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May 2016

Remarkable, but not really surprising: 85% of Facebook video is watched without sound (Sahil Patel)

Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence.

As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers…

Source: 85 percent of Facebook video is watched without sound – Digiday

Apple in serious trouble? If Google’s right about AI, that’s a problem for Apple (

If the landscape shifts to prioritize those big-data AI services, Apple will find itself in a similar position as BlackBerry did almost a decade ago: what they’re able to do, despite being very good at it, won’t be enough anymore, and they won’t be able to catch up…

Source: If Google’s right about AI, that’s a problem for Apple –

Good background analysis: Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet (Mohit Aron)

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.

It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes in such different directions…

Source: Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet | TechCrunch

Very worthwhile Read: The rise of APIs (Matt Murphy)

It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how software is created and brought to market.

The application programming interface (API) has been a key part of software development for decades as a way to develop for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows. More recently, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, have offered APIs that help the developer and have, in effect, created a developer dependency on these platforms…

Source: The rise of APIs | TechCrunch

Nanorobots: Where We Are Today and Why Their Future Has Amazing Potential (Peter Diamandis)

My goal here is to give you a quick overview of the work going on in labs around the world, and the potential applications this nanotech work will have in health, energy, the environment, materials science, data storage and processing.

As artificial intelligence has been getting a lot of the attention lately, I believe we’re going to start to see and hear about incredible breakthroughs in the nanotech world very soon…

Source: Nanorobots: Where We Are Today and Why Their Future Has Amazing Potential

Solar Power Is Ready to Dominate Energy Thanks to New Tech (Singularity Hub)

In the next 20 years, between 50 percent to 100 percent of the world’s energy production could come from solar.

Today, the global oil and natural gas industry is about a $4 trillion business. It’s big money, and in the US, 67 percent of the electricity generated in 2015 was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum)…


Source: Solar Power Is Ready to Dominate Energy Thanks to New Tech

Fine Piece from a good Buddy: Messaging — A Game of Thrones (Malte von Medem)

Facebook is creating a new web. With one single King. We might want a “United Federation of Planets” instead.

The basic idea goes: Everyone uses Chat-Messengers. It is the dominant medium today.

The money bet goes: “(Chat) Conversation” is a great new way for businesses to interact with customers in a million ways. Creating a great platform and — if used dominantly — a new web over time.

Many great ideas from startups have been seen, messengers added platforms (Kik, Telegram, Slack, Skype, WeChat) & one player tries to own it all: Facebook…

Source: Messaging — A Game of Thrones — Medium

Awesome Compilation: Getting Up to Speed on Deep Learning – 20+ Resources (Isaac Madan, David Dindi)

For good reason, deep learning is increasingly capturing mainstream attention. Just recently, on March 15th, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI — technology based on deep neural networks — beat Lee Sedol, one of the world’s best Go players, in a professional Go match.
Behind the scenes, deep learning is an active, fast-paced research area that’s proliferating quickly among some of the world’s most innovative companies. We are asked frequently about our favorite resources to get up to speed on deep learning and follow its rapid developments. As such, we’ve outlined below some of our favorite resources. While certainly not comprehensive, there’s a lot here…

Source: Getting Up to Speed on Deep Learning: 20+ Resources — Life Learning — Medium

A very good read on Product Management Philosophies: 3 Types of Product Management (Daniel Demetri)

Which One is Right For Your Company?

“The ambiguity of the product management role is near to its essence,” writes product manager Dan Schmidt in The Product Management Triangle, “Within one company, the duties of a product manager can change drastically and quickly.”
BCG consultant Yves Morieux argues that modern corporate managers hamper productivity by overusing “measurability, accountability, and clarity” when architecting their organizations. He claims we optimize for knowing whom to blame when we fail, and consequently we miss out on opportunities to succeed with cooperation…

Source: 3 Types of Product Management — Earnest Product Management — Medium

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