The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines. It’s a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian. The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is to change from “old settings” to becoming visible to “everyone.”This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site.Update: See also our in-depth interview with Barry Schnitt, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, about why these changes were made.Information like your email address is recommended to remain limited to friends, but make no mistake about it – Facebook wants you to make the status messages you post visible to the entire internet.According to the video explaining the changes, the new default for status messages is “everyone.” That’s a huge change. Of course it’s not hard for people to keep their existing privacy settings, but confusion around what those settings are is hardly resolved by the phrase “old settings” and a tool-tip phrase appearing when you hover over that option.Update:Some users are saying that their default options are in fact on “old settings” and not “everyone.” We’re hearing that “old settings” as private is the default for users who have ever changed their privacy settings and set them to private. People who have not changed their settings ever or who have set them to public already, will be defaulted to public. That’s what we think, it’s hard to know for sure. Facebook is maddeningly unclear about what exactly is going on. Part of the problem is that they are willing to tell press that they want to move users toward being more public, but when communicating with its users they appear to put more emphasis on communicating about privacy than is warranted by the changes at issue. See also: Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy Settingsthe Facebook blog post about the announcement. Previous moves by the company, like the introduction of the news feed, have seen user resistance as well – but this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to. You’ll now have to opt-out of being public and opt-in to communicating only with people you’ve given permission to see your content.Will users go for it? If Facebook becomes a lot more like Twitter, will users stick around? The network of friends you’ve created on Facebook can’t be taken anywhere else – access to those people off-site is limited due to “privacy concerns.”This is an amazing move that was announced with limited press attention. A Facebook group message to press was sent out at 6am, two hours before a press phone call. The announcement is a long, wordy and unclear text putting undue emphasis on Privacy when the new options clearly favor going public. Earlier this week the company made an announcement about forthcoming privacy policy changes and Open was not the recommended setting.Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Reuters today that Facebook was recommending that posts be viewable to everyone because such sharing of information is consistent with “the way the world is moving.” But as the largest social network in the world, isn’t it Facebook that effects these kinds of changes?Facebook confirmed to us in a press call earlier this year that the company does in fact want users to post more publicly and we expected a site-wide call for users to loosen privacy restrictions – but not like this. This announcement was couched in language of user control and privacy.A much more honest approach to privacy would be to encourage users to create lists of contacts and encourage them to select which list any update was visible to. Instead, that’s greatly underemphasized.Expect to see this story blow up for the rest of the year. It’s a very big move.See our previous coverage for context:Facebook Wants You To Be Less Private – But Why?A Closer Look at Facebook’s New Privacy OptionsIs Facebook a Cult? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web last_img read more

Don’t Believe the Hype: Sprint “4G” Slower Than T-Mobile 3G, Report Finds

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Excited Sprint customers have been awaiting today’s release of the HTC Evo 4G – the first phone to take advantage of Sprint’s high-speed 4G network. Before you run out and drop some cash on an Evo, you may want to take a look at a study released today by mobile phone resource Phone Scoop which uncovered some surprising findings.Phone Scoop found that Sprint’s 4G network is currently slightly slower than T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (High-Speed Packet Access) network – an upgraded form of 3G. After testing each service in Philadelphia (where both networks are currently available), the study determined that T-Mobile’s network has a small edge in download speeds, and a large advantage in upload speeds. An important item the study notes is that no current network is actually “true 4G” – not even Verizon’s forthcoming LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. The International Telecomunication Union (ITU) requires 4G networks to provide download speeds of at least 100 mbps. Current high-speed networks only achieve roughly 3% of this speed, so “4G” is merely a marketing term used by Sprint and other networks to note that this is their fourth generation network.While Sprint boasts speeds “up to ten-times faster” than 3G, T-Mobile’s upgraded 3G network was often faster in many of the more than 300 tests run by Phone Scoop. Download speeds were roughly the same, averaging at just under 3 Mbps, but with an upload average of 1.28 mbps, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ doubled that of Sprint’s 4G, which managed just 588 kbps. Sprint’s 4G, based on these tests, was less than five-times faster than its own 3G network, not ten. The advantage T-Mobile has over Sprint is that its HSPA+ network was an upgrade to an existing in-place system, while Sprint’s 4G network requires new equipment, creating a slower roll out. This was exemplified in the study by Sprint’s dreadfully slower speeds in suburban areas. While T-Mobile managed a speedy 5.4 mbps down and 1.8 mbps up, Sprint’s “4G” could only muster 748 kbps down and 60 kbps up – closer to their 3G speeds.Phone Scoop, while admitting that the testing is just one city’s results, is still confident the numbers reflect nationwide trends between the two networks. So before you buy into Sprint’s “4G speeds,” it would be wise to investigate the coverage in your area and determine if it is truly worth it at this time.Another factor to consider is the number of devices available on each network. Currently, the Evo is the only Sprint device on the 4G network, while T-Mobile offers nine devices that can use HSPA+. Also, users more dependant on upload speeds (which affects media sharing, gaming or video chatting) may want to seriously consider T-Mobile over Sprint due to the networks blazing upload speeds. Either way, picking a phone is nearly as important picking a car, so smart shoppers should investigate the networks carefully before choosing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement chris cameroncenter_img Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Gold Tones, Multi-Colored iPhones & Apple’s Design Ethos

first_imgFor the real thing, complete with black and white diamonds, the obscenely affluent have Stuart Hughes, which charged a Chinese businessman upwards of $15 million dollars (£10 million) for an iPhone 5 clad in genuine 24 karat gold. (iPad more your speed? Then check in to Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel, where you can borrow a gold-plated tablet along with a Rolls Royce and helicopter.)  Apple may look like it’s coloring outside the lines with the new gold iPhone 5S and rainbow-colored range of budget iPhones, but looks can be deceiving. Sure, the company has never made a gold iPhone before. Neither has it ever offered a budget version, much less one clad in a fruit-colored plastic shell. But that doesn’t mean the changes are totally foreign to the Apple aesthetic or design history. Here’s how they fit in. Taste The RainbowHardcore tech snobs belittle the conversation about color palette. It’s superficial, they say, particularly when there are more important things to consider—like technical specifications, features and price points. But for a company as design-centric as Apple, a change in color palette is no small matter. This is the same company that once saw a sea of beige computers, including its own Macintosh, and said, “No more.” (Actually, the message came from designer Jonathan Ive and newly reinstalled CEO Steve Jobs.)  Of course, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some missteps along the way.  Courtesy of Wikipedia: Apple Computer logo, Macintosh, iMac in Bondi Blue, iBooks, iMac “Flower Power”; iPod touch photo courtesy of Apple; iPhone 5S photo screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of DetroitBORG; iPhone 5C photo screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of iCrackUriDevice; Austin Powers in Goldmember image screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of generalshrooms; Vertu image courtesy of Vertu. All other Apple product images courtesy of Apple.  adriana lee The 1998 debut of the iMac G3 in Bondi Blue seemed like a breath of fresh of air.  The new palette not only reduces cost, it also separates the budget handset from its premium, next-generation cousin, the chic gold iPhone 5S. Why Apple Is Dipping The iPhone 5S In GoldIt’s the color of the Academy Award’s renowned “Oscar.” The Olympics adorn winners with it. And this summer, the value of the precious metal rose back up the charts.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This begat the iMac G3 in a range of colors. Apple laptops went through a similar transformation, going from chunky, black Powerbooks to curvy iBooks swathed in fruit flavors.  Luckily, colored plastics are easy to come by. That’s good news for a company with a tradition of using color strategically to freshen up product lines. And it just so happens to come during a time when competitors like Motorola are offering bespoke device designs.  Related Posts No wonder Apple swathed its full-fledged upgrade in gold. It works with the company’s luxury/premium branding. It may also fit in with Jony Ive’s personal taste, if the home he bought last year is any indication. When Sotheby’s showed the $17 million home in San Francisco’s “Gold Coast,” it was largely decked out in gold tones and luxe accents. And, like Austin Powers’ Goldmember villain, it seems Sir Ive just couldn’t resist it. The current Apple senior vice president of design has a renowned penchant for simplicity, and he manages to show restraint here by eschewing “bling” for a subdued and sophisticated hue. The word “champagne” has been used to describe the color (even though the French wine industry would prefer otherwise). Whatever you call it, it’s still new for the iPhone…even if it isn’t brand new to the company’s other devices.  Maybe Apple will fare better. After all, it does have a knack for setting trends. But either way, it’s clear that this launch period will be pivotal. Because if the iPhone maker doesn’t succeed—if it introduces much-hyped changes that fail to catch on—the conversation won’t really be about color anymore. It will be about Apple, and whether it has lost its Midas touch.  Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile#smartphones Offerings like these transformed personal computers from stodgy productivity tools into stylish, droolworthy devices. They also laid the groundwork for the next major iProduct revolution in 2001: the iPod.Apple initially offered the portable music player in only one color at first, then in black or white. Eventually various scaled-down models and colors hit the scene. Sound familiar? That’s the same strategy Apple may be deploying now with the iPhone. Consider this dabbling a preamble to Apple’s current strategy, which is likely happening now due to some genuine business reasons. Gold is a popular choice in after-market iPhone cases and other colorization treatments—particularly in places like India and China, where Apple has been intensely interested in expanding marketshare. A gold-colored premium handset would likely be a major hit in these regions. Unfortunately for users around the world, the change could have other unintended effects. After all, during a time when smartphone thefts are rampant, it’s easy to imagine gold iPhones becoming irresistible targets for thieves. Perhaps that’s why iOS 7 now offers Touch ID fingerprint security and Activation Lock. The latter links an iOS device to an Apple ID, barring resets without authentication. These features appear to present a rather daunting proposition to thieves, though we won’t know if that alone will be enough to deter criminals just yet. Assuming, that is, that mainstream customers flock to gold phones. So far, it has been a struggle to find a company that has managed to do them right. (Your mileage may vary, but as far as I’m concerned, this one from luxury tech brand Vertu just isn’t it.)  The fifth generation iPod Shuffle also managed to avoid the tacky, shiny gold ingot finish, though its “orange” color was more vibrant—closer to 24 karat gold instead of 14.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Apple’s anodization process—an electrochemical process that uses rust to color the aluminum exterior—enabled the array of colors. And the iPod touch got the treatment last year, when it came out in an array of shiny, metallic colors.But this time around, the budget iPhone 5C isn’t taking advantage of this. The likely reason: cost. If the idea is to make a less expensive variation of the Apple smartphone, then cheaper plastics are a natural choice over pricey anodized finishes.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Making the case for API neutrality

first_imgAPI Economy Business Drivers: #2 – ReachThe State of API Integration: SOAP vs. REST, public APIs and moreWhat is API Throttling, Quota, Rate Limiting and Burst? Related Posts Websockets and IoT: Why don’t the two go together? A judge just obliged Linkedin to allow third-party companies to copy public LinkedIn profile data. Of course, Linkedin appealed this decision but this can be a precedent in the space — and for good, contrary to what first commentators are saying.This is typically what I call an API neutrality case.First, let’s agree that an API is a remote access to your digital assets, so you should have total control to license this asset to anyone you choose, for business reasons or otherwise but you get to decide.See also: What open APIs will mean for the future of direct paymentsBut in the context of public user-generated data, things may be different. This data was entered by Linkedin users, working for free to fill their public profile and leverage the platform. Linkedin uses this data to leverage the critical mass of users to be the main business social network. On top of that, Linkedin can generate private intelligent and data based on the dynamic relations of the people and companies on the network. And this is where there is the value.Linkedin scaled their platform thanks to this free work, so it should not be their choice but the users’ choice to decide it they allow third party startups to access it to build a new generation of apps. Some will argue that Linkedin users have signed Linkedin terms of service, but in a context of such big monopolistic platform, not allowing public profile user-generated data to be publicly accessible by 3rd parties is, in my opinion, abusive and not in the best interest of the users.They could do like Facebook is doing with OAuth protocol via the “Connect with Facebook” buttons in the context of their platform “reciprocity” rule. Even users permissions like the “friends_list” disappeared over time, but they are a lot more open on that.Just like AirbnbThis is like the story of Airbnb. They scraped Craigslist to bootstrap their platform at the beginning, but which now no longer allows third parties to scrape their website to find renters. This is unfair if we want fair competition and a free market. Startups, at the beginning, avoid legal or moral barriers — and when they become bigger they favor of barriers to entry on their market? Really? Have we no memory? Are we so greedy that we want to avoid others to benefits from what made us successful?More open data is good for innovation and benefits the platform economy. In the best interest of users, it should be users’ decisions, not the platform’s decision. I will sum this up in one sentence from the French priest Lacordaire: “For the strong and the weak, for the rich and the poor, between the master and the slave, sometimes the freedom is the oppression and the law is the protection.”For users, the law should oblige platforms to give them the choice about fair third party access to their user-generated data. I hope the judgment will be confirmed and that will make that case.Some key stories on the business of APIs: Building a Predictive Analytics Model From Scratch How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation Mehdi Medjaoui Tags:#api#featured#Internet of Things#Internet of Thng#IoT#net neutrality#top last_img read more

Columbia Business School Dean Hubbard Steps Down After 15 Years

first_imgColumbia Business School Dean Hubbard Steps Down After 15 Years regions: New York City After 15 years, Glenn Hubbard, the dean of Columbia Business School (CBS), has announced he will be stepping down from his position. Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger made the resignation announcement, which will be effective on June 30, 2019. After that point, Hubbard will resume his faculty role as a professor of finance and economics.“Glenn’s 15 years as Dean will be remembered as a historic period during which Columbia Business School was strengthened on every meaningful front and solidified its standing as one of the most celebrated and innovative schools of business in all of higher education,” Bollinger says in a press release. “Dean Hubbard succeeded repeatedly in seizing opportunities for transforming and modernizing Columbia Business School through times that were often turbulent and challenging.” Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard“First and foremost, I want to say ‘thank you,’” Dean Hubbard wrote in an email to his colleagues. “I am proud of everything that the School has achieved with our degree and non-degree programs, across departments, and within the centers, institutes, and programs. The school’s talented staff excel in their work to help operate an amazing curricular and research network, working closely with faculty colleagues. And we all owe a debt of gratitude to alumni and other outside supporters, whose gifts of time, talent, and treasure have sustained and expanded our reach and grasp.”Academic AccomplishmentsDuring Dean Hubbard’s 15-year tenure, he oversaw many enhancements and expansions at CBS. His leadership led to a wide range of initiatives from raising $1 billion for Columbia Business School’s long-term future to revamping the school’s core curriculum. In addition, Hubbard was responsible for strengthening recruitment efforts for both faculty and students, launching countless academic initiatives, and ramping up the engagement of the school’s 46,000 global alumni.“Through his leadership and his persistent efforts, dean Hubbard increased the number of business school faculty chairs and professorships, and greatly expanded the amount of financial aid we are able to offer to incoming students,” Bollinger says in an email to the faculty. “Throughout this period of growth, the School carefully preserved a balance between the realms of real-world practice and scholarly theory, always respecting and enhancing the core academic character of the institution.”In particular, Hubbard was responsible for:Expanding three new extensions of the Executive MBA program including the EMBA NY on Saturdays, the EMBA NY on every other Friday/Saturday, and the EMBA Americas with five, six-day block once a month.Launching four new master’s degrees including the MS in Business Analytics, MS in Financial Economics, and the MS in Marketing Science.Launching the School’s preeminent Immersion Seminars and Master Classes.Fundraising EffortsDean Hubbard raised more than $1 billion in funding over the course of his tenure, including more than $500 million to establish Columbia Business School’s future campus at Manhattanville.“The most powerful symbol of this progress will become fully visible four years from now when the doors of the Henry R. Kravis Building and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation are opened, and Columbia Business School occupies its new home at the center of the Manhattanville campus,” President Bollinger says. Overall, Dean Hubbard helped to expand financial aid at the school by 600 percent from 2004 to 2018.“With about $1 billion in fundraising and leaps in alumni giving and participation, our financial muscle is being built,”  Hubbard continues in his email.“The school has succeeded with funding for the new Manhattanville campus; an expanded faculty with 38 new professorships; expansion of research institutes, centers, and programs; and greater financial aid for a very talented, diverse student body.  These accomplishments are noteworthy, but I am proudest of our success in building our people—the team of staff, faculty, students, and alumni that gives us our distinction. I am amazed, but not surprised, by staff commitment to excellence in their roles, always working to improve the experiences of our students and alumni year after year.”Joint Initiatives Last but not least, dean Hubbard was responsible for launching three crucial joint initiatives across the Columbia University Campus.The Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy: This center promotes evidence-based public policy while also opening up a dialogue about business and markets intersecting with the law.The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise: This center helps to challenge and educate leaders in the use of business tools, entrepreneurial skills, and management in order to address issues that lie at the intersection of business and society.Entrepreneurship at Columbia: This initiative included multiple centers and opportunities including the Columbia Startup Lab as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia, which are both supported by the Eugene Lange Entrepreneurship Center.“The core of an academic business school is scholarship,” Hubbard explains. “In working with colleagues to articulate a strategy of ‘bridging theory and practice,’ I have argued publicly for the desirability of bundling teaching and research in scholar-teachers, and I will continue to do so. We still have great opportunity to magnify ideas and their impact through partnerships within the University and with practitioner networks. Business schools like ours can play a significant role in problem-solving and managing solutions, for societal and economic challenges.”The Search for New Columbia Business School DeanThe search for Hubbard’s replacement will begin immediately.“We are indebted to him [Hubbard] for his long and productive service to the University and look forward to his continued presence as an esteemed member of our faculty,” President Bollinger explains in his email. “To assist in finding dean Hubbard’s successor, I will soon convene a committee to assist me in an international search. For now, I simply want to congratulate Glenn on a job well done and to express the university’s deepest gratitude for the devoted and skillful leadership he has long provided to Columbia Business School.”“I am honored to have served as dean, grateful to Lee Bollinger for the chance to do so,” Hubbard adds. “While I have continued to write and teach, I found the opportunity in academic leadership very rewarding. I am honored to remain as a colleague. Old deans never die; they don’t even fade away—I look forward to participating in the next chapter in the life of the school.”This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo center_img Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedColumbia Dean Gives Advice for Choosing a Business SchoolAn article written by Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School was featured on the Fortune Magazine website. The article discusses whether or not business school rankings really matter. Dean Hubbard tells readers that rankings for business schools do matter, but prospective students should rely more on how the school…April 10, 2015In “Featured Home”Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard Optimistic about the Future of the MBAGlenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School, recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal’s economics journalist David Wessel to answer questions about Columbia’s MBA program and new curriculum trends in MBA study. With a decade’s worth of experience to support his analysis, Hubbard projected that MBA graduates and programs…June 25, 2013In “Featured Home”Columbia Business School Mourns Professor Emeritus Gerald BradyColumbia Business School mourns the passing of Gerald Brady ’58, a Columbia University faculty member for more than 30 years and a professor emeritus of the Business School, who died at home on April 16 at age 84. Brady first joined Columbia as an undergraduate student, earning his BA in…May 2, 2014In “Featured Home”last_img read more