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Facebook's emotion study offers us all a valuable lesson about openness

- I studied Brave New World for O-level. That's how old I am: pre-GCSE. I bet you've come across it somewhere too.

Google is surely putting its energy into making cool stuff, not more advertising

- My Twitter stream is currently full of friends attending Google I/O, where it unveils all the cool stuff people are going to be able to build on. It's the usual mixture of excited squeals at clever new things and cynical mutterings about how Google will bend everything it has invented or bought so that it can show you more advertising. But I never worry about that, because I think Google is trying to get out of advertising.

Ikea's lawyers show that overly protecting a brand can be bad for business

- One of the things I liked about being a planner was seeing inside businesses - and that almost universal realisation that what everyone thought they were good at wasn't the real key to their success. What Nike is really good at is procurement. What Honda is really good at is culture. What Lego is really good at is manufacturing. That kind of thing.

Our jobs could be under threat from the Eugene Goostmans of the world

- Have you seen the movie Transcendence with Johnny Depp? I don't recommend it. Appallingly overblown sci-fi guff about a scientist who gets himself "uploaded" into a computer - becoming a glitchy, screen-based entity spouting platitudes in that spiky green font evil computers always seem to use. I saw it on a rainy afternoon and, as a little coding exercise, I thought I would try to upload my wife.

The web idealists have a point: content can't truly blossom in walled gardens

- There's a small and growing movement known as the "IndieWeb". I hear more about it every day.

At least New York Times isn't waiting for the whole digital lark to just go away

- The New York Times had a bit of a leak the other week - an internal report on how they were doing at "digital". It was depressingly familiar reading for those who have been trying to get organisations to "do digital" for a very long time, but you have to hand it to them: at least they commissioned a report and they got people who were smart enough to write a really good one.

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