What is Google’s goal with their new ultra-fast internet? Read my article on SeekingAlpha…
Today Google announced Google Fiber, their new ultra-fast internet. It will start becoming available to residents in Kansas City and provide them with either free regular-speed internet…
Paul Graham discusses some “Frighteningly ambitious startup ideas” in a post on his blog (based on a speech he gave which is available here). He wants someone to replace 1)Google 2)email 3)universities 4)Hollywood 5)Steve Jobs 6)code optimization and 7)doctors.
For #1, he suggests a startups create a search for hackers, though I think it might be easier to focus first on certain high-revenue categories that Google doesn’t do so well at. Both #1 and #7 sound very difficult, I’m not sure if a startup will be able to solve them, but there are larger companies (like IBM) which are making progress in those areas.
For #2, I don’t know if email will be replaced anytime soon, but I assume more features will be added to it to help people manage its magnitude. Gmail and Hotmail already both have some features to help with this, and I assume such tools will improve.
#3 is an area I am especially interested in. I don’t know if universities are about to disappear, but I think the traditional lecture model will be upended.
Another interesting link from today: Job Growth and Loss (LinkedIn). Looks pretty good for Tech stuff. Of course, some of the shrinking areas may be rebounding now, while some of the growing ones may be in a bubble (see the greenest one on the chart).
The future of news is not bleak, even if some newspapers will need to close. This is another previous paper, but it seems to long for a blog post, so I’ll put it on Scribd (Though I’m not really sure what Scribd accomplishes):
I am convinced that every company in every conceivable industry with significant size and valuable intellectual property and trade secrets has been compromised (or will be shortly), with the great majority of the victims rarely discovering the intrusion or its impact. In fact, I divide the entire set of Fortune Global 2000 firms into two categories: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t yet know.
Every short while, there's more news of large number of companies and organizations being hacked, normally with hints that it came from China. In this case:
The interest in the information held at the Asian and Western national Olympic Committees, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency in the lead-up and immediate follow-up to the 2008 Olympics was particularly intriguing and potentially pointed a finger at a state actor behind the intrusions, because there is likely no commercial benefit to be earned from such hacks. The presence of political non-profits, such as the a private western organization focused on promotion of democracy around the globe or U.S. national security think tank is also quite illuminating. Hacking the United Nations or the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat is also not likely a motivation of a group interested only in economic gains.
They used spear-phishing to get into everyone's computers. I think its time to start re-thinking the very structure of the internet.