Link: There is no “technology industry”

‘But today, the major players in what’s called the “tech industry” are enormous conglomerates that regularly encompass everything from semiconductor factories to high-end retail stores to Hollywood-style production studios. The upstarts of the business can work on anything from cleaning your laundry to creating drones. There’s no way to put all these different kinds of products and services into any one coherent bucket now that they encompass the entire world of business.’
Original source: There is no “technology industry”

Link: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech

“[W]e shouldn’t have to depend on journalism to do the tedious, serious work of understanding the problems with algorithms any more than we depend on it to pursue the latest questions in sociology or environmental science.”

More: “There is essentially no distinct field of academic study that takes seriously the responsibility of understanding and critiquing the role of technology — and specifically, the algorithms that are responsible for so many decisions — in our lives.”
Original source: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech

More on GigaOm’s closing

Well, this is a problem:

But Gigaom’s research business had actually become a significant drag on the company. While it had started out as a “pro” subscription business charging individuals as much as $299 a year, after a couple of pivots, the company’s research arm was now focused on creating custom whitepapers and other products, like Webinars, for corporate clients. While that group booked $8 million in business last year, it wasn’t profitable. That was partly due to high sales and product costs and but also because some of that $8 million never materialized as the company didn’t create the work it was supposed to.

As reported in one of the more in-depth pieces in GigaOm over at re/code.

Good journalism takes money. If you are made to pay, it’s to serve you better and please you

The advertisements will be a little bigger, too, and my advice is for you not to complain, but to engage with our sponsors, who pay the bills around this joint and who make our strategic, tactical, and technical material possible.

I’m a fan of everything TPM writes, he’s excellent and his coverage is always deep and timely. The Four Hundred/IT Jungle is about the best place for keeping up with IBM news. You can skip the AS/400 stuff and just read then general IBM news. Also, Enterprise Tech is a similarly excellent approach to general infrastructure concerns.

Good journalism takes money. If you are made to pay, it’s to serve you better and please you

In one of the recently published podcasts, Alex and I discuss the tech news world. If you want a really surreal write-up of the show, check out the awesome show-notes.

This episode is pretty un-representative of the show, but here’s the feed for the podcast if you’re interested in subscribing. And, there’s a video if you prefer that kind of thing.

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