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Book review: The Start-Up of You

Book review: The Start-Up of You

If you've been wondering exactly what LinkedIn is for, a book on applying entrepreneurship to your career co-written by its co-founder should be the ideal explanation. It is, but thankfully it's more than just an advert or tutorial for the service.

published June 6, 2012 by

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Book review: The Copyright Enforcement Enigma

Book review: The Copyright Enforcement Enigma

Go back ten or 15 years, and the word 'convergence' cropped up a lot with respect to the internet, telecommunications and media. What has converged in subsequent years has actually gone beyond what was envisaged then — at least in terms of technology.

published May 10, 2012 by

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Book review: Digital Wars

Book review: Digital Wars

In 1998, the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta, author of Googled, asked Bill Gates which of his competitors he feared most. "I fear someone in a garage who is devising something completely new," Gates replied.

published April 17, 2012 by

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Book review: The End of Money

Book review: The End of Money

"It's not a question of money, but of cash," a friend of mine explained to his parents years ago, when we were still university students and planning an evening out together before ATMs. He was, of course, reassuring his parents that he hadn't done anything dumb that would require them to find thousands of dollars to support him for months to come; he was merely lacking the physical representation of the numbers in his bank account.

published April 2, 2012 by

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Book review: Design for Hackers

Book review: Design for Hackers

For a book so packed with fascinating and informative details, Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty starts much too slowly. The author is so keen to tell you what he's going to tell you, what difference he hopes it will make to you and why design literacy matters that the first 40 pages are essentially an extended introduction (even if reminding people to sketch out ideas is always a good thing).

published March 20, 2012 by

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Book review: The Tangled Web

Book review: The Tangled Web

There's a simple rule that the more complex a system is the harder it is to secure. Once upon a time, the web was a simple system…Today, anyone trying to advise a web site owner on security has to balance elements within the site owner's control — fonts, domain names, sources of content, validation of user input, for example — against extrinsic elements the site owner can't touch.

published March 12, 2012 by

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Book reviews: Google books

Book reviews: Google books

If your industry hasn't been disrupted by Google yet, observed the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta in his 2010 book Googled, it will be soon. Two recent books look at the next stage of those disruptions — one academic, one popular.

published January 30, 2012 by

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Book review: The Lean Start-Up

Book review: The Lean Start-Up

Whenever possible, learn from other people's failures — it's cheaper than learning from your own. Eric Ries didn't have this advantage when, as a Yale undergraduate, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting.

published January 23, 2012 by

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Book review: Republic, Lost

Book review: Republic, Lost

"Love makes the odds irrelevant," writes Lawrence Lessig at the end of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It. "It is a commitment to doing whatever can be done — sometimes destructively so — to beat the odds and save the soul who taught you that love.

published January 9, 2012 by

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Book review: Ghost in the Wires

Book review: Ghost in the Wires

In 1996 I reviewed three books for New Scientist about the same 1995 events: the chase (through cyberspace and the physical United States) after and capture of Kevin Mitnick. Who's that, you say?

published January 1, 2012 by

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Book reviews: Holiday reading

Book reviews: Holiday reading

"I came for the crack," a woman once said to me reproachfully at a party. She was miffed that I and the third person in the conversation had embarked on an impassioned discussion of…cryptography.

published December 16, 2011 by

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