Sunday, May 24, 2015

90% of Twitter video views happen on a mobile device



Immerse yourself in that headline for a moment. 

It tells you why twitter's #Periscope app has taken off. I broadcast on #Periscope live from the Sawyer Fredericks homecoming concert in Albany. I was amazed how many fans Sawyer has in Europe, Asia and the UK! Even though I was the nosebleed section of the theater, everyone liked the little crappy grainy video, and asked to see it again, which #Periscope allows with a two-hour time-limit on replay.

H/T to Ana Hoffman, who tirelessly combs through all sorts of articles and data - I work in the media industry and as such am privvy to boatloads of daily information ["It's all too much..." ~ George Harrison] but there' s always something that creeps by undetected, like this

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#Bitcoin NY News May 21, 2015

The NY Bitcoin Group has teamed up with BitPay to allow people from anywhere in the world to buy pizza for the children at The Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center in celebration of Bitcoin Pizza Day on May 22.


On May 18, 2010, a programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz out of Florida was hungry one night and posted on a Bitcoin forum the following: "I'll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas ... like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I'm aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don't have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a 'breakfast platter' at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you're happy!" His wish was granted four days later by a gentleman in the UK who ordered the pizzas to Laszlo's house with his credit card in exchange for the 10,000 bitcoins (around $30 at that time's exchange rate).

Today those 10,000 bitcoins are worth approximately $2,400,000.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Facebook's internet.org is accused of being a walled garden for the world's poorest people!

A collection of 65 advocacy organisations from around the world have published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg about Internet.org, calling it a walled garden for the world's poorest people.


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How Safe Is "The Cloud"?: The situation is more complex than cloud promoters would have you believe.

Friends, this is why "Cloud Computing" is wrong wrong wrong and a one-way ticket to losing the digital freedom you think you have now!

"What happens if the cloud provider is hacked? What if their data – which is actually your data – gets leaked by a rogue employee? What if they give up your data in light of a government subpoena?
It comes down to this: don’t put data on a cloud if you wouldn’t be comfortable with that data being exposed at some time in the future." ~ makeuseof blog

They claim the future of information technology is in cloud-based applications. When governments can seize the entire cloud
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