Category Archives: Google

Google’s nemesis: meet the British couple who took on a giant, won… and cost it £2.1 billion | WIRED UK

Google’s nemesis: meet the British couple who took on a giant, won… and cost it £2.1 billion | WIRED UK:

But the British couple didn’t celebrate. That’s not their way. “If you embark on something like this you can’t really be a victory or despair personality, because you’d burn out,” says Shivaun, 49. “We insist on it being dispassionate.” Their company was destroyed, their lives bent out of shape – but the pair insist the campaign’s been worth it. “It would have been wrong to back out,” says Adam, 51. “So we just did the right thing.”

Wouldn’t it be cool if giant tech companies like Google would just do the right thing instead of basically being evil but using a slogan of Do No Evil…

Big tech is scary at times.

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Google Is Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking – Skift

I wonder how far Google goes here. They know so much and are already so key to people and travel.

Curious where this is gonna go and how far they take transactions and global readiness.

Google typically let’s down in that regard – like getting a pixel in Singapore for example.

Google Is Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking – Skift

Breaking up Big Tech

Such a great video – check it out first:

I think a lot of what he says is terribly true and I wonder if most of the world’s governments have simply bowed down to Big Tech assuming that it will always do the right thing for everyone. Sure – these companies are doing amazing things but some of their success feels like it is coming at the cost of meaningful things.

I don’t have the answers but I think government and the people must remain vigilant and not always assume Big Tech has all the answers or always means well.

This is also why I feel conflicted about bitcoin or crypto – on the surface the ideas are amazing but at the same time it is for the moment creating another way to generate wealth that is concentrated mostly with the tech elite and creating a sense of moving away from central management of capital. This could be good or it could be bad, all depends on how you see it or benefit from it.

I think this post is slightly sensationalist but does make some meaningful points :: https://hackernoon.com/ten-years-in-nobody-has-come-up-with-a-use-case-for-blockchain-ee98c180100

All in all I am pro-tech and crypto is here to stay but the world still feels like it continues to bifurcate into the have’s and have not’s and I am sure that is a bad thing.

 

Not missing the USA

I miss my family a ton. I miss old friends, camping, shake shack and long motorcycle rides along the Cali coast to nowhere. I really miss those things.

But what is going in America is scary. Trump, the FCC and the takeover of large unchecked tech giants is not a great future.

If you don’t already read Redef – you should start. Great daily curation of awesome web reads and the best part – the Rant from Jason Hirschhorn the Curator.

I love his work. I am hoping him and the Prof get together some time for a the Prof’s video series.