De (on)zin van online advertenties: meetbaarheid is heilig, maar écht meten is onmogelijk

Met een uitgekiend plan werden vier  mannen vorig jaar multimiljonair. Eerst kochten ze bestaande Android-apps die mensen echt gebruiken – spelletjes, een selfie-app, een zaklamp. Deze brachten ze onder bij brievenbusfirma’s in Israël, Servië, Duitsland, Bulgarije en Malta. Op die manier verbloemden ze dat deze tientallen apps van dezelfde eigenaren waren. De volgende stap was het analyseren van de manier waarop mensen de apps gebruikten, waarop ze … Lees verder De (on)zin van online advertenties: meetbaarheid is heilig, maar écht meten is onmogelijk

Onze vooruitgang is véél groter dan je denkt als je voorbij de prijzen van producten kijkt

Als je de officiële prijscijfers mag geloven, dan is licht – of eigenlijk: kaars, olielamp, gloeilamp et cetera – in de afgelopen tweehonderd jaar ongeveer tien keer zo duur geworden. Maar als je dit omrekent naar de hoeveelheid licht die ze geven, en er rekening mee houdt dat een gloeilamp langer meegaat dan een kaars, dan is de prijs van een eenheid licht sinds 1800 … Lees verder Onze vooruitgang is véél groter dan je denkt als je voorbij de prijzen van producten kijkt

The Brexit Short

The news pushed the U.K.’s currency up—herding investors toward a cliff hours ahead of one of the largest crashes for any major currency since the birth of the modern global financial system. Trillions of dollars in asset values would be wiped off the books, but not just yet. At 10:52 p.m., the pound rose above $1.50 and reached its highest mark in six months. A few minutes … Lees verder The Brexit Short

Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was being described as the new leader of the free world. But recently she has been having trouble getting her way even in Berlin and Europe. Her days of dominance appear to be over. The meeting was so urgent the ministers even skipped the Social Democrats’ traditional asparagus feast at Berlin’s Wannsee lake. Shortly before 8 … Lees verder Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

The Macron paradox: can one man really change France?

From his corner office overlooking the gardens of the Elysée Palace, the youngest French leader since Napoleon is running a tight operation designed to exert maximum control over his government, parliamentary majority and party. Surrounded by a handful of trusted aides and dozens of millennial, mostly male, staffers, Macron is rolling out his economic plan, overseeing every element of its execution, shaping France’s diplomacy and … Lees verder The Macron paradox: can one man really change France?

How China is building its way into Europe

For more than a decade, Chinese political and corporate leaders have been scouring the globe with seemingly bottomless wallets in hand. From Asia to Africa, the U.S. and Latin America, the results are hard to ignore as China has asserted itself as an emerging world power. Less well known is China’s diffuse but expanding footprint in Europe. By Bloomberg (click here)  Lees verder How China is building its way into Europe

Gangster’s paradise: how organized crime took over Russia

“I was in Moscow in 1988, during the final years of the Soviet Union. The system was sliding towards shabby oblivion, even if no one knew at the time how soon the end would come. While carrying out research for my doctorate on the impact of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, I was interviewing Russian veterans of that brutal conflict. When I could, I would … Lees verder Gangster’s paradise: how organized crime took over Russia

James Risen – The Biggest Secret

Heerlijke longread van James Risen (voormalig New York Times-journalist) over zijn gevecht met de Amerikaanse overheid: “The next day, Abramson and I went to the West Wing of the White House to meet with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. In her office, just down the hall from the Oval Office, we sat across from Rice and George Tenet, the CIA director, along with two of … Lees verder James Risen – The Biggest Secret