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Automattic invests in open decentralized comms ecosystem Matrix

Automattic, the open source force behind WordPress, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and Tumblr, has made a $4.6M strategic investment into New Vector — the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. New Vector also developed a Slack rival (Riot) which runs on Matrix. Matrix is an open source project that publishes the Matrix open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication, and its Apache licensed  reference implementations.

New Vector’s decentralized tech powers instant messaging for a number of government users, including France — which forked Riot to launch a messaging app last year (Tchap) — and Germany, which just announced its armed forces will be adopting Matrix as the backbone for all internal comms; as well as for KDE, Mozilla, RedHat and Wikimedia, and others.

https://vector.imhttps://matrix.org, h/t: Techcrunch

 

Gilbane Advisor 1-30-19 — Structured content & robots, website first, AR & Blockchain almost

Conversations with robots: voice, smart agents & the case for structured content

The benefits of structured content have been clear for decades, but the cost and effort to create and manage it limited adoption to complex ‘mission-critical’ applications. Today, there are better tools, more expertise, and a much broader range of business and consumer applications that require structured content to be effective, competitive, cost efficient, and future-ready. Designer Andy Fitzgerald explains why structured content is more important than ever.

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Illustration by Dougal MacPherson

A useful read for project teams, with illustrated examples helpful for shared understanding. Read More

Why founders should start with a website, not a mobile app

And not just founders, though it is more critical for them. Most startups have few resources, and need to rapidly build a product, customer base, and supporting infrastructure before their money, or investor patience, runs out. Kapwing founder & CEO Julia Enthoven’s description of her startups’ decision cuts to the chase. Read More

Despite limitations, publishers plot more augmented reality for 2019

That bet is motivated by lots of work publishers did last year. The New York Times produced 13 different augmented reality projects in 2018, ranging from an investigation into a bombing in Syria to a visit to the large hadron collider at CERN; Time Magazine launched its first-ever augmented reality issue of its magazine; The Washington Post, which started producing augmented reality content in 2017, continued producing projects in 2018… But augmented reality still faces significant limitations. Read More

Blockchain’s Occam problem

Blockchain has yet to become the game-changer some expected. A key to finding the value is to apply the technology only when it is the simplest solution available. Read More

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Gilbane Advisor 10-25-18 — flat world, infrastructure app cycle, digital archives

Internet, social, device growth flat in U.S.

Certainly not news to suppliers of these technologies and services, and unsurprising to others. But this is just the kind of trend that is so obvious the reach of the repercussions can easily be overlooked. Any business that, even indirectly, depends on these products for growth, needs to assess how the saturation effects their product and market strategies. Read More

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The myth of the infrastructure phase

A common narrative in the Web 3.0 community is that we are in an infrastructure phase and the right thing to be working on right now is building out that infrastructure… in fact, the history of new technologies shows that apps beget infrastructure, not the other way around. Read More

The battle for the home

We don’t usually include articles behind paywalls in this newsletter, but Ben Thompson often publishes free articles, and this free product / business / competitive overview Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple home products is an excellent read. It is also an example of high quality content marketing for a subscription-funded publication. Read More

Challenges in using blockchains to build trust in digital archiving

Public digital archives seem like a critical, and relatively straightforward, application for blockchains. Open Data Institute researchers have been investigating, and share their findings so far, and next steps. The author is a technical researcher but this is a very readable post suitable for anyone interested in digital archiving or potential blockchain applications. Read More

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Gilbane Advisor 9-26-18 — voice assistant use, blockchain martech, JS as CO2, disruption

The paradox of intelligent assistants

Nielsen Norman tries to reconcile the poor usability of voice assistants with their high adoption rate. TL;DR users stick with the simple. Read More

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22 blockchain-based martech companies you should know

Obviously this is an early market, though with lots of activity. This article provides some good advice and a useful look at some of the early use cases for marketers and the vendors involved in each. Read More

The “developer experience” bait-and-switch

JavaScript is the web’s CO2. We need some of it, but too much puts the entire ecosystem at risk. Those who emit the most are furthest from suffering the consequences — until the ecosystem collapses. The web will not succeed in the markets and form-factors where computing is headed unless we get JS emissions under control. … Against this grim backdrop, there’s something peculiar about conversations regarding the costs of JS-oriented development: a rhetorical substitution of developer value for user value. Read More

Innovation, software, and disruption

The actual title of Benedict Evans’ post is “Tesla, software and disruption”. But, as Evans suggests, the piece can be read as a valuable, and especially interesting, case study that is broadly applicable to many industries and markets. The more complex the product, the more hardware and software components to integrate, or replace. Disruptions happen up and down supply chains, and across supplier business models, and are not necessarily easy to predict. Read More

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Gilbane Advisor 3-6-18 — What’s open, why decentralization, blockchain for publishing, breakthroughs

Why decentralization matters

Chris Dixon has a really useful post explaining the intense interest in decentralized cryptonetworks and why he thinks they will drive a return to a more open internet less dominated by the major platforms. His post is short, clear, accessible, and a great starting point for strategic discussions.

Platform dynamics | decentralization

The 140+ comments are useful as well but keep in mind there is a natural tension between centralized and decentralized networks in the same way there is between all proprietary and open architectures — there is a role for each and a tendency for one or the other to dominate at different points in time and usefulness. There are also different types of decentralization which can too easily be conflated. Read More

The meaning of open

Google’s Alex Komoroske digs into the tension and interplay between open and closed systems in a thoughtful piece that is a good companion read (not a response) to Dixon’s piece on decentralization. In the context of what it means to be open in general, you’ll get some insight into Google’s thinking about the balance between their own platform components and being part of the open web. Read More

The next platform for media and makers

Jarrod Dicker, who you may know from the Washington Post, Time, Huffington, and The RebelMouse content management system, believes it’s time for a blockchain-based platform for content creators and publishers. Dicker just left the Post to be CEO of Blockchain startup Po.et. This will be interesting to watch. Read More

10 breakthrough technologies 2018

MIT Technology Review’s annual list is always worth reading. It comes as close to a carefully curated and neutral list as you’ll find. And while their broad coverage means not all the technologies will have a near term impact on your business decisions, they are likely to be “technologies that will have a profound effect on our lives.” Read More

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