2018/10/02: BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there's too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content.
2016/05/18: Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can
play them like a piano. And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. They play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and unconsciously) against you in the race to grab your attention.
Hijack N. 1: If You Control the Menu, You Control the Choices
Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom.
Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while
we ignore how those choices are manipulated upstream by menus we didn’t choose in the first place.
This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free
choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose. I can’t emphasize enough how deep this insight is.
When people are given a menu of choices, they rarely ask, e.g., "what’s not on the menu?"
2014/06/01: The vision of a free-floating digital cryptocurrency economy, divorced from the politics of colossal banks and aggressive governments, is under threat. Take, for example, the purists at Dark Wallet, accusing the Bitcoin Foundation of selling out to the regulators and the likes of the Winklevoss Twins.
Bitcoin sometimes appears akin to an illegal immigrant, trying to decide whether to seek out a rebellious existence in the black-market economy, or whether to don the slick clothes of the Silicon Valley establishment. The latter position – involving publicly accepting regulation and tax whilst privately lobbying against it – is obviously more acceptable and familiar to authorities.
The lawyer noted that Facebook doesn't put its users under any obligations and if users want they can easily delete Facebook as well as WhatsApp and stop using the service.
Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped start. But is the most powerful tool for connection in human history capable of adapting to the world it created?
The creator of the web just received the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computing. But his work is far from over.
The results of the U.S. presidential election have put the tech industry in a risky position. President-Elect Trump has promised to deport millions of our friends and neighbors, track people based on their religious beliefs, and undermine users' digital security and privacy. He'll need Silicon...
Decentralized thinking is hard. So hard that future generations might see the Internet as a historical abberation.
When you're as big and successful as Facebook, the line between mastering your medium and simply defining it blurs.
Facebook is terrified about a disturbing trend that is seeing people share information about themselves less and less. People are still posting plenty of updates on the site, according to a new report from The Information. But an increasing number of those are about the outside world or links to other sites.
A lot of people are watching the spectacle of Apple vs. the FBI and the Homeland Security Theatre and rubbing their eyes, wondering why Apple (in the person of CEO Tim Cook) is suddenly the knight in shining armour on the side of consumer privacy and civil rights. Apple, after all, is a goliath-sized corporate behemoth with the second largest market cap in US stock market history-what's in it for them?
Prima ti ignorano, poi ti deridono, poi ti combattono. Poi vinci. (Mahatma Gandhi) Alzi la mano chi non ha un profilo su Facebook. Oltre ad essere un social network da un miliardo e mezzo di utenti attivi mensili, Facebook è anche un'azienda che nel 2015 ha realizzato un fatturato di quasi 18 miliardi di dollari e...
Indian government chooses net neutrality over a Facebook backed scheme that would bring limited free Internet. On Monday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India shot down Free Basics, a scheme that offers free Internet access [...] Continue reading India Shuts Down Zuckerberg's 'Free Basics'
One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing consumers to plug their social graph into other applications. We saw the
I was chatting with a friend who expressed what I'm finding is a fairly common opinion. Well, yes, I'd love to move to Android - but all my content is in iTunes. I discovered that
And yes, it would be bad if native advertising increases dramatically because everyone has adblockers.
Apple spent a lot of time at WWDC heaping praise on developers - the middle point of the keynote featured a video celebrating all of the apps and experiences enabled by the iPhone and the App Store...
We kinda failed at freeing/opening up telecommunications for the the public, though it wasn't really our fault.