Zite | Android Must-Have Apps

out there among others like Pulse, Editions, and Livestand, is of course Zite. Zite, unlike Flipboard actually learns your interests and serves you content based on your reading patterns. Kind of like my6sense does. Well, apparently Zite is on to something and CNN announced yesterday that it will be acquiring the young company for approximately $20 million, as AllThingsD reports. via Zite | Android Must-Have Apps.

The Outlines of a Post-Industrial Global Economy Emerging

I agree with Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist, investor, and co-creator of Mosaic and then Netscape that software apps and broadband access worldwide is going to drive the economy. The old order economy is being disrupted, and will continue to be, and I think I buy into his contention that Wall Street undervalues technology companies and stock. Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale. Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded. In the next 10 years, I expect at least five billion people worldwide to own smartphones, giving every individual with such a phone instant access to the full power of the Internet, every moment of every day.

From Feder: Who Is the Journalist Show at Medill

Who Is the Journalist? The Past, Present, and Future of News, on display through September 2 at Northwestern University Library in Evanston. If the powers that be had gone to such lengths to devalue the word “journalism,” how would they reflect my beloved profession and its heritage to the masses? The developer and curator of the exhibit was Lavine’s predecessor as dean, Loren Ghiglione, a wise and thoughtful man who’s now a full-time professor at Medill. Using a fascinating array of artifacts, clippings, books, videos and other materials, the free, self-guided walk-through raises thought-provoking questions for anyone who cares where the news business is headed.

Who Benefits from Broadband Usage Caps

Why don’t ISPs invest in infrastructure, create jobs, and expand service, rather than capping service and trying to drive up profits on increasingly crappy and restrictive service? Check out the new FCC.gov site, and study up on spectrum and then you can leave a comment encouraging the FCC to stop allowing short-term capitalist gain to throttle our future. As the US becomes less and less competitive in terms of broadband speed, can we really expect to get out of a slump or be a global force? Indeed, the question of who gets to write the rules about the internet’s pipes is the major bone of contention in the net neutrality debate, both for terrestrial and mobile data networks. When the new net neutrality rules go into effect, ISPs won’t be able to block their online video competition, but there’s no rule against doing that with bandwidth caps or tiered usage pricing.

Drunk with Data, Economist at Google is on a Roll

Google also conducted 5,000 search experiments last year, which led to 400 search improvements (and the same again for ads experiments). Such insistent experimentation is an academic means to a capitalist end. Or, as Varian puts it: “Google is like a university, but with money.” It’s a cheering thought – and possibly why, in a recent talk at the 150th anniversary of MIT, Varian was notably more optimistic than his peers.“Economics is really on a roll in Silicon Valley,” he says. “The good news is that standard techniques from economics work very well on big problems. It’s a little discouraging working as an academic economist because the problems that you work on are so hard. They’re much, much easier in industry.”

via Lunch With Hal | Think Quarterly.