Facebook's transition to Meta — in 3D. More 3D app icons like these are coming soon. You can find my 3D work in the collection called "3D Design".
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Facebook is shutting down Bulletin, its newsletter subscription service, and it will wind down by the end of 2023. This is terrible news for idiots who keep falling for false promises of Facebook, Google, and every large platform that lures than with traffic and large audiences.

But I am not surprised by Facebook, and it’s about turn. They do it so often that it is almost comical that people still believe them. Media folks, in particular, are so thirsty for getting an audience, which is why platforms continue to play them for suckers. I have been highly suspicious not just of the big platforms but also of the upstarts.

Remember Medium? Man, did they yank the media ecosystems’ chain or what? I still can’t embrace Substack, despite really liking the team and what they bring to the table. It is one of the reasons I continue to have my own blog and host my own newsletter  —it isn’t cheap, but hell, I don’t have to deal with change in “corporate strategy.”

Talking about corporate strategy, the list of Facebook’s copycat failures is growing longer. At this rate, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have lost his one true core competency — copying other people’s ideas. I mean, they did copy Snap as a concept and its ad system, but since then, it has been one miss after a miss. Rough timing, considering Zuckerberg is trying to be an innovator having in the past invented nothing.

No wonder even Tim Cook likes to dunk on his Metaverse.

“I always think it’s important that people understand what something is. And I’m really not sure the average person can tell you what the metaverse is.”

Tim Cook,  told Dutch publication Bright (via Google Translate). 

October 6, 2022. San Francisco

The sorry state of the web

Christian Heilmann is an astute observer of the web and its evolution, so I pay attention. I have followed his blog for many years. I found myself nodding my head when reading this piece. The whole piece is worth a read. (link below).

The web we have these days is in a sorry state. On the one hand we have the “social web” firmly in the hand of marketeers, bots and political propaganda. On top of that drowning in memes, reposts and funny things you already read in newsgroups in 1998. On the other hand we have the publisher web after 25 years still not being able to embrace the concept that you can’t control the distribution of your content once it is online. On the social web, knowledge is smothered by agenda and on the publisher web by ads and paywalls and contracts. Ever tried to look up some news from 12 years ago? Back in library days you were able to do that. On news portals, most articles are deleted after a year, and on newspaper web sites you hardly ever get access to the archives – even with a subscription

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What do sensors know?

person driving car during night time
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China’s new rule: if your car uses sensors to map the environment, you must apply for government permit (link). Car sensors are now so good and ubiquitous they’re viewed as security threats. ‘The statement is a clarification of China‘s surveying and mapping law and reflects regulators’ efforts to prevent highly-detailed visual data collected by smart cars falling into the hands of hostile foreign actors.’ Related: A new sign shows that Tesla cars cannot enter government agencies and state-owned enterprises in China (Trucks VC)

Chinese decisions on car sensors are a testimonial that, as a nation, they genuinely know the capabilities of sensors and connected sensors as data and intelligence sources! As the saying goes, it takes a thief to know another

Did you notice: That we have not heard a peep from Elon Musk about why Chinese regulators haven’t approved  Tesla’s FSD for use on local roads? That man is always yapping about US politicians, loudly and crassly — because, you know, democracy and shit! 

September 22, 2022. San Francisco