All posts tagged “facebook

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#DeleteFacebook

Earlier this week I deleted my Facebook account. If we were friends on the service and you can no longer find me, this is the reason why.  Part of why I did this certainly had to do with privacy. I read Brian Acton’s (WhatsApp cofounder)… Read More

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What motivates us

Earlier this week it was announced that Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned from the company. Supposedly it had to do with weakening independence from the parent company, Facebook. But I’m not really in a position to comment on the specifics. Fred… Read More

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Our social connectedness

Economists at Facebook, Harvard, Princeton and NYU recently analyzed anonymous Facebook data in order to study our social connectedness. The New York Times’ Upshot wrote about it here and it is a must read. There are a number of interesting takeaways from the study. One… Read More

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Learning about O-zones

I spent this evening reading about Opportunity Zones, or “O-zones”, in the United States.  For a census tract to become an O-zone, it has to have a poverty rate of 20% or higher, or the median household income has to be less than 80% of the… Read More

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Attract and extract

Chris Dixon’s recent piece on why decentralization matters is currently making the rounds online. It clearly explains the first two eras of the internet and how the third era is developing as we speak. Cue decentralized cryptonetworks. I particularly like how he describes the relationship that… Read More

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Google and Facebook show

This morning Fred Wilson posted this chart on his blog: What is clear is that when it comes to US digital ad revenue, it’s the Google and Facebook show, followed by everyone else. Microsoft/LinkedIn is a distant third. Fred calls it “the digital advertising duopoly.” And… Read More

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People you may know

If you’ve ever wondered how Facebook figures out all of the people you may know, here is some reading material.  The short answer is that Facebook doesn’t just know the things you’ve told it about yourself, it also knows what other people have told it… Read More

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10x the scale

Below is a chart from Benedict Evans comparing annual revenue from the Wintel era (Microsoft + Intel) to the current GAFA era (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon).  His argument is that, today, “the scale of tech winners” is about 10x what it was during the… Read More