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Google+ Surpasses Twitter On PCs, But Can It Catch LinkedIn?

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

LinkedIn is consolidating its position as the second-largest social media platform among U.S. PC users.

The latest data, from comScore for June 2013, puts the site’s unique monthly visitors at 50.6 million.

In the 12 months to June 2013, this audience grew 28%.

Google+ grew 26.1% in the same period, surpassing Twitter as the third-largest social media platform.

All these numbers are impressive considering that they are desktop-only. It may be that some or all of these networks would be growing even faster once mobile users are accounted for.

But, will Google+ catch LinkedIn on the desktop? Based on its current trajectory, it appears not.

Google+ experienced rapid adoption and growth early in its existence, but it slowed down dramatically in the middle of 2012.

Google+ saw 173% PC-based growth from its July 2011 launch through December 2011, and 61% growth in the first six months of 2012. But then it had only 6% growth in the last six months of 2012, and 7% growth from January 2013 through June 2013

Unless Google+ growth speeds up again, it’s not going to get within reach of LinkedIn.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Judge Rules That Airbnb Is Illegal in New York

Source: http://gizmodo.com/judge-rules-that-airbnb-is-illegal-in-new-york-509021604

Bad news for those seeking or offering cheap accommodation over the internet: a New York judge has determined that Airbnb is illegal in the city.

Despite Airbnb’s attempts to persuade officials otherwise, the service has been found to violate the illegal hotel law—a statute which stops property owners from renting out their own homes on a temporary basis. The ruling comes out of a case which saw Aribnb host Nigel Warren issued with a $7,000 demand after complaints of building and zoning code issues were made against him. Judge Clive Morrick threw out those latter issues—but decided he should be fined $2,400 for violating the illegal hotel law instead. The judge wrote:

“While breech of the condominium rules is not of itself a ground for sustaining this (notice), respondent was in breach (through Warren’s acts) and the existence of the rule against rental for transient, hotel, or motel purposes is evidence that the unit owners were to restrict their use to permanent occupation.”

Interestingly, the rulling doesn’t make all Airbnb listings illegal—just ones for which a complaint is filed. So, if you’re an Airbnb host in New York, it pays to tread carefully from this point forward. [CNET via Fast Company]

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 news No Comments

CHART OF THE DAY: This Is A Business That Will Die In Five Years, According To BlackBerry’s CEO

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-macs-vs-ipads-2013-4

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said, “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.”

He believes we’re going to carry around a single device that powers all our other screens. That since device is going to be a smartphone in his opinion, and therefore tablets are going to be totally irrelevant.

He also says, “Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

To which, we present this chart from Dan Frommer. As you can see, through three years the iPad has sold 140 million units, almost double what Apple has done with the Mac.

Perhaps the wheels fall off this thing, and it disappears from existence in five years. We doubt it.

The reason the iPad sells well, despite being slightly redundant, is that people like to have dedicated gadgets. People don’t want one device to power everything.

Chart of the day shows Apple's Quarterly Mac and iPad shipments, april 2013

 

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 news No Comments

This is What Three Years of GPS Data Looks Like

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5893151/this-is-what-three-years-of-gps-data-looks-like

This Is What Three Years of One Person's GPS Data Looks LikeThere are plenty of cool GPS data projects in existence, but this is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen: three whole years of location data, taken from an iPhone.

To make it, Aaron Parecki collected the location from his iPhone every few seconds for over three years. Then he turned his data into a map—it’s Portland, if you’re trying to work it out. He explains:

“Approximately one GPS point was recorded every 2-6 seconds when I was moving, and these images represent about 2.5 million total GPS points. Collectively, they represent a data portrait of my life: everywhere I’ve been and the places I’ve been most frequently. The map is colored by year, so you can see how my footprint changes over the years, depending on where I live.”

The result may be nothing new, but it sure is pretty. It’s also well worth clicking on the image above to see the full, high-res version. [Aaron Parecki]

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 digital No Comments

The Three Ds of CES TV

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/switched-on-the-three-ds-of-ces-tv/

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

The walls of Las Vegas casinos — devoid of clocks and windows — form chambers in which time loses its mastery over the existence of those who dwell within them. So is it too for the products on display at CES, which run the gamut from things currently in stores to concept products that may not materialize for years, if ever.

Nonetheless, with Mobile World Congress and the CTIA Wireless show still vying for the attention of handset introductions and Apple and Microsoft relying more on their own events for major PC OS announcements, television remains a staple of the show, with nearly all major U.S. brands having a presence on the show floor or off-site. At CES 2012, one can surely still expect a lot of focus on 3D television. Increasingly, though, three other “D”s are coming to represent the direction of television.

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012 news No Comments

The Capital Network That Runs The World

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/capitalist-network-runs-the-world-2011-10


There really is a secret capital network that runs the world, according to an analysis published in the esteemed New Scientist (via Patrick.net).

The work revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships. Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms – the “real” economy – representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.

When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.

While the existence of a core capitalist network isn’t surprising, this is the first time it has been mapped and quantified.

Here are the 1318 companies that control (60 percent of) world assets, with the really powerful companies in red.

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And here’s the top fifty:

1. Barclays plc
2. Capital Group Companies Inc
3. FMR Corporation
4. AXA
5. State Street Corporation
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
7. Legal & General Group plc
8. Vanguard Group Inc
9. UBS AG
10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
11. Wellington Management Co LLP
12. Deutsche Bank AG
13. Franklin Resources Inc
14. Credit Suisse Group
15. Walton Enterprises LLC
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
17. Natixis
18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
20. Legg Mason Inc
21. Morgan Stanley
22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
23. Northern Trust Corporation
24. Société Générale
25. Bank of America Corporation
26. Lloyds TSB Group plc
27. Invesco plc
28. Allianz SE 29. TIAA
30. Old Mutual Public Limited Company
31. Aviva plc
32. Schroders plc
33. Dodge & Cox
34. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc*
35. Sun Life Financial Inc
36. Standard Life plc
37. CNCE
38. Nomura Holdings Inc
39. The Depository Trust Company
40. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
41. ING Groep NV
42. Brandes Investment Partners LP
43. Unicredito Italiano SPA
44. Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan
45. Vereniging Aegon
46. BNP Paribas
47. Affiliated Managers Group Inc
48. Resona Holdings Inc
49. Capital Group International Inc
50. China Petrochemical Group Company

* Lehman still existed in the 2007 dataset used

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