IBM was one of the first big U.S. tech firms to pay the price for the NSA scandal – although nobody has ever proven a link between the company and the agency, IBM joined Cisco in seeing a sudden collapse in Chinese sales after the Snowden […]
Will the $25M in Coinbase shift thinking on Bitcoin? Would you let AT&T spy on you for cheap braodband? And Verizon lights up LTE networks.
Newtown’s magical thinking
But even when death appears in it most bloody and tragic forms, nobody owns those events. Newtown may want to erect a taboo that would shame reporters from revisiting the town every Dec. 14 to replay the story, but a press outlet should feel free to ignore the taboo if the taboo conflicts with the o
When convening a conference to "discuss" something or other, the FTC (or other regulatory entities) is almost never in pursuit of discussion -- any more than a police officer who says he just wants to talk. Such conversational assemblies usually become venues in which the agency can issue a veiled t
When you're thirsty, your best bet is to go to where you see water flowing. When your desire turns to ad revenue, you'd be similarly wise to place yourself near the flow, which increasingly has become the Web. That goes a long way to explain the exuberance, not all that irrational, for Internet thin
Children have a good excuse for wanting to be told old stories. They're not very bright, they often don't absorb the whole narrative the first time around, they learn by repetition and draw comfort from it -- and if the story recounts how Bambi's mother got whacked, they have every right to hope tha
12.9 else: “The most mericful thing in the world”
The post 12.9 else: “The most mericful thing in the world” appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.This week, the tension between industry, governments, and regulation gets hashed out over the NSA, drones, bitcoins, and DNA databases; bots are running research on our behalf, and I
The post else 12.2: “Anchoring digital existence in the physical world” appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.This week we get creative with 3D self-portraits, drones deliver in 30 minutes or less, we play Moneyball with job performance, 23andMe’s FDA troubles point to emer
The post else 11/25: The Collective Hallucination of Currency appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.This week, bitcoin seems to have gotten the thumbs up for innovation despite some shady origins, lots of background details came out about the circumstances that approved NSA dragnet, and priv
The post else 11.18: “We can see it, we can feel it, because we’re already almost there.” appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.This week, we talk about rights to data, nuance in the tech debate, and some interesting developments in the wearable sensor world. As always, if
CEO of New York City’s Tourism Board Resigns, With New Mayor Coming In
While New York City has had a huge uptick of tourists during the Bloomberg administration, exponential growth in visitors may be peaking, and the new CEO of NYC & Company will have to develop more creative pitches to attract international visitors -- especially from the emerging Asian markets.
The new FCC chairman has managed to free the FCC of this issue once and for all. Now it's either up to the airlines or a meddling, overreaching federal agency. A smart DOT would leave it up to the airlines to take the blame for the fallout.