Facebook? Let Us Get Serious

It is indeed funny, that in 2016, planet earth values a company whose core asset is everyone’s personal and social data, at 377.32 billion dollars. One central entity, that is a place for people to share stuff. 377.32 billion dollars. Seriously? In 2016?

Let us all get serious. It is not like decentralized technology to replace this stone-age centralized social sharing model does not exist today. We don’t need a dotcom to share our stuff now, do we? We are all walking around with supercomputers in our pockets.Let us just move our social data to some P2P stuff built on Ether or some other blockchain or something.

And most importantly, take back the 377.32 billion dollars and decentralize it. It is high time we did that.

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Amazon Echo Owners Spend 10 Percent More On Amazon

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“We all suspected the Echo’s purpose was – at least in part – to drive more Amazon sales. And that’s exactly what’s happening, according to a new study by NPD Group. The research company found that owners of the Echo spent around 10 percent more after they bought the voice-powered smart speaker than they did before.”

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$1.2 Billion: VC Investments In ‘Marketing Tech’ Last Year

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“U.S. venture-capital firms invested around $860 million in ad tech firms last year, the lowest amount since 2010 and down considerably from a peak of more than $2.7 billion in 2011, according to venture capital and private equity data company PitchBook. So far this year, only $446 million has been committed, on pace for the lowest funding level since 2005.

But PitchBook data suggest U.S. venture capital investment for marketing technology companies has been steadier, reaching over $1.2 billion last year. Investment this year was already close to $1 billion by Aug. 23, according to PitchBook, on pace to surpass last year.”

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Ransomware: 4000 Attacks A Day

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“According to the U.S. Department of Justice, ransomware attacks have quadrupled this year from a year ago, averaging 4,000 a day. Typical ransomware payments range from $500 to $1,000, according to cyberrisk data firm Cyence Inc., but some hackers have demanded as much as $30,000”

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USD 3.3 Billion: Federal Govt Spending on Cloud Computing Jumps 25%

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“In its analysis, Govini found that in 2015 the federal government spent $3.3 billion on cloud computing, representing a rise of 25% from $2.6 billion in 2012. That year was a particularly weak year for cloud computing investment by the government, as sequestration had driven spending down to a 5-year low in 2012”

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Women Are Only 33 Percent of Facebook’s Workforce

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“The share of Hispanic and black employees in the company’s U.S. workforce didn’t budge from a year ago, remaining at 4% and 2%, respectively. The percentage of women at Facebook inched up 1 percentage point to 33%.

Facebook blamed its problem on the “pipeline,” meaning the number of women and minorities entering the tech industry.”

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Spotify Statistics: More Than 100M Monthly Active Users

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“Spotify has confirmed that it has more than 100m monthly active users on its music streaming service today.

Based on its last count, the Swedish company is adding 1.8m users to the service monthly, and 30pc of users are paying subscribers. ”

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Voice Is The New, New Thing

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“Humans can speak 150 words per minute, for instance, but can type only 40 words per minute. The conversational aspect of the medium lends itself to personalized experiences with computers understanding context from previous questions the user has asked and the user’s location. While many voice recognition tools can be frustrating to use now, Meeker said when speech recognition reaches 99% accuracy, people will go from barely using the tool to using it all the time. Speech recognition accuracy rose from about 90% in 2016 from about 70% in 2010. And the use of voice has been risen noticeably. Google GOOGL -1.13% voice search queries, for example, are up 35 times since 2008. Sales of voice-based devices such as Amazon Echo could be just about to take off, compared to more text-dominated devices such as the iPhone, whose sales peaked in 2015.”

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Venture Capital Investment: Blockchain Goes Beyond Crypto-Currency

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“Blockchain is the technology created to support bitcoin, but it may soon surpass the crypto-currency in importance. In the first quarter of 2016, venture capital investment in startups commercializing blockchain eclipsed that in pure-play bitcoin companies for the first time, according to industry researcher CoinDesk, which has tallied $1.1 billion in deals to date.”

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Two Billion: The New Number For App Downloads

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“Google’s ads have driven over two billion total app downloads, the company said. And it got there thanks to the universal app campaigns ad tool, which lets developers promote their app across search, YouTube and Google’s mobile ad channels. The tool doubled the app installs volume over the past year.

At its developer conference last month, Facebook said its app promotion products have driven two billion plus downloads, too. Facebook is often considered the go-to place to drive app downloads, but Google is now talking more openly about its performance.”

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