Here goes our weekly magazine of curated stories from around the world. In this edition: Apple and HTC settle a patent dispute. Why Samsung builds phones that outsell iPhones. Secrets of Facebooks legendary hackathons revealed. What every designer working for a startup needs to know and more.
Apple and HTC settle all outstanding litigation: Putting an end to a long drawn patent war, Apple and HTC have agreed to a 10 year lisencing deal. The lisence extends to current and future patents held by both parties. Apple sued HTC in 2010, accusing the Taiwanese handset company of infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology. Recently, the The iPhone maker won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung in August, while litigation against Motorola has failed to produce any decisive wins.Read more here.
Why Only Samsung Builds Phones That Outsell iPhones: For the first time in years, one single handset model has reportedly outsold the iPhone. Strategy Analytics says that more Samsung Galaxy S III phones than Apple iPhone 4S handsets were sold in third quarter of this year. Samsung Electronics moved 18 million such handsets, while Apple sold 16.2 million during the three-month period, says the research firm. It should be noted that Samsung’s figures represent shipments, not actual sales, but there’s a bigger point to be made here: Samsung is currently the only company that can even come close to competing with Apple when it comes to smartphones. Read more here.
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Secrets Of Facebook’s Legendary Hackathons Revealed: I sent out an email saying, “Hey, I’m going to get some Chinese food and hack all night.” It was super successful, and most of the company was there. The next day Mark Zuckerberg came to my desk and said, “That was awesome.” So over time, it became a thing, where every six to eight weeks I asked if people wanted to hack. Meet Pedram Keyani, the coder behind the nocturnal events that shake up Facebook. Read more here.
Inside eBay Billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s Battle To End Human Trafficking: In the upcoming Issue of Forbes, Clare O’connor writes: Pierre Omidyar looked out over Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley this past February, scanning the horizon with his camera in hand. All the billionaire eBay founder could see for miles were huge, belching chimneys taller than houses and mountains of red bricks drying in the winter sun. Kids of 12 or 13 lugged bricks on their backs to and from these ovens, 80 pounds at a time. Ninety percent of the workers here in Bhaktapur, the heart of Nepal’s brick sector, are slaves. Day after day they incur more debt to the traffickers who found them these jobs and hovels to live in nearby. Read more here.
What every designer working in a startup needs to know: At the core of any startup is a passion to satisfy unmet needs. At the core of a designer there’s a passion to craft a bold vision for the future. But being a designer and being a designer in a startup are two very different things. After working at IDEO for about five years, Elle Luna, took the leap into a startup. Luna, the lead designer at Mailbox shares insights on how its like to be a designer at a startup. Read more here.
Bloomberg Businessweek has a great section on Incubators and accelerators this week. Something everyone in the startup ecosystem must read. There are stories on how there are incubators for almost every business and how the number– and variety– of business incubators is on the rise. Little known until recent years, they have become many startups’ ticket to success, writes the magazine. There is a podcast, a slideshow and a video besides a bunch of articles. Check it out here.
How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence: Scientists have found that slime molds are much smarter than they look…They can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system.
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THE MIND IS “TURBULENT, STRONG, OBSTINATE”, cries Arjuna dolefully in the Bhagavad Gita. Obstinate in the face of efforts to control it, and to understand it. The two obstinacies are not unrelated. The culmination of the European tradition of inquiry into the mind—ranging from Plato to Freud—is the contention that there is such a thing as the unconscious mind, a thing to whose secrets the conscious mind is not privy. The unconscious will not yield easily, certainly not to introspection or some other simple effort of the will. But that is not to say it will yield to nothing. Read more on Neuroscience’s recent attempts to understand the mind written by Nakul Krishna in The Caravan.
Dear Android: It Is Now Perfectly Okay To Go Out And Do Donuts In The Parking Lot writes Dan Lyons. You know what blows my mind? Despite these numbers, tech bloggers keep talking about Apple as a market leader and portraying Android as a plucky underdog that’s trying to catch up. Are you kidding me? Look, when three out of four phones sold worldwide run your operating system, I think it’s safe to declare victory. Read more here.
Illiterate Ethiopian kids hack Motorola Xoom: About five months ago, OLPC Project started a little experiment. They chose a village in Ethiopia where the literacy rate was nearly 0% and decided to drop off a bunch of Motorola Xooms there. The One Laptop Per Child project started as a way of delivering technology and resources to schools in countries with little or no education infrastructure, using inexpensive computers to improve traditional curricula. On the tablets, there was custom software that was meant to teach kids how to read. This experiment began earlier this year. Read how it went here.
India is an open, tolerant country. So why does liberalism not flourish there? Asks The Economist: The hoary old question for China is whether, as it gets richer and more capitalist, liberal democracy will inevitably follow. In India it is the obverse: after 65 years of liberal democracy, is a richer, more capitalist economy now bound to emerge? Gurcharan Das, once chief executive of Procter & Gamble in India and now a columnist and author, argues that it must, but it will need a political movement to drive it on. His country’s progress is stalling after two decades of rapid change. India desperately needs a fiercer push for liberal capitalism. Read more here.
How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away: Not long after I began writing about cybersecurity, I became a paranoid caricature of my former self. It’s hard to maintain peace of mind when hackers remind me every day, all day, just how easy it is to steal my personal data, writes Nicole Perlroth. She describes how ridiculously easy it is to get hacked and goes on to share some tips on how to drive hackers away. Read here.