Archive for July, 2014

NSA Spying Will Cost US Tech Titans Billions, and That’s Just the Start

The National Security Agency spying scandal will cost the US technology and telecommunications industries billions of dollars in coming years if potential clients—including corporations and governments—take their business elsewhere following revelations of rampant US surveillance… from Pocket via Motherboard

The Zero Marginal Cost Society and the End of GDP

  Global GDP has been growing at a declining rate since the Great Recession. While economists point to high energy costs, a decline in productivity, slower growth in the labor force, consumer and government debt, income inequality, and consumer aversion to spending, among other causes,

The New York Times Is a Great Company in a Terrible Business

This morning, the New York Times announced higher circulation revenue, huge gains in digital subscribers, and the continued erosion of its print advertising business. If the Times were interested in saving paper and man-hours, it could start by copy-pasting that paragraph into a PDF every quarter.

In Boston, The Internet of Things Is Already in Front Of Your Face

If the vast network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector can seem hard to imagine, consider Beantown. If you want to think about what the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) will look like, walk along Boston’s 400-year-old streets.

Emotion in marketing: How our brains decide which content is shareable

This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission. Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in. from Pocket http://ift.tt/NgI9SM via TNW

The five biggest threats to human existence

In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. Bioengineered Pandemic “Unfortunately we can now make diseases

The U.S. government’s secret rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

The guidelines state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status.” There has been a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system and it has been quietly approved by the Obama administration. from Pocket http://ift.tt/1AgJvSg via

What Is Public? — The Message — Medium

  Someone could make off with all your garbage that’s put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests or discarded pill bottles are in the trash, and then post that information up on the web along with your