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Bill Gates is gone and the dot-com era is over: It’s only the end of the beginning

AS FACEBOOK turns ten, and with Bill Gates stepping down as Microsoft chairman, it feels like something is drawing to an end. But if so, it is only the end of the technological revolution’s beginning. Continue reading

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Nimble thinkers can leave long-term visionaries locked in a time warp

IN WESTERN Texas, they’re building a clock in a mountain designed to last for 10,000 years. The project, backed by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos and many other tech luminaries, will take decades to complete and is the centrepiece of a movement to encourage more long-term thinking. The foundation behind it makes a point of writing the year as 02012 as a reminder of how much future there is ahead of us. Continue reading

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Publishing’s future hangs in the balance: This is no time to pick winners

IN THE tradition of digital success leading to massive antitrust lawsuits, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) this week filed a suit against Apple and five publishers for allegedly conspiring to keep ebook prices artificially high. Apple’s epublishing rival Amazon rubbed salt on the wound by promptly cutting its Kindle ebook prices even further. But no one should be too smug. The upturning of traditional publishing models has only just begun and neither Apple nor Amazon – certainly not a DoJ prosecutor – has the answer to where it will all end up. Continue reading

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