In my latest piece in The Spectator. As a financial investment, I make a case that Twitter will be a bust. However, the power it gives Elon Musk is unprecedented. Musk has bought the Fox News of the post-TV reality for $44 billion, a pittance considering how much power it gives him over his rivals … Continue reading The Musky Fox
Hi! In case you are new around here, I am Om. If you are new around here, here is something About Me and why you should read my newsletter. In this letter, I share what’s on my mind, my latest writings, articles worth reading from around the web, my recommendations & sometimes my photography. It’s mostly about technology … Continue reading A Letter from Om. Issue #05/2023
Wendy’s, the fast-food chain, is teaming up with Google to automate its drive-through ordering system with AI-driven chatbots. “The goal is to streamline the ordering process and prevent long lines in the drive-through lanes from turning customers away,” Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor told the Wall Street Journal.Continue reading “The Future of Fast Food”
After many go-go years, fixed broadband growth seems to slow, especially in more mature markets. Sure, parts of Asia and Africa still show strong growth, but the overall trend doesn’t look good, according to PointTopic Research. The global broadband demand for 2022 saw the total connections grow to 1.362 billion — still up 6.65 percent from 1.277 billion in 2021. “Global fixed broadband subscriber growth was the second slowest in the last four quarters and stood at 1.43%,” the report notes.
Even though I was mostly offline, I did up tweeting occasionally this past week. In a typical week, these would have become a proper blog post. Nevertheless, here they are!
Even though I am not in school and neither do I have kids, I am taking a bit of a spring break. I badly need a change of scenery, so why not. I am traveling a little, reading a little, and thinking a lot for the next fourteen days. Don’t expect much in terms of … Continue reading Springbreak
In today’s written-word landscape, there is room for a couple of giant, sprawling news organizations, which most people are willing to pay for; room for practical, service-based journalism, like trades, which can be expensed or written off; and room for really excellent reporting that’s entertaining and insightful, too—work that makes you smarter and that you … Continue reading This is the future of media
Music streaming saw a 22.6% growth in 2022, making it clear for once and all that we live in a streaming world. A new stat only reinforces that reality. For the first time, on-demand audio streams crossed the one trillion mark on March 23rd, 2023. According to a report from research firm, Luminate, “global music … Continue reading A trillion streams!
Last week, when reading Ben Smith’s newsletter, I came across a graphic based on a poll conducted by MuckRack. It showed that media folks weren’t pulling back from Twitter despite much handwriting and mock outrage, just as they didn’t move away from Facebook. The switch to Mastadon made for a grand narrative, but like most … Continue reading Why Media Can’t Quit Twitter
My original message was to get the idea across that integrated circuits were going to be cheap someday. They were not cheap at the time. I never expected it to be an accurate prediction. It turned out to be more accurate than I ever envisioned. Then it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The industry recognized it … Continue reading Moore on Moore’s Law