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FastCompany on the Future of Facebook

Harry McCracken – FastCompany – Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.

“The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago. It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public on February 1, 2012, it was just a single website and an app that the experts weren’t sure could ever be profitable. Now, “a billion and a half people use the main, core Facebook service, and that’s growing. But 900 million people use WhatsApp, and that’s an important part of the whole ecosystem now,” Zuckerberg says. “Four hundred million people use Instagram, 700 million people use Messen­ger, and 700 million people use Groups. Increasingly, we’re just going to go more and more in this direction.” To further grow these services and any others that Facebook develops or acquires, Zuckerberg is betting his company’s future on three major technology initiatives. One is developing advanced artificial intelligence that can help Facebook understand what matters to users. The second is virtual reality, in the form of Oculus VR, the groundbreaking company that Facebook acquired in March 2014 for $2 billion, which Zuckerberg believes will be the next major technology we use to interact with each other. And the third is bringing the Internet, including Facebook, of course, to the 4 billion–plus humans who aren’t yet connected, even if it requires flying a drone over a village and beaming data down via laser.”

Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset

Graham, Stuart J.H. and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 29. Available for download at SSRN: “While records of the assignments (transactions) affecting US patents and patent applications haveContinue Reading

Precision Local and State Government Search

“GovScan searches thousands of local government websites to bring you targeted, precision results. To begin a state specific search, choose the first letter of the state you would like to search: A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Whether you are a governmentContinue Reading

ODNI Announces Transition to New Telephone Metadata Program

News release: “Beginning Sunday, November 29, the government is prohibited from collecting telephone metadata records in bulk under Section 215, including of both U.S. and non-U.S. persons. And, while under the prior program NSA collected metadata in bulk and sought court approval for individual queries, the USA FREEDOM Act requires that the government must nowContinue Reading

Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching?

Ventoruzzo, Marco, Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching? (November 27, 2015). Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2696217; Penn State Law Research Paper. Available for download at SSRN: “Are the best law professors teaching at the best law schools in the United States? And how can the best law schools around theContinue Reading

Batea – The clinical browser data mining project

November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers.Continue Reading

UK Leadership for Libraries Taskforce

UK Gov – Department for Culture, Media and Sport – Corporate report Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015. Published 26 November 2015. “The library can be the buzzing heart of a local community, or a peaceful space for quiet reflection; it’s a source of information, entertainment and inspiration; aContinue Reading

Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks

Via CIA – Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks, Eric Shaw and Laura Sellers. Studies in Intelligence Vol 59, No. 2 (Extracts, June 2015). “Our purpose in this article is to draw on the most recent and comprehensive empirical studies of insider hostile acts—ranging from formal academic efforts to collections of in-depthContinue Reading

Founders did not predict ubiquity and dangers of current internet

A flaw in the design – The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another “..Decades later, after hundreds of billions of dollars spent on computer security, the threat posed by the Internet seems to grow worse each year. Where hackers once attacked only computers, the penchant for destruction has nowContinue Reading

New Technology, New Information Privacy: Social-Value-Oriented Information Privacy Theory

Chang, Chen-Hung, New Technology, New Information Privacy: Social-Value-Oriented Information Privacy Theory (September 30, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “Today’s innovative technologies offer remarkable advantages in our daily lives, but they also give rise to concerns that these technological advancements will adversely impact individuals’ privacy. The traditional notions of information privacy were based onContinue Reading

What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science, September 10, 2015: “A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related termsContinue Reading

Smartphone, computer or tablet? 36% of Americans own all three

“A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that 66% of Americans own at least two digital devices – smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, or tablet – and 36% own all three. Fueled in part by the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, the share of American adults who own a smartphone, computer and a tabletContinue Reading