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Can Something Be Both Inevitable & Abominable?

With this Tweet, Microsoft and MasterCard (“Mastersoft”?) announced their partnership to create “universal digital identities“: Voting, driving, applying for a job, renting a home, getting married and boarding a plane: what do these all have in common? You need to prove your identity. In partnership with @Microsoft, we are working to create universally-recognized digital identity. https://t.co/He5syqa5g7

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Prediction: Google Will Know All

Status: Occurring Prediction: Google will know all “Google knows your dark, ugly, dirty truths.  Your transcribed Google Voice messages reveal you argued nonstop on that island vacation as your kids yelled, “I hate you!” in the background.  Your search history shows all your liposuction research, as your Photoshop bills skyrocket.  Several of your eHarmony dates

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Never Sell Data

I work with a lot of startups and somewhere around year three, their business plan usually includes some flavor of ‘make a bundle selling data’. Like a new year’s resolution to ‘go to the gym and look like Thor’, this won’t happen. If it did, it might do more damage than the pocket change it’s

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Why I Should Be Google’s Next CEO

You read that right. CEO. Chief. Evil. Officer. I love Google’s products. I’ve deconstructed its strategy – and written reports on it. But even Google can’t grow forever. Eventually, it will need a dollop of evil to compete – maybe even a full marinade. As I look forward to the new year, I see a lot of people angling to get on Santa’s good side. Not me.

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Facebook IPO & the Dark, Dirty Secrets of Facebook vs. Google Data

As I baked muffins to celebrate Facebook’s IPO, it occurred to me that there’s one HUGE, unspoken difference between the data people reveal to Facebook and what Google collects through search and other tools.  It’s this: Facebook knows the image you want to project to the world – your “social resume”. Beautiful vacation photos; that perfect profile photo you Photoshopped so much

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