Starting today, we are starting a new weekend section that will bring to you the interesting, the insightful, the happening and the strange from across the world wild web.
Here goes the first edition:
So Steve says to me, “We should go to India; Robert’s fixed us up and it’s the Kumbh Mela.” And I said, “That sounds great. I don’t have any money!” Daniel Kottke, one of Apple’s first employees Narrates his trip to India with Steve Jobs searching for magic in India and Silicon Valley. Daniel Kottke was one of Apple’s first employees, assembling the company’s earliest kit computers with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in a California kitchen. Read the interview with Daniel Kottke, Apple Employee #12 here. [Read]
Verghese Kurien, the father of White Revolution in India and the founder of Amul, died after a brief spell of illness early on Sunday at Nadiad in Gujarat. He was 90. Kurien has been the architect of Operation Flood – the largest dairy development program in the world. He helped modernise the Anand model of cooperative dairy development and engineered the White Revolution in India, and made India the largest milk producer in the world. Read more here: [Read]
Towering problem : Radiation or Communication ?
The new radiation norms for cellphone towers may be good for your health, but there is a flip side no one’s talking about. Consumers across telecom networks may experience inferior voice quality, increase in call drops and congestion in coming months as companies rejig networks to decrease the power supplied to their transmission towers. More here.
What’s in a name : Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai!
At any given point of time, most of the 300-600 odd Chinese employees in Huawei India sport Indian names — Rajiv Weimin Yao, Deepika Fang and Victor Shan are some examples. The reverse is true for the 300-odd Indians in the company’s headquarters at Shenzen, some of who go by Chinese names. Read the full story here. [Read]
Ground Truth : Mapping Secrets
Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that’s the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world’s best accurate maps. Read more here. [Read]
Talking dead : QR Coding the Dead
Traditional graveyards are being transformed through technology with interactive headstones providing a revolutionary way for people to remember loved ones. Quick Response (QR) codes on gravestones can be scanned by smartphones to open up online biographies of the dead person. Read more here.
Big launch : The Kindles
Last week Amazon showed off three new versions of its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet, giving the line more variety in sizes and features– $159 Upgraded Original, $199 7-inch and $299 8.9-inch HD were launched by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Read the full story here and here.
Cutting forecast : ARM Races Ahead
As ARM-Based Devices Take Over, world’s largest chipmaker Intel Cuts Its Sales Forecast For The Rest Of The Year. Intel announced today that its sales for the third quarter will be lower than expected due to a decline in demand. Intel microprocessors use the x86 architecture found in most PCs and Macs today. Instead of $14.2 billion, Intel now anticipates $13.8 billion in revenue. Full story here. [Read]
Bubble burst : IPOs That Sucked
Tech companies like Zynga and Facebook that have had initial public offerings of stock since last year have released their quarterly earnings reports. Here are highlights from some of them. The companies are all loosely Internet-related, though their businesses vary widely. Read more here. [Read]
Social Media : You’re Being Targeted
Email, phone number and user ID targeting: how Facebook is helping businesses reach the right audiences full story here. [Read]
Stop Sucking : PayPal Looking Offline
There’s a massive culture change happening at PayPal right now,” Marcus said. “If we suck at something, we now face it, and we do something about it.” There’s some pressure on the eBay-owned company right now as PayPal tries to enter the offline payments world, where customers could conceivably use it to make everyday purchases, from gas to groceries to clothing. [Read]
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