"I’m the first to admit it: we might be popular, we might create a lot of great relationships, we might blah blah blah. But OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing. Neither does any other website. It’s not like people have been building these things for very long, or you can go look up a blueprint or something. Most ideas are bad. Even good ideas could be better. Experiments are how you sort all this out."
"“Makeupaddiction,” for example, is a section dedicated entirely to beauty products and tips. Users post hundreds of conversation threads daily, often recommending different types of products to one another.
This is exactly where a brand wants to be, Reddit says. If a company like Estée Lauder bought an ad unit — a so-called “native ad” that looks similar to other Reddit conversation threads — at the top of the Makeupaddiction sub-Reddit, users in the thread would treat it less like an ad and more like content.”
"For a few hours today, Uber users could view their passenger rating thanks to a how-to posted by Aaron Landy.1 Uber gives both passengers and drivers ratings, probably by averaging the post-ride ratings each gets, and they affect whether riders can get picked up and whether drivers keep their jobs."
Facebook braucht seine Nutzer, um seinen Wert nicht zu verlieren. Wenn die Nutzer lieber Dinge privat teilen, dann reagiert es darauf. Das Vertrauen der Nutzer soll zurückgewonnen werden, damit weiterhin eine Kapitalisierung der Daten stattfinden kann.
Das ist jetzt vielleicht eine weit hergeholte Interpretation des o.g. Zitats, aber ich habe schon länger das Gefühl, dass sich hinter netzpolitischem und datenschutzrechtlichem Aktionismus oft auch Kapitalismuskritik versteckt. Man muss Kapitalismus nicht gut finden, aber dann sollte man das auch deutlich sagen.
Netzpolitik.org und auch der CCC sind recht offen kapitalismuskritisch bis -feindlich.
"The company said that ad revenue was up 39 percent to $177.3 million (the company recently launched its Promoted Stations ad unit), while subscription revenue was up 35 percent to $41.6 million. It also said that total listener hours grew 29 percent year-over-year, to 5.04 billion, while the number of active listeners grew 7.5 percent, to 76.4 million."
"Die Leichtigkeit, mit der sich Uber und Airbnb verbreiten, beruht gerade darauf, dass sie in hoffnungslos überregulierte Branchen eingebrochen sind. Diese sollten schleunigst dereguliert werden. Davon würden auch etablierte Anbieter profitieren.
Natürlich darf das nicht zu einem ungehemmten Manchester-Kapitalismus führen. Es ist durchaus eine zivilisatorische Errungenschaft, sich in ein beliebiges Taxi setzen zu können ohne Angst, abgezockt zu werden. Doch es müssen nicht unbedingt Behörden sein, die gewisse Mindeststandards überwachen. Wer dreckige Zimmer vermietet oder fährt wie ein Henker, der wird es in der Crowd nicht weit bringen. Dafür sorgen die Nutzer mit ihren Bewertungen schon selber.”
"This is how one can really understand why Ballmer – over the objection of Nadella, among others – made the disastrously stupid decision to buy Nokia. We now know for a fact that my speculation at the time that Nokia was about to introduce Android phones was spot-on, and the terms of the deal suggest that Nokia was having financial difficulties as well; if Microsoft would have lost Nokia, they would have lost Windows Phone, and Ballmer saw that as a mortal threat. Never mind that Windows Phone is for all-intents-and-purposes already dead; the thing about culture is that it not only eats strategy, it washes it down with a potent mixture of selective facts and undue optimism."
"The revenue pictures shows that (non-Mac) PCs have been declining for almost four years and into the present quarter and operating margin (“profit”) has shrunk to nearly $1 billion (while being generous with “other” PC vendors).
Incidentally, the Mac is nearly the highest revenue PC brand and by far the most profitable. Indeed, it’s more profitable than all the other vendors put together.”
"To be clear, while I’ve been writing from Apple’s perspective, this is an even bigger deal for IBM. As I just noted, the total cost of a VAR “solution” is usually multiples greater than the cost of the underlying device or software; fully integrating a device into an enterprise is a messy business, but dealing with messiness is not only worth a lot of money, it also entails building deep and ongoing relationships with the company you are servicing. In other words, when it comes to the sort of enterprise deals that IBM is going to put together, iOS devices are much closer to commodities; it is IBM that will provide the most value from the enterprise’s perspective. This is a risk for Apple: it’s certainly possible to envision a scenario where IBM switches out iOS for another platform, and there will be nothing Apple can really do about that.
I’m sure, though, that Apple is well aware of this and counts it as a price they are willing to pay6 (in addition to the commission they’ll likely pay IBM on each iPhone or iPad, in case it’s not clear who will be the lead in this partnership). Apple is getting access to a massive market that had long been off-limits, and they are doing so without giving up their product-centric soul.”
Interessant: “Import your favorite lists from Foursquare and sync new items on both services. We’ll be supporting all of your favorite sites so you can use Socialist to organize the things you love across all of the services you love.”
"I consider the Amazon Fire phone no more than an interesting first step. In my tests, I found its big new features less useful than I expected, and sometimes outright frustrating. And, arriving seven years after the debut of the first modern smartphone, Amazon’s new entry lacks some key functions both Apple and Samsung include."
"For a services company, I always think your job is just to make the best damn service you can so that devices companies have to put you on their platform. That may be an overly naïve take on how the world works, however."
Mit einer Reichweite von bis zu 50 Meilen: “Here’s how it works: Your phone connects to your goTenna through Bluetooth, goTenna then transmits the data you’re sending out to another (or multiple) goTenna through proprietary protocols, which then transmits it over Bluetooth to the phone connected to that other goTenna. It effectively acts as your own cell tower.”
"Google said it paid out $5bn to developers from Google IO in 2013 to Google IO in 2014 (a little over 13 months)
Apple said it has paid out $20bn to developers in total by the end of the June 2014 quarter, and at WWDC June 2013 it gave a figure of $10bn paid to developers (at the June 2013 earnings call a month later it then said it had paid out $11bn). So in the last 12 months, it paid out roughly $10bn.
Google also said at IO that it has 1bn 30-day active Android users - the degree of precision is not clear. The iOS number is fuzzier: trailing 24 months’ sales would be a little under 500m, but extending that to a three year lifespan would take it to over 600m.”
"You can do anything you like with the public domain books and recordings you download from Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive: Make a literary Girl Talk-type mashup with them, hide Satanic messages in there via "backmasking," make letterpress reprints of the books and illuminate them by hand with gold leaf like a medieval monk and sell the results on Etsy. It’s all free and legal. That is what "public domain" means. (By the bye, I wrote to the PR contact supplied by Amazon in the subject press release, and asked how many of these six hundred thousand titles offered through Kindle Unlimited are in the public domain and therefore, already free to the public, but did not receive an answer.)"
"The boost in Xiaomi’s sales figure is helped by the company’s expansion into other parts of Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and, very recently, India. You can thank ex-Googler Hugo Barra for that, who has been very hands-on with this project. On a related note, there are now 65 million activated MIUI users, who will be able to upgrade to version 6 as of August 16th. After 26.11 million phones — which translates to 33 billion yuan or about $5.32 billion — so far this year, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun expects to sell a grand total of 60 million phones in 2014, which would be more than twice of that from 2013."
"“A generative, networked system laced throughout with secrets.”
When you write it that way, you realize it doesn’t have to be software. This is a stretch, but you could apply that description to the greater Star Wars universe—not just the movies, but all that followed: the books, the video games, the spit-spraying backyard lightsaber battles. And, based on all the fan fiction and wizard rock they inspired, I’d say the Harry Potter books managed to boot up a generative, networked system of some sort.
But now, in the 2010s, Minecraft improves upon those examples, because it does not merely allow this co-creation but requires it. And so the burning question in my brain right now is this: What happens when we take the secret of Minecraft and apply it elsewhere, in new ways?”
"DisneyCollectorBR’s most watched video, an unwrapping of “egg surprises” branded by Angry Birds, SpongeBob, and Cars, recently hit 90 million views. Five other videos have received over 40 million views, and another 15 have over 20 million. The channel’s hundreds of videos have been watched over 2.4 billion times — that’s more than “Gangnam Style” by Psy."