Notes on São Paulo, in four apps

I’ve just come back from two weeks in São Paulo, Brazil, vis­it­ing friends and fam­i­ly (my wife’s side). I last vis­it­ed three years ago, and since that time there’s been a clear increase in smart­phone use. Brazil’s smart­phone pen­e­tra­tion is about 40% (of mobile users), and in com­par­a­tive­ly wealthy São Paulo it’s like­ly much high­er than the […]

Data use and privacy in Web services

Tim Cook recent­ly made a speech attack­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pa­nies (e.g. Google and Face­book) for mak­ing mon­ey by sell­ing their users’ pri­va­cy. The prob­lem with what he said is that, first of all, it’s fun­da­men­tal­ly incor­rect. As Ben Thomp­son points out (sub­scrip­tion required): It’s sim­ply not true to say that Google or Face­book are sell­ing off […]