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Top articles of the week | April 7

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

Your Data is Your Property             Bryan Johnson, Medium

You *might* have heard about a small controversy with Facebook in the past few weeks. There have been a ton of articles on the matter. The one I’M sharing with you today is about data privacy. Its author Bryan Johnson sold his company Brainstree to eBay for $800 million. He provides unique insights into the “data crisis” and proposed steps for individuals to take ownership.

 

The End of Windows                        Stratechery

Microsoft recently announced a huge reorganization of the company signaling the end of Windows as a standalone division. Ben Thompson provides analysis of this classic case of disruption. Since Satya Nadella took over as CEO of the company, his strategy has been to carefully and deliberately shift the company towards a cloud based future.

 

Non-tech businesses are beginning to use artificial intelligence at scale       The Economist

In 2017 firms worldwide spent around $21.8bn on mergers and acquisitions related to AI about 26 times more than in 2015. This Economist report provides a good overview of how non-tech businesses are employing the technology to improve There’s also some fair warnings since the technology is still nascent.

 

Emmanuel Macron talks to Wired about France’s AI strategy     Wired

It’s rare to see a world leader speak about artificial intelligence with such clarity and thoughtfulness. France’s President was interviewed on Wired and provided interesting background on the country’s strategy to employ this new technology. He’s also deeply considering the impact on jobs, healthcare and transportation.

 

The Top 5 VC Bets Of All Time        CB Insights

If you are interested in venture capital, check out this CB Insights report. It reads like an all-star report of the best investments ever made, WhatsApp, Facebook, Groupon, Cerent and Snap.