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Rise of the Robot Phone

Little green men are taking over the world. Heed my warning: http://goo.gl/r6Ifyv. Apart from the barges, everything is prescient. In fact, the barges have simply floated away to be kitted out. 

Seriously though, here's the real story via +Steven Mautone:
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-android-was-created-2015-3

Rubin’s startup, Android, was in trouble, he explained. Rubin didn’t like asking for money again, but the situation was dire.

Android, which was creating mobile software for phones, was out of cash, and other investors weren’t biting.

Perlman agreed to wire some funds as soon as possible.

“Maybe a little sooner would be better,” Rubin said nervously. Rubin had already missed payments on Android’s office space, and the landlord was threatening to evict him.

Perlman went to the bank and withdrew $10,000 in $100 bills and handed them to Rubin. The next day, he wired over an undisclosed amount of money to provide the seed funding for Android.

Great story. Androids, advance!
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Down Periscope

So now we know why Twitter blocked Meerkat. I want to know the real story: did Twitter quickly throw something similar together, or was it planned?

I'm guessing the latter, as that would be astoundingly fast to build a product. [Edit: I've since learned that Periscope was, of course, acquired.] Image via +Snaggy Joy of Tech: http://goo.gl/pfPlQW. It's a reflection of all social media. Are you connecting and living the moment, or are you broadcasting it?

There is a place for wanting to be immediate. It's trending. People want to share: not just near real-time, ephemeral or video, but streaming. There's definitely a place for emergencies and breaking news in real-time. I bet +YouTube will respond to Periscope.

Edit: That's right, one of the features of Hangouts is livestreaming. Slightly embarassing but my oversight does point to the need for (or at least idea of) highlighting the ability to stream -- even as a spinoff service. Perhaps we need a separate app with its own branding. Google Streaming?

Of course, that would interfere with Google Streams, which is likely to be announced at IO. Hurry up +Google Glass! You'll be a great way to stream. Maybe all of this will be announced at IO. Lots of applications for Glass VR ahead, including +Ingress. In fact, I bet the game was built partly with that in mind.

Hey, do you think the Ingress TV show is being filmed at +YouTube's new studios (when not on location) and post produced there? Do you think that's what the studios were for, initially, as the first of many projects? I don't believe YouTube when they say they're not going to make any more series or movies! 

I bet Ingress will have 3D and interactive features, maybe even an immersive experience. A welcome answer to stultifying 'friend' videos on Facebook.
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Tonight's the night!
 
If you live in the bay area, here is an invitation to join me on Wednesday evening from 6-9 pm to celebrate the re-opening of the Neiman Marcus Men's store at Stanford Center.

Enjoy cocktails, bites, beats, and win a McLaren 650S Spider for a weekend. We'll even have a tech panel (which I'll be hosting) featuring:

David Batstone, President and Co-Founder, Not For Sale 
Moziah Bridges, CEO & Founder, Mo's Bows 
Mandy Salzman, Investor, Rothenberg Ventures 
Jonathan Terleski, Senior Staff Product Designer, YouTube 
Charles Michael Yim, CEO & Founder, Breathometer 

Wednesday, March 25 
6 to 9pm 
The Man's Store, Level Three 

RSVP and more details can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mans-store-re-opening-party-to-benefit-not-for-sale-tickets-16114695488
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Hey Google+, whatcha reading?

I'm enjoying the sample chapter, Stanford, having just visited there for the first time. To some of you the university -- and the man -- means so much more than they could to me.

I'm interested in new things, new voices. But Steve Jobs still seems to speak to us from the future, a world more democratic. It's ironic, since he built the foremost luxury product range and product personality.

It's a world where I think the way is paved for intuitive programming, just as the Mac made intuitive computer use possible. Perhaps this is a big part of what haters hate so much: an ease of use which leads to other possibilities. I can only imagine the hatred that will ensue when programming becomes that accessible.

I believe we will be able to write code with the ease of using an Apple device, in my lifetime. I think it will be virtual, 3-D coding 'in the air.' I sometimes demonstrate it for my kids: how we will select or swipe things with just our hands in front of us -- like the Xbox game at their friends yesterday was readying them to do. We will shape and mold things in the space in front of us.

That I can think that way as a non-technical is, to me, thanks to Jobs. I'm glad I saw his old home and his company's head quarters and listened to the lost interview on the way to Big Sur. Ditto that there's another stab at a biography, which friends and family feel reflects him more fairly.

Hopefully, there'll be a satisfying film with Christian Bale because I think he'll do a good job. Wozniak's reaction will be the litmus test! He should be consulted, if willing.

There isn't a founder in the Bay Area that doesn't respect Jobs. To me, that says it all. If you don't think like an owner, if you're a comfortable cog in the wheel, then I guess you don't get it and perhaps you don't need to. Talk about a reality distortion field.

You don't need to be a fan. Just learn and improve. One of the VCs at Launch said it was well known that he'd never been an Apple fan but that 'betting against Apple is a recipe to lose money.' Again, I put that down to Jobs and what he achieved.

I remember the hate and victory declared straight after his death. It was pretty shocking. All the braggadocio coming to nothing is not. Credit where credit's due. I'm happy to see Jobs honoured one more time.

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli: https://itun.es/ca/lUoO2.l

Edit:- Worthwhile perspective: https://medium.com/backchannel/the-war-over-who-steve-jobs-was-92bda2cd1e1e
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I really liked it  +Steven Spence +Renata Sherwin  I couldn't help but imagining the characters like the ones in the movie.. but I guess it's often like that when you watch the movie and then read the book.
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Love this band. Loved this performance.

i want to know what's your quietest feeling
i saw you break i saw you unreeling

i lied
now i'm lying awake
i cried
until my body ached
Purity Ring performs a track from their album <i>Another Eternity</i>.
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Because I'm happy...
Permission to speak freely. I'm a little emotional about stumbling on access to publish here on Pulse. Nothing messy, just warm in the smile and moist in the eyes.No doubt my (more) open heart is in part due to hearing from a former boss, at a serendipitous job, and receiving a recommendation from her. That got me thinking about, and connecting with, other people. It's International Day of Happiness anyway. And the first day of spring: the northe...
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Spectre of a superspy

You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.

At the end we hear the new villain, Christoph Waltz, recognizable by his voice alone. +Ben Klein and +Ashish Anand, this made me think of email # 007. : )

Also:- Model X sighting: http://youtu.be/TbZTc4wk-y0. I wants it, my precious.
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AI will treat humans like labradors. - Elon Musk 

The puppy in the previous post is you! What hilarious personal stream syncing. You can read the rest at http://goo.gl/w8iIFi, via +G Hartman and +Joe Martinez. One more reason to move to Mars. Clearly I am also being playful in choosing the photo below. 

Actually, the image is better suited to this story about Google's planned robot surgery partnership: 
http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/27/8299529/robot-surgery-google-johnson-johnson-ethicon-platform. Hope they don't charge an arm and a leg. 

Check out +Loic Le Meur's My life in 2030: http://media10.simplex.tv/content/73/3919/52047/. It's a great keynote: full of footage, futuristic goodness, and the odd caveat emptor.

To end off with, something humorous again via +Phil Hill: the inimitable xkcd riffing on Opportunity taking over Mars, http://xkcd.com/1504/.
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Blerd from a Word Nerd

Can't even explain how awesome this is. It's just over a minute. Thank you +The Nightly Show -- and Kevin Hart, who was also wonderful and to the point about Mo'ne Davis on +Team Coco last night.

Via +Motavis Jones 
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Awesome! I've got to catch this show more often. I frankly don't like the talking head round table format, which turned me off to the show even though I love Larry Wilmore's comedy. Maybe I'll just fast forward through those bits...
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Bring on the billions -- from female VCs

We all have to support, encourage, and fund female founders to start their own venture capital firms... Venture capital is absurdly male-dominated and changing very, very slowly... What we really need are some female executives on the level of Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, and Meg Whitman forming $1B funds.

The usual bracing, original, authoritative perspective from +Jason Calacanis, putting his money where his mouth is. Love it.
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Smart creatives, staying beginners and apple stickers

You know the ones: the pesky adhesives that you must peel off and flick into the garbage before eating a piece of fruit. Tony Fadell is sick of them.

I share this exact obsession. But I'm going to leave it to Fadell to figure it out. Some great thoughts in a compact article.

"Why do we get used to everyday things?" he asks. "It’s our job to not just notice those things, but to go one step further and try to fix them."

When Fadell asked his son to walk to the mailbox to see if a letter arrived, he responded: Why doesn't the mailbox just tell us when it has mail?

"The more we’re exposed to something, the more we get used to it," he said.

It works both ways: the more you get used to beautiful, smoothly-functioning products that are well-supported and/ or easy to order, update and fix, the less you will put up with user abuse.

Google with an Apple strand of DNA = scary. 
VANCOUVER — The man who changed music with the iPod and created a new type of household thermostat with Nest is now focused on another one of life's problems: those tiny barcode stickers glued on apples.You know the ones: the pesky adhesives that you must peel off and flick into the garbage before eating a piece of fruit. Tony Fadell is sick of them."See this little sticker? That sticker wasn’t there when I was a kid," he said in front of a crowd...
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The future's not fixed

I don't think the future is fixed. I think what matters is a question of agency.

The above is the perfect articulation of my spiritual/ work/ life position, as well as my experience of -- and acting on -- the last three years plus.

What is the future you want to build?

Throwing back to one half of a definitive trip to San Francisco: a stellar startup conference. The biggest star of LAUNCH Festival was undoubtedly Peter Thiel. His take is a very worthwhile listen as you work out etc.
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