Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Google is building the world’s first driverless cars with Uber-like functionality built in. You can use a smartphone application to call the car to pick you up. The good news about driverless cars is that now we can spend that time catching up on Twitter and sharing some Instagram photos. The bad news is that people will keep using the terminology the “Internet of Things” to describe this car revolution.

  2. It used to be so convenient to sign up to any new app or site with your Facebook Login. You didn’t have to remember your password or set up a new account. But that’s changing, as new apps are excluding Facebook from their sign ups. The only reason I use FB login today is to test new apps that I know I’ll probably won’t like. Other than that, I sign up to every new app and platform with my a email address and password, which of course I can never remember.

  3. Apple officially acquired Beats this week. The deal still feels weird to me, mostly because Steve would never do it. He’d have negotiated and built an improved music streaming service. Or he would’ve disregarded the music industry completely. YouTube is the most popular music streaming site. Spotify has 10M paying subscribers. Beats only had 250k after a series of Super Bowl commercials. One thing is clear: No one downloads anymore but the Vinyl industry is huge!

  4. Mary Meeker released her lastest Internet Trends report. I honestly don’t see much value in this version, probably because it’s so data rich and the graphs make me dizzy. But here’s the summary: Mobile is eating the world; it also presents huge opportunities to advertisers and educators.

  5. No one reads anymore but they want to get the credit for sharing, at least that’s what this New York Times piece reports. If you’re going to share anything online, you may want to read it first. Otherwise, you may be better off staying away from the flood of information. Hint: the Internet is alway on.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.