Renegade Economists Show
Max Carlson joins us with his Silicon Valley insights into big data, climate, privacy, the Irish shuffle, tech-led inequality in SF, robotics and voting machines amongst others in this extended podcast special.
Harvard Business Review on the barriers to entry big data hold over competitors
Max sent a link to this good news story on big data and climate
Chris Hawkins, a 30-year-old investor who made his money building software that automates office work, credits Manna as an influence. On his company’s website he has taken to blogging about basic income, which he looks to as a bureaucracy killer. “Shut down government programs as you fund redistribution,” he told me. Mothball public housing, food assistance, Medicaid, and the rest, and replace them with a single check.
Of the company’s $1.56 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at the end of the quarter, approximately $240 million was domestic. The rest was held overseas and hasn’t been taxed in the U.S. yet.
The company continues to work on its tax strategy around these funds.
Verisign blames the reduced growth rate in its domain base on overall macroeconomic trends (especially in Europe) and on changes to Google’s search algorithms. On yesterday’s conference call, it certainly focused on the latter.
Basically, Google’s Penguin and Panda updates have hurt some of the companies that register lots of domains solely for search-based monetization. They’re registering fewer domains and letting more expire.
Open Root – a little background on pressures to remove some of the 6 root servers from US control.
Rigged US elections:
Music: our Attorney General refuses to use a computer but mumbles through data retention explanation.