LeWeb Insights: Carriers Take Another Hit With Android’s Shift to IP Messaging

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It used to be that the wireless carriers had exclusive control of the calling and messaging applications on the mobile device. In the old world, carriers could charge customers separately for calls, messages, and data. Now, with the increasing prevalence of high speed mobile data, many calls and messages are sent and received using IP communications apps such as Skype and …

LeWeb Insights: New Sci-Fi Examines Opportunities and Perils of the Interconnected World

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Two new novels, Crux by futurist Ramez Naam and The Circle by novelist Dave Eggers, project our current ethical dilemmas about privacy and autonomy onto a precariously interconnected future. Shot through with shades of grey, both novels tackle the opportunities and perils that social computing and brain-computer networking represent for humanity. In Crux – the follow up to his first, critically acclaimed novel Nexus – Naam envisions …