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Business Reimagined: Book review

Why is work so often inefficient and counter-productive? Can't technology help? Maybe — but surprisingly given that its author is from Microsoft, this book doesn't think that all we need is the next software update.

July 26, 2013 by Mary Branscombe

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To Save Everything, Click Here: Book review

In his latest book, the author of The Net Delusion examines the thinking that led to the widespread view of the internet as a democratising force, which he calls 'solutionism' and 'internet centrism'.

July 10, 2013 by Wendy M Grossman

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Insanely Simple: Book review

This book, by one of Apple's ad-agency creatives, explores the company's Steve Jobs-driven philosophy of keeping things simple. If you crave eye-witness Apple anecdotes, there's plenty on offer here.

June 26, 2013 by Wendy M Grossman

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Big Data: Book review

This book examines the state of the art in Big Data analysis and the associated risks, delivering a thorough and balanced account of a topical subject.

June 11, 2013 by Wendy M Grossman

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Secrets of Silicon Valley: Book review

Silicon Valley is undoubtedly special in the computer industry, as this book describes in enthusiastic detail. However, it fails to note that similar 'clusters' have sprung up in other industries, at other times.

May 15, 2013 by Wendy M Grossman

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Book review: Who Owns the Future?

This wide-ranging, discursive, and deliberately provocative book argues for an alternative to a developing future in which we all become digital serfs, valued only for our eyeballs and our sharing ability.

May 9, 2013 by Mary Branscombe

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The Connected Company: Book review

Traditional hierarchically organised businesses are ill suited to the modern reality of social media and connected customers. According to this book, companies need to become more flexible — like an adaptive biological system.

March 27, 2013 by Mary Branscombe

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The Rapture of the Nerds: Book review

In this novel, Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow conjure up a frankly unappealing late-21st century world in which their hero(ine) Huw endures various indignities. Be prepared for a difficult read.

February 25, 2013 by Wendy M Grossman

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