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E809: Bill Barhydt’s Abra is 1st global wallet w/20 crypto 50 fiat / ICOs, bitcoin euphoria/crashes – YouTube

Disclosure: Jungle is invested in Abra

Great listen if you want to learn more about Abra, crypto and the fervour in this space.

E809: Bill Barhydt’s Abra is 1st global wallet w/20 crypto 50 fiat / ICOs, bitcoin euphoria/crashes – YouTube

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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.

 

There is Netflix – and then everyone else

Was listening to this on one of my long walks, https://overcast.fm/+F-0WRB7Pc, and you get the feeling that the tide is slowly turning towards Netflix. Now some of the most respected people in film absolutely love working with Netflix and the stuff they are excited about shows you how much the game has changed.

They way they market, they way they work with the film makers and the appetite they have to try new things.

With all the stuff going on with Disney and Fox – it is clear what their worry is – it is Netflix. Obviously Disney has more than just movies and shows with the theme parks and all that but the battles for streaming must be the biggest fight they have.

As a user of all these services – HBO, Netflix and some of the local ones, I tend to look at the tech or just how well they all work and bar none – Netflix has no competitor. Right now I am stuck in upcountry Thailand using an LTE wifi hotspot to get connectivity for my laptop, my son’s laptop, and 3 or 4 phones. Guess what streaming service works everytime and even supports both of us using it at the same time? Netflix.

Many times it even works better than videos on FB or YT. Add to that the amount of great original content on it and the local subtitles and there is just no comparison. Of course there is the other battle being fought with all the regional players and the telcos. iFlix so far is easily taking the lead but it is still in another class compared to the depth of content and the technical acquity of Netflix but that makes sense given how long Netflix has been around and how much they have invested.

It will be interesting to see how they giants take the battle to Netflix – that is even if they can find the battlefield.

Descript – Transcription and Audio Editing

Descript – Transcription and Audio Editing

Listened to this yesterday and I find the model of editing audio via text so interesting.

I bet he eventually figures out simple video editing using audio as the manipulation paradigm,

Killer stuff.

https://www.recode.net/2017/12/13/16770838/groupon-ceo-andrew-mason-descript-audio-startup-recording-word-processor-recode-decode

How far will Disney push it?

So Disney is buying part of Fox :: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fox-m-a-walt-disney/disney-deal-set-to-value-fox-at-more-than-75-billion-source-idUSKBN1E7348

Will be interesting to see how they play the OTT game from here on out – they have Fox doing their own online stuff, Disney is planning to build Disney online and with this deal they now control Hulu as well.

I don’t see the point in keeping them all going and I personally would prefer the killer Netflix competitor but would they use Hulu or go all in on a Disney only OTT play?

Also listen to this podcast with The Prof :: https://overcast.fm/+BcN1HLmuU – where The Prof talks about Disney going nuclear and making sure their content is only on their OTT property and somehow doing a Disney prime for content and access to Disney offline – the Theme Parks.

Recurring revenue FTW!