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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- Women Should Keep Reading the Comments
Whenever women appear online in any context, they are being harassed and objectified. It’s pretty ugly to watch.
- Elon Musk’s Hyperloop to Break Ground: 5 Things to Know
The more I read about Hyperloop and the two companies that are trying to turn Elon Musk’s idea into reality, the more excited I get about it. This could change the world.
- The Information Age Is Over. Welcome to the Infrastructure Age
A quote from the article: “The infrastructure age is what will prevent us from killing ourselves as we grow up into a truly global civilization”.
- Slack With Friends, Lovers, And Geeks: How The Hot Workplace App Is Getting Personal
What I assumed might happen a few months ago actually seems to happen: Slack is increasingly being used for non-work releated communities.
- Social Video Chart: Your At-A-Glance Guide To 7 Major Platforms
Various platforms and apps allow users to upload and share videos. But the specifics vary a lot. This chart offers a very handy overview.
- Facebook and PGP
A couple of interesting thoughts and possible theories about Facebook’s unexpected support of encrypted notification emails.
- Forget Work Life Balance. It’s All About Work Life Integration
I second that.
- From Digikala to Hamijoo: the Iranian startup revolution, phase two
A few weeks ago I published an interview about the potential of startups to change the Middle East. This article is focusing on Iran, where excitement and expectations about what could happen are especially noteable.
- Free MOOCs? Forget about it
Those who finish a course at an online education platform should expect having to pay for certificates.
- The Next Feature Fallacy: The fallacy that the next new feature will suddenly make people use your product
An important reminder for everyone who is involved in a software startup.
- My advice to non-technical founders: Or why you shouldn’t outsource your startup
Very inspiring: Joel Gascoigne, the co-founder of Buffer, writes that people with product ideas should start building even if they do not have technical skills.
- The improbable rise and fall of Couchsurfing
I have no idea if this description is correct, but according to The Kernel, Couchsurfing has turned from a beloved community site into a commercial platform without soul and without many of its former users.
- Technological Underemployment: Addressing Common Objections
Automation will kill millions of jobs. Everyone agrees on that. Where there is less consensus is about the question whether these jobs will be eventually replaced by new types of professions. Albert Wenger explains why he sides with those who expect the amount of sufficiently paid jobs to dramatically decrease.
- 6WunderKinder’s exit is a Triple Wake Up Call
Berlin’s startup scene is pretty psyched about Microsoft’s acquisition of the local productivity startup 6Wunderkinder.
- Medium Is Shifting Focus
I’m curious to see whether Medium will manage to change its focus without pushing away its most loyal users.
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