“A quarter of all undergraduates and more than fifty per cent of graduate students [at Stanford] are engineering majors. At Harvard, the figures are four and ten per cent; at Yale, they’re five and eight per cent.”—Stanford’s Top Major Is Now Computer Science
“According to the most recent available data from comScore, Microsoft’s Hotmail was the most popular Internet-based email service globally as of May, with about 325 million unique visitors. Yahoo’s service ranked second, with roughly 298 million users, while Google’s Gmail garnered about 289 million users.”—Whoa: It’s 2012, and the World’s Most Popular Email Service Is … Hotmail
“By 2018, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related job openings, yet U.S. universities are expected to produce enough computer science graduates to fill just 29% of these jobs.”—Twitter Supporting Girls Who Code
17% of U.S. adult cell phone owners now go online using their phones more than their desktops, laptops or tablets. That’s the number for all cell phone owners in the U.S, including those with feature phones. Just looking at those who already use their phones to go online (55% of all cell phone owners), a whopping 31% now say they mostly use their phones to go online.
“During the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Facebook had 100 million users and Twitter six million. This time around, athletes, coaches and other participants will address 900 million Facebook members and 140 million Twitter members.”—Olympic Social Media Guidelines Muzzle Athletes
The electric dollhouse kit encourages girls aged 6 to 10 to create their own wired dollhouses (think fans, lights, motors, and buzzers) with circuits and wooden building components. The stackable rooms attach to one another to create a home. Instead of playing princess, girls are playing architect, artist, and engineer.
“We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us, and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking. People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated.
We are losing some very important things by doing this. We threaten the key ingredients behind creativity and insight by filling up all our ‘gap’ time with stimulation. And we inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our phones over the people right in front of us.”—Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction?
If we continue down the path… in which Twitter is central to the functioning of high-impact, time-sensitive capabilities, systemic risk will become a serious concern. And it will require an attendant level of risk-management regulation and oversight. The question then becomes: At what point is a for profit-service so interconnected and critical that it should be thought of as something more akin to a public utility?
The Akamai network currently handles over 2 trillion requests a day, [Akamai CEO Paul Sagan] said, and about 3,000 hours worth of content every minute — that’s 2 trillion transactions of some kind involving content that needs to be moved across the network from one of the company’s thousands of nodes in hundreds of countries around the world. And the bulk of that isn’t really content but e-commerce, banking transactions, payment handling and so on.
…While demand for those types of transactions is also increasing, Sagan said the biggest single strain on the network — as companies and users demand more real-time content — is for video. “We expect demand over the next five years will grow a hundred-fold,” he said, “so our capacity has to grow in order to keep up with that. People expect that video will be a TV-style quality experience, and we need to be able to provide that.”
One of the mainstream media’s favorite criticisms about Google News has been that the excerpts the company includes — which News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and others have described as theft of their content — are often enough for most readers who just want a summary of what is happening in the world, and therefore rob media websites of traffic. If someone can watch a video or read a summary inside Twitter expansion or a media pane, will they click through to the original or not? And will companies like the New York Times be satisfied to get those readers even if they don’t click through?
One of Dave Winer’s points about the new feature is that it creates an uneven playing field, since Twitter will only be providing the enhanced-content option to a select group of providers — but his other point, I think, is that even those companies who choose to take advantage of the option are striking a kind of Faustian bargain, just as they have with Facebook’s “social sharing” apps. Such a deal may increase the distribution of your content, but who ultimately gets the benefit? If you are a content creator, are you working for yourself, or are you working for Twitter?
“I’ve got a few simple frameworks for thinking about things. In social media, one of my main ones is the tenet that 1% of the users will create content, 10% will curate it, and the rest will consume it.”—Fred Wilson | A VC: Feature Friday: Liking A Checkin
Offices traditionally use 200 to 300 square feet per worker — an average of everything from clerks’ cubicles to executive suites. By encouraging staff to work from home, getting rid of offices, even resorting to “hoteling” — workers check in when they’re in the office and get assigned a desk for the day — some companies are slashing average square footage per worker to less than 100, about the size of a one-car garage.
Working from home is on the rise nationally. In 2005, 3.6% of the 133.1 million workers ages 16 and older telecommuted, according to Census data. Five years later, 4.3% of 137 million workers did their jobs from home.
“If you just walk down the street, it seems hard to imagine that the generations before us survived without cell phones, let alone smartphones. Everywhere you go, on sidewalks, in crosswalks and in cars, at dinner parties and in restaurants and cafes, in work meetings, at the gym and at playgrounds, people are engrossed in their phones, talking, emailing, texting, “checking in,” and tweeting and Facebooking the moment. But these people are missing the real moment. They are so engaged with their phones that they are missing out on important time with their families, friends, and the community.”—MediaShift . Why We Need a Technology Sabbath | PBS (via infoneer-pulse)