How the Frightful Five Put Start-Ups in a Lose-Lose Situation; Farhad Manjoo; In The New York Times (NYT); 2017-10-18.
Teaser: The tech giants are too big. But so what? Hasn’t that always been the case?
tl;dr → Betterid’ge’s Law. No. ]this time it’s different]
and → Problematizing the space, a jeremiad.
bad → Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft. branded as “The Frightful Five” Mentions
Frightful Five = Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft.
Manjoo’s epithet for the circumscribed scope of these oped pieces ref #sturtups
Barry Diller [Barry Diller's money]
Angi Homeservices, = Angie’s List + HomeAdvisor.
Dara Khosrowshahi, ex-CEO, Expedia.
Joey Levin,, chief executive, Uber; ex-chief executive of IAC.
Chris Terrill, chief executive, Angi Homeservices.
Clayton Christiansen, boffo.
Barry Diller, boffo; media tycoon, television.
Joseph Shumpeter, boffo.
In archaeological order, in
The New York Times (NYT)…
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Tagged Angi Homeservices, Apple, Ask.com, azon, Barry Diller, Chris Terrill, Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, Facebook, Frightful Five, generalized hagiography, Google+, IAC, IBM, Instagram, Joey Levin, Match.com, Microsoft, SemiAccurate, Tinder, Uber, Vimeo, WhatsApp
Paul Rösler, Christian Mainka, Jörg Schwenk;
More is Less: How Group Chats Weaken the Security of Instant Messengers Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema; working paper, a draft, a “preprint”; iacr:2017/713; 2017-07-24; 29 pages. Abstract
Secure Instant Messaging (SIM) is utilized in two variants: one-to-one communication and group communication. While the first variant has received much attention lately <snip>citations</snip>, little is known about the cryptographic mechanisms and security guarantees of SIM group communication.
In this paper, we investigate group communication security mechanisms of three main SIM applications: Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema. We first provide a comprehensive and realistic attacker model for analyzing group SIM protocols regarding security and reliability. We then describe and analyze the group protocols used in Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema. By applying our model, we reveal multiple weaknesses, and propose generic countermeasures to enhance the protocols regarding the required security and reliability goals. Our systematic analysis reveals that
the communications’ integrity – represented by the integrity of all exchanged messages – and
the groups’ closeness – represented by the members’ ability of managing the group – are not end-to-end protected.
We additionally show that strong security properties, such as Future Secrecy which is a core part of the one-to-one communication in the Signal protocol, do not hold for its group communication.
Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People; Cade Metz; In Wired; 2016-04-05. Mentions
<quote>Moxie Marlinspike’s girlfriend comes from a family of Russian physicists, and in 2013, she held a family reunion at the apartment she shared with Marlinspike. </quote>
Open Whisper Systems
w00w00; In Jimi Wales’ Wiki Alternatives
Telegram, not encrypted by default or always
Brian Acton, founder, WhatsApp of Facebook.
Joseph DeMarco, expert, ex federal prosecutor.
Jan Koum, founder, WhatsApp of Facebook.
Moxie Marlinspike, self, Open Whisper Systems.
This is how much money you’re worth to Facebook; Hayley Tsukayama; In The Washington Post; 2016-01-27.
tl;dr → celebrating Facebook upon their earnings statement.
Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)
Annualized: average revenue per user, per year; restated as an annualized rate.
The rest of the article is a rehearsal of the Facebook product line.
Free Basics, a closed-end ISP-type service
Messenger (Facebook Messenger)
And the fantasy hobby projects
Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future; Farhad Mamjoo; In The New York Times (NYT); 2016-01-20.
tl;dr → Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and also Netflix
Google (a.k.a. Alphabet)
who else? No GPU
(ahem) ATI of AMD
who else? No Handlser
The New York Times (NYT) Articles
In archaeological order
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Tagged Amazon, Apple, Facebook, generalized boosterism, Geoffrey G. Parker; Platform Revolution, George Gilder, Google+, How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Microsoft, Netflix, Sangeet Paul Choudary, Telecosm, The World After Bandwidth Abundance, WhatsApp
16 mobile theses; In His Blog; 2015-12-18; podcast. Listicle
Mobile is the new central ecosystem of tech
Mobile is the internet
Mobile isn’t about small screens and PCs aren’t about keyboards
Mobile means an ecosystem and that ecosystem will swallow ‘PCs’
It is the ARM ecosystem, not the Wintel ecosystem. The future of productivity
Apple & Google both won, but it’s complicated
Search and discovery
Apps and the web
Post Netscape, post PageRank, looking for the next run-time
Messaging as a platform, and a way to get customers.
The unclear future of Android and the OEM world
Internet of Things
TV and the living room
Finally, we are not our users
In archaeological order.
TV, mobile and the living room, 2015-11-24.
Bay Area problems, 2015-11-15.
Living in different worlds, 2015-11-08.
Mobile, ecosystems and the death of PCs, 2015-11-07.
Mobile is not a neutral platform, 2015-09-26.
Platforms, distribution and audience, 2015-09-14.
Forget about the mobile internet, 2015-09-01.
Podcast: ways to think about cars, 2015-08-25.
What would you miss?, 2015-08-10.
How is the Apple Watch doing?, 2015-08-02.
Ways to think about cars, 2015-07-27.
Google Now, Maps and Apple Music, 2015-07-16.
Microsoft, capitulation and the end of Windows Everywhere, 2015-07-08.
Search, discovery and marketing, 2015-06-24.
Office, messaging and verbs, 2015-05-21.
Mobile first, 2015-05-14.
Apps versus the web, 2015-05-14.
The smartphone is the new sun, 2015-05-13.
What does Google need in mobile?, 2015-04-14.
Podcast: messaging and mobile platforms , 2015-04-03.
Messaging and mobile platforms, 2015-03-24.
Android taxonomies, 2015-03-15.
Why is Apple making a gold watch?, 2015-03-12.
Podcast: Slack, 2015-02-11.
In search of objects, 2015-02-07.
Why do we care about Xiaomi?, 2015-01-18.
WhatsApp sails past SMS, but where does messaging go next?, 2015-01-11.
Resetting the score, 2015-01-11.
The home and the mobile supply chain, 2015-01-11.
How many people care about Google Services?, 2014-12-03.
The industrial internet, 2014-10-14.
How many ecosystems?, 2014-10-14.
Ways to think about watches, 2014-09-15.
App unbundling, search and discovery , 2014-08-01.
Amazon and Android forks, 2014-06-21.
The internet of things, 2014-05-26.
Notes on TV, 2014-03-27.
Tablets, PCs and Office, 2014-02-26.
Ecosystem Maths, 2014-01-28.
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Mobile services: The message is the medium; Staff; In The Economist; 2015-03-28. Mentioned
for color, background & verisimilitude
Benedict Evans, expert
Venkatesh Rao, expert, bloggist
The messaging category has 100% growth yoy
The top-ten apps have 2B users
One Direction, a band
Separated from Facebook (stream reader)
Something about deep links
Something about how “it’s a platform now.”
business (software development culture)
transacted 300M messages/month recently
$1B fantasy value 2014-10.
Fees: $7/month/user (billed to the corporate host)
proprietary publishing platform
webmail & chat
1,100 minutes/month/user (there are 43,200 minutes/month)
Fees: transaction fees, virtual goods (add-ons, stickers)
Bought by Facebook 2014 for $22M
transacted 7T messages in 2014; 1K/user/year
Fees: subscription $1/year
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Tagged Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, LINE, Secret, Snapchat, Spark, Verse, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, Whisper, Yik Yak
There are now at least 25 billion-dollar mobile internet companies; ; In VentureBeat; 2014-09-03.
tl;dr => promotes a paywalled catalog.; a listicle.
The list (mobile-first companies, with valuations greater than $1B, sort desc):
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Tagged AirWatch, Cheetah Mobile, Colopl, Cyberagent, DeNA, Dropbox, Evernote, FunPlus, Gree, Gungho, IGG, Instagram, Kakao, King, LINE, Pandora, Rocket Fuel, Snapchat, Spotify, Square, Supercell, Twitter, Uber, Waze, WhatsApp
Inside Silicon Valley’s cult of youth; Kirsten V. Brown; In San Francisco Chronicle; 2014-05-03; paywalled.
Teaser: But some older workers defy industry image
Inside Silicon Valley’s cult of youth; Kristen V. Brown; In SFGate; 2014-05-04.
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Tagged Brian Acton, Charles Herst, Crossfit, cult of youth, Dick Costolo, Facebook, Harvard Business Review, James Waldrop, Jan English-Lueck, Jan Koum, LinkedIn, Maria Giudice, Mark Zuckerberg, Marta Fuentalba, Michael Moritz, Mikkel Svane, Omada Health, Paul Graham, Payscale, Reid Hoffman, Sam Altman, Sean Duffy, Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley Studies, Travis Kalnick, Uber, Vivek Wadwha, WhatsApp, Y Combinator, Zendesk