Articles tagged: Google

Big Data, the Brave New World After Tim Berners-Lee

February 3, 2014

Karl Marx viewed the 1849 Gold Rush, which caused the largest land migration in America’s history, as important as the discovery of America itself. He was right, but in ways he could not have imagined. The vast majority of goldbugs found nothing except California, but gave the world Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Motion pictures and TV gave seeming substance to the American Way, rewrote history and sold the American Dream as an aspiration and fact to the US and to the rest. Later, Silicon Valley gave substance to the digital economy, which now gives its... More

Big Data says PRISM is bad for business

December 11, 2013

Most governments spy on their own citizens and those of other countries. Big Data technology gives some more scope than others. The Snowden leaks revealed that the US NSA and Britain’s GCHQ mined petabytes of data from a host of electronic sources, ostensibly to track terrorists as part of the covert PRISM project.  Sometimes they went by the book, submitting government approved requests to electronic media owners, ISP and mobile network operators who were signed up to PRISM. But they cut out the paperwork when there was only 24 hours to save the planet, which... More

News Corp is losing money because no news is bad news

August 8, 2009

Last week, News Corp, owners of the Wall St Journal, New York Post, (London) Times, Sunday Times, The Sun, News of the World, the Australian, BSkyB Television, Fox, Star TV Asia and others reported a 10.7% decline in revenue to $7.67 billion (almost $800 million) and quarterly net losses of $203 million. Bad as it sounds, it is a big improvement on the previous quarter’s losses of $6.4 billion (Thus passim) which were inflated by a huge writedown on the Wall Street journal. The ‘extraordinary item’ this time is kids’... More