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Las cinco fuerzas que definirán el futuro de la economía y la sociedad

Si analizamos el pasado reciente, descubrimos cómo algunos elementos como el clima global, el envejecimiento de la población y el aumento de la desigualdad están modelando el presente. Y su efecto no acaba aquí, van a definir las próximas décadas, y la tecnología debe ser capaz de darles respuesta
Source: MIT

La vacuna contra el coronavirus no estará lista hasta 2021 como mínimo

Existen varios enfoques para desarrollarla, unos más ágiles que otros. Aunque podamos crear una a gran velocidad, tendrá que someterse a pruebas intensivas de seguridad y eficacia, que no pueden obviarse ni acelerarse. Mientras esperamos, la principal estrategia está en las medidas de contención
Source: MIT

Pros y contras de las mejores webs para informarse sobre el coronavirus

Hay docenas de portales que muestran cómo se está propagando la epidemia de COVID-19, pero no todos son iguales. Hemos analizado diez de los más populares para crear una clasificación con sus pros y contras. Hay algunos muy intuitivos, otros muy bonitos y algunos con más información que el resto
Source: MIT

Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92

The Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 is our top pick among budget desktops for its excellent value, delivering speedy performance and a solid feature set at a very reasonable price.
Source: PC MAG

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra’s Elite Active 75t earphones improve upon the original pair with a more secure fit and a waterproof design for a real true wireless winner.
Source: PC MAG

Skyroam Solis Lite

The Skyroam Solis Lite is a solid international hotspot you can buy or rent, with long battery life and widespread coverage that offers unlimited LTE data in over 130 countries.
Source: PC MAG

Google’s Vint Cerf voices support for common criteria for political ad targeting

Google VP Vint Cerf has voiced support for a single set of standards for Internet platforms to apply around political advertising.

Speaking to the UK parliament’s Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee today, the long time Googler — who has been chief Internet evangelist at the tech giant since 2005 — was asked about the targeting criteria it allows for political ads and whether he thinks there should be a common definition all platforms should apply.

“Your idea that there might be common criteria for political advertising I think has a certain merit to it,” he told the committee. “Because then we would see consistency of treatment — and that’s important because there are so many different platforms available for purposes of — not just advertising but political speech.”

“In the US we’ve already experienced the serious side effects of some of the abuse of these platforms and the ability to target specific audiences for purposes of inciting disagreement,” he added. “We should make it difficult for our platforms to be abused in that way.”

The committee had raised the point that Google and Facebook currently apply different criteria around political ads — also asking whether advertisers could use Google’s tools to target political issue ads at a particular geographical region, such as South Bend in Northern Indiana.

“I don’t think that criterion is allowed in our advertising system,” Cerf responded on that specific example. “I don’t think that we’re that refined, particularly in the political space… We have a small number of criteria that are permitted for targeting political ads.”

Last November Google announced limits on political microtargeting — saying it would limit the ability for advertisers to target political demographics, and also committing itself to take action against “demonstrably false claims.”

The move remains in stark contrast to Facebook which dug in at the start of this year — refusing to limit targeting criteria for political ads. Instead it trumpeted a few settings tweaks that it claimed would afford users more controls over ads. As we (and many others) warned at the time, such tweaks offer no meaningful way for Facebook users to prevent the company’s pervasive background profiling of their Internet activity from being repurposed as an attack surface to erode democracy.

Last year some of Facebook’s own staff also critcized its decision not to restrict politicians from lying in ads and called for it to limit the use of Custom Audiences — arguing microtargeting works against the public scrutiny that Facebook claims keeps politicians honest. However the company has held the line on refusing to apply limits to political ads — with the occasional exception.

The committee also asked Cerf if he has any concerns about online misinformation and disinformation emerging on platforms related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Cerf responded by saying he’s “very concerned about the abuse of the system and looking for ways to counter that”.

“I use our tools every single day. I don’t think I would survive without having the ability to search through the world wide web — get information — get answers. I exercise critical thinking as much as I can about the sources and the content. I am a very optimistic person with regard to the value of what’s been done so far. I am very concerned about the abuse of the system and looking for ways to counter that — and those ways may be mechanical but they also involve the ‘wet ware’ up here,” he said, gesturing at his head.

“So my position is this is all positive stuff but how do we preserve the value of what we defend against the abuse? … We’re human beings and we should try very hard to make our tools serve us and our society in a positive way.”


Source: TechCrunch

Jack Dorsey to remain Twitter CEO after all – CNET

The company’s cofounder was facing down an investor seeking to fire him.
Source: CNET

As stocks continue to tumble, what’s ahead for startups?

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

The world is a mess today. Everything that trades is down, and sentiment is in the toilet. Even Robinhood is undertaking its ritual downtime, ensuring that its userbase holds through the selloff. The unicorn’s inability to stay online could be viewed as feature instead of a bug. How? Because it prevents panic selling, we suppose.

On a more serious note, what is going to happen to startups during all of this? In honor of thinking out loud, I have a few guesses that I wanted to write down. As always, though, I want to hear from you. Email in if you have a prediction that’s worth sharing.1 I might post a few later in the week.

For everyone in a hurry, here’s my set of guesses (details below): SaaS valuations retreat, but retain their premium; D2C’s problems multiply, but select players survive; customer acquisition costs (CAC) issues lessen as spend slows; venture totals slip materially in Q1 (never mind what you read on VC Twitter); Q1 IPOs are garbage and Q2 doesn’t get much better unless stocks return to highs.

Let’s dig into each in detail.

Predictions


Source: TechCrunch

Electric cars may not get cuter than the Microlino 2.0 – Roadshow

The Isetta bubble car returns for a whole new era. This most recent design should be significantly safer than the original and has a path to production.
Source: CNET

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