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Google’s vision of the future involves overlaying the real world seen through its specs with information from its search engine and other services. Facebook’s is of people totally immersing themselves in virtual worlds where they will be able do everything from taking virtual classes together to communicating with distant friends as if they were standing in the same room. The two firms may not see exactly eye-to-eye on how this will all play out, but neither can be accused of being shortsighted.

Facebook buys Oculus VR: Game of goggles | The Economist

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The real-time Billboard chart will “create the new industry standard for tracking and surfacing the conversation around music as it happens,” said Twitter in a released statement.

The two companies have also signed a Twitter Amplify partnership, the social media company’s complement to TV ads. This will help dispense the real-time chart, which will live on Billboard.com, beyond the website.

The charts will trace the most buzzed about tracks and those shared by artists in real-time and over longer periods.

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The aim is to help organize the noise around music, the most talked about subject on Twitter by its 54 million monthly active users in the U.S. Twitter #Music app, which was pulled from the iTunes store last week, was more about discovering new music on Twitter. The chart and Twitter’s strategy going forward is to better leverage the over one billion tweets about music that were shot off in 2013.

Twitter’s First Step With New Music Strategy: Billboard Charts - Digits - WSJ

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During the ‘apps versus HTML’ argument of a year to two ago, someone said that the issue is not what coding language you use but how you get an icon onto the user’s home screen and whether indeed they want your icon on their home screen. The conversation more or less crystallised around the position that apps are for the head of the tail and the web is for the rest. But Android Wear is not the web or an app. Neither is Google Now, and neither is the Healthbook I just described.

Now, suppose you hesitate outside a restaurant and look at your phone, and iBeacon has already activated a Yelp review card on your phone or watch, or Google Now has put a scraped review up, or Facebook tells you 10 of your friends liked it? Is that the web? Or apps? How do you do SEO for that? What’s the acquisition channel? Some of that might be HTML, but you’ll never see a URL.

It seems to me that the key question this year is that now that the platform war is over, and Apple and Google won, what happens on top of those platforms? How do Apple and Google but also a bunch of other companies drive interaction models forward? I’ve said quite often that on mobile the internet is in a pre-Pagerank phase, lacking the ‘one good’ discovery mechanism that the desktop web had, but it’s also in a pre-Netscape phase, lacking one interaction model in the way that the web dominated the desktop internet for the last 20 years. Of course that doesn’t mean there’ll be one, but right now everything is wide open.

This thought, incidentally, is one of the things that prompted this tweet.

Cards, code and wearables — Benedict Evans

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This shows the power of an open protocol like Bluetooth vs a proprietary protocol like Airplay. Airplay is a superior technology but it’s lack of ubiquity may mean that it doesn’t win the market in the end. We will see.

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The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird. Give me one other part of history where everybody shows up to the same social space. Fragmentation is a more natural state of being. Is your social dynamic interest-driven or is it friendship-driven? Are you going there because there’s this place where other folks are really into anime, or is this the place you’re going because it’s where your pals from school are hanging out? That first [question] is a driving function.

There was this one teen girl I talked to, a total One Direction fan. Twitter was her One Direction space. What that meant was that her friends all knew about her Twitter account, but they weren’t into One Direction, so they weren’t on Twitter with her. But they all were on Instagram together because that was a fun place where they were sharing photos. And what she was sharing on Instagram was not about One Direction because that just wasn’t the place for it. Meanwhile, they were also doing crazy things on Tumblr, where they were part of a little maker community.

Whereas in the Facebook era, you have to balance all these audiences simultaneously. You’re saying, “Are you going to get angry with me because I posted about One Direction? Are you going to think I’m lame because I’m posting this maker stuff?” Where does this fit? And I think that’s a lot of the reason why when you start to fragment your audience, you start to think about what you’re looking for, you’ll go to different spaces, and it parallels what we do as adults. You go to different bars when you’re in the mood for different things. You see different people when you want to go listen to music or when you just want to have a quiet drink with a couple of friends.

The era of Facebook is an anomaly | The Verge

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If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said that a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.

If you asked people in 1989… | chris dixon’s blog

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Clay Shirky, a New York University professor and author, still looks prescient five years after his blog post, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable” appeared. In addition to my favorite line (“ ‘You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone’ has never been much of a business model”), he compares what’s happening in journalism now to the revolutionary changes that followed the invention of the printing press. He wrote:

“When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to. There are fewer and fewer people who can convincingly tell such a lie.”

And that monumental uncertainty still holds sway in 2014 – which is just one more indication that I may have overpromised.

'Journalism Oracle'? What Was I Thinking? - NYTimes.com

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Nokia and Microsoft have been struggling to make headway as smartphones have shifted to become the majority of mobile phone sales. Microsoft responded to Apple’s 2007 launch of the iPhone and Google’s 2008 release of Android with Windows Phone in October 2010, but still has less than 5% of global sales.

The phone is understood to have been planned by Stephen Elop while he was chief executive of Nokia, together with Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft chief executive who was replaced in February 2014 by Satya Nadella. “This move indicates that Windows Phone hasn’t succeeded as Microsoft had expected,” said one industry observer.

Sources familiar with Nokia’s plans indicated that press reports about the phone - which have been swirling for months - are correct. Nokia has already announced that it will hold a press conference at the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, though it hasn’t said what will be shown off.

“This could be huge, but what an embarrassment it could be for Microsoft if this sells better than Windows Phone,” said one person familiar with Nokia’s plans.

For Nokia, the “Normandy” is part of an effort to revitalise its smartphone efforts after being outpaced by Apple, Samsung and a number of other companies since 2011. In the fourth quarter of 2013 it shipped just 8.2m Lumia phones to mobile carriers, compared to 51m iPhones and 150m Android phones worldwide. The company did not give any figure for Asha shipments for the past quarter, but they had been flat at around 6m in the previous two quarters.

Amazon used AOSP to build its range of Kindle Fire tablets, and has been able to tempt developers to recompile thousands of apps written for Google’s Android to run on the Amazon App Store.

Nokia’s new phone to combine Android with Microsoft services | Technology | The Guardian

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Why? Well, it comes down to owning your own domain. Building out a professional profile on LinkedIn certainly makes sense, and bolstering that cv with intelligent pieces of writing is also a great idea. But if you’re going to take the time to create content, you should also take the time to create a home for that content that is yours and yours alone. WordPress makes it drop dead easy to start a site. Take my advice, and go do it. Given the trendlines of digital publishing, where more and more large platforms are profiting from, and controlling, the works of individuals, I can’t stress enough: Put your taproot in the independent web. Use the platforms for free distribution (they’re using you for free content, after all). And make sure you link back to your own domain. That’s what I plan to do when I post this to LinkedIn. Right after I post this here.

Linked In Is Now A Publishing Platform. Cool. But First Get Your Own Site. | John Battelle’s Search Blog

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The Android device will target emerging markets and won’t promote some of the key features typically seen on Google’s Android platform, including the Google Play app store, the report said. Instead, think of this as an Android version of Nokia’s low-cost Asha brand.

Report: Nokia to Launch Android-Based Smartphone in February

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