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“Lanier’s fundamental point is that power and wealth have drifted upward in the digital economy and toward what he calls “Siren Servers.” These giant information-gathering “services” — ranging from Facebook and Google to giant financial players and the government surveillance industry — take data that we all provide freely (and, often, enthusiastically) and use their advantages in data collection to build enormous economic fiefdoms.” —‘Who Owns The Future?’ Jaron Lanier thinks Google and the government should pay for your data | The Verge (via futuristgerd)
“Ten of the world’s 29 billionaires under 40 come from the tech sector, with four from Facebook and two from Google.” —America’s New Oligarchs: Fwd.us and Silicon Valley’s Shady 1% (via courtenaybird)
“Posting to his blog, Kumar says his immediate response to taking on the position was “great opportunity but risky.” Following Dotcom’s approach, Kumar says he spent a number of weeks getting to know Mega “from every angle,” eventually deciding to take on the role because “the possibility of growing a significant Internet services company out of New Zealand is alluring.” —Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets a new CEO: Entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar steps in - The Next Web (via thenextweb)
“Google has just revealed a number of new Google stats on its blog, including that so far, more than 500 million people have upgraded (joined), 235 million are actively using Google features ( 1′ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search), and 135 million are active in just the stream.” —Google by the numbers: 500m users, 235m of them active and 135m using the stream - The Next Web (via thenextweb)
“John McAfee, famed anti-virus software designer, now a wanted suspect in Belize, has penned a post on his blog that states that if he’s captured, he has pre-written enough content to keep his site alive for at least a year and that he has set aside a reward of $25,000 for those really responsible.” —John McAfee blogs for justice, issues $25,000 reward for those responsible in death of Gregory Faull - The Next Web (via thenextweb)