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Zack Rosebrugh

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Debate watch

AOC backs Bernie. First-term congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar plan to endorse Bernie Sanders for president, the Washington Post reports.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine already.

So This endorsement sort of represents her second coming and publicly re-aligns her with the far left wing of the party going into 2020. And it all has nothing to do with Trump.

AOC’s is a powerful endorsement that won’t convince Bernie’s critics he is electable. But it does show he’s cool. Bernie also has the support of the very vocal cardi b. Thus, he must surely be doing something right.

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all but insured that at least some of the post-debate political energy/chatter would be devoted to him—even if Warren knocked-it-out-of-the-park.

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring for others. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals.

Net positive

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Last-minute Brexit deal

There’s no uniform “European way of life” either. The remarks of the incoming European Commission president might be wishful thinking. Survey data shows a range of views across the continent—covering everything from welfare, immigrants, LGBT rights, and even democracy.

Even Europeans don’t agree on what the “European way of life” is

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission that there is a "shared European way of life" to protect. If so, what is it?

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

Apple is at crossroads. It revolutionized the way we communicate with the iPhone nearly 13 years ago, but its longtime cash cow has started to waver. Apple has a host of new bets in the works, some that could also change the world as the iPhone did. But will any of them actually be able to do it?

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch as to how they would turn it around by either building a full ecosystem of products/services or new revolutionary ideas.

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of change with Apple’s introduction of screen time, grayscale, health monitoring, which potentially forecasts the company’s testing of a new experience that combats the addictive tech dependencies and negative impacts of its tentpole product. Holding out hope for a re-imagining as Apple approaches an anniversary year :)

India's surveillance state

Quartz at work

There are many paths to a dream career. Like studying salamanders in isolation, for example. The solitude of science helped podcast host Arielle Duhaime-Ross come to an important professional realization.

To find your dream career, try studying salamanders in isolation

This story resonates for me. Started my career as a Natural Resource scientist and manager. Mid-career pivot to leadership development coach. Turns out there are a lot of social skills one develops when promoting policy and management with multiple stakeholders.

Chinese technocracy

See you later, friends!

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Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans

Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans

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  • Apple notwithstanding, Toronto's experience with Sidewalk should be seen as a cautionary experiment with lessons for other municipalities.

    For profit entities cannot be trusted to manage privacy or privacy policies, or even to solely design the infrastructure. Perception or reality, this is where we

    Apple notwithstanding, Toronto's experience with Sidewalk should be seen as a cautionary experiment with lessons for other municipalities.

    For profit entities cannot be trusted to manage privacy or privacy policies, or even to solely design the infrastructure. Perception or reality, this is where we are.

    Yet the benefits of a digitally connected city continue to grow exponentially. We could, much like the Amish, eschew modern technology but we do so at the peril of also embracing massively inefficient processes in the face of dwindling resources. Autonomous vehicles, for example, are coming and they require some flexibility in our notions of privacy.

    What's the solution? Municipalities must gear up and lead privacy governance as well as set direction for smart cities. They must not outsource these initiatives. They are mostly underfunded and ill equiped to this right now, causing a vacuum that Google and others are trying to fill.

    Is Apple to be trusted any more than Google? Only if you believe their marketing campaigns that's aiming to sell more phones.

  • U.S. venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who has become increasingly critical of Big Tech’s approach to privacy, has described the development plans as “the most highly evolved version to date” of the type of “surveillance capitalism” which is central to the business models of Google and Facebook in particular

    U.S. venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who has become increasingly critical of Big Tech’s approach to privacy, has described the development plans as “the most highly evolved version to date” of the type of “surveillance capitalism” which is central to the business models of Google and Facebook in particular.

    “No matter what Google is offering,” McNamee wrote to the city council, ”the value to Toronto cannot possibly approach the value your city is giving up. It is a dystopian vision that has no place in a democratic society.”

  • The lesson to be learned is that nothing can be done until it is approved and Smart city is not approved. There are a lot of questions that haven't been answered. One of the big hurdles is the province of Ontario and it has a big say