity and curiosity. The lesson: Have “boundless curiosity” (an essential skill in today’s world), take calculated risks, and you will be rewarded.
- Rigetti Computing ( a16z.com, 2)
Imagine Moore’s law itself speeding up like Moore’s law – that’s the type of performance Quantum Computing will bring.
- My Week at SoundCloud (hackernoon.com, 2)
The gripping story of a Sottish software engineer who moved to Berlin for a job at the music streaming service SoundCloud. Together with eleven other new employees, he started there a few days before the company announced laying off 40 percent of the staff, including him.
- I Got Hacked and All I Got Was This New SIM Card (carpeaqua.com, 2)
A tale about the dangerous combination of social engineering targeting your mobile phone provider and 2-factor authentification based on your mobile phone number.
- Blockchain: the revolution we’re not ready for (medium.freecodecamp.org, 2)
While I am more bullish on the Blockchain on some days than on others, I also see a potential revolution looming. And it is really not about money, primarily…
- Swiss City Zug Announces Plan to Verify IDs Using Ethereum (coindesk.com, 1)
…but, for example, about e-government.
- Why I Hate Slack and You Should Too (bitquabit.com, 2)
A passionate rant, that you might or might not agree with. Two years ago when everyone was excited about Slack, such a post would have been almost unthinkable.
- Twenty Theses About Twitter (ericposner.com, 1)
Unsurprisingly, this text wasn’t received too well by people on Twitter. Nobody likes to hear that one’s habit/frequently used “toy” might be problematic. I found it in parts spot on, in others at least thought-provoking.
- Why so costly? (techcrunch.com, 2)
Despite technology’s promise to reduce costs for providing people with the essentials of life, in the English-speaking world costs for infrastructure, education and healthcare are exploding. Jon Evans concludes in this intelligent piece that there must be some kind of economic parasite that causes costs to climb when the opposite should be true.
- There is No More Encryption Debate: Backdoors Threaten the Whole World (hackernoon.com, 2)
The author sounds pretty angry. But he probably has a point.
- Chatbots Deliver the Worst Customer Service (latenightcoding.co, 2)
It seems as if expectations on chatbots for service purposes were overblown. But of course, even the worst chatbots will become better when AI gets better. That is, if AI gets as good as many hope it’ll.
- Shazam And Waze Rethink Mobile Creative (adexchanger.com, 2)
How the two well-known apps Shazam and Waze experiment with innovative and creative ad models. Informative.
- The 24 best podcasts to make you smarter (bbc.com, 2)
This list is pretty good. I ended up subscribing to about five of these podcasts.
- Lessons Learned After Almost a Year (investorfieldguide.com, 3)
Apropos podcasts: The investor Patrick O’Shaughnessy shares what he has learned over one year of producing podcasts. A very interesting read for podcast creators and listeners alike.
- Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world (recode.com, 3)
This couple, Priscilla Chan and her husband Mark Zuckerberg, is about to change the world like few other couples before.
- The Streaming Problem: How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed the Music Industry (vulture.com, 3)
“Never before has a song title or artist name been more important than the actual songs themselves”.
- iPhone Bugs Are Too Valuable to Report to Apple (motherboard.vice.com, 2)
What a dilemma: Apple’s bug bounty program is not working because other parties than Apple pay more for the knowledge about iOS or Mac bugs. Wouldn’t it be obvious then for Apple to simply raise the rewards? Money should not really be the problem here, I guess.
- This former Google[X] exec is building a high-tech hat that she says will make telepathy possible in 8 years (cnbc.com, 2)
Are you ready for telepathy?
- I used a neural network to flirt with guys on Tinder, and it was a disaster (mic.com, 2)
Essentially, for a girl matching with heterosexual guys on Tinder, what she writes does not matter at all to many of them.
Recently on meshedsociety.com:
- Stories, the Blockchain and the chance for a reboot of social networking
I am more optimistic again that the established technological, philosophical and economical model of building and operating social networks can be challenged by an alternative built around openness.
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