The Long Read: To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars
Source: How Uber conquered London | Sam Knight | Technology | The Guardian
Ev Williams on feedback loops, giving a home to publishers, and finding critical mass
Ev Williams also created Blogger while he was still working for his earlier company, Prya, before selling it to Google.
Source: Medium and Twitter founder: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’
Patrick doesn’t want to pay BT £5 a month to continue his email service, and would like a free alternative
This is an interesting article which includes a number of facts to consider when deciding which email service to go for. I would add that students often create amusing email addresses for themselves which become less appropriate when approaching businesses for a career. It can cost as little as £6.49 per year to create an email address with your own unique domain name.
Source: What’s the best free email service for someone moving from BT? | Technology | The Guardian
Former US Senior Adviser for Innovation Alec Ross discusses the industries of the future
Source: The Industries of the Future, Click – BBC World Service
New job postings reveal how the company plans to bring its autonomous cars to market, pointing to a large manufacturing operation
Source: Want a job at Google’s new self-driving car company? They’re hiring | Technology | The Guardian
This is a really interesting article from a general but also a journalistic perspective.
A San Francisco court said that while the protection of law could be extended to animals, there was no indication that it was in the Copyright Act.
Source: Monkey selfie case: judge rules animal cannot own his photo copyright
Facebook’s Android app negatively impacts performance and battery life, even when it’s only running in the background, users find
Source: Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life
Facebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.
Shodan’s search engine capabilities show the need for ‘internet of things’ security to be taken more seriously
Source: Search engine lets users find live video of sleeping babies
This article explores the issues around ‘the internet of things’. As our devices become more and more integrated, for example, using your smartphone to operate the lights in your home, open the garage door or keep an eye on your baby sleeping upstairs, the potential for hacking and disruption of services increases.
Do we want a software update to result in a denial of service just because we are not using the manufacturers preferred supplier of light bulbs.
It was a horrific crime that came to light in a series of impassioned tweets that gripped and appalled South Africa. But it was all made up.
Source: The Twitter murder that never happened – BBC News
This story describes how one writer used Twitter to deliver a story and how it was misinterpreted as being real at the time with contributors offering support and re-tweeting the story as it emerged.