TheSunnyMag : A journey to the dark side of the Internet
Pluggd.in team is glad to present the sixth edition of TheSunnyMag, a magazine of curated content from around the web.
A Google Book Deal Is Good for Everyone—Except Maybe Amazon: It’s possible there was some cheering at Google (GOOG) last week, when the search giant announced a deal with the Association of American Publishers over its book-scanning project. But it’s more likely there was just an overwhelming sense of relief, since the deal amounts to a truce in what has been a grueling seven-year battle. For almost a decade now, Google has been trying to scan and digitize as many books as it can, but it’s been stymied by lawsuits from the AAP and the Authors Guild, who claim the scanning process amounts to copyright infringement. Mathew Ingram of GigaOm gives you the lowdown.
Fate of Silicon Valley bleak, according to silicon CEOs: Silicon Valley has a serious location problem, according to a couple of semiconductor CEOs. Read more on how two of the most powerful CEOs in the tech world came down heavily on the state of California calling it a hostile place to do business. Read here.
So Far, So Good: Fortune 500 CIOs Seem Happy With Cloud Computing: Many organizations are still in the early stages of their cloud computing journeys, and the reports are: so far, so good. No major flaws or “gotchas” have emerged in nascent cloud engagements, and CIOs are saying full steam ahead. Still needed, however, are more security assurances, and more vendor flexibility. Read more here.
Infosys Q2 profit up 24.3%, provides weak outlook: India’s third largest software exporter announced its results on Friday. The firm lowered revenue growth forecast for the year ending March to 17.3%, down from 19.7% projected earlier. It’s CFO K Balakrishnan also quit the role to take a side seat in the company. Read more here.
New new world
News a Big Draw for Mobile-Device Users: Although mobile devices allow news to be obtained anywhere, a new report from the Pew Research center’s project for excellence in Journalism survey found out that most people get news on tablets and smartphones when they are home. And, while users could get the news anytime, since they are likely to be carrying or near their mobile device most of the time, about half look at news only once a day. Read more here.
Like-A-Hug: Trio design vest that ‘hugs’ upon each Facebook ‘Like”: The virtual world always draws parallels between real life and itself. Recently, Facebook launched ‘Gifts’, a service that lets users send real gifts to loved ones. Now, the Like-A-Hug vest from Melissa Chow, Andy Payne, and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab makes Facebook Likes seem more real. Read more here.
Symbian – a post mortem : Nokia didn’t have a formal bug reporting program (to start with) and no public listings of known issues (this, BTW, is pretty much the same with Apple, but in stark contrast to Microsoft). Read here.
Apple Likely to Introduce Smaller iPad in October Event: People are still having trouble finding Apple’s new iPhone, which is selling out in stores, but the company is already planning to introduce another new product in an event later this month: a smaller, lighter version of the iPad. Read here.
Stop hiding who you are: One critical lesson that we’ve learned the hard way, is that we shouldn’t hide who we are. Today we try to be open and honest about the size of the company and our goals, but things haven’t always been this way, writes Chris Savage, the CEO and Co-founder of Wistia. Read the full post here.
Clayton Christensen: “Disruptive Innovations Create Jobs, Efficiency Innovations Destroy Them” If you get the opportunity to hear Clayton Christensen hold court, seize it. Christensen is a Harvard Business School professor and renowned author and innovation expert, perhaps best known for his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” which had a profound influence on many thinkers and business leaders, including Steve Jobs. Read more here.
40 Things To Say Before You Die: Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry. They’re just short sentences with big meaning. I hope they get you talking. Read more by Jessica Hagy on the Forbes.
Robotic Luggage Doesn’t Deliver: A 28-year-old Spanish inventor by the name of Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has been burning up the Internet with a video of his self-propelled, robotic carry-on suitcase, which is called the Hop! The exclamation point is technically part of the name, but as with Yahoo!, this will be the first and last time I use it, writes Sam Grobart in Bloomberg Businessweek. Read here.
This Refrigerator Only Opens if You Smile: If you’re hungry, you better smile. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a smile-activated refrigerator, which requires users to flash a grin before entering. The system, which is called the “The Happiness Counter,” aims to naturally encourage smiling in our everyday lives. Read more here.
Mail-order drugs, hitmen & child porn: A journey into the dark corners of the deep web: I’ll never forget the time that I came across a huge archive of old BBS text files, back when cell phones were still bricks and dialup was the norm. There were hundreds of them, and these text files captured my attention for months. As a kid, the Internet fascinated me like nothing in my life had before. Read Joel Falconer’s feature as he takes a trip to the other side of the Internet.
Behind Robert Vadra’s fortune, a maze of questions: Shalini Singh of The Hindu takes a look at the scandal that shook the first family of India. Vadra, the son in law of congress president Sonia Gandhi has been accused of underhand dealings with real estate companies and amassing wealth disproportionate to his business. Read more here.
Rahul Gandhi’s 70 % problem: Rahul Gandhi swept into Chandigarh on Thursday and declared that the border state of Punjab has a drug crisis. He said that 7 out of every 10 youths in the state suffered from drug problems – a remark that brought swift criticism from several political opponents in the state. Read more here.
European Union’s Nobel peace prize win greeted with joy and derision: Applause and derision greeted the news that the European Union had won the 2012 Nobel peace prize, with British Eurosceptics dismissing the award as a “farce” and EU leaders rapturously welcoming a boost to the bloc’s sagging self-esteem. Read full story here.
Based on a New York Times story about the “looming financial disaster” for China’s clean energy industry which said “Though worldwide demand for solar panels and wind turbines has grown rapidly over the last five years, China’s manufacturing capacity has soared even faster, creating enormous oversupply and a ferocious price war,” The Energy Collective gives us three important lessons for US clean energy advocates. Read here.