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How does IBM Watson work? (Video)

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How does IBM Watson work? It talks, answers my questions and makes recommendations on what and where I should eat…

Named after IBM’s first CEO, Thomas J. Watson, IBM Watson is a supercomputer-artificial intelligence (AI) hybrid functioning as a question and answer system. Unlike most of today’s technology and computers, IBM Watson gets better with age and leverages natural processing and machine learning technologies to uncover insights from the internet’s ‘unstructured data.’

Its question and answer computing system mimics the human brain and learns from its mistakes like a human. It evaluates, retrieves data and makes decisions faster than humans as well, having access to 90 servers and over 200-million pages online, including all of Wikipedia, all your digital documents, journals, statistics, emails, social media posts and more — to answer questions fast.

Anyone with access to IBM Watson, whether it be sales associates or customers, will gain access to expert-level information on demand, anytime, faster than ever before — the world and the workforce is about to change.

Below we highlight an entertaining animation explanation video on how IBM Watson works, take a gander and feel free to read the full transcript along the way.

Transcript for IBM Watson: how it works

IBM Watson is at the forefront of a new era in computing: cognitive computing.

It’s a radically new kind of computing, very different from the programmable systems that preceded it.

As different as those systems were from the tabulating machines of a century ago.

Conventional computing solutions, based on mathematical principles that emanate from the 1940s are programmed based on rules and logic intended to derive mathematically precise answers, often following rigid decision tree approach but with today’s wealth of big data and the need for more complex evidence-based decisions such a rigid approach often breaks.

Or fails to keep up with available information.

Cognitive computing enables people to create a profoundly new kind of value finding answers and insights locked away in volumes of data.

Whether we consider a doctor diagnosing a patient, a wealth manager advising a client on their retirement portfolio, or even a chef creating a new recipe, they need new approaches to put into context the volume of information they deal with on a daily basis in order to derive value from it.

This process services to enhance human expertise.

Watson and its cognitive capabilities veer some of the key cognitive elements of human expertise, systems that reason about problems like a human does.

When we as humans seek to understand something and to make a decision, we go through 4 key steps:

First, we observe visible phenomena and bodies of evidence;
Second, we draw on what we know to interpret what we’re seeing to generate hypothesis about what it means;
Third, we evaluate which hypothesis are right or wrong;
Finally, we decide, choosing the option which seems best and acting accordingly.

Just as humans become experts by going through the process of observation, evaluation and decision making, cognitive systems like Watson, use similar processes to reason about the information they read.

Watson can also do this at massive speed and scale.

So how does Watson do it? (How Watson Works?)

Unlike conventional processes to computing which can only handle neatly structured data, such as what is stored in a database, Watson can understand unstructured data, which is 80% of data today.

All of the information that is produced primarily by humans for other humans to consume, this includes everything from literature, articles, research reports to blogs, posts and tweets.

While structured data is governed by well-defined fields that contain well-specified information, Watson relies on natural language which is governed by rules of grammar, context and culture.

It’s implicit, ambiguous, complex and a challenge to process.

While all human language is difficult to parse, certain idioms can be particularly challenging.

In English for instance, we can feel blue because it’s raining cats and dogs, while we’re filling in a form someone asked us to fill out.

When it comes to text, Watson doesn’t look for keyword matches or synonymous like a search engine.

It actually reads and interprets text like a person. It does this by breaking down a sentence grammatically, relationally and structurally.

Discerning meaning from semantics of the written material.

Watson understands context. This is very different from very simple speech recognition, which is how a computer translates human speech into a set of words.

Watson tries to understand the real intent of the user’s language and uses that understanding to possibly extract logical responses and draw inferences to potential answers through a broader array of linguistic models and algorithms.

How Watson learns?

When Watson goes to work in a particular field it learns the language, the jargon and the mode of thought of that domain.

Take the term ‘cancer’ for instance, there are many different types of cancer and each type has different symptoms and treatments.

However, those symptoms can also be associated with diseases other than cancer.

Treatments can have side effects and affect people differently depending on many factors.

Watson evaluates standard-of-care practices and thousands of pages of literature that capture the best science in the field.

And from all of that, Watson identifies the therapies that offer the best choices for the doctor to consider in their treatment of the patient.

With the guidance of human experts, Watson collects the knowledge required to have literacy in a particular domain, what’s called a corpus of knowledge.

Collecting a corpus starts off with loading a relevant body of literature into Watson, building the corpus also requires some human intervention to cull through the information and discard anything that is out of date, poorly regarded or immaterial to the problem domain.

We refer to this as curating the content.

Next the data is pre-processed by Watson, building indices and other meta data that make working with that content more efficient.

This is known as ingestion. At this time Watson may also create a knowledge graph to assist and answer more precise questions.

Now that Watson has ingested the corpus, it needs to be trained by a human expert to learn how to interpret the information, to learn the best possible responses and acquire the ability to find patterns, Watson partners with experts, who train it in using an approach called machine learning.

An expert will upload training data into Watson in the form of question-answer pairs that serve as ground truth.

This doesn’t give explicit answers for every question it receives, but rather teaches it the linguistic patterns of meaning in the domain.

Once Watson has been trained on QA pairs it continues to learn through ongoing interaction, interactions between users and Watson are periodically reviewed by experts and fed back into the system to help Watson better interpret information, likewise, as new information is published Watson is updated so that it’s constantly adapting to shifts in knowledge and linguistic interpretation in any given field.

Watson is now ready to respond to questions about highly complex situations and quickly provide a range of potential responses and recommendations that are backed by evidence.

It’s also prepared to identify new insights or patterns locked away in information.

How Watson builds and enhances expertise?

From metallurgists looking for new alloys to researchers looking to develop more effective drugs, human experts are using Watson to uncover new possibilities in data and make better evidence-based decisions.

Across all of these different applications there is a common approach that Watson follows, after identifying parts of speech in a question or inquiry, it generates hypothesis, Watson then looks for evidence to support or refute the hypothesis, it scores each passage based on statistical modelling for each piece of evidence, known as weighted-evidence scores.

Watson estimates its confidence based on how high the response is rated during evidence scoring and ranking.

In essence, Watson is able to run analytics against a body of data to glean insights which Watson can turn into inspirations allowing human experts make better and more informed decisions.

Across an organization, Watson scales and democratizes expertise by surfacing accurate responses and answers to an inquiry or question.

Watson also accelerates expertise by surfacing a set of possibilities from a large body of data, saving valuable time.

Today Watson is revolutionizing the way we make decisions, become experts and share expertise in fields diverse as law, medicine and even cooking.

Further Watson is discovering and offering answers in patterns we hadn’t known existed.

Faster than any known person or group of people ever could, in ways that make a material difference every day.

Most important of all, Watson learns, adapts and keeps getting smarter.

It actually gains value with age by learning from its interactions with us and from its own successes and failures just like we do.

So now that you know how it works, how do these ideas inspire how you work?

How can Watson make you a better expert? What will you do with Watson?

Source: IBM Watson YouTube

What influences people to say yes? (Video)

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When you study the art of psychological advertising and persuasion, you’ll learn what influences people to say yes. Researchers have been testing on subjects for decades, for at least over 60 years, and we are certain there is indeed a science to persuasion. So how do people make accurate decisions in fast-paced environments? What are the universal anchors that guide human behaviour? The animated video below describes the six universal principles of persuasion that have been scientifically proven as reported by Dr. Cialdini.

Let us know what you think in our comments section below.


Source: Influence At Work

What is Wikipedia’s oldest article edit?

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Because you have time to kill and you need to fill the gap, wanting to know the answer to ‘What is Wikipedia’s oldest article edit?’ Am I right?

Brief

Whoa. Wikipedia says it couldn’t store their first edit, however, it does share a screenshot of their oldest edit ever that survived, Wikipedia:UuU.

Overview

Wikipedia started off as a radical idea.

Founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger wanted to give every person on the planet free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Since the website launched on January 15, 2001, it has grown into the largest referenced resource on the internet today.

So who made Wikipedia’s first edit?

Wales said he was the one to make the first edit on Wikipedia after installing UseModWiki. Unfortunately, his edit does not exist on the current database. In fact, nothing survived on the first day.

Below we showcase Wikipedia’s oldest edit archived the day after — the one that survived.

Here’s what it looks like:

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Main Takeaway

Wikipedia’s oldest surviving edit was published on January 16, 2001, at 20:08 UTC. The UuU page was made as a CamelCase hack to create a link to an article about the letter, ‘U’ a page that couldn’t be made because of the UseModWiki software, which only worked with CamelCased words as linked articles at the time.

The UuU page survived because it had only one edit between the time it was published and the time when Wikipedia decided to move onto Phase II software.

Infographic: how does facial recognition work and who’s watching you?

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In the not so distant future, connected users will have the ability to match and connect real-time photos and videos taken to personal identities.

Today, market researchers, businesses and governments are building photo databases and photo libraries of users with intentions of leveraging facial recognition algorithms for monetization and ‘security.’

Market Research firm, Research and Markets, projects the global facial recognition market to be worth $20-billion USD by 2025, trumpeted as the next ‘big thing.’

…Indeed the face has always been the crystal ball for human emotion…

But how does facial recognition work and who wants to watch us anyway?

Below the good folks at Who Is Hosting This share an interesting facial recognition infographic answering these questions and more.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Face-Recognition-Infographic
Source: Research and Markets

Infographic: how disruptive is 3D printing?

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How disruptive is 3D printing?

3D printing, also known as, additive manufacturing (AM) is a technological process developed in the 1980s that uses AM fabricating technology to synthesize materials into three-dimensional objects.

From toys to tools to homes to villages on the moon to even food and human tissue, the 3D printing industry today pilots many innovative business verticals and is expected to pull in $21-billion worldwide in revenues by 2020.

If you can design it and build it, you can 3D print it.

But just how disruptive will the 3D printing industry become?

Scroll down, check out the 3D infographic below and learn more.

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Source: Visual Capitalist, Wohlers

What is the innovator’s dilemma?

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“What is the innovator’s dilemma?”

Innovation has always served as both spear and shield in the shark-eat-shark world of business. And almost always at the tip of innovation, we find the sharpest of minds, the people who are constantly called upon for answers.

The term “innovator’s dilemma” was first coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen while writing his book entitled, “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail.”

The book essentially talked about how successful companies failed to adopt to new technologies and business models, ignoring customers’ future undeclared demands.

Below, taken from an exclusive interview we uncover a Clayton Christensen transcript outlining his interesting take on disruptive innovation, personal case studies and his definition of the innovator’s dilemma.

Take a look below and let us know what you think.

Transcript

The Idea: Clay welcome. 

Clay Christensen: Well thanks Des.

The Idea: What exactly is disruptive innovation? Explain it.

Clay Christensen: Disruptive innovation is not a breakthrough innovation that makes good products a lot better.

But, eh, it has a very specific definition and that is, it transforms a product that historically was so expensive and uh, complicated that only a few people with a lot of money and a lot of skill have access to it.

A disruptive innovation makes it so much more affordable and accessible that a much larger population have access to it.

The Idea: So give us an example of this. Most of us are familiar with the computer industry and how it has developed, perhaps you can use that as an example?

So give us an example of this. Most of us are familiar with the computer industry and how it has developed, perhaps you can use that as an example?

Clay Christensen: Ya so at the beginning. The first manifestation of digital technology was a mainframe computer, it cost several millions of dollars to buy. And it took years to be trained to operate these things.

Ya so at the beginning. The first manifestation of digital technology was a mainframe computer, it cost several millions of dollars to buy. And it took years to be trained to operate these things and so that meant that the largest corporations and the largest universities could have one. You know?

And so we had to take our problem to the center where the experts solved it for us.

But then there’s a sequence of innovations from the mainframe to a mini to a desktop to a laptop and now to a smart phone that has democratized technology to the point that everybody has access to it around the world.

And we’re much better off.

It was very hard though for the pioneers of the industry to catch these new waves, most of those were created and dominated by new companies.

The Idea: And that, and you touching on that gives rise to…This process gives rise to the innovator’s dilemma, which was the title of your 1997 book. And how, but how do people get around that? I mean that dilemma, can you explain that dilemma itself to us?

And that, and you touching on that gives rise to…This process gives rise to the innovators dilemma, which was the title of your 1997 book. And but. How, how do people get around that? I mean that dilemma, can you explain that dilemma itself to us?

Clay Christensen: Yes, so the dilemma is…in every company every day every year, people are going to senior management knocking on their door saying, “I got a new product for us.”

And some of those entail making better products that you can sell for higher prices to your best customers.

A disruptive innovation generally has to cause you to go after new markets. People who aren’ your customers.

And uh. And the product that you want to sell them is something that is just so much more affordable and simple that your…your current customers can’t buy it. You know?

And so the choice that you have to make is:

Should we make better products that we can sell for better profits to our best customers.

Or maybe we oughtta make worse products that none of our customers would buy that would ruin our margins. What should we do?

And that really is the dilemma.

It was the dilemma that General Motors and Ford faced when they tried to decide:

Should we go down and compete against Toyota, who came at the bottom.

Or should we make bigger SUVs for even bigger people?

And now Toyota has the same problem.

The Koreans in Hyundai and Kia have really won the low-end of the market from Toyota.

And it’s not because Toyota is asleep at the switch.

But why would they ever invest to defend the lowest profit part of their market which is the subcompacts when they have the prilivege of competing against Mercedes. You know?

And…And then Chery is coming from China, doing the same thing to the Koreans.

The Idea: So one of the things that I do like about your, your ideas that they do have had an impact out there. I mean some of this thinking has influenced a whole generation of managers including; people like Steve Jobs, you’re referenced in the biography that he, that he read the book and he was really influenced by the book and possibly Apple 1 and Apple 2 are you know him resolving innovators dilemma.

But also Andy Grove at Intel, you also had a contact with him

Clay Christensen: Ya (chuckle). Ya it’s uh. I’d never imagined that I could ever meet these people. You know. Let alone be judged to having helped them.

But I learned a lot from Andy Grove.

So what had happened was that I was at HBS minding my own business. And Andy Grove called me just out of the blue. And said, “Look I’m a busy man. I don’t have the time to read drivel from academics. You know? But somebody told me that you had this theory and I wondered if you can come around and present what you are learning to me and my staff, uh, and then tell us what, uh, how it applies to Intel.”

And for me it was a chance of a life time. So I flew out there and uh…Turned out..Andy was he’s quite a gruff man and said, “You know stuff has happened to us. We only have ten minutes for you. So just what it means for Intel.”

And I said, “Andy I can’t… Because I have no opinion on Intel. But the theory has an opinion and so I have to describe the theory.”

So he sat back impatiently and ten minutes into it he shut me off and said, “Look I got your stupid theory. Tell us what it means for Intel.”

And he got what he got and he really did get it, you know?

And I said, ‘”Andy. I need five more minutes. Because I gotta describe how this process of disruption worked its way through a totally different industry. Just show you can visualize what can happen to Intel.”

So I described how the mini mills came into the steel market at rebar and then when up market.

When I was done with that. Grove said, “Oh I get it. So what you’re telling me what it means for Intel is…”

And he described how they had two companies coming at him from below and Intel needs to go down and not let him go up against us.

It was very successful.

The Idea:

And that was the Celeron?

Clay Christensen: Yes that’s right. And I thought about this. If I had been suckered into telling Andy Grove what he should do, I’d would’ve been killed. Because he knew so much more about my microprocessors than I would ever would know.

But rather than telling him what to think I taught him how to think and he could reach his own conclusions.

And that changed the way I teach, it changed the way I talk. And the insight is that…

You know for whatever reason the way they designed the world…Data is only available about the past.

And when we teach people that they should be data-driven and fact-based and analytical as they look into the future, in many ways we condemn them to take action when the game is over.

The only way we can look in the future, there’s no data, so you have to have a good theory.

And we don’t think about it. But everytime we ‘re taking an action, it’s predicated upon a theory.

And so by teaching managers to look through the lense of the theory into the future you can actually see the future very clearly.

And I think that’s what the theory of disruption has done.

The Idea: Clay Christensen, thank you very much for talking to us.

Clay Christensen: Well thanks for taking the time to ask such great questions.

VIDEO: What is the innovator’s dilemma?

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Source: HBR, Clayton Christensen

Infographic: Using marijuana as medicine

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Because you always wanted to know the medicinal benefits of cannabis. But get this: How you ‘take it’ also changes how the medicine impacts your body. Trippy…

The brief

Infographic design agency, Now Sourcing, answer important questions about the overall health benefits of cannabis a.k.a. marijuana, outlining the pros and cons of how one ingests it.

Adnarchist notes

To smoke or not to smoke–that is the question: whether ’tis healthier for the mind and body to roll a row of doobie-shaped arrows; or to take arms and feel the highs after we vaporize.

When I was growing up, I always was attracted to hemp products, specifically, hemp bracelets and necklaces.

It was only until when I got to high school at a get together after school (approximately 4: 20 p.m.) when I discovered where my favourite bracelets came from — marijuana.

This friend of mine told me that the marijuana plant was one of the world’s most popular agricultural crops in the world. It was also one of the world’s first plants humans used for industrial uses (at least 10, 000 years ago), forming hemp – one of the most durable, robust fibers on the planet – into items like clothing, biodegradable plastics, rope, food and more.

It was also interesting to find out that marijuana – the demonized schedule I ‘drug’ – offered health benefits.

From smoking to eating to vaporizing and liquidation, the cannabis infographic below highlights the pros and cons of each form, along with other interesting facts about marijuana as a medicine.

 

MIT nerds’ new discovery make smart windows affordable

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The title speaks for itself friends, MIT nerds (meant in the most complimentary way) have found a rubber-like polymer structure that may give us a cheaper alternative to existing “smart windows.”

Francisco López Jiménez, a postdoc in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering goes on record stating:

“The researchers’ experimental polymer structure and their predictive understanding of it may be useful in the design of cheaper materials for smart windows — surfaces that automatically adjust the amount of incoming light. For buildings and windows that automatically react to light, you don’t have to spend as much on heating and air conditioning…The problem is, these materials are too expensive to produce for every window in a building. Our idea was to look for a simpler and cheaper way to let through more or less light, by stretching a very simple material: a transparent polymer that is readily available.”

It’s pretty impressive and we’re sure to see more come our way.

Take a look at the explainer video below and let us know what you think in our comments section.

Source: MIT

Infographic: what is the Internet of Things?

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Ask the right question…

What is the Internet of Things? Technologists today define the Internet of Things (IoT) as a network of smart systems consisting of the Internet’s three main actors: devices or ‘things’ (sensors); network connectivity (Internet service provider); people (users).

IoT evangelists and futurists on the innovation frontlines trumpet IoT today as the, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ set to change the Internet as we know it.

“We are giving the world a digital nervous system.”

Everyday devices from home thermostats to ovens to traffic lights to cameras to energy flows and more, will track user data, all built with the function to ‘improve’ user standard of living.

By 2020 IoT-connected devices are expected to reach 34-billion and sources report over 6-trillion will be spent on IoT solutions in the next five years.

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Source: Harbor Research

Infographic: how will Bitcoin disrupt the banking system?

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Infographic: how will Bitcoin disrupt the banking system?

Peer-to-peer cryptocurrency Bitcoin has economists asking an interesting question: do we need banks anymore?

Bitcoin reportedly was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto and released as an open-source software in 2009, hailed as the Napster of finance. Its users can independently mine its digital currency and exchange payments with each other inside the peer network without a middleman — like a bank.

But beyond Bitcoin’s disruptive reputation awaits a power greater than a digital currency, an existing network and chain forecasted to both disrupt the financial system and the entire Internet as we know it.

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Source: Visual Capitalist

Infographic: how Jeff Bezos started Amazon

When you hear story after story about Jeff Bezos and the copious amounts of money he makes each business quarter, you can’t stop but to shake your head in slow motion and ask yourself how Jeff Bezos started Amazon.

Sure, you’ll read a story about how Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart now or stumble upon a blog about how Amazon flies and delivers customer orders with robots and drones or even run into a headline that talks about how Amazon wants to launch rockets into outer space, but really?

How did Jeff Bezos start the freaking thing?

Below we share an interesting infographic answering just that, delivered to you as one minimalist and visual explanation.

Check it out and let us know what you think in our comments section below.

What the ESA says about 3-D printing a village on the moon

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Soo this super interesting video about 3-D printing villages on the moon is definitely water cool material. According to the head of European Space Agency (ESA), Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the ESA wants to build a permanent settlement on the moon dubbed as, ‘Moon Village’ as soon as 2030.

Woerner says it’ll be the next giant leap for mankind and space exploration. He also expects the highly-anticipated lunar base to act as a stepping stone for science, which will also lead to new opportunities for business and even tourism.

Private construction companies since 2013 have been working with the ESA, looking for new and innovative ways to turn ‘Moon Village’ into a reality.

Reports suggest the best option is to use the natural resources from the moon’s surface taken from rovers and then use it to 3-D print structures near the moon’s poles, or on the far side of the moon, regions with continuous daylight.

Creating a ‘Moon Village’ is possible however the ESA needs collaboration from all spacefaring nations such as the USA, Russia, China, India and Japan and others to form an international community to make it happen.

Take a look at the video below for more information and let us know what you think in our comments section.


Source: ESA

Startup names: illustrating the top 77 best startup names and their rank

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The process of finding the right name for your startup can be a painstaking exercise.

Many startups and entrepreneurs today will know firsthand how difficult it is to come up with something ‘perfect.’

And with over 100-million new businesses venturing out each year into the free market, it’s harder and harder to cater to best practice and come up with something that’s ‘two syllables or less’ and ‘clear and punchy’ and one that ‘reasonates with target demographics’ and ‘steers clear from legal issues’ while hurdling through ‘domain scarcity’ issues all at the same time.

And after living through years of watching friends and clients struggle through the startup naming process, stressing over unavailable domain names, experience has taught us how to cut through the clutter with these three main decision-making branches proven to simplify and accelerate the name generating process:

1. Go literal. Many small business owners and startups opt for efficiency and use the main keyword or keyphrase of their service or product as their business name like shoes.com, centralparksightseeing.com and discountcar.com.

2. Go unique. Google, Twitter and Uber all have unique names that evoke a unique brand identity and emotion. All are short and smooth, no longer than two syllables and sound like mysterious words or acronyms, yet, still sound good, look good and are memorable.

3. Go hybrid. A founder can merge both literal and unique naming options to churn out something that is both clear and emotionally engaging. Brands like Pinterest, Flickr and Giphy all sound clever and evoke mystery but also hints at the business service or product when you hear it or see it.

Now as a way to provide a contemporary naming benchmark for your next startup naming exercise, we highlight Venngage’s infographic, an illustration of their top 77 startup names list, ranking today’s cream of the crop from ‘perfect’ to ‘nah.’

Take a look and let us know what you think below in our comments section.

the anatomy of startupsSource: Venngage

What is the most expensive word on Google?

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Google is shift-disturbing royalty. 97% of their revenue is attributed to advertising, selling ad space and keyphrases via Google AdWords. Consider that for every second that passes by there are over 40, 000 search queries, translating to 3.5-billion search queries a day. Today, Google is worth $527-billion and is hailed as the second most valuable company in the world next to Apple.

According to the good people at WebpageFX and SEMrush, the most expensive keyphrase to date is, “San Antonio car wreck attorney” valued at $670.44 per click, followed by “Accident attorney Riverside VA” at $626.90 per click and “Personal injury attorney Colorado” at $553.08 per click.

Below you’ll find the complete list: The top 100 most expensive words on Google today.

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Source: WebpageFX

Event: Digital Publishing Innovation Summit NYC, July 13-14

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What:

The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit (#DigiPub) NYC features the world’s leading content creators in digital media, their success stories and keynote talks about the future trends in digital publishing.

Where:
The Waldorf Hotel, New York.

When:
July 13-14, 2016.

Why:
– 40+ industry expert keynote presentations.
– 300+ digital publishing leaders attending.
– Interactive workshops with industry leaders.
– Over 25 hours of networking opportunities included.
– Access to online presentations on-demand post-summit.
– 40+ case studies presented from Fortune 500 companies.

How much:
Silver Pass ($1,595)
– Access to all sessions.
– Access to all networking events.
– Access to exhibition floor.

Gold Pass ($1,795)
– Access to all sessions.
– Access to all networking events.
– Access to exhibition floor.
– Access to attendee list.
– Presentation slide decks.
– Presentation video recordings.
– Invitation to the Digital Channel Network.

Diamond Pass ($1,995)
– Access to all sessions.
– Access to all networking events.
– Access to exhibition floor.
– Access to attendee list.
– Presentation slide decks.
– Presentation video recordings.
– Invitation to the Digital Channel Network.
– Annual Digital On Demand Subscription.

Awards Pass ($400)
– Full access to the networking evening and awards.

One Day Pass ($895)
– Access to all sessions on your chosen day.

OnDemand Pass ($600)
– Presentation slide decks.
– Presentation video recordings.
– Invitation to the digital network.
– Contact speakers directly.

Source: The Innovation Enterprise

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week Jul 9

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The killer robot used by Dallas police appears to be a first -Canadian Business

Facebook headquarters puts up massive Black Lives Matter sign following Dallas massacre -Infowars

The future of advertising is content ‘performance’ marketing -HuffPo

WikiLeaks tells OurMine hackers to impersonate high-profile victims and ‘reveal corrupt behaviour’ -IB Times

Freise brothers create spine-chilling “Not A Dream” ad for Tesla Model S -ADNARCHIST

Canadian startups help farmers dig deep into digital tech with drones, big data -IT Business

How Google is transforming NYC payphones into data goldmines -Village Voice

Tesla crash victim may have got distracted by his laptop -Times of India

Disrupting Internet access is a human rights violation, UN says – Think Progress

Facebook: Falcon Heights shooting video disappeared due to ‘technical glitch’ -VentureBeat

Toronto has a Wi-Fi problem -Torontoist

YouTube may launch an online TV service next year with ESPN, ABC, and CBS -The Verge

Why sports bras and bralettes are disrupting women’s underwear -Fast Company

The best Wi-Fi router (for most people) -The Wire Cutter

The UN says online freedom is a human right that ‘must be protected’ -The Independent

Skype’s bot invasion continues with group chats -PCWORLD

Warning: your wearable device can track your ATM PIN and give it away -TechTimes

15 hidden #Snapchat hacks & features you’ll wish you knew about sooner -HubSpot

Comcast’s Netflix deal could open a new front in Net Neutrality war -Wired

How real is the Artificial Intelligence startup wave? -Economic Times

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week Jun 24

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First YouTube ad for Olli, the world’s first self-driving ‘cognitive’ electric car -ADNARCHIST

Ad industry braces for uncertainty after Brexit -MarketWatch

Forecast: 33 percent of internet users will be ad blocking by next year -Marketingland

Despite 4 years trapped in embassy, Assange says WikiLeaks has “very big year” ahead -Salon

Snoopers charter will allow GCHQ to hack all phones and laptops in an overseas town -Infowars

How one matchmaker changed online dating for women everywhere -Broadly

How to make your Android look like a BlackBerry -Android Central

A free and open internet under assault in congress -EFF

Stocks rally on fading fears of disruptive ‘Brexit’ -Forbes

MTS shareholders “Overwhelmingly Approve” acquisition by Bell -iPhone in Canada

Brexit: Trade deals will force UK to follow EU data privacy laws anyway -Ars Technica

74% of Netflix subscribers would rather cancel their subscription than see ads -AllFlicks

How do we achieve an open, secure, trustworthy, and inclusive internet? -EFF

Mark Zuckerberg tapes up his webcam -The Verge

Aviva Ventures investing $180-million over five years in disruptive and high-potential digital startups -Canadian Underwriter

Where is Edward Snowden now? The NSA leaker still has a lot to say about the United States -Bustle

Mobile internet advertising to overtake desktop in 2017 -Zenith Opti Media

Apple won’t collect your data for its AI services unless you let it -Recode

Mark Zuckerberg’s 3 top pieces of business advice for entrepreneurs -Industry Leaders Magazine

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week June 18

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What you need to know about Net Neutrality -Refinery29

Techvibes acquired: Welcome to the relaunch -Techvibes

11 reasons iOS 10 is going to be a game changer -POPSUGAR

The super-fantastically-weird-Japanese-inspired ad for Donald ‘Disruptive’ Trump -ADNARCHIST

Twitch sues viewerbot sellers to curb fake popularity ratings -Engadget

Joseph Gordon-Levitt here. So, Mr. Edward Snowden just joined my website & anyone can make a short film based on his views on future technology -Reddit

Thanks to Apple’s influence, you’re not getting a rifle emoji -Buzzfeed

How Facebook turned an end-to-end ad tech strategy on its head -Marketing Land

New YouTube app makes video ad creation easier, Google says -Small Business Trends

Official: Google is rolling out green “Ad” label globally -Search Engine Land

Smartphone ad spending continues to rise in Japan -eMarketer

This startup knows who you are, and it’s making a video ad just for you -Recode

Facebook shows brick-and-mortar businesses how their mobile ads impact store visits and sales -Forbes

AdTech merger intensifies fight on ad fraud -CMS Wire

Game developer Mark Kern banned on Twitter for saying radical Mosques should be surveilled -Breitbart

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion -MarketWatch

An interview with the hacker probably selling your password right now -Wired

3 ways developers can move from digital disruption to monetisation -YourStory

Is this the future of fitness? -The Ringer

Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups -TechCrunch

Fixing surveillance starts with spy agencies coming clean -The Tyee

Where electronic music and computer hacking meet -CULT

What to do if hackers hold your computer for ransom -MoneySense

Snowden: Scotland has its own NSA conducting mass surveillance of phone and internet activity -Beta News

Reddit will adjust algorithm to censor Trump supporters following Orlando shootings -Infowars

EVENT: WIRED2016 Next Generation June 14

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Event: This one-day event is designed specifically for 12-to-18-year-olds, with a mix of inspiring talks from pioneers, practical workshops and Q&A sessions into how digital technology is shaping the world they’ll inherit.

Now in its fourth year, the event features an incredible range of speakers, from artists and musicians merging creativity and technology, to coders and designers exploring new territory.

In addition, attendees can learn new skills, work with emerging technologies and gain confidence with other young people and adults through our series of workshops. WIRED2016: Next Generation is a unique opportunity. This inspiring event brings together switched-on and engaged young people with some of the most exciting innovators around today.

Speakers: Robin McNicholas, Mark Warburton, Arthur Kay, Matthew Shaw and more!

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Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week June 4

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When economic hit men, pr campaigns and bombs form superpowers -ADNARCHIST

2016 mobile adblocking report -PageFair

This woman’s $4.5 billion wealth just evaporated into nothing -Huffington Post

Second-in-command at Silk Road 2.0 sentenced to 8 years in prison -Ars Technica

How Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook’s war to crush Google Plus -VanityFair

Tesla Model 3’s design will be finished in six weeks, Elon Musk says -The Verge

Fusing cannabis with sugar, DeepCell startup shakes editable market, expects $10-mill round -ADNARCHIST

Yahoo publishes national security letters after FBI drops gag orders -WIRED

TextNow CEO explains how its cost-saving tech is disrupting North America’s phone plan industry -BetaKit

Why is there suddenly such a huge push for ‘Mark of the Beast’ technology? -Infowars

This invisible tech company will have most interesting tech IPO of the year -Quartz

Instagram’s new algorithmic timeline goes live -MobileSyrup

As Canadians continue cutting cable cords, Netflix is the new black -Techvibes

Airbnb rivals run tough ad accusing it of racism -Fast Company

Instagram’s ad business is looking more and more like Facebook’s ad business -Recode

NSA spying scares people away from reading about terrorism -The Next Web

Slaying Goliath: how social will defeat search for ad dollars -AdWeek

The ad-pocalypse is coming: Samsung wants to put ads on your TV menus -TechRadar

Report: Ad blocking users more than double in a year to almost 420 million globally -Marketing Land

Racist ad row: Chinese company blames foreign media -Destiny Connect

Fans in Brazil stage Twitter campaign to bring Windows 10 Mobile phones to country -Windows Central

When being a ‘B Corp’ is better than just a company -Forbes

Net neutrality is complicated: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales -Economic Times

Google’s new messaging app ‘Allo’ dangerous: expert cautions users of security breach -iTech Post

US government oversight on cross-device targeting will curb ad blocking -The Drum

Event: Social Innovation Summit June 7 – 8

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Event: The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers.

Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.

Speakers: The Social Innovation Summit brings together top executives and thought leaders from around the globe to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology & innovation to affect social change.

Attendees will discuss philanthropic trends, analyze innovative approaches for problem solving and build lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to discover new methods of engaging with social challenges.

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What the world’s first flying jetpack looked like flying over NYC

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JackPack Aviation has built the world’s first flying jet pack, the JB-9, built by arguably the world’s top rocket belt and jet pack flight team engineers on the planet. Australian entrepreneur David Mayman (seen in the video) is the world’s first person to provide viability of a personal flying device, and we see him strapped in and flying across the Hudson River in New York City.

The JB-9 is vertical takeoff and landing powered by two state-of-the-art turbine engine jets and has been under development since the early 1970s. The cutting-edge personal flying device reaches heights greater than 10 000 feet, speeds greater than 100 mph and flies longer than 10 minutes.

“We believe a JetPack should be just that — a jet turbine powered backpack that is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), is extremely light and small and can easily be carried around by the pilot. It should be powerful enough to lift the pilot quickly to thousands of feet above the ground but small enough to fit into the trunk of a car.” -JetPack Aviation

The JB-9 is approved by the FAA and US Coast Guard as well and small enough to carry around on your back, fit in back seat of your car while boasting enough power to fly you thousands of feet high.

Let us know what you think of the world’s first flying jet pack in our comments section below.

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22 weird stop motion videos by Moogabooga Animation for creative mojo

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Dedicated to the creatives online right now bored on Instagram looking for lost mojo in a “like,” today we feature the weird-and-whimsy videos of @moogabooga_animation.

The creative husband-and-wife duo, Makoto Takano and Ayako Oda of Moogabooga Animation, run an animation production studio based out of Nara, Japan.

Every week they roll out a 15-second stop motion videos, all are pretty impressive and accompanied with whimsical soundtracks.

Below, we introduce our favourite 22 from the pack, giving you 22 sources of creative mojo and reasons to tap that “like” button.

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“Composition 妖怪の輪郭” M #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion #yokai

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“ひまわり入道こんにちは” M&b #日曜日のコマグラム #stopmotion #animation

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“キノコ雲になったあの子の記憶” M #日曜日のコマグラム #stopmotion #animation #長崎 #nagasaki

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“お皿をきれいに重ね隊”B #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion

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“自分が独楽だと思い込んでいる” M #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion

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“地平線の向こうで” B #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion

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“アイツにチュウするための低空飛行” M #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion

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“一つ目の涙と潔白のピラミッド” M #日曜日のコマグラム #animation #stopmotion

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Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week May 21

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Google AdWords purple ad label officially for map ads -Search Engine Roundtable

Instagram’s Vimeo ad, their new logo and the creative class alternatives -ADNARCHIST

Uber to start testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh -CNBC

Google brings shopping ads to image searches to fend off Amazon -Recode

British artists made more money on vinyl than on YouTube last year -CNET

TransPod one step closer to making Hyperloop dream a reality with Mersen partnership -BetaKit

The cyberattack that changed the world -Daily Dot

The trouble with the TPP: Cost to the Canadian economy garnering increasing attention -Geist

Google’s new Chatbot won’t shut up — and that’s a good thing -Wired

Rogers releases third transparency report, touts importance of landmark ‘Tower Dump’ case -Mobile Syrup

3Dvarius a 3D printed violin based on an original Stradivarius available from €6,299 (video) -Geeky Gadgets

GM invades Google’s territory with autonomous car testing in San Francisco -Jalopnik

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-Inch iPad Pro after bricking complaints -Mac Rumors

Cybersecurity investment to reach $400 million due to IoT threats -Readwrite

The Internet of Things a hacker’s dream -UBC

CRTC to explore Net neutrality in hearing on Internet, wireless data pricing -BNN

Facebook’s plan to train a new generation of cybersecurity pros -Yahoo!

Edward Snowden says this one thing would save more lives than any NSA surveillance program -Tech Insider

How ad blockers benefit both consumers and advertisers -Entrepreneur

3 campaigns that demonstrate the future of marketing according to Google Canada’s agency lead -IT Business

Internet proves Billy Corgan right following ‘InfoWars’ free speech interview -The Inquisitr

Why this artist is taking her pro-pussy campaign to TCAF -Torontoist

Fueling Canada’s startups: announcing the winner of the GE Fridge Contest -Techvibes

Millions of LinkedIn passwords being sold by hacker – but the data is from 2012 -BNN

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week May 14

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10 trophy hacks worth knowing, investigating and sharing -ADNARCHIST

This isn’t a Google Streetview car, it’s a government spy truck -Motherboard

Designers react to the new Instagram logo -Creative Bloq

Blockchain’s split personality: Digital disruption or digital distraction? -Computer World

This photo from Calvin Klein’s new NSFW ad campaign is stirring up controversy -Esquire

What Apple Pay means for mobile payments in Canada -MobileSyrup

Forget a Netflix tax: How the digital CanCon review can shake up the status quo -Geist

More than one in five people in the UK will use ad blockers this year -eMarketer

Apple’s $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing aligned with electric vehicle plans -MacRumors

The man once thought to be Satoshi Nakamoto is raising money for a bitcoin startup -Quartz

Five tech companies making waves at Techfest this month -Techvibes

Digital skills crisis in Irish schools prompts call for reform -Silicon Republic

That excellent Simpsons quote search engine now makes gifs as well -i09

E-book sales in the UK decline for the first time -Engadget

WhatsApp Web now lets you share documents -Android Central

The head of Google’s enterprise apps business is jumping over to run its virtual reality business -Recode

Solar Impulse has made it to Tulsa -Gizmodo

Trump says Amazon’s Bezos has yuuuge antitrust problem -CNET

How a plastic surgeon became a Snapchat sensation -BuzzFeed

Match.com ad suggesting freckles are ‘imperfections’ receives criticism -WPXI

It’s official: Japan now has more electric car charging spots than gas stations -Transport Evolved

Google’s ban on payday loans estimated to cost millions in lost ad revenue -Search Engine Land

Political ad spending way up from 2012 -NPR

If you’re outraged by the Calvin Klein ads, read this -Refinery29

How to create quality Facebook canvas ads -Social Media Examiner

Anti-virus pioneer John Mcafee: Your phone may be snooping on you -Infowars

What did the first tv image look like?

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Scottish inventor John Logie Baird shook the media world when he introduced the first TV in a demonstration on January 26, 1926, to the Royal Institution.

Baird’s invention used a bright light and a spinning Nipkow disk to capture and project what he referred to as, ‘moving pictures.’

Here we find Baird’s first documented image known as, ‘The televisor.’

The human face on the screen is Baird’s business partner, Oliver Hutchinson, arguably the first model caught on TV and the finished product of discovering how to flash 12.5 images per second.

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Infographic: what are disruptive innovations?

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Disruptive innovations give small businesses a fighting chance against big corporate establishments. Consider disruptive innovations like Google, Amazon, iPad and Skype, to just to name a few, all have created new markets and value networks displacing existing corporations and business models.

And in today’s fast-paced market, it’s common for many of us to misapply the term.

As a way to offer a visual explanation to highlight a seemingly “complicated” topic in a simple way, we share an informative infographic answering today’s question: what are disruptive innovations?

Take a look and let us know what you think in our comments section below.

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Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed this week May 7

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Bitcoin’s self-proclaimed founder backtracks -Canadian Business

Researchers develop skin-touch gesture user-interface for wearables -MobileSyrup

Apple is letting you create shareable Mother’s Day videos for Facebook -The Next Web

Highlights from tonight’s YouTube brandcast event: What’s next for Google Preferred -YouTube

What in the world is a raunchy #showhole? Amazon Fire TV says… -ADNARCHIST

The trouble with the TPP: My appearance before the international trade committee -Michael Geist

Adblock Plus will help users pay publishers and keep a cut for itself -Ars Technica

SingTel ad replaces driver’s eyes with VR goggles in spectacular demo -Mashable

NSA and CIA double their warrantless searches on Americans in two years -The Intercept

Canadians expect seamless multi-channel provider experience -Techvibes

IBM Canada ends distribution partnership with Tech Data Canada -Computer Dealer News

Shopify releases q1 2016 results, announces 95 percent increase in revenue yoy -BetaKit

Startup Scaleup: accelerating IoT innovation -Digital Catapult

Condé Nast is betting on virtual reality too -Digiday

The world’s largest startup contest – #500 startups tech leaders -3D Printing Industry

We got eight Indian startup CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires -Quartz

Meet the CEO of the $1.1 billion startup reforming education in the arab world -Forbes

The Jay Z-funded ‘Uber for private jets’ startup is shutting down -BI

Why MakerBot — and the 3D printing revolution — failed to deliver -The Awl

NASA launches searchable database of public domain patents -Engadget

Amazon poaches AI guru from Xerox PARC to work on Alexa virtual assistant -TechCrunch

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka says artificial intelligence-enabled automation is today’s biggest disruptor -Economic Times

You don’t see this often: Simultaneous FBI, DHS and DOD cyber espionage alerts -Infowars

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed last week Apr 23

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What was the real motivation behind the war on drugs? -ADNARCHIST

Caught on camera! Tesla Model S autopilot saves driver from crash -ADNARCHIST

Apple releases new Earth Day video featuring Liam and Siri -Mobile Syrup

Social ad spending rises by 86% -Betanews

Native ad click-throughs jump as Google AMP, Facebook Instant Articles expand: report -Luxury Daily

French electronic music legend creates a new track with…Edward Snowden? -A Journal of Musical Things

The average web page is now larger than Doom -PC World

VanHackathon connects Canadian companies to a world of talent -BetaKit

Your phone number is all a hacker needs to snoop -Discovery News

Google adds podcasts to Google Play Music -The Verge

Did you think the battle over net neutrality was over? Think again -Motherboard

The next generation of GMO food is here, and it’s technically not a GMO -BI

AI + humans = kick-ass cybersecurity -PC World

What happens after self-driving cars come to Canada? -Mobile Syrup

The best places to work in Canada -TECHVIBES

Noam Chomsky defends WikiLeaks and declassifying information -Alternet

Here’s one corner of the digital ad world that Google and Facebook don’t dominate -Recode

Microsoft reports $21.7B in revenue for 2016 Q3; Bing search ad earnings up 18% -Marketing Land

Apple touts eco-friendly data centers in new Earth Day ad -Apple Insider

Schools are helping police spy on kids’ social media activity -Infowars

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed last week Apr 16

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Did Zapata Racing just make the first ad for the world’s first hoverboard? -ADNARCHIST

House passes bill to sabotage net neutrality -EFF

Justin Trudeau’s quantum leap -Macleans

At the Tribeca Film Festival, virtual reality gives storytellers a new, immersive medium -Ars Technica

Apple says it has the ‘most effective security organization in the world’ -Recode

Live video viewing up 86% over last year in MLB’s At Bat app, thanks to addition of multitasking -Tech Crunch

Apple says FBI has failed to prove necessity in New York iPhone unlock case -Apple Insider

Tesla Model X windshield may cause drivers to experience double vision -Jalopnik

Postmedia, AgilityForex agree to revenue-sharing marketing collaboration -TechVibes

These 5 facts explain the scary new era of ‘Forced Transparency’ -TIME

Secure cars, but not phones? Government doublespeak on cybersecurity -The Intercept

Connected health is a growing Canadian trend, but privacy officials aren’t so sure -Mobile Syrup

Medium is now blocked in China -Tech In Asia

Edward Snowden has too much free time, starts making music -Engadget

Alphabet is plotting a digital city full of Google cars, high-speed Internet and maybe more! -Recode

Shoe company New Balance says US gov’t basically offered it a bribe to support TPP -Techdirt

CRTC created 3 forum posts to hear Canadian’s response to telecommunications -Reddit

The vigilante who hacked Hacking Team explains how he did it -Motherboard

Adnarchist Newsflash: top stories you may have missed last week Apr 9

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Infographic: how Bitcoin will disrupt the financial system -ADNARCHIST

Huge data leak reveals the hidden wealth of the rich and famous -Engadget

Facebook just launched a feature that will revolutionize the way millions of people experience the social network -BI

New bill would require companies to decrypt data on demand -The Verge

Disruptive innovation in healthcare: what to expect in 2016 -Samsung

Advertising through awareness: for city startups, social marketing is the new cause -Economic Times

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to Vancouver crowd via videolink -CKNW

A startup insider photographed 100 people to change the way we think about Silicon Valley -QZ

It’s absurd we need ‘Broadband Facts’ to tell us how much the Internet costs -Motherboard

Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne on blockchain and the duture of online retail -Equities

Canadian spy agency regularly using new “disruption” powers -WSWS

7 cybersecurity tips for lawyers -Above The Law

Your letters for Monday, April 4: Sparks Street, sharing data -Ottawa Citizen

How Amazon will kill your local grocer -Bloomberg

Your next MacBook may have a touchscreen keyboard -TNW

The CIA wants beauty products to collect your DNA fuuuuuuuuck -Gizmodo

US government still pursuing court order to unlock iPhone in New York case -Ars Technica

Quebec net neutrality advocates decry planned block of online gambling sites -Casino

Fingerprints to be tested as currency -Infowars

Are wearables failing? An early 2016 recap

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Most people think wearables will be a big deal, but they’re not yet, and there’s the sneaky suspicion that we don’t quite understand their best use cases or ideal UX. Here’s a roundup of some doom and gloom surrounding wearables in early 2016.

Prepare yourself for lots of pictures of hairy wrists…

The Apple Watch just ain’t very useful (and ain’t selling)

Celebrities don’t wear them any more. High profile reviews have highlighted how frustrating they are to use. Same goes for all smartwatches, reliant as they are on pairing with a smartphone, they haven’t carved out a niche yet. When will a truly watch-first app come along?

IDC estimates 4.1m Apple Watches were sold in Q4 of 2015, only a 5% increase on Q3 (uplift from Q3 to gift-buying Q4 is usually much higher for tech hardware).

Essentially, many analysts reckon sales in 2015 can be explained by Apple fans and the power of the brand.

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Adnarchist Newsflash: Top cyberlaw stories of the week March 13

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Bill C-51 should be repealed, not amended -Rabble

#Ironic: When #TheTriggering free speech hashtag got too popular, Twitter CENSORED it -The Rebel Media

The long road ahead: Obama’s cybersecurity action is a step toward change -TechCrunch

AdBlock, Riots, Weiwei and Amnesty team up against cyber censorship -The News Tribe

CCLA & CJFE mounting charter challenge against Bill-C51 -CCLA

Snowden says FBI doesn’t really need Apple to unlock iPhone -MarketWatch

Silicon Valley firm’s stumble signals chill in cybersecurity market -Yahoo

The Internet of Things: the cyber vulnerability landscape emerges -Nat Law Review

One year after Snowden warning, how Canada has changed -The Tyee

Presidential Candidates get graded on their cybersecurity stances -Dark Reading

Top Cyber News: security spending soars, Obama snubs Apple, hack-a-human -Forbes

New privacy rules expected for Internet providers -Canadian Business

White House’s claims that the TPP would curb Internet censorship are fantasy -EFF

Imagineers: cybersecurity expert Jaya Baloo on hackers, AI and creating better humans -The Next Web

Still not done yet: Michael Geist unearths the trouble with the TPP Pt. 3 -Open Media

NSA Is mysteriously absent from FBI-Apple fight -The Intercept

Terra Privacy, LLC offers a user-friendly solution to stop Internet hackers in their tracks -Digital Journal

The people must win the digital revolution -Rabble

UK spy agency admits it is LOSING cyber-security battle – despite government spending almost £1bn -Mirror CO UK

Why the NSA doesn’t support the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case -BGR

The cyber world: predicting the unpredictable -IT Proportal

How are Canadian energy companies reacting to the dropping oil prices

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Canadian oil companies have been facing a hard time with the collapse of crude oil throughout the world. A survey of oil companies published by the firm Grant Thorton suggests that the drop in prices may not actually affect every company within the industry.

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Only 20% of the companies in the oil industry are affected and forced into a loss in their business. Many energy companies are indeed actually reporting gains or at least steady profits from their production line.

18.42% of companies plan expansion even through the prolonged drop in oil prices. On the other hand we have 42.1% of businesses planning cautiously holding off expansion plans or major spending until the price of oil begins to rise again.

 

Basically, what this report tells us is that larger firms will continue to consolidate their operations into profits.

Smaller companies are bound to face some difficulty as well as some financial restructuring in order to continue to have success in the marketplace with low oil prices.

Well-capitalized firms are going to continue to have success regardless of the small losses that they take now and this means that large Canadian oil companies will be in good shape for the future.