Jan 1, 2013 #KevinsDailyReads
Hurray! 2013 has finally come to a close and we get a fresh start for 2014 – from Taipei, a big happy new year wish to everyone (pic: fireworks from Taipei 101). Here’s the first lot of reads for the year.
Biggest news in #tech over the past two days – Apple denies working with NSA on “DROPOUTJEEP” iPhone backdoor; the program allegedly has given the agency full access to any iPhone since ’08; in the full statement, co reinforces commitment to customer privacy and cites defense against “malicious hackers” (All Things D, Business Insider); side: fmr NSA employee say Valley engineers are better – the battle of the engineers? (Business Insider)
New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vows to abolish the historic horse-drawn carriage in Central Park; over 4,500 people have signed a NYCLASS petition to replace horses with electric vintage-replica tour cars; drivers argue that there’s no harm to the horses (USA Today); ending horse carriages also concludes an era in film and television where the rides have been featured in many iconic flicks – Manhattan, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother (The Atlantic);
Been reading up on Snapchat’s lawsuits lately and it does tell a common tale of when ownership and contribution stakes are not communicated clearly in the beginning; lack of transparency can def kill a new co (Wash Post); I use the service quite often: why? I’m not entirely sure (maybe I’ll post a blog about it) but it definitely has become a habit (Habit-forming products) and I think the co is def onto something w/r to the ephemerality of social interactions (Forbes);
For the #jetsetters – as people spend more time in lobbies, the hotel minibar may become extinct soon; only generates ~ 0.24% of hotel revenues and only 21% of hotel goers rank it as an important amenity (LA Times); some hotels, however, see potential in changing the biz model by providing complimentary minibars – at the end of the day, it is still a differentiator between one establishment and another (Chicago Tribune);
A look into “white collar” minimum security prisons; author gets a close up of what life really is like in “club fed” with Bernie Kerik – fomer NY police commissioner who was guilty of 16 charges of indiction; Kerik present some interesting lessons after spending 3 years at Cumberland – it’s not the country club we see in the movies (Business Insider)