A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: Google (GOOG)

Read : 2019-11-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Billionaires are only rarely policy failures” (The Economist, 2019-11-09).
  2. Dueling brain waves anchor or erase learning during sleep“, by Elena Renken (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-24).
  3. Google and IBM clash over milestone quantum computing experiment“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-23).
  4. 21-1 Rice, tied with WKU atop C-USA, ‘I definitely knew we had a special group’“, by Megan Kaplon (VolleyballMag, 2019-11-07).
  5. Mandy McClure brings the light to sister Meghan and Stanford volleyball“, by Mechelle Voepel (ESPN, 2019-11-05).
  6. Beyond Meat’s recent pullback is a buying opportunity“, by Richard Durant (Seeking Alpha, 2019-11-03). Note that the author is long BYND.

Read : 2019-08-29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The corrupting of democracy” (The Economist, 2019-08-29). How many times have you heard those around you, even politicians, dismiss or call into question the entire political system, especially when it produces results they don’t like?

    [T]oo much cynicism undermines legitimacy.

  2. OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI“, by Karen Hao (MIT Technology Review, 2019-08-29). What shocked me most was what the “great example” of AI-generated fake news reveals about human-generated real politics: Perhaps the fake political speech is convincing, because most real political speeches are so devoid of meaningful content. Of course, this was well recognized by “The Simpsons” (Season 8, Episode 1, “Treehouse of Horror VII : Citizen Kang“) over two decades ago…
  3. Release strategies and the social impacts of language models“, by Irene Solaiman et al. (arXiv, 2019-08-24). Report by the OpenAI researchers regarding their “staged-release” of their GPT-2 language model.
  4. Google shocks Huawei: New Mate 30 will launch without Android software and services“, by Zak Doffman (Forbes, 2019-08-28). Another casualty of the trade war.

Read : 2019-07-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows off advances to brain-computer interface“, by Daniela Hernandez & Heather Mack (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-17).
  2. Tech hearings: Congress unites to take aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google“, by Steve Lohr, Mike Isaac, & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2019-07-16). What is the goal of the people in government with these attacks? Really, what is really their goal? When viewed in the framework of a struggle for power, for dominance, for challenging versus preserving the status quo, for redirecting disappointment and anger against a common external “enemy”, these staged hearings (“I may remind you, sir. You are under oath.” — barf) make sense. This isn’t to say such frameworks tell the whole story, but they seem consistent with telling at least part of the story. Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked public servants. “I may remind you, madams and sirs. You are under social contract to serve the people. Under your service did these companies acquire the power and commit the acts you now make a show of condemning. You speak of trust. Do Americans trust their government? Do Americans trust you?”

Read : 2019-06-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. GDPR has been a boon for Google and Facebook“, by Nick Kostov & Sam Schechner (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-17). Advertisers’ concern over compliance has led them to advertise with Facebook and Google.
  2. What a Facebook breakup would mean for investors“, by Brian Sozzi (Yahoo Finance, 2019-06-17). The article never really says what breakup would mean, but punts to a special series on Yahoo Finance called “The BreakUp”. The most informative part of the article may be the warning of Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin that closes the article.

Read : 2019-06-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Google gets ready for legal fight as U.S. mulls an antitrust probe“, by Keach Hagey, Rob Copeland, & Sam Schechner (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-02). The U.S. government ratchets up its anti-trust rhetoric and actions against big tech. The article reads like a tale of attempted domination, both by big tech firms and by government organization (and ultimately, the individuals who lead both). Would it be possible to have reasoned discussion over the costs and benefits various products and firms bring to individuals and society? and the current and possible alternative pay structures associated with these products?
  2. Opinion: Inside the WSJ Opinion team“, by Wall Street Journal (YouTube, 2019-02-28). “Have you seen this video?” they asked. Well, with 175 total views, the answer is probably no. It might help if the video weren’t unlisted 😉
  3. The incredible power of friendship“, by Brad Stulberg (Medium, 2018-01-12). On Aristotle’s analysis of friendship: utility, pleasure, and virtue. (I thought I had previously posted a link, but a search yielded nothing.)

Reference : ZombieLoad

Selected articles related to the Intel chip security vulnerabilities called “ZombieLoad”.

  1. ZombieLoad: Cross-privilege-boundary data sampling“, by Michael Schwarz et al. (2019). A research white paper outlining the attack.
  2. What to do about the nasty new Intel chip flaw“, by Patrick Howell O’Neill (Gizmodo, 2019-05-14). Spoiler: Update your operating system and apps. And keep them up-do-date, while you’re at it.
  3. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all releasing fixes for ZombieLoad, a scary security flaw in Intel chips that researchers just discovered“, by Julie Bort (Business Insider, 2019-05-15).
  4. Additional mitigations for speculative execution vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs” (Apple, 2019-05-14).
  5. Microsoft fixes Intel ZombieLoad bug with patch Tuesday updates“, by Danny Bradbury (Naked Security, 2019-05-15).

Read : 2019-05-08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Google says it has found religion on privacy“, by Daisuke Wakabayashi & Brian X. Chen (NY Times, 2019-05-07). Hmm.
  2. Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy should not be a luxury good“, by Sundar Pichai (NY Times, 2019-05-07).
  3. Trump’s China brinkmanship“, by The Editorial Board (Wall Street Journal, 2019-05-06).
  4. Sorry, Steve Mnuchin. Congress has a right to see Trump’s tax returns“, by The Editorial Board (NY Times, 2019-05-07).
  5. Attack renews debate over Congressional consent“, by Charlie Savage (NY Times, 2011-03-21). Truman, Korea, 1950. Johnson, Vietnam, 1965. Bush, Somalia, 1992. Clinton, Kosovo, 1999. Obama, Libya, 2011.
  6. Track’s most resilient (and suspect) record is in danger“, by Jeré Longman (NY Times, 2017-06-15). By activists looking to discredit historical instances of suspected doping and “restore credibility” to the sport.

Read : 2019-04-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Julian Assange charged by U.S. with conspiracy to hack a government computer“, by Eileen Sullivan & Richard Pérez-Peña (NY Times, 2019-04-11). Question: What makes conspiracy to hack a government computer worse than conspiracy to hack an arbitrary computer?
  2. Digital exile: How I got banned for life from Airbnb“, by Jackson Cunningham (Medium, 2018-07-13). No need to read the article (unless you like he said, she said soap operas), just consider the point: If certain enterprises banned us from their platforms, what impact would it have on our life? Should such action be entirely at the discretion of the enterprise?
  3. I’m leaving Google — here’s the real deal behind Google Cloud“, by Amir Hermelin (Noteworthy, 2018-10-05).

And a selection of articles related to investing:

  1. Can Jeff Bezos make money in space?“, by Dan Neil & Andy Pasztor (Wall Street Journal, 2019-04-11).
  2. Tesla and Panasonic freeze spending on $4.5bn Gigafactory“, by Daishi Chiba &am; Itsuro Fujino (Nikkei, 2019-04-11).
  3. Tesla shares fall on conflicting reports over Japanese battery production“, by M. Corey Goldman (The Street, 2019-04-11).
  4. Why Pinterest is playing it super-conservative on its IPO price range“, by Motley Fool Staff (Motley Fool, 2019-04-10). Hosts Chris Hill and Dan Kline cite Pinterest’s low debt, steady growth, and low risk, as well as the growing digital advertising markets, as reasons to consider PINS. Reliance on advertising may be a risk.

Read : 2019-03-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. After Google, EU’s antitrust sights may turn to Amazon and Apple“, by Aoife White (Bloomberg, 2019-03-20).
  2. Did Apple execute major buyback“, by Bill Maurer (Seeking Alpha, 2019-03-20).
  3. Consumers are doubling — or tripling — down on streaming TV“, by Danny Vena (Motley Fool, 2019-03-20).
  4. Winter delight“, by John Cuneo (New Yorker, 2016-01-25). The cover art of the Jan. 25, 2016 issue.

Read : 2019-03-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail“, by Zack Whittaker (Tech Crunch, 2019-03-11). Russia’s Federal Security Service (formerly the KGB) is alleged to have instructed Russian Internet providers to implement BGP blackholing against ProtonMail and several servers on the Tor network. The article cites the Russian government’s desire to control the Internet as motive. While they obtained no confirmation from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Internet regulator, TechCrunch does post excerpts from an e-mail from ProtonMail’s CEO.
  2. How the internet travels across oceans“, by Adam Satariano (NY Times, 2019-03-10).
  3. Trapdoor commitments in the SwissPost e-voting shuffle proof“, by Sarah Jamie Lewis, Olivier Pereira, & Vanessa Teague (University of Melborune, 2019). See also the independent discovery and analysis by Rolf Haenni
  4. The World Wide Web — not the Internet — turns 30 years old“, by Aja Romano (Vox, 2019-03-12). The article’s presentation of Internet and Web history is fun, but its explanation of the difference is vague. Cue Wikipedia to the rescue. (What follows is my interpretation thereof.) Internet = Interconnected network of (computer) networks using a common linking protocol (TCP/IP). World Wide Web (aka W3) = Digital resources formatted and identified in a standard way (via HTML and URLs, respectively) that users can access via web browsers using the Internet. (For an explanation of TCP/IP, see the three articles following.)
    1. Internet protocol suite” (Wikipedia). The neo-classical reference.
    2. An overview of TCP/IP protocols and the Internet“, by Gary C. Kessler (Gary Kessler, 1994-08-05 — 2019-03-05).
    3. How do computers talk to each other on the Internet?“, by Christina Warren (Mashable, 2012-10-17). Short, less technical explanation citing the above.
  5. 30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?“, by Tim Berners-Lee (Web Foundation, 2019-03-12). Berners-Lee advocates Web availability for all and highlights three “sources of dysfunction”: (1) deliberate and malicious intent, (2) unintended consequences of system design, and (3) system design that incentivizes actions detrimental to users (Berners-Lee specifically cites “ad-based revenue models”).
  6. A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality“, by Emerging Technology (MIT Technology Review, 2019-03-12).