Mark Hurd passed away

Mark Hurd was a giant in the industry. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Oracle. His passing away marks a very sad day for the entire industry.

Floppy Disks coordinate missile launches.

Good News: US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches. You’ll probably think this technology is around for many years, since the 70ies or even longer. The article confirms these 8-inch floppy disks have been in use since the 1970ies. You’ll probably also expect this is proven and well tested, and any approach to replace this is well considered.

Well, then the article has bad news for you.

Now, the US strategic command has announced that it has replaced the drives with a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution,” Lt. Col. Jason Rossi told c4isrnet.com.

People looking at this product

Have you ever wondered, how websites know how many people look at a particular product? Ophir Harpaz investigated:

Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater”

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is…

Valid question…

Source: Steve Blank Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

Five Deadly Product Management Sins

Avoid these Product Management Pitfalls
Five Deadly Sins in Product Management.
  • No One Understands What You Do
  • Not Being Effective
  • Being Tactical and Not Strategic
  • No Formal Career Plan
  • Not Enjoying Your Job

These are, apart from being strategic, probably all solid advises for any other role. The article is a lot more verbose on why these are relevant for Product Management.

Learn about the five deadly sins that can stop people from rising quickly in Product Management. Avoid these and keep them from killing your career.

Source: Five Deadly Product Management Career Sins | 280 Group

What you do is who you are.

Ben Horowitz, of Andreessen Horowitz (software is eating the world), wrote a new book. It is titled “What you do is who you are.“, and will, following the announcement, discuss corporate cultural standards and how they changed over the years, of course with a particular focus on the tech industry. It’s a hot candidate for this winters reading list.

Mozilla unveils YouTube recommendation horror stories

Somehow, a fun read. Still problematic, and somewhat scary, at the scale YouTube relies on recommendations.

YouTube Horror Stories
YouTube Horror Stories

Mozilla gathered 28 user-submitted stories, detailing incidents where YouTube’s recommendation served videos featuring racism, conspiracies, and violence.

Source: Mozilla unveils 28 horror stories about YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

Facebook Video engagement.

Facebook would pay $40 million to resolve claims how the company falsely reported Video usage numbers. Given the industry faced incredible growth of the video market over the past decade, companies shifted their strategy, agencies invested, campaigns were created for that single purpose alone. In the context of how the business grew, these alleged numbers are neglegible.

“The average viewership metrics were not inflated by only 60%-80%; they were inflated by some 150 to 900%,”

via hollywoodreporter.com.

It is, however, not the first time Facebook was caught reporting incorrect numbers.

via link.

Thoma Bravo to buy Sophos

Sophos Logo
Sophos Logo

Both company announce the plans for the acquisition today. The private equity company Thoma Bravo plans to buy the UK-based cyber-security giant Sophos for $7.40 per share, for a total value of $3.9 billion, at a 37% market premium.