How Google and Others Are Using Data Science to Speed Up Productivity

I’ve decided to start blogging on LinkedIn and cross-posting here. My most recent post on productivity and data science.


Email, calendar and productivity were vastly different in the 90s. Phone calls were still the norm and the “You’ve Got Mail” ringtone was a delight versus a chore. Fast-forward to today: we are in information overload. I have 7+ calendars and processes 70+ emails per day. Marry that with my Facebook generating 1500+ social media updates between each login, my Zite news feed with 100s of relevant articles and my Twitter stream with 200+ posts every hour, I have an information addiction and I can’t stop….

Read the rest of the post on LinkedIn

Hoping to have some more time to write again soon!




Device Patent Wars

Came across this graphic in the NY Times showing the recent device patent wars:

Device Patent Wars

Note, I modified the image and added that Android logo next to HTC 🙂 Also note, that this image doesn’t show all the lawsuits that have been settled (eg Kodak has settled with Motorola). This image also doesn’t show the platform guys, specifically Microsoft and Google.

In any case, looking forward to seeing how this will play out. You have to assume that Google had indemnified HTC for any Android related claim – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here. I haven’t looked at any of the patents in question but I imagine a number of them are tied to the Android UX (and maybe the WinMo UX as well). Will Google retaliate by slowing the upgrade cycle of some of their critical apps on iPhone. It’s happening already with Google Maps on Android feeling a generation ahead than the version on iPhone. Obviously, big dollars are at play with rumors of Apple making $100M a year from Google search.