Startups in the Cloud

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March 4, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

Who Needs an Office, Really?

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While larger companies are deciding how much of their workforce to send back to the office once the pandemic recedes, an increasing number of tech startups are wondering if they can make do without a lease altogether, the Wall Street Journal reports. Thepast year has shown some tech entrepreneurs that their ability to collaborate online is strong—and that they might be better off building their businesses entirely in the cloud.

2_ANALYTICS

The Power of Small Data


In the world of big data, gigabytes are worth less than pennies—but that loose change can add up to dollars for a small business, MarketingLand reports. They may not have the quantity of data—or the means—to use big data techniques on their own, but small firms can tap into solutions that help derive value from "small data."

3_CONTENT

The Big Impact of Bite-Sized Content

Short videos—60 seconds or less, made and shared on apps like TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram—are not just a fun way to pass the time; they've transformed how we work, communicate and learn. In a TED Talk, digital strategist Qiuqing Tai explores the explosive rise of bite-sized content and forecasts its promise as an economic and social force.

4_APPS

The Best Password Managers Available Now

Trying to memorize dozens of passwords can be a challenge, and using the same old password over and over is downright dangerous. Hence the growth of password managers that can help users seamlessly oversee and handle all their login credentials. CNet looks at some of the best free and subscription password managers now on the market.

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5_DESIGN

What Lies Behind Trello’s Redesign 


Trello doesn't want to be a productivity tool anymore, Protocol reports. Instead of a digital version of the sticky notes on your whiteboard, Trello now wants to be the dashboard for your entire digital work life. Going forward, a Figma design can be a Trello card. A YouTube video, a Dropbox file, an Amazon listing—they all can be Trello cards.

6_STRATEGY

Will the Gray Lady Outlast Facebook and Google? 


The New York Times has become one of the most durable brands in media, by pivoting to the "Luxury space," writes Scott Galloway, a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. His prediction: The Gray Lady will outlive Facebook and Google.

7_TECHNOLOGY

How Tech Might Rescue Winter Sports

COVID-19 has crippled the winter sports industry, but a digital revolution will help it recover, researchers from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany say. Writing on The Conversation, they point to technological developments accelerated by the pandemic such as smart tracking systems for live information on how busy lifts, routes and restaurants are and contactless features, such as cashless payments.

8_SECURITY

America’s Role in the Zero-Day Market


When it came to zero-days, secret vulnerabilities in code, governments weren’t regulators; they were clients. These holes made up the raw material for their espionage tools and cyberweapons. And, as Nicole Perlroth explains in an excerpt from her book, “This How They Tell Me the World Ends,” the lucrative business of dealing in code vulnerabilities is central to espionage and war planning.

9_INTERNET

A $3.2 Billion Plan to Narrow the Digital Divide


The FCC last week unveiled a new program that will distribute much-needed financial help to Americans stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide, Vice reports. Under the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program, low-income households that qualify will receive discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service. 

10_SAY WHAT?

Going Incognito in Real Life

Me.Ring, a new concept from the design firm Argodesign, is a connected switch that you wear on your finger, Fast Company reports. When you’re open to your data being collected (from your face, your location, or just about anything else you can imagine), you switch it on. When you want to stay anonymous, you switch it off. The device today is a concept only, but Argodesign says it knows how to make the technical end work.

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