Arik Hesseldahl

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Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Player ThinkSmart Technologies

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it had acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Irish company that provides location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. ThinkSmart’s technology analyzes information on the movement of people within a building, looking for patterns by time of day, length of stay and other factors to help companies that operate buildings — such as event spaces — plan better and ensure that crowds flow better. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work