This week we feature articles from Ben Thompson and Jesus Rodriguez.
Additional reading comes from Pete Warden, Rand Fishkin, and Nature.
News comes from Adobe, dbt & Databricks, MongoDB & Google Cloud, Yext, and HeartCore.
Opinion / Analysis
Back to the future of Twitter
Ben Thompson has a proposal for Elon Musk, or anyone else willing to take the company private, on what to do with Twitter’s business model that is definitely worth a read. It is one of his weekly posts so not behind his paywall.
If you are familiar with the Bluesky project initially funded by Twitter, and now a separate organization, you might wonder why Thompson didn’t mention it. In response to a question on Twitter on how it differed he said his “proposal is much more technically feasible”. Maybe, maybe not, but his business case is more developed. (10 min)
The paper that can change the foundations of all blockchain cryptography
The foundation of cryptographic techniques used in L1 and L2 blockchains is premised on the existence of one-way-functions. If a one-way-function exists for a given problem, then its cryptographically secured and, if not, its likely to be vulnerable to different attacks. However, so far it has been nearly impossible to prove the existence of one-way-functions. In their paper, researchers from Cornell University found an answer drawing parallels to an obscure area of computer science.
The math behind the paper is well beyond me, but Rodriguez provides an easily digestible description of why this is important (4 min).
- Is Google Spying on your Conversations? Apparently not. via Pete Warden’s blog
- In case you were confused, prepare to be convinced… Provable marketing attribution is a boondoggle; Trust your gut instead via Sparktoro blog
- A look at some scientific applications of GNNs… The graph connection via Nature
Content technology news
Adobe introduces Frame.io for Creative Cloud
With Frame.io for Creative Cloud, video editors and key project stakeholders are able to collaborate seamlessly in the cloud.
dbt Labs announces availability on Databricks Partner Connect
Databricks users will now be able to get started with dbt Cloud from directly within the Databricks interface.
MongoDB announces pay-as-you-go on Google Cloud
Google console integration will simplify discoverability, subscription, onboarding, and management of MongoDB Atlas when running on Google Cloud.
Yext updates platform
Updated functions include the Nebula algorithm, posting modernization, search merchandiser, connectors, listings, and navigation.
HeartCore upgrades content management system
New CMS version allows for centralized headless distribution of diversified content management and delivery (including PIM and DAM).
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