1. 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.

     
  2. Boston fireworks - 4th of July

    near MIT Sloan building

     
     

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

     

  5. 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.

     

  6. "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.
     

  7. 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.

     

  8. The problem of hiring people in the digital industry

    It is worth reading this leaked report about innovation in the New York Times. What calls my attention is the fact that the document stresses the problem of hiring talented people.

    Actually, this is an issue of the entire digital industry. Nowadays digital talent is in high demand. Startups, for example, have to deal with hiring problems every day.

    Recently I attended a workshop at I-Lab Harvard about hiring. And one of the main points was: avoid the references.

    References are a way to avoid risks in the hiring process. But, at the same time, they create a circle: you tend to hire people who have the same mindset.

    In a nutshell, people who rely too much on references tend to hire people they know and they worked well with in the past. And that is a problem because every situation is different in the digital business. Maybe what worked in the past doesn’t work today.

    Possibly, take more risks in the hiring process and have a diversity of background is a good way to avoid the problems of hiring talented people.

    I hope NYTimes learns it.