What we read this week (16 November)

This week we learned about Facebook losing prominent clients, how the future might not be as bad as most promise, how McKinsey is teaching it clients gathering intelligence from social media and Dustin Curtis’ take on why you should always pick the best possible product.

Quote of the week

When you fail, you want to preach to the world too – because you’re saving somebody that same mistake.

Tim O’Reilly

Articles of the week

  • readwrite: Mark Cuban is taking his money away from facebook
    Dallas Mavericks owner and private billionaire Mark Cuban is not amused. After voicing heavy discontent with facebook’s recent page-changes (asking money in order to reach your own fans) he now openly discussed relocating to Tumblr or the relaunching Myspace as main hub.
  • Forbes: Don’t worry about the future
    Authors Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler explain why we should not really be worried, no matter what the headlines are. They identify four main drivers that let you forget all the noise around you for one second.
  • McKinsey Quarterly: Intel inside
    McKinsey is starting to comprehend the use of social media besides sales promotion. In the current Quarterly they provide a framework of sorts for a different kind of social media utilisation: Gathering intelligence with live-testing, crowd intelligence and new influencers. (Free signup required)
  • AllThingsD: Google launches alternative reality Android game
    One of those few times you will wish you would have an Android device instead of that iPhone of yours.
  • Dustin Curtis: Rolling with the best
    “The fundamental problem is that many products are created to be sold, not used.” We agree.

What we read this week (21 Sep)

Dystopian nightmares about the future of travel, Apple’s changing their maps software based on strategy and not user experience, hardware investment is on the rise, a futuristic motorbike that can’t fall over and a look into cities are all in this weekly reads.

Quotes of the week

It sounds about as crazy as it can get, but maybe that’s what we need more of in this world. Kim also machined his own spectacle frames from titanium. What can’t this guy do?

Peter Ha

 We’re not at a point where the government is going to go digital for any of that stuff, I mean, I’m not even allowed to laminate my Social Security card.

Neil Hughes

Articles of the week

  • CNN: Apple’s secret plan to join iPhones with airport security
    In an effort to ease the various time-consuming security routines at airports, Apple seems to be lining up a technology that comes very close to a digital passport and sends your data to whomever has the authority of demanding it. However, the project is still quite far from being put into practice due to major concerns with verification, universality and infrastructure.
  • Anil Dash: Who benefits from iOS6’s crappy maps?
    The release the of the new maps-app with iOS6 has caused a lot of noise in the short time it has been available. Anil Dash goes in depth to say why it is a worse product and what this could mean for the future of the company post Steve Jobs.
  • TechCrunch: The Mobile/Social/Local/Cloud Land Grab Is Over
    In a glance over the shoulder to the tech world of 2006 when most of what is now part of life was just getting started (Twitter, Dropbox, iPhone) TechCrunch’s Jon Evans cleans up the rubble cluttering up everyone’s view and draws a keen prognosis on the next boom.
  • TechCrunch: Lit Motors Will Shake Up The Electric Vehicle Market With Its Two-Wheeled, Untippable C-1
    From afar it looks like a boring copy of the BMW C1 – motorbike. From close up it’s a high-tech non-tippable, electric driven transportation project. Creator Danny Kim is quite sure that he is going to bring some disruption into the market with this vehicle as it solves the main problem of any motorbike: it’s safe.
  • NPR: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways
    Armelle Caron is French and has a passion for cities. Between 2005 and 2008 she took to some of the more famous ones like Paris, N.Y. or Berlin and ‘restructured’ their ground structure.