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Peter Touschner
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“You now see so many strong tech platforms coming, and you are seeing a reordering and a future reordering of dominance or leaders or whatever term you want to use because of the rise of the apps on the smartphone,” Schmidt said Thursday. “All bets are off at this point as to what the smartphone app infrastructure is going to look like” as a “whole new set” of players emerges to power smartphones, which are nothing but super-computers, the Google chairman argued. “I view that as a completely open market at this point.”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/google-chairman-eric-schmidt-internet-765989

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Interesting work coming out of Yahoo Labs. These types of tools may one day truly #uplevel the global conversation (one of the goals of Google+ according to +Bradley Horowitz).
In my novel EARTH (1989) I spoke about the problem of user bubbles… where internet inhabitants inevitably create filters that allow in materials that agree with their preconceptions and prejudices and exclude inconveniences, even clear refutations.  In the novel, this is portrayed as extremely dangerous to a democratic society, creating little Nuremberg Rallies that reinforce strong dogmas and undermine our native abilities to see the other side, to negotiate and learn from each other. In EARTH, a community of hackers has responded with wall-penetrating programs that slip in the inconvenient fact, from time to time…

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/522111/how-to-burst-the-filter-bubble-that-protects-us-from-opposing-views/

…exactly the thing that cable news owners strenuously avoid, by preventing their captive "dittohead" audiences from hearing or seeing dissenting opinions. Especially not refutations of all-out lies!

Alas that forecasts in science fiction novels get little credit. Today, this "newly discovered" phenomenon is called "the filter bubble—being surrounded only by people you like and content that you agree with."  Still, have a look at this clever suggested partial solution.

"They also say that challenging people with new ideas makes them generally more receptive to change. That has important implications for social media sites. There is good evidence that users can sometimes become so resistant to change than any form of redesign dramatically reduces the popularity of the service. Giving them a greater range of content could change that."

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Google's Project Loon is one way to help get the "other five billion" connected.  Last week Facebook announced it was forming a coalition of companies to do it through lowering costs and offering low-data services.   There were lots of questions and I got to sat down with Mark Zuckerberg to ask some of them.  

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#Thinking  

“Only describe, don't explain.”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein
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+Alex Blaszczuk  inspired us from day one with her #ifihadglass application:

I am a New Yorker, a law student, a quadriplegic. #ifihadglass I could finally capture my life on my own. I would show the world how to thrive with physical limitations in the most interesting city on the planet. With Glass, paralysis doesn't have to be paralyzing.

Join her on a camping trip as she tells her story #throughglass. To learn more about Alex and her adventures with Glass, visit: alexbtrust.org.

This entire film was shot through Glass.

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The end of trust: Email "Made In Germany" launched to counter NSA
 The largest German mail providers launched a program to send all emails SSL encrypted AND make sure they would stay within Germany and on German servers. Making sure that that the fierce Germany privacy would govern them.

Commercially smart and they intent to go even further by showing you  some sort of warning if you sent email to a 'Not Made In Germany' recipient. It will no doubt stimulate people to use GMX.DE, T-Online or WEB.DE and the future partners who already have 65% of the national market.

The fallout is also clear: everything outside of Germany is mistrusted and having warnings popup when you communicate with f.i. Google will severely hurt other providers.

Google was one of the first to offer SSL protected transport of email, but as their server is US jurisdiction they will have to hand over your unencrypted email to the NSA.  Google could counter this by offering real end-end encryption, meaning that they never store it in plain text, but they are unwilling to do so as the money is in targeted ads so they have to scan them. They defend their position by claiming they can't protect you from spam if they would allow full encryption.

Anyway, this German program does exactly the same as Google, but the key difference is that the servers from the three partners are on German soil and fall under German jurisdiction. 

It's good marketing, but this reversal to a sort of national email network is hampering international contacts, just like the US rules that all communication with foreigners can be legally intercepted. 

Back to national borders for trusted emails: good or saddening

More info on http://www.telekom.com/media/company/192834 and https://www.e-mail-made-in-germany.de/Verschluesselung.html
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