1. Netflix gathers detailed viewer data to guide its search for the next hit

    Netflix may not fear rivals such as HBO or the BBC , but the might and ambition of digital-savvy Amazon perhaps poses the biggest threat to the company. This week Amazon will hit back at its international expansion – Netflix recently raised $400m to fund its European ambitions – by rebranding its LoveFilm streaming service and launching a greatly enhanced “one stop” subscription offering.
    “I feel like sometimes I’m on the bridge of the starship Enterprise,” says Yellin, describing the experience of charting Netflix’s course in a fast-changing digital universe. “Is Netflix future-proofed? Google isn’t future proofed. No one is. Companies need to keep innovating to secure the future.”

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    the way that tech often does disrupt industries - by affecting parts of the industry that no-one paid attention to but which were actually key leverage points. Not many magazine people thought of themselves as being in the trucking and light-manufacturing business, for example, but they were, and that was why the internet had such an impact on them. But the opposite can also be true - there are industries where tech doesn’t look important but is actually crucial, but there are also industries where tech looks crucial but doesn’t actually matter very much at all
  3. Why Amazon’s Data Store Doesn’t Scare People — But Facebook’s Does

    Facebook and Google are seen to “own” my data, while Amazon “uses” my data. The enduring power of sentences like “customers who bought this item also bought” and “recommendations for you” has convinced people that their data is being consistently and simply used for their own good (even if it might be bad for the pocketbook!). On the other hand, when talking about Facebook, Twitter and Google, consumers use language like “taking” and “owning” my data. It’s not that their data is being used today in a way that upsets them; it’s the belief, rightly or wrongly, that it is being stored for some future, unspecified purpose.

    (Source: adage.com)

  4. Android on 79% of the 998 million smartphones shipped in 2013, Windows Phone fastest growing platform

    most 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.

    (Source: thenextweb.com)

  5. 2013: The Year ‘the Stream’ Crested

    The Stream represents the triumph of reverse-chronology, where importance—above-the-foldness—is based exclusively on nowness.
    Nowness also transmits this sense of presence, of other people, that you get in a city when you go to a highway overpass and look down at all the cars at any time of the day or night. Things are happening. I am not alone. Look at all this.

    (Source: The Atlantic)

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    Via colleague James:

    From John W. Foreman:

    You see, the problem wasn’t “defeating an electronic keypad” at all. The problem was getting inside the room. Dan Aykroyd understood this.

    Thumbs up for the “Sneakers” metaphor.  Love that movie.

  8. Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations.

  9. A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

    WIRED: The internet is integrated. Could it be conscious?

    Koch: It’s difficult to say right now. But consider this. The internet contains about 10 billion computers, with each computer itself having a couple of billion transistors in its CPU. So the internet has at least 10^19 transistors, compared to the roughly 1000 trillion (or quadrillion) synapses in the human brain. That’s about 10,000 times more transistors than synapses. But is the internet more complex than the human brain? It depends on the degree of integration of the internet.

    For instance, our brains are connected all the time. On the internet, computers are packet-switching. They’re not connected permanently, but rapidly switch from one to another. But according to my version of panpsychism, it feels like something to be the internet — and if the internet were down, it wouldn’t feel like anything anymore. And that is, in principle, not different from the way I feel when I’m in a deep, dreamless sleep.

    (Source: Wired)

  10. Amazon set to launch HTC-built smartphone, reports say

    By partnering with Amazon and making smartphones to be sold under the Amazon brand, HTC would be returning to its roots after branching out with its own HTC-branded smartphones in 2009.

    (Source: theguardian.com)