“Netflix’s streaming model — which Amazon, the rumor goes, might soon be imitating — changed the way we relate to movies. Spotify’s streaming changed the way we relate to songs. The cloud is a powerful thing. And the revolution that’s taking place in computing overall — the computer as an object giving way to the computer as a service — is changing our approach to content consumption, as well.”—The Future of the Book Is the Stream - The Atlantic
"What if you could re-define books’ value proposition? What if book-buying became less about one-off salesmanship, and more about ongoing membership? What if you didn’t buy books so much as join them?"
My hesitation with ebooks is the price. For what they cost, I want something physical in return. This subscription model would be an appealing compromise.
“At first glance, it would seem that the new generation of product-bookmarking sites such as Pinterest and Svpply are nothing more than new tools to feed the consumer machine, driving us to buy more stuff. But, counterintuitively, my experience with these services is that they actually help me cut my consumption and to direct my money at goods that more closely align with my values.”—Can Pinterest and Svpply Help You *Reduce* Your Consumption? - The Atlantic
“The result of this consolidation that gives me cause for concern is the fundamental integration of my entire digital life. When you start pulling together email data with browser data, that really begins to paint a near-complete picture of a life lived on the internet. It’s not just search terms, not just circles of friends. It’s every last digital scrap of me.”—Use Google? Time to Get Real About Protecting Your Digital Self - The Atlantic
Via NYTimes.com: So much for the free-wheeling, libertarian reputation of Twitter. The company announced Thursday that it could start censoring certain content in certain countries, a sort of micro-censorship widget that would pop up up in a grey box on the Twitter feed.
“Tweet withheld,” it would read “This tweet from @username has been withheld in: Country.”
“If Amazon is able to get studios and content producers on board with a standalone streaming service, it could spell trouble for Netflix. Amazon may have started out as a humble online bookseller, but it has become one of the most powerful purveyors of digital content.”—Amazon contemplates competing with Netflix
“The schism between content creators and platforms like Kickstarter, Tumblr and YouTube is generational. It’s people who grew up on the Web versus people who still don’t use it. In Washington, they simply don’t see the way that the Web has completely reconfigured society across classes, education and race. The Internet isn’t real to them yet.”—Yancey Strickler, a founder of Kickstarter | The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online - NYTimes.com
“An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country… we should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.”—Obama calls for reforms to support the “next Steve Jobs”
“We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.”—The Pirate Bay now lets you download physical objects
“Facebook’s Smart Lists and Google+ Circles have popularized the idea that we need the ability to share different things with different audiences. That lets us have fun with some people and be boring with others without having to maintain two profiles. But neither of those networks offer much control for the person on the receiving end…. Pinterest Is the reverse of Circles.”—Pinterest Works Better Than Google
“The shocking lack of interest in doing things that are truly innovative is a direct byproduct of an educational system that’s aiming toward passable standardized test scores instead of something much greater.”—Start Educating Entrepreneurs, Not Employees
“I used to think that technology could help education. I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I’ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent. It’s a political problem.”—Steve Jobs | 1996 interview with Wired.com
In the future, ‘everything that can be routinized, codified, and dissected will eventually be done by machines. Social and emotional intelligence is what humans are uniquely good at—at least for the next decade or two.’
In other words, being more fully human is what individuals will need to stay one step ahead of computers—and one step ahead of the crowd.
“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me … they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone …. I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.”—Steve Wozniak | The Rise of the New Groupthink
“Social networks are made to dissolve. It’s one of the services that social networking sites provide: going away. You don’t want to get stuck with the same version of your friend network indefinitely, or get trapped with the exact same identity forever. It’s often kind of a relief when you quit using an old social media site, because you get to start over from scratch. It’s like shedding your skin.”—Is Facebook really doomed to die?
“As a woman who writes about technology, I find booth babes insulting, embarrassing and anachronistic… They imply that only men are interested in technology and that women are just the accessories that dangle redundantly from your mobile phone.”—Olivia Solon | It’s time to ditch the booth babes - Wired UK
"This potentially marks a real transformation to the way we have looked for information on the web, one with real winners and losers. It also signals a real danger to the balance of power between users and megacompanies. We are increasingly moving from a bottom-up web, where users vote with their links, keyboards and their clicks to show what’s relevant to them, to a top-down web where that’s doubly or triply mediated by browsers, search engines and social networks.
This could be how the web dies: not with a sudden migration to bespoke client apps, but by drifting into a silo so big that most of us don’t even notice that anything has changed at all.”