“The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Many NTK Network stories are written by staff members at Definers or America Rising, the company’s political opposition-research arm, to attack their clients’ enemies. While the NTK Network does not have a large audience of its own, its content is frequently picked up by popular conservative outlets, including Breitbart. Mr. Miller acknowledged that Facebook and Apple do not directly compete. Definers’ work on Apple is funded by a third technology company, he said, but Facebook has pushed back against Apple because Mr. Cook’s criticism upset Facebook.”
Source : Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis – The New York Times
«General-purpose computers push back against Smith’s concern. Design a pretty graph, search the internet for cartoons for a presentation, use a price-comparison site to book some travel, craft an eloquent post on LinkedIn, and office life starts to look mildly entertaining — even if there isn’t much time left to do the jobs for which we’re paid. Setting games and social media aside, there are plenty of ways for workers to use their computers to do their jobs less efficiently while having more fun, perhaps without even meaning to. I suspect this is but a small part of the productivity slowdown. And I feel ambivalent about it. A day full of distractions is rarely satisfying. On the other hand, I would not wish to spend each hour sharpening 5,000 pins».
Source : Computers are making generalists of us all
«Si nos résultats confirment donc l’intérêt de ces outils de surveillance pour les entreprises, ils tirent néanmoins la sonnette d’alarme en montrant que les manageurs doivent être formés à l’analyse des données qu’ils sont susceptibles de recueillir de cette manière. Les entreprises doivent également s’assurer que les employés intègrent la possibilité d’être surveillés à tout moment afin de renforcer l’effet « disciplinant », mais aussi qu’ils ne perçoivent pas cette surveillance informatique comme une limitation de liberté mais bien comme légitime, sous peine de renforcer l’« effet d’éviction »».
Source : « Les outils de surveillance informatique ne sont pas préjudiciables à la performance des manageurs »
Robots aren’t stealing your job – at least in this instance – but they’re becoming your boss. And the level of control and surveillance they exert is often far greater than human management would
Source : At Uber, the Algorithm Is More Controlling Than the Real Boss – Digits – WSJ
When Mayer joined Yahoo more than three years ago, it was seen as a star athlete improbably joining a losing team. People were surprised, impressed, and inspired. Surely Mayer—who played an instrumental role in Google’s ascent—could shake things up at Yahoo, they thought.But for many, likely complex reasons, that hasn’t happened.
Source : Is Marissa Mayer to blame for Yahoo’s failed comeback? – Quartz