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Twitpic Tweets No More

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This is what happens when you get too close to the sun. You get burned, sooner or later. On the other hand, you should not build your business “symbiosis” on someone else’s superpowerful brand. As you can see there are always two sides to each story, if not even more in this one. So, what happened?

Well, the Twitpic just got acquired by its name neighbor – no more, no less than the Twitter itself. For quite some time, Twitpic has enjoyed the powerful shade of the gigantic blue wings. However, it seems that Twitter has more than enough of this brand name similarity in its own backyard.

This takeover is closer to the subtle business elimination, than a fruitful teaming up. For what is worth, all you can do is to download your photo archive from the Twitpic, and say one last goodbye. The Twitpic should have known better, that is for sure. Now, its founder has to start with something completely different.

Do we have to provide some additional explaining for the moral of this story? If you are already planning to invest both your time and energy in a life changing startup make sure it is absolutely unique. Otherwise, you will never be quite sure that your idea, which relies on some existing well-known concept, has not already expired.

He’s In Google Control

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There is no better way to celebrate your golden decade in a company you are working for, than to be assigned with some additional and vital development responsibilities. This is exactly what happened to Sundar Pichai. This Indian IT wizard is very likely to shape the Google’s future landscape.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that this decision has not come out of the blue. Sundar had a nice opportunity to become the number one Microsoft’s window into the future. Yet, he preferred the Google much more, obviously. Why? What is there for him, in the very first place, worth of all the risk?

It sounds like a boring cliche, but you do not get a chance to influence the IT future so often. For what is worth, this quite an educational story for the other busy little IT bees. How come? Well, you definitely need some fresh blood to examine your current affairs from the different perspective. Enough?

It depends on your goals, you are trying to achieve. You know how it goes, don’t you? For Google there is no such a thing as a simple objective, which has no seed of greatness in it. Luckily for Google, the vanity of its founding garage fathers is definitely on the menu list for the years to come. Good luck Sundar!

What Tesla Has To Say About The Internet?

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You know how it goes, don’t you? The more you hear about certain statistics, the more likely is that you will become more pessimistic. This is exactly what is happening with the Internet in our story. Let us begin, shall we? There are approximately seven billion people living on this planet, give it or take.

Unfortunately, only 1,7 billion of them can have an opportunity or a luxury to actually use it. On the other side, we have 8,7 billion devices, which are connected to the Internet. It is also worth mentioning that the Internet consumes the energy in a way a fat kid will certainly do in a candy store during a Christmas season.

There are so many countries, not cities, which could certainly appreciate the unexpected power at their disposal. Yet, what the Internet users would have said about the worst case scenario to spend a couple of minutes, not hours, who dares mention the days, without the good old Internet? Do you dare?

We sure hope that you are using the Internet for something useful and completely worthy of the energy being spent. Who knows, with the introduction of the Internet, maybe Tesla would not have been motivated enough to do his immortal research. Who knows? Can you imagine him being stuck for hours on Facebook or playing an online game?

Garage Brainiacs

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Every  now and then Eric Schmidt has a need for speed. He likes to rain advice about the cyber universe and IT entrepreneurship. So, let us hear what he has to say this time. When you are that long on the very top, then you can stop thinking about who or what is going to claim your throne sooner or later.

Believe it or not, this is exactly what has been going on with Google. Who or what can jeopardize the indisputable position of Google on the market? Admit it, you are already thinking about the other dinosaurs from the Jurassic cyber park. Yet, Eric is pretty much determined to prove us completely wrong.

Here is the catch. Some brainiac, who works in his garage, will claim the world. He just does not know it, yet. It turns out that our parents’ garages have both sentimental and historical value in our recent IT history. All big things come from the small garages. Even the Google itself started in a garage.

The funny thing about this story is that all major names in the IT business get infected with the nostalgia virus, from time to time. Do you remember the good old days we used to spend in our garage working on the next big thing? This is probably one of the most popular stories on the anniversary cocktails, isn’t it?

Hello, Firefox Hello

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Who or what is Firefox Hello? That is Mozilla’s Skype. Do we really need one more Skype in an endless sea of more or less similar apps? Well, it seems that there are some busy little bees in Mozilla, who have decided to offer something different and interesting at the same time. So, what is Firefox Hello all about?

Imagine a chat or call feature integrated into your Firefox browser. Would not that be a lovely thing to have and use? No need to log or install a special app. Now, you got the whole picture. This kind of a Hello can really shake the IT ground. You are offering something, which is simpler to use.

You do not have to guess twice that Microsoft is not going to be thrilled with this sudden and quite an unorthodox competition. This is undoubtedly an intriguing and original concept. Let us wait and see, how it is going to work in the real cyber life. There are quite a few practical questions to be solved.

How you are going to contact your friends? Can you save your conversations? There are so many things we are eager to test ourselves. Either way, this is a strong encouragement for all of you dreamers out there. Who could have thought that it would be possible to talk and chat in your browser? Keep dreaming.

Neubauer Bau Tetris

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If you know some basic words from the German vocabulary, then the last name Neubauer definitely rings a bell. Jonas Neubauer is the four-time world champion, when it comes to the Tetris game. Now, let us find some obvious symbolism in its last name. Neu is new, and Bauer is a builder.

Tetris is all about building blocks. So, it could not possibly ask for a champion with a more suitable name. For this young man Tetris is more than just a game, it is a way of living. Yes, it sounds like a boring phrase, but there are a couple of things we can sure learn from this humble world champion.

In the first place, he never rushes the blocks down. For him, every single block has its perfect position, which is a unique match. All you have to do is to find it. Neubauer looks at blocks in his head in the slow motion mode, as if he is in the Matrix movie. This is something we can try to use in our lives.

The message is quite a simple one. Each element, thing and person has its perfect position in our life. All what is required from us is to find it. Neubauer practices this unique life philosophy every single day. This is something definitely worth remembering. It is about time for you to match your blocks.

Legal Torrent An Important Moment

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Who says that torrents have to be necessarily bad and copyright unfriendly. BitTorrent has done an intriguing thing by launching the new service Bundle. This is completely legitimate service for selling the author’s work, in the first place music. The results are more than impressive and surprising.

The honor of trying this service for the first time was given to former Radiohead Thom Yorke. His album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has already been sold in more than one million copies. The symbolic price of only $6 and strong Radiohead brand with the BitTorrent support have proven to be a successful combination.

The most surprising thing is the BitTorrent users reaction to this legal offer, which asked for a payment. It seems that torrent users are after the quality content, regardless of the fact you have to pay for it or not. BitTorrent has probably thought for a moment, why not taking an advantage of the situation?

There is no need to fight torrent websites. When you offer something interesting for more than an affordable price you simply demotivate the people to download it for free. Maybe, we are witnessing the beginning of the new torrent era. If you cannot beat them, join them. How hard can it be? Right?

Attach Me Some Money Please

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It is only a matter of time when we would be able to use Facebook for payments. The intriguing thing would be to send money by including it in a message you are sending to your friend. It is an extremely simplified way of looking at delicate things, but it eventually comes down to this feature.

The only drawback, we are currently aware about, is the opportunity to use only debit cards, but not the credit cards, as well. On the other hand, you just cannot avoid asking yourself a simple question. Why Facebook needs to mess up with the payment trouble in the first place? Is it worth it, for real?

It comes without saying that Facebook is a fascinating money making machine. For what is worth, we do not have to guess twice that Facebook is doing just fine in business terms. The advertising opportunities are increasing at an unprecedented speed and volume. Now, that is not enough, obviously.

It seems that social networks and the major online services keep pushing the limits of our patience. Sooner or later, someone will have to say enough is enough. Both privacy and profit begin with the same letter, but they end up quite differently when it comes to the quality of our life. Are you going to like this one?

(R)Evolution Desk

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The busy little bees in the Harvard Innovation Lab have done quite a remarkable job. Sometimes, we take all cyber benefits for granted. It is almost as we have been surrounded with so many shiny and cozy gadgets from the beginning of time. The truth is, we live in the world that has gone through a tremendous change.

Take one of the most common things you both see and use on a daily basis. Your own working desk. You have a nice looking picture, which can be described as Desk 1974 vs Desk 2014. Are you surprised or amazed? Or both? So, what happened to our good old and crowded working desk?

Well, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out yourself, do you? Over the time, each of the things you can see on the photo’s left side was “eliminated” by the newly developed devices. This is how each of the real things you can touch with your fingers was digitized into the appropriate icon.

At the end of the day, all what can be found on your modern desk is only your laptop, or even less only your smartphone. With so many functions, which it can provide successfully, your smartphone is definitely the small world within. Can you dare to guess how your desk will look 40 years from now?

Google Glass Undercover Blues

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Maybe it is nice to be a Hollywood cop, but being a cop in Dubai is definitely an extraordinary experience. This is a place where dreams come true for every cop. First of all, you can use a Lamborgini as your police car. And, it gets even better. For the cops in Dubai Google Glasses are the standard equipment.

When you do not have any problems with the budget, you can afford yourself lots of useful things. Google Glass is definitely among them. Dubai has the true state of the art face recognition systems. With the introduction of Google Glass on the streets, the sky itself will be the only limit for Dubai police.

Dubai police force plans to introduce Google Glass for both detective and traffic police units. We have every reason to believe that the Google guys behind the Google Glass project are thrilled with this news. Finally, someone who is willing to use their product for other things than playing and fun.

On the other hand, the residents of Dubai have quite a few reasons to be worried about the possible implications associated with their privacy. The temptation is too big to ignore. You can use Google Glass to identify and track your political opponents during the protests, for instance. Will they do it?