Elon-gate

Elon-gate JD Lasica, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3017880307
There's a powerful argument in  ​Wired ​ as to why ubiquitous entrepreneur Elon Musk needs to have his Twitter account taken away from him. One might argue that other well-known people, formerly in business, should have theirs taken away first, but the article makes for good reading as to the damage that Musk followers are doing, to themselves...
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Becoming Leonardo da Vinci

Becoming Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-06
 Terence Eden played a fun game with Verisart, a Blockchain-based service for artworks. He convinced it that he was da Vinci, although "convinced" is somewhat extreme; he simply uploaded the painting with some personal details, and there it was, immutably verified forevermore. There's no way to permanently attach a digital certificate to a phy...
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Culture and economic development in NYC and London

Culture and economic development in NYC and London SonofErat via Wikipedia
A new paper looks at the connections between economic development and culture, taking New York and London as its two cities of analysis. Written by scientists from Nokia Bell Labs, the paper examines how cultural capital links into local economies (eg an impact on house prices) and the resulting economic development that takes place. It also studie...
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How online ads follow you around, even when you don't want them to

How online ads follow you around, even when you don't want them to
Chris Yiu, technologist at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (yes, really) has written a good thread about online advertising and targeting. His view is that it's generally A Good Thing, and there are other, bigger problems to worry about: This doesn't mean I think the status quo is OK - we could do with a lot more transparency about how a...
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Buy tickets directly from Snapchat

Buy tickets directly from Snapchat Anthony Quintano, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia/32926837384
​Snapchat has announced an integration with US ticket vendor SeatGeek, allowing popular event tickets to be purchased directly from the Snapchat app. While SeatGeek is only available in the US market (and Snapchat announced tickets from LA Football to be the first event provider through the partnership), it's probable that integrations with other v...
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NYM tears Vice a new one

NYM tears Vice a new one
​New Yorker ​ has published a long read about  ​Vice ​, the magazine-turned-multimedia-empire founded in Montreal by billionaire bighead Shane Smith, Suroosh Albi, and right-wing nutjob Gavin McInnes. It is uncompromising in terms of how the company's culture went bad... very bad. Both male and female Vice employees told me that beyo...
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Not the theory of everything

Not the theory of everything Milestoned, CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/baccharus/5817342671
From 2015, this is a really good Sunday read on why universal theories - of science, but perhaps of everything else - never scale, and will never scale in the future.  The advent of quantum mechanics changed everything. When quantum mechanics is combined with relativity, it turns out, rather unexpectedly in fact, that the detailed nature ...
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The ODI wants a data artist

The ODI wants a data artist ODI
Claire Selby from the Open Data Institute gets in touch, and asks if we can pass on some information regarding their call for an artist to work with data.  The ODI is entering its second year of a three-year R&D programme funded by Innovate UK. The programme goal is to advance knowledge and expertise in how data can shape the next generati...
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Web Curios 08/06/18

Web Curios 08/06/18
HAHAHA BORIS! HAHAHAHA DAVID! HAHAHAHA ISN'T IT FUNNY! ALL THIS INCOMPETENCE AND INFIGHTING AND BACKSTABBING AND MACHINATING AND No, it's not, is it, really? It's boring and tedious and childish. WHY IS EVERYONE - AND I MEAN SEEMINGLY EVERYONE, GLOBALLY - WHO PURSUES POLITICAL OFFICE SUCH A COMPLETE FCUKING CNUT? I mean, it's a rhetorical question ...
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Celebrating Jaime Levy

Celebrating Jaime Levy Wikipedia
​New Yorker ​ has an excellent piece on Jaime Levy's work in the early days of net culture. Those around at the time are guaranteed to get rather misty-eyed at it, and it's great to see Jaime's work celebrated in this way. In the early '90s, Jaime Levy, a punk-rock hacker chick from Los Angeles, marched into the Tisch Building at NYU without a...
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How hate groups spread messages online

How hate groups spread messages online
Internet scholar and author Whitney Philips spent two years examining the ways in which hate groups have succeeded in, to use the marketing phrase, achieved cut-through. It's a cracking, if depressing read, once again outlining the necessity for marketers to understand the effectiveness of other ways of media planning and usage. Offering extremely ...
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Facebook Trending, RIP

Facebook Trending, RIP Christoph Scholz, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25076399117
It's going. Alex Hardiman, head of news products at Facebook, has announced that the news headlines bit to the right hand side of FB is to be replaced. It was never that good anyway: We're removing Trending soon to make way for future news experiences on Facebook. We introduced Trending in 2014 as a way to help people discover news topics that were...
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This is the Pews: Facebook is no longer the most popular social network for US teens

This is the Pews: Facebook is no longer the most popular social network for US teens
The Pew Center's latest report,  ​Teens, social media and technology ​ gives us an insight into some of the macro factors affecting US teen Internet use. Most notably, Facebook has been supplanted as the most popular social network for this demographic. Headline stats include: ​Facebook usage has declined by 20% to 51% It has been eclipsed in ...
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New writing: Flesh Moves

New writing: Flesh Moves
Flesh Moves is a new work from friends of Imperica Brendan C. Byrne and Adam Rothstein.  Over to Brendan to introduce it: " Two years in the making, it's a heist story about the future of autonomous long haul trucking, the accelerating opioid crisis, and the break-up of the USA. Adam and I hope you 'enjoy' it." J's eyes pop open as Bigurl...
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Globalisation: the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning

Globalisation: the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning Shenzhen Bay Bridge
This is a good, well-argued piece on the future of globalisation with an absolute shedload of statistics. It strings concepts such as IOT, fast fashion, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the TPP together in one sweeping article on  ​Foreign Affairs ​. The geography of globalization is even changing within the developing world. The McKinsey Glo...
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Web Curios 01/06/18

Even by the standards of 2018, this has been an absolute ROLLERCOASTER of a week. A Government falls in Spain, one stumbles and maybe gets back on its feet in Italy (but if it makes it to Christmas I will personally be AMAZED), Don met Kim, a Ukrainian journalist came back from the dead, and we all continued to gawp, amazed, through our magical gla...
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Mary Meeker releases her report for 2018

Mary Meeker releases her report for 2018 JD Lasica, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3007695650/
Mary Meeker's annual  Internet Trends report has been published. Here are the highlights, culled from the summary slide. At 3.6Bn, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world's population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find - evinced by 0% new smartphone unit shipment growth in 2017. Internet ...
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Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrong

Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrong Wyncliffe, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyncliffe/13867917605/
Data that is mined with the help of machine learning techniques has been a rapid area of technological advancement – with good and bad consequences for everyone. And EU copyright law is currently caught in the crossfire. Cambridge Analytica and Facebook's recent data scandal, which involved the profiling of users from their online behaviour facilit...
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Martin Sorrell creates new company to relaunch his marketing career

Martin Sorrell creates new company to relaunch his marketing career Yahoo, CC licence
After the rather ignominious ending of Sorrell's career at WPP, Marty has created a new shell vehicle to build his second marketing services group. This is the same approach to how WPP as we know it was formed. Wire and Plastic Products, a Kent-based maker of dish drainers and milk bottle holders was chosen to be the vehicle that became WPP as we k...
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The Kissinger Twins take a trip

The Kissinger Twins take a trip
​The Trip ​ is the new interactive work from London-based duo The Kissinger Twins. We'll turn this article over to them to tell us all about it. "A story for the Edward Snowdens and Daniel Ellsbergs in all of us" The moon landing is one of the greatest milestones in human history. What if it wasn't real? Meet Jack Torrance, the man who made it...
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