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Issue 114

Facebook's data problem

Facebook is a data leviathan, gobbling up anything and everything it can on its users and non-users alike. It does that for a reason – Facebook is not a social network but an advertising company. It needs as much data as… Read on →

Delivered on 31 May 2021. About a 2 min read.


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Issue 113

Bubble risks

Bloomberg published an article on Sunday looking at asset bubbles in China: Home prices are soaring, prompting officials to revive the idea of a national property tax. A surge in raw material prices spurred pledges to increase domestic supply, toughen… Read on →

Delivered on 24 May 2021. About a 3 min read.


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Issue 112

Chipageddon

The ABC (an Australian government news organisation) ran an article 'explaining' the global microchip shortage, titled What does chipageddon have to do with climate change? As you might have guessed by the title, the authors attribute the global chip shortage… Read on →

Delivered on 10 May 2021. About a 5 min read.


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Issue 111

China's nationalising data

To be honest, I'm surprised it took this long: China said thirty-three applications, including map navigation software provided by Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., violated regulations, with most collecting personal information that weren’t relevant to their services. ... In… Read on →

Delivered on 03 May 2021. About a 3 min read.


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Issue 110

The end of Clubhouse

Clubhouse is probably still the latest hot app to come out of Silicon Valley. As I wrote back in March: Clubhouse quickly attracted the who's who of celebrity life, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and even Oprah. It's… Read on →

Delivered on 27 April 2021. About a 3 min read.