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How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views | MIT Technology Review
Today, Eduardo Graells-Garrido at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as well as Mounia Lalmas and Daniel Quercia, both at Yahoo Labs, say they’ve hit on a way to burst the filter bubble. Their idea that although people may have opposing views on sensitive topics, they may also share interests in other areas. And they’ve built a recommendation engine that points these kinds of people towards each other based on their own preferences.
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13 days ago by msszczep
The land bubble explodes - MacroBusiness
In a country with an abundance of land like Australia, how can this happen?
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17 days ago by juliusbeezer
Why today’s tech boom isn’t like the 1990s bubble - Vox
But while there are some superficial similarities between today's technology boom and the bubble of the late 1990s, there's also a huge difference. The internet not only has 10 times as many users as it had 16 years ago, it's also much more central to users' lives and — therefore — the economy. In 1999, big, profitable internet companies were mostly a theoretical concept. Today, companies like Facebook and Google have proven that it's possible to make huge profits online.

When you buy stock in a company, what you're ultimately buying is a share of its future profits. A bubble is when company values soar without a corresponding rise in their earning potential.

A final complication to valuing privately held companies is that a company that's worth $1 billion on paper may not actually be worth a billion dollars.

What this means in practice is that a private company being "valued at" $50 billion isn't comparable to a public company with a $50 billion market capitalization. If you think Uber's probably not worth $50 billion, you're in good company. Even the people who invested in Uber at a $50 billion valuation probably don't think Uber is worth $50 billion right now. They do believe that if all goes well, Uber could be worth more than $50 billion in a few years. But they may also have structured the deal so that if Uber underperforms expectations (but doesn't go completely bankrupt), they'll still get most of their money back.

While people can quibble about the value of any particular startup, the bigger picture here is that the internet is a vastly larger market today than it was in 1999. In 1999, there were fewer than 300 million people online. Today it's close to 3 billion people. And internet users today are far more accustomed to spending money online than they were 16 years ago.
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20 days ago by hakan
Is Silicon Valley in Another Tech Bubble? | Vanity Fair
With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton reports.
SiliconValley  startup  venturecapital  bubble  SanFrancisco  critique  MarcAndreessen  VanityFair  2015 
4 weeks ago by inspiral

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