Monday Morning Quarterbacking


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Reading the comment thread from yesterday reminded me of something fundamental and true. It is easy to critique but hard to do.

A big part of my job is to sit on boards and when you do that, your primary role is to evaluate the performance of senior management, particularly the CEO.

As someone who has never had an operating job, and never been a CEO, it is easy to sit there and say “she didn’t do this, he should have done that, she didn’t articulate that very well” and I have found myself doing that from time to time. But I try to remind myself that running a company is a hard job and the people who do it well are few and far between.

That doesn’t mean we should be soft on the management team. I believe it is our job to be constructively critical, but also supportive

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Best Buy in-store events offering first-hand look at 4K Ultra HD


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Television manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio are betting big on 2015 being a breakout year for Ultra HD 4K televisions. If you&rsquo;re unfamiliar, 4K TVs deliver video content at 2160p. That&rsquo;s 3840&times;2160 pixels, which means it&rsquo;s hitting you with 4x the resolution of the 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) set you&rsquo;re likely already used to. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube are already pumping out 4K content, with more to come. It all may sound great, but it&rsquo;s really something you need to see for yourself to believe&mdash;luckily, <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/best+buy">Best Buy</a> is ready to give you that up-close and personal look.






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New generation CMS can help monetizing quality journalism


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Monetizing digital journalism requires one key ingredient: Causing quality contents to emerge from the internet’s background noise. New kinds of Content Management Systems and appropriate syntax can help in a decisive way. 

Until now, mining good journalism from the web’s depths has been done from the top. Over the last 13 years, looking for “signals” that flag quality content has been at the core of Google News: With a search engine scanning and ranking 50,000 sources in 30 languages and 72 editions, its inventor, the famous computer Scientist Krishna Bharat, has taken his extraordinary breakthrough to an immense scale.

The whole system is build on a series of metrics that qualify contents: see a previous Monday Note Google News: The Secret Sauce, and  the most recent version of Google News’ patent. More recently, Google News chief Richard Gingras and Sally Lehrman came up with

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Apple Watch: Five Weeks, Third Impressions


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After a few supply chain hiccups, the Apple Watch is now in the wild. Mine arrived on April 24th, which gave me time to go through the downs and ups of exploring a truly new genre of devices, as opposed to the new version of an existing one.

A few qualifiers and disclaimers before we jump in. Feel free to skip to the bottom line below.

First, this isn’t a Definite Review, I like/don’t like therefore you should like/not like and buy/not buy, merely observations and opinions.

I don’t get review units, I buy products with my own money, no OPM involved.

Second, I think customers comes in two species: Cats and Dogs.

When presented with new cat food, our feline masters suspiciously tiptoe around it, sniff cautiously and, having carefully examined their human servant’s token of devotion, finally deign to sample it.

Dogs have no such

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Video Of The Week: Dick Costolo at Re/code


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I like how Dick answers the question about whether he’s going to be CEO of Twitter by the end of the year. It is about time that Twitter articulates how large their audience really is and why their usage numbers can’t be compared directly to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Full disclosure, I own a lot of Twitter and am a big fan of the company and of Dick. I do not plan to be more critical of Twitter in the coming months.

How Google ATAP’s Wacky Ideas Could Change The Way We Use Gadgets


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With a presentation rivaling Google I/O’s keynote in scope and ambition, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team took to the stage Friday to give the world a peek at its latest “badass,” unconventional whacks at technology. 

Plucked from Motorola shortly before its sale to Lenovo in 2014, ATAP has spawned some of Google’s most intriguing initiatives, including the Project Ara modular smartphone and Project Tango 3D-mapping, spatially aware mobile devices. 

The group showed off a broad array of projects, including the latest updates for those devices, plus concepts to shake things up for wearable gadgets, passwords, interactive storytelling and much more. 

Do You Want To Tango In Virtual Worlds?

Phone-based virtual reality, as touted by Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR, offers a lot of benefits: With a smartphone acting as the brains and display, there’s no need for cables. The upshot: You don’t feel like part of

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The New Network Imperative For Today’s Clouds

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With cloud architectures becoming pervasive across enterprise and service provider data centers, it’s important to understand the reasons why this new architecture is so compelling from both a business and technical standpoint. 

It is just as important is to understand what makes up these cloud architectures and how they will drive new networking requirements. 

SDxCentral has prepared a video presentation on the key attributes of this New Network Imperative and what any enterprise or service provider building a cloud needs to look for from their networking vendor.

If you’re an enterprise or service provider building out cloud architectures or looking to do so in the near future, you should watch this 20-minute webinar that covers the different flavors of clouds, key components in clouds, the new role of networking in

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Want To Test Microsoft’s Continuum? This May Be The Windows Phone You Need


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A new, high-end Windows Phone was spotted on the GFXBench benchmarks database on Friday. This could wind up being Microsoft’s next flagship Lumia—and the first one to offer its exciting new Windows 10 feature, Continuum, which lets you turn your phone into a desktop PC.

Neowin noted that NokiaPowerUser was the first to spot the listing, which calls the phone a “Nokia RM-1106,” and says it runs the Windows Phone operating system. 

Nokia’s mobile division is now a subsidiary of Microsoft proper, so its designation as a Nokia device is likely a holdover. What’s important are the specifications listed on the benchmarks entry, and what they might mean for Windows Phone users waiting for Microsoft to flip the switch on for Windows 10, the first truly unified desktop/tablet/phone operating system from Microsoft.

Inspecting The Specs

The entry seems to reveal some high-end specs that suggest it could be the handset

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Apple’s Latest Acquisition Shows It’s Serious About Augmented Reality


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While Google was busy showing off its latest innovations in the field of virtual reality yesterday, Apple was quietly acquiring a augmented reality startup by the name of Metaio. TechCrunch confirmed the news

Apple, as is typical, had very little to say on the purchase, and the terms have not been disclosed.

Metaio began as a project inside Volkswagen in 2003 to build a platform for augmented-reality experiences. It later spun out of the German automaker. One of the projects the firm has worked on in the past is a showroom app for Ferrari that lets users overlay various virtual graphics on top of the cars in front of them.

The San Francisco-based firm had given its customers cause for concern after canceling its user conference and disabling its Twitter accounts. Now the reason for that disruption has been revealed.

With Metaio boasting around a thousand customers and 150,000

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Chevy And Hyundai Step Up To Take CarPlay and Android Auto On The Road


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There are a lot of important choices when buying a new car. “What color?” “Two doors or four?” “Manual or automatic?” “Sunroof?” Soon, “Android Auto or Carplay?” could be one of the common questions, at least at Hyundai and Chevrolet dealerships. 

The two car companies are the first mainstream automakers to start offering new vehicles tricked out with Apple and Google’s automotive-oriented operating systems (that aren’t Ferraris, that is). The software—part of that growing class of car tech commonly referred to as “infotainment systems”—connect to phones to pipe calls, messages, music, navigation and other mobile features to vehicle consoles. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto both aim to win drivers over, but so far, the long ramp-ups have produced a lot of hype and a lot of promises, but few real-world examples. 

Now Hyundai and Chevy will hit the road with one or both of these systems in

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Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara


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People from across the Web operations and performance worlds are coming together this week for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Below, we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event.

Think like a villain

Laura Bell outlines a three-step approach to securing organizations — by putting yourself in the bad guy’s shoes (without committing actual crime, she stresses):

  1. Think like a villain and be objective: identify why and how someone would attack your company; what is the core value they’d come to steal?
  2. Create a safe place to create a little chaos: don’t do it live, but find a safe place without restriction and without fear to break things, to practice creative chaos.
  3. Play like you’ve never read the the rule book: Not everyone plays by the same rules as you, so to protect yourself and your company, you have to think more like the person

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Google Beefs Up Chromecast With Super Binge-Watching Powers and Motion Control


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The $35 Chromecast has been on the market since July 2013, and it’s still one of the best devices you can plug into your television. Now Google aims to make it even better with updates designed to boost binge watching and multiplayer gaming. 

See also: See What’s New In Android Me

At the Google I/O developer conference, the company announced new tools that enable auto-queueing of videos—letting apps roll from one clip right into the next—and allow developers to support multiple devices connecting to a single Chromecast for multi-player games. Here’s how they work. 

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Up to this point, watching videos using Chromecast has been a one-and-done kind of experience. Users select and fling videos to the TV, one at a time.

Soon users will be able to cast content in a queue, rather than one-by-one.

Google wants its streaming stick to evolve, but without losing the simplicity that

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9.3 trillion reasons fintech could change the developing world


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A relatively commonplace occurrence — credit card fraud — made me reconsider the long-term impact of financial technology outside the Western world. I’ll get to it, but first, we need to talk about developing economies.

I’m halfway through Hernand de Soto’s The Mystery of Capital on the advice of the WSJ’s Michael Casey. Its core argument is that capitalism succeeds in the Western world and fails everywhere else because in the West, property can be turned into capital (you can mortgage a house and use that money to do something). The book uses the analogy of a hydroelectric dam as a means of unlocking the hidden, potential value of the lake.

But in much of the world, it is unclear who owns what, and as a result, the value of assets

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Four short links: 29 May 2015


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  1. Using Logs to Build Solid Data Infrastructure — (Martin Kleppmann) — For lack of a better term, I’m going to call this the problem of ‘data integration.’ With that, I really just mean ‘making sure that the data ends up in all the right places.’ Whenever a piece of data changes in one place, it needs to change correspondingly in all the other places where there is a copy or derivative of that data.
  2. TremulaJS — sweet carousel, with PHYSICS.
  3. Project Advice (Daniel Bachhuber) — for leaders of distributed teams. Focus on clearing blockers above all else. Because you’re working on an open source project with contributors across many timezones, average time to feedback will optimistically be six hours. More likely, it will be 24-48 hours. This slow feedback cycle can kill progress on pull requests. As a project maintainer, prioritize giving feedback, clearing blockers, and making decisions.
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Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io


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Google announced a lot during its I/O 2015 developer conference today, but as is often the case with such big events, a few tidbits slipped through the cracks. One of those tidbits was the fact that the company acquired app performance startup Pulse.io.

Pulse.io’s product, which shows developers how they can speed up their apps, will remain available to existing customers (with support included) for an undisclosed amount of time. That said, new features will not be added.

According to the announcement on its website, the team will work on incorporating the startup’s technologies into the Google ecosystem. The company’s employees can “think of

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