Microsoft and Walgreens Boots Alliance partner to transform healthcare delivery, as well as migrate most of WBA’s IT infrastructure to Azure. Read my article on https://www.lightreading.com/enterprise-cloud/digital-transformation/microsoft-and-walgreens-fend-off-amazon-with-7-year-healthcare-partnership/d/d-id/748830?
IBM hit a milestone with the first integrated, commercial quantum computer. But don’t expect to be running quantum apps in your business anytime soon. My article on https://www.lightreading.com/enterprise-cloud/infrastructure-and-platform/ibm-makes-a-long-bet-on-quantum-computing-/d/d-id/748770
Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But screens are coming between doctors and their patients. [Atul Gawande] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/12/why-doctors-hate-their-computers
Thoughtful article about problems that ensue when digitization imposes top-down centralized command on front-line workers.
Progressives and conservatives, including Tucker Carlson and Goldman Sachs, agree that monopolies are pernicious. https://newrepublic.com/article/152680/one-issue-left-right-can-agree
For 10 years, Lauren Hough was a cable tech in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. She writes about her experiences in a brilliant essay that’s funny, exasperating, frustrating, infuriating and occasionally sad. “A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cable-tech-dick-cheney-sex-dungeon_us_5c0ea571e4b06484c9fd4c21
Enterprises are still mostly open source consumers rather than contributors to the community. My article on https://www.lightreading.com/open-source/taking-it-slow-enterprises-use-open-source-but-are-cautious-about-contributing/d/d-id/748631
Technology didn’t kill RSS — regulatory capture did, says Cory Doctorow. “… thanks to generations of antitrust malpractice and financialization, we now live in an era of five massive services filled with screenshots from the other four.” Also, blaming feuding among RSS developers for its demise is “like blaming rhino conservationists’ internal disputes — rather than climate change — for the decline in rhinos’ numbers.” https://boingboing.net/2019/01/09/triplets-be-damned.html
I love RSS. I still use it every day, several times a day on workdays. I’m about to do another sweep in my chosen RSS reader, http://inoreader.com, now. It’s very disappointing that RSS never took off. People complained that it’s difficult to use and understand, but it’s easier than Facebook.
Without open source, you don’t get the cloud, and a plethora of other changes driving the software industry. Read my article. https://www.lightreading.com/open-source/how-open-source-has-turned-the-software-industry-upside-down/d/d-id/748603
And at the end, one of the researchers creates a video of his partner dancing. That’s chilling — imagine what our friends the Russians could do with that technology for fake news.
A Japanese billionaire who offered to pay for retweets has stolen the retweet record from a kid who wanted free chicken nuggets. https://www.fastcompany.com/90288787/the-world-retweet-record-has-been-broken?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email
Is Amazon building a one-stop subscription healthcare business? It’s already got the pieces. https://www.zdnet.com/article/amazons-next-big-thing-prime-but-for-healthcare/#ftag=RSSbaffb68
Andreessen’s take on AR vs. VR reveals a kind of chauvinism. He says your environment is inherently uninteresting if you’re unlucky enough to live anywhere other than Silicon Valley, a college campus, or a major city. And virtual reality, he says, is the cure.
On the other hand, he’s right about the importance of audio. A voice in your ear that you can interact with every waking moment. That’s a kind of augmented reality already.
M.G. Siegler: Tim Cook knows that iPhones are overpriced and said so Wednesday. Also: Apple’s future is in services. https://500ish.com/apples-precarious-and-pivotal-2019-f4f8cea3993a
Organizations transitioning to open source need to learn both self-sufficiency and how to work with open source communities. And to grow a thick skin against criticism. [Me] https://www.lightreading.com/open-source/growing-pains-for-organizations-moving-to-open-source-its-a-tough-transition/d/d-id/748553?
Apple can still innovate, but not in ways that matter [Me] https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/devices-smartphones/apple-really-is-in-trouble-this-time/a/d-id/748581?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT
Huawei demoted two employees and cut their monthly pay for using an iPhone to send New Year greetings from its official Twitter account. Huawei is not fucking around. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-iphone/chinese-phone-maker-huawei-punishes-employees-for-iphone-tweet-blunder-idUSKCN1OY0B2
With “The Apprentice,” TV producer Mark Burnett mythologized Trump — then a floundering D-lister — as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency. [Patrick Radden Keefe] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success
An outstanding profile. Keefe notes that Trump and Burnett are kindred spirits. However, Burnett really is a successful businessman. Trump is a fraud, who arguably modeled his current image on Burnett.
“What’s gone from the internet, after all, isn’t ‘truth,’ but trust: the sense that the people and things we encounter are what they represent themselves to be.” [Max Read] http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/how-much-of-the-internet-is-fake.html
Merchants are finally phasing out signature requirements for transactions, though the US is moving more slowly on it. “We just love signing things here; after football, it is our national pastime.”
Interesting information: The Talmud requires signatures for contracts — as important as marriage, or as minor as buying a cup of coffee. Does this mean religious Jews will no longer be able to use credit cards? Can religious Jews now use Apple Pay and the Android equivalent?