Here is a weekly selection of significant news, insightful information bits and interesting analyses from the digital and technology world. Published every Thursday.
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- Deep Web Marketplaces
How underground marketplaces work and what Internet entrepreneurs can learn from that
- Why You Should Care About the Silk Road Trial
The pioneering deep web marketplace Silk Road had been closed by the FBI 2013. Now a 30-year old engineer is on trial for founding and operating as well as for using it for drug trade.
- Google is now a more trusted source of news than the websites it aggregates
This is bad news for media companies. There is something they seem to do wrong.
- Uber Closes $1.6 Billion in Financing
Insane: In total, Uber has raised upward of $4 billion. Let’s prepare for the biggest IPO ever.
- The problem with Uber’s European job promises
Speaking about Uber: The company claims to create lots of jobs. But I agree that it is necessary to have a closer look at the type of jobs.
- The era of third-party apps is ending, as security risks prompt WhatsApp and Snapchat to shut down their APIs
That is not the development we once hoped for.
- Will WhatsApp kill Slack?
- How Whatsapp for web could change the newsroom
Despite its shortcomings, some have high hopes in WhatsApp’s new web version.
- Kobalt: The Other Swedish Startup Trying To Disrupt The Music Business
There is something about Sweden, music and startups.
- ‘Invisible Boyfriend’ Helps You Expertly Fake Being In a Relationship
Social pressure on people to be able to present a partner is so big that there seems to be a market for such a weird app.
- Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature?
Like the real world, the lastest version of the cult game SimCity has a homeless problem.
- Blendle plans overseas expansion as users near 200,000
The Dutch startup Blendle which is developing a “soft paywall” for paid content is seen by some as the big hope for financing journalism online.
- Bitcoin revealed: a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another
This is quity a witty headline and an article worth a read.
- Overcast’s 2014 sales numbers
Insights into the economics of a one-man podcast app startup.
- Wanna build a billion-dollar tech company? Stick with your founding CEO”
“33 companies out of 156 in total (85%) pushed through the billion-dollar threshold by sticking with their founding CEO”.
- Turkish sports club Besiktas Istanbul acquires League of Legends team
Quite cool and possibly something that will happen more often: A real sports club buys an e-sports club.
- Holograms! Also, What Else Microsoft Announced At Its Windows 10 Event
A couple of weeks ago I explained why I am especially curious about seeing how Microsoft will perform in 2015. Some of the things the company presented on Wednesday look quite promising.
- Venture Funding of U.S. Startups Last Year Was Most Since 2000
The gap between 2000 and 2014 is still quite significant though.