Here is my selection of some articles that I found interesting. They will make for good reading this weekend or any other time really.
The 37-page indictment by the U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals makes one thing clear – the Russian Propaganda Machine (R.P.M.) was super efficient in using Facebook thanks to the use of a lot of fake accounts and smart targeting. And guess what, it is a growing problem for Facebook, as its most recent 10K filing reveals.
It was a hectic Monday, but I did manage to read some good stuff with my morning cup of tea and then later, over post-lunch espresso. I hope you get a chance to read these technology stories that will be worth your time.
- Inside Facebook: Two years that shook the company. [Wired Magazine]
- $150 million in funding later, SigFox (IOT network provider) is skating on thin ice, with more competition looming. [E.E. Times]
- Why SigFox might be in trouble. [Fierce Wireless]
- Computer vision is good at recognizing white faces. [NYTimes]
- The Cloud Act is going to be a major disaster. [EFF]
- Here is a Alternative point of view on why the Cloud Act is good. [Lawfare Blog]
- The Myth of the Focus Group. Alternatively: No one care what you think. [The Guardian]
- PixelBuds are not great. AirPods are excellent. [Fred Wilson]
- Not everyone is having a bad year in Music. [BandCamp]
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Despite a boom in startup activity, more and more companies being formed, it doesn’t mean that more good companies are being created. I keep seeing the same names hit up investors again and again. A few successful ones are garnering a lion share of the total funding dollars, especially as they get more traction. Even those companies that have little traction are generating a lot of investor interest, while others who fall in the in-between range are getting less attention.
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