1. "We map physical space differently too: At the airport, the location of power outlets becomes critical. We think of spaces that have good Wi-Fi or cellular locations. They are ‘better.’"
    — Genevieve Bell, vice president of Intel Labs, about how our notion of physical space is changing.
     

  2. The end of Orkut

    The Google social networking service Orkut, which kicked off ten years ago, has been shuttered, according to the platform’sblog on Monday. The platform will officially close on Sept. 30, allowing users to phase out of the application over a transition period.

    Between now and the site’s shutdown in a few months, users have the opportunity to save their data by exporting it

    Orkut was responsible for digital inclusion of many people in India and Brazil. “I want to buy a computer to access Orkut” was well said.

    Anyway, It’s a smart decision.

    After all, social networks migrated from desktop/web to based device services (Whatsapp, Snapchat, Vine) in the course of time.

     
  3. Boston fireworks - 4th of July

    near MIT Sloan building

     
     

  4. "I recently got into meditation and I realized it’s kind of like deep reading."
    — Jessica Tripler in Reading as a Kind of Meditation
     
  5. Latin American food

     

  6. Don’t copy Silicon Valley, please

    Policymakers shouldn’t be trying to copy Silicon Valley. Instead, they should be figuring out what domain is (or could be) specific to their region—and then removing the regulatory hurdles for that particular domain. Because we don’t want 50 Silicon Valleys; we want 50 different variations of Silicon Valley, all unique from each other and all focusing on different domains.

    Marc Andreessen in an article from Politico Magazine.

    In March, I wrote:

    In developing countries, it is common to see governments trying to emulate the Silicon Valley as a solution to their problems of lacking entrepreneurship and innovation economy.

    For them, the San Francisco Area is the only feasible reference of innovation and technology while the region should be a source of innovation among many others.

    South Africa, for example, has a significant hub with challenges and values that are common in developing countries. Maybe for a developing country government is more relevant to share ideas with an African innovation hub than with the Silicon Valley.

    The attraction of innovation hubs doesn’t lie in emulating each other, but in creating spaces of innovation with their own demands and qualities. Each to their own traits.

     

  7. "Communication is competitive, but we tend to think of it as cooperative"
    — Judith Donath, author of The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online, at MIT Media Lab talks.
     

  8. This is extremely different than a more traditional news-writing process where the primary way to progress a story is to produce an entirely new article

    Matt Galligan, CEO and co-founder of Circa, in Behind the App: The Story of Circa.

    I love this app. It follows so smoothly the concept of ‘mobile news’. Besides that, it is perfect for commuting time.