Softbank eating the world

Softbank acquired BostonDynamics, the four legs robots maker, alongside secretive Schaft, two-legged robots maker. Softbank, the perpetual acquirer of emerging leaders, has entered a foray into artificial life by diluting their stakes in media and communications and setting a stronghold into the full supply chain of artificial life. The chain starts with chipsets where ARM was …

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The Not So Peculiar Case of A Diamond in The Rough

IBM stock was hit severely in recent month, mostly due to the disappointment from the latest earnings report. It wasn’t a real disappointment, but IBM had a buildup of expectations from their ongoing turnaround, and the recent earnings announcement has poured cold water on the growing enthusiasm. This post is about IBM’s story but carries a …

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

If I had to single out an individual development that elevated the sophistication of cybercrime by order of magnitude, it would be sharing. Code sharing, vulnerabilities sharing, knowledge sharing, stolen passwords and anything else one can think of. Attackers that once worked in silos, in essence competing, have discovered and fully embraced the power of …

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Right and Wrong in AI

Background The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) 2016 competition has captured the imagination of many with its AI challenge. In a nutshell, it is a contest where seven highly capable computers compete, and a team owns each computer. Each group creates a piece of software which can autonomously identify flaws in their computer and fix …

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The King is Back

Hi All, I am very happy to announce that King Ping is up and running again. This time under new ownership of Rodney Trotter, the person who acquired King Ping site assets. Working out the sale of King Ping to Rodney was a great pleasure and I found him an excellent and reliable  business man …

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2007 Wrap-up in Aggreg

Hi All and Happy Holidays! 2007 was an excellent year for me personally and for Aggreg as well. During 2007 we have reached the following achievements: – We have launched Aggreg corporate web site – Strategicboard, our blog search engine, reached a steady 20K daily unique visitors and the trend is going up. Most of …

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aggreg roadmap (Strategicboard, King Ping, TrendMapper)

aggreg, the new web holding company I formed is the owner of Strategicboard, which has been upgraded lately. aggreg, in the recent three months have acquired two web 2.0 services. We first acquired King Ping, the central blog update service and then Trend Mapper Trend Mapper, a keyword based free trending service, tracking visibility of …

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The Unbearable Ease of Web 2.0

Creating a Web 2.0 company is easy! Making money of it is hard! These are two profound and silent truths that anyone involved in the Web 2.0 era knows and finds hard to admit. Web 2.0 startups are quite similar to the startups that existed during 1994-1998 internet wave except for the new "boiler plate" …

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Why core blogosphere companies are sold too early?

There are rumors nowadays about the possibility of Technorati being sold to Yahoo or Google and the large volume of commenting made me think whether companies such as Bloglines (sold to Ask Jeeves) or now Technorati are looking to exit the game too early. I do think that it all depends on the promise RSS …

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