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Finance The Internet

What’s Missing From Pinterest’s IPO?

Why won't Pinterest's IPO price much exceed its private valuation of $12 billion? It seemed to have a great product/market fit, but there's a problem, especially compared to arch-rival Instagram. It doesn't offer sufficient incremental improvements in cost dynamics or productivity.   More

Healthcare Startup Culture

Tech Startups Build Tools for Wellness

Technology now allows us to monitor, promote, augment, and manage our well-being. Analyst Owyang pioneers here a new chart that outlines the entire industry, which is of impressive size already. Digitized low-cost technologies will make wellness accessible to anyone.   More

Community Insights Sustainable Development Goals

How Social Design is Helping Build the ‘Internet for Everyone’ in Africa

A small company in Nairobi, Kenya is succeeding where giant technology companies have failed. It is connecting rural Africa to the internet. The key is a different approach to design.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Opinion Security & Privacy

A Zucker-Wolf in Privacy-Sheep’s Clothing

Despite his supposedly "Privacy-Focused Vision," it seems clear that Zuckerberg will not voluntarily go where he must. So we must force him to make needed changes in the core Facebook business model, one way or another.   More

Democracy Net Giants Security & Privacy

To Protect Net Freedom, We Have to Work Together

Governments in too many countries build fake websites to catch us, or jam satellite signals to prevent information from traveling over their borders.   Journalists are often jailed and too often their lives are in danger. Our world is experiencing a steady decrease in freedom and that should concern all of us.   More

Artificial Intelligence Community Insights

If You’re Not Already in AI, You’re Behind

It's a massive economic driver, and no company in the world can afford to ignore the realities. We are entering the AI-Take-All economy.   More

Finance Partner Insights Security & Privacy

Why Banks Could Be Your Ally for Managing Identity

“You have zero privacy,” Scott McNealy, CEO of then-mighty Sun Microsystems famously said back in 1999, “Get over it.” His words have echoed through the subsequent two decades, too often seeming prescient. Now a fatalism has set in among consumers about what companies know about us and how much data is escaping our control.   More

Net Giants Opinion Tech & Society

Zuckerberg’s Privacy Contradictions

The Facebook CEO's 3200 word paean to privacy is fraught with implications, not all of them necessarily intended. For all the words, this company is not yet devoted to privacy. Investors looking at all this might be inclined to sell.   More

Jobs Tech & Society

Diversity Difficulties in Tech: Women need to be prepared to change the rules

“We have to rethink everything. If you think about the world we’re living in, men designed it. They selected the players. They selected the rules. Then, they selected what ‘winning’ looks like. We don’t quite fit that. Women have to be fundamentally prepared to change the rules.”   More

Community Insights Internet of Things Net Giants

Real Customer Service Can’t Happen Yet on Smart Speakers

It’s easy to imagine a world in which companies collaborate to provide voice-enabled customer service through virtual personal assistants. In fact, it could be a major economic enabler. But Amazon Alexa and Google Home aren't smart enough yet.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing

Goodbye, Hollywood

Hollywood is now irrelevant. The assets of the old studios barely matter anymore. The media companies that succeed will be those that can capitalize on lower cost formats while maximizing reach.    More

Science Space

Scientists Prepare for a Mission to Mars

NASA is serious about putting people on Mars in the coming years. And after a major study of the biological effects of long-duration space flight, the agency is one giant leap closer to realizing that goal. John Charles, scientist in residence at the NASA Johnson Space Center, presented some findings from that study as well […]   More

Articles We Like Healthcare

Digital Health is Complicated

Haunting stories out of Facebook are contrasted with a pro-mental health initiative by Instagram; Uber and Lyft are planning to save the health care industry billions; and the eradication of polio is in the hands of lab technicians. This week in digital health news.   More

Analytics & Data Government Net Giants

To Regulate Facebook and Google, Turn Users Into Customers

The seductive idea that we can enjoy free internet services -- if we just view ads and turn over our data -- has been recognized to be “the original sin” of the Internet. Requiring internet platforms to generate revenue from users could drive better corporate behavior.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Science

Why Thursday Is Rare Disease Day

With the exception of primetime medical dramas, you don’t hear much about rare diseases. But just because they’re “rare” — in the U.S., that’s a guideline used for diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans — doesn’t mean they’re scarce. Rare Disease Day, held this year on February 28th, raises awareness for rare diseases and reminds us that these conditions have an outsize impact.   More

Democracy Net Giants The Internet

The Internet Civil War

The internet is in jeopardy. A small band of global technology companies have achieved a scale and influence that dwarfs most countries, and an existential split over the internet has emerged between nations. If we are going to retain the internet's extraordinary social, economic, and democratic power, we must push back.   More

Net Giants

Why Big Cap Tech is So Big

Uneven outcomes, for companies and people, are inescapable. And uneven outcomes often lead to gigantic companies. That is often good for all of us, but when data is mishandled, even the biggest net giants risk displacement.   More

Media & Marketing Partner Insights

Fake News is a Business Crisis Too

News fraud is already an established issue in finance, and scammers have found increasingly sophisticated ways of manipulating markets. But the rise of a type of algorithmic trading that considers news and social media has created a new class of risk.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Telemedicine Could Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

The U.S. does not get sufficient bang for all the bucks it spends on healthcare – the highest percentage of GDP in the world. But telemedicine can contribute to major progress, says Philips U.S. CEO Vitor Rocha.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Opinion

Skeptics Unfairly Target UK Gene Sequencing Initiative

A new UK initiative has stirred debate about DNA analysis for healthy people. The program allows patients to pay to get their genome sequenced and analyzed if they agree to let the data be used in research. Author Salisbury says the UK controversy largely misses the point.   More