Are we guilty of fixed ideology?

Politics, religion, society, foreigners, colour, creed, county, race, gender, size and I’m sure you could add countless more, do we have to have a fixed view on our fellow man?

A couple of things to challenge your thoughts patterns.

I believe in God – but not religion.

I believe in being a miser – but I am a philanthropist.

What makes you challenge traditional media led thought patterns ?

Feel free to chip in.

Today Is The Last Day To Buy Google Glass


Another one bites the dust – Google

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google is ending the Glass experiment. After today, Google will stop selling the novel device — at least in its current form. Google insists the product is still in development and it’s highly likely that a new version will eventually be released.

News broke last week that the Google Glass will be pulled from the market and the project was spinning out of Google X skunkworks to exist as a standalone project.  Former Apple executive and Nest founder Tony Fadell is now overseeing the project.

The future of Glass rests in capable hands.

Glass launched with much fanfare three years ago in April 2012 and failed to become a consumer hit. But it did spark imaginative ideas, which could have been Google’s plan all along.

As a Google spokesperson told us last week, the idea behind the Explorer program was always to see how people would use the technology. Now that Google…

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Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial


Twitter buys Zipdial – close fit to their strategy of providing information through links

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Last week TechCrunch reported Twitter was in final talks to acquire ZipDial for between $30 million and $40 million, and today the company announced the deal has closed.

ZipDial allows people to call a special phone number for a business, hang up before they incur a charge, and then receive a phone call or SMS with information about the business. This “missed call” marketing platform allows people to access content for free, which is especially useful in the developing world where many can’t afford data plans.

Twitter said about the deal “For many, their first online experience will be on a mobile device – but the cost of data may prevent them from experiencing the true power of the Internet. Twitter, in partnership with ZipDial, can make great content more accessible to everyone.” When asked about the acquisition price, Twitter told me “We aren’t disclosing financial terms of the…

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Surely, Cybersecurity Must Have Your Attention Now


Security and privacy need your attention, if they do not already have it.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

[tc_dropcap]As 2014 came to a close, we got a front row seat to the horror show that was the Sony hack.[/tc_dropcap] As if we needed a case study to show us, we saw, with vivid clarity, what can happen when hackers run amok inside servers and start sharing confidential business content with the world — and we learned it gets ugly in a hurry.

We’re less than a week into the new year and already we’ve seen a major Bitcoin attack. You know that it’s only a matter of time before we hear about the next catastrophic system assault. It’s a bit like cybersecurity roulette. We keep spinning the wheel to find out who the next victim is.

The question is, why are we still so vulnerable, and why is the industry not banding together to solve this once and for all? Security matters to everyone from governments to finance to private sector companies of all sorts. Nobody wants…

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When Is Twitter Is Adding That Promised Group DM Feature?


Well, when ? #twitter

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Private group messaging is a feature Twitter is supposedly working on and that many have been waiting to come out for a while, but we’ve yet to see.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo alluded to private group messaging in an interview with Bloomberg about ‘Whisper Mode’ earlier last year, “There are frequently public conversations that you would like to grab hold of and take into whisper mode with a friend and say, hey, this thing has happened. Look what these people are talking about. What do you think about this, with a friend or more than one friend,” he said.

Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto also mentioned the feature was coming back in September at the Citi 2014 Global Technology Conference:


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Rethinking Work-Life Balance


Tricky to get right, but if if is completely out of balance it could destroy a business.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

[tc_dropcap]We all know that having a healthy work-life balance is critical for startup employees – and have read the cautionary tales of how dangerous it can be to have no work-life balance. It’s something we should all strive to achieve. [/tc_dropcap]

It’s also a worthless concept as it’s typically presented.

Everything I’ve read on the subject isn’t helpful for entrepreneurs and startup employees because it starts with the assumption that you have an evil boss forcing you to work unreasonable hours.

Usually, that’s not the case if you’re at a startup. You may not have a boss – and most of us love our jobs. Personally, I want to do mine 24/7 and I hate that that’s impossible.

Furthermore, (and this is likely exacerbated if you’re a founder and/or CEO), I experience intense guilt when I do anything that isn’t work-related. Many people (investors, team members, etc.) have put their faith in me to…

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Twitter Releases New Suite Of Anti-Harassment Tools, Promises Faster Response Times For Dealing With Abuse


About time we trashed the trolls ! #trolls #cleanupthenet Twitter, well done

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Twitter this morning has released a new set of anti-harassment tools that make it easier for users to flag abuse on the network, as well as describe more specifically why they’re blocking or reporting a Twitter account.

Twitter had made it fairly simple to report spam, but the new tools allow users to report a variety of troubles, including impersonations, harassment, and even self-harm or suicide. In addition, users can report the harassment on behalf of other users, even if they’re not the target themselves, which is a big change.

When “harassment” is chosen as the option in the new abuse reporting workflow, users are asked to choose “who is being affected?” and can answer “I am” or “Someone else is.” They can then choose from a menu where they’re asked to describe what the abuser is doing, with options like “being disrespectful or offensive,” “harassing me” or “threatening violence or physical…

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