Linearity vs serendipity vs filter-bubble

You think you want a linear newsfeed, but actually, the data shows that you’re wrong. Facebook is the first company to measure false consciousness.

Surfing, metrics and creation: Facebook and Snap, March 7, 2017 at 04:04 AM

End of an empire?

This is probably what it felt like to be a British foreign service officer after World War II, when you realize, no, the sun actually does set on your empire,” said the mid-level officer.

‘They Really Want to Blow This Place Up’: Scenes From Trump’s State Department, March 11, 2017 at 06:59 PM

Uber’s valuation – company v/s market

Its valuation is that high despite the fact that it’s not profitable, and despite the fact that it has little protection from competitors baked into what it is and does.

Uber’s valuation, in other words, is a reflection of the global marketplace and not a reflection of Uber’s own durability as a company.

What Happens If Uber Fails?, March 23, 2017 at 03:00AM

Policing by consent

The Metropolitan Police, which covers most of London, was founded in 1829 on the principle of “policing by consent” rather than by force.

Giving everyday police officers guns sends the wrong message to communities, so this thinking goes, and can actually cause more problems than it solves.

Why London doesn’t arm most of its police officers, March 23, 2017 at 05:09PM

India’s GDP growth, or of 60% of it

Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist at L&T Holdings, said the current year’s growth “appears to be overstated as our National Accounts Statistics does not adequately capture activities from the unorganised sector“.

“While the numbers make sense in terms of direction of change, their actual magnitude appears to be overstated,” she said.

The so-called “unorganised sector” – made up of informal workers – is believed to account for about 40% of India’s economy.

Indian economic growth slows in final quarter of 2016 – BBC News, February 28, 2017 at 10:55PM