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daily 02/04/2014

    • But perhaps equally important is that Bill Gates resigning as chairman and taking a daily role at the company.
    • When Gates stepped back, the company replaced him with a group of 43 people to try and replicate his approach
    • When a founder used to the lead role shares power with a new CEO, it can go badly. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson ceded the job of CEO of the clothing retailer to Christine Day, but stayed on as chairman. Day was popular and oversaw huge growth, but ended up leaving the company due to tension with Wilson. The company learned from its mistake: When Laurent Potdevin took over from Day, Wilson stepped down as chairman and stepped back from the company.
    • Gates’s return will ideally put muscle and authority behind Nadella’s vision, which the new CEO describes as re-imagining Microsoft for a cloud and mobile-first world.
    • More importantly, it established Netflix as a force to be reckoned with in the original programming space; Amazon, Hulu, and other companies are still trying to match that success. The original BBC miniseries that inspired Netflix’s adaptation ran as a trilogy, each containing four hour-long parts. Season two of House of Cards will be available for streaming starting February 14th
  • @smartfootball It’s ham and eggs. A regular RT is like the chicken. A manual RT is the hog. One is involved, the other is invested.

  • Just had lunch with Country Music Star & my friend Jack Ingram. If you haven’t heard his music go get it NOW.

    • When a private company like Jawbone starts growing fast, figuring out how best to finance its expansion becomes more of a science. Sometimes taking on debt can be an easy solution, notes Gene Urcan, managing director at boutique investment bank Capello Group. “Debt can be easier for firms at early stage because they don’t have to give up ownership and they can restructure the debt with cheaper [ loans],” Urcan said. “When you sell equity you take on more partners, who have a say in your business and you potentially give up some of the upside of your business.”
    • The FDA may be the primary regulatory body that Apple will need to work with in the U.S. but it isn’t the only one. The company will need to comply with regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and potentially other agencies as well. The most notable HHS requirement is HIPAA, the law and regulations that govern privacy and security of a patient’s health information. HIPAA requirements generally impact organizations that deal with patient health information on a daily basis, like medical practices, hospitals, and insurers. However, they can apply to companies that track, store, or transmit that information. If Apple focuses on recording health data in iOS 8 and syncs that data across devices using iCloud, Apple places itself at risk of an HHS investigation if iCloud experiences a data breach. Last year HHS ratcheted up the
    • According to a pair of recent reports, Apple has targeted healthcare as the next industry to disrupt. By leveraging sensor technology and a dedicated mobile app, Apple aims to make the long-rumored iWatch into a powerful health tracking tool that could revolutionize general health and fitness, as well as clinical monitoring of key data points for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
    • “They are either trying to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps and this was an initial meeting,” Mr. McAndrew said, “or Apple has been trying to push something through the FDA for a while and they’ve had hangups.
    • Although there are two major device approval processes available from the FDA, the most common and the one Apple is most likely to pursue is the 510(k) process that allows a company to prove that a new device is substantially equivalent to a previously cleared device. This process rarely requires any type of clinical trials.
    • Then they got to work, setting up a hydroponic garden of peashoots, arugula, radish, and more—all softly illuminated with purplish-pink LED light.
    • While urban farming clamors for space in crowded cities, the subterranean cityscape is full of abandoned tunnels, old subway lines, and ancient aqueducts. Mushroom farmers, whose produce need no light, have already set up occasional shop underground. For example, the Li-Sun Exotic Mushroom in Australia operates out of an unused railway tunnel.
    • I worked with a traffic engineer in the mid-90’s who said then that the walk-light buttons were rarely if ever connected to anything, much less the stoplights. The point was that if there was a pedestrian crossing light, but no button, people tended to walk up and wait for a couple seconds then cross against the light, even if traffic was coming. By giving people a button to push, it made them feel like they were a part of the process and it convinced them to wait till the light changed (traffic and pedestrian lights) and it was safe for everybody. Sounds like traffic engineering has made a bit of a change since then, but I still figure more often than not the buttons are dummies for dummies rather than an actual switch.
    • I told him they should make them beep when pressed that way it gave a positive feedback and further encouraged people to play with them. His response was that the city didn’t want to have to pay to run power to the switch plate. The buttons were literally in empty boxes screwed to the light poles with no connection to anything.
    • To achieve that authenticity, the company mounted two RED Epic video cameras at the stem and stern of the ship. The gear has to be marine compliant and weathertight to deal with the sun, heat, salt, and water that comes with being at sea. Fiber-optic cable carries the video to a server, then to a set-top box that decodes and processes the video before it’s displayed on the screen. But the real trick is nixing any latency between the camera and the display.
    • “At the outset we had to answer questions around how people would react to an immersive display in a small place with no sunlight,” Miller told WIRED. “We consulted two scientists from MIT and Harvard to advise us … so that we could design in mechanisms to avoid any unpleasant side effects.”
    • Fentanyl is closely related to heroin but cheaper and between 50 to 80 times more potent, making it an appealing substitute for drug dealers and users. Many drug-screening tests fail to detect fentanyl, because its concentration in a user’s urine is typically lower than that of heroin.
    • When he leaves Leela — who’s a very beloved assistant — he just laughs after it. There’s none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and “on to the next one,” you know.
    • Furthermore, SPAs are widely supported by a rapidly growing number of reliable JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as Backbone.JS, AnjularJS, Ember.JS and KnockoutJS and are relatively easy to develop. Because the separation of concerns between the client and server code is an accepted fundamental best practice of service-oriented architecture, most professional software developers find the SPA’s architecture approach both logical and correct.
    • It also takes the air out of certain Joseph Campbell story tropes, but it does it in a very nice, loving way. 
    • “With the Chromecast, we’re resetting consumer applications,” said Rishi Chandra, Chromecast’s director of product management. People, he said, “should expect their phones or  tablet applications to just work on the television.”
    • To accept U2 at this point, of course, is to expect that lyrically the band will work to inspire, will convey some sort of grandly unified message that speaks truth to power without being too political about it. “Invisible” is exactly that: an uplifting message song with little nuance but much Truth.

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