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Giacomo Balli
The Mobile Guy

Over a decade of mobile experience at your service.
I help business owners leverage mobile technology.

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Thoughts & Findings

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Is Your Team Solving Problems, or Just Identifying Them?

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Attorneys General: Facebook Should Halt Instagram Youth
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Research: Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media https://buff.ly/3w5ybd3
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When companies buy software, they tend to assume it’s secure — but they shouldn’t. Always make sure to understand what you're implementing and avoid if possible.
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Why do we buy into the 'cult' of overwork? https://buff.ly/3eMmBOb
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Facebook Analytics is Going Away
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Time is relative.
Bored/anxious/unexplained/uncertain waits feel longer.

#webperf #webdev #mobile #performance
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Apple introduces search tab ads. https://buff.ly/3nLOCZb
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Interline: Travel & cruise discounts for airline employees

https://buff.ly/2RlPkjC
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Court order "may" shut down Clearview. https://buff.ly/3gXVfpO
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The $4 Billion App That Doesn’t Value Privacy, Security or Accessibility https://buff.ly/3xKQ6Ym
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When someone tells you something is wrong, they’re usually right. When someone tells you how to fix it, they’re usually wrong.
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You are only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
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Being wise means having more questions than answers.
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Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility.
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If someone is trying to convince you it’s not a pyramid scheme, it’s a pyramid scheme.
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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
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That thing that made you weird as a kid could make you great as an adult
— if you don’t lose it.
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CDC Says US Cruises Could Start by Mid-Summer

https://buff.ly/333o2kI
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A Path to the Minimum Viable Product https://buff.ly/3vn1lEf
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In a complex environment, the context is continually shifting; thus, aiming for perfection is futile.
Instead, aim for progress, expect mistakes and recognize that you have the ability to continually course correct as needed.
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Most of us use the terms complex and complicated interchangeably when, in fact, they represent critically different circumstances.
Solutions to complex challenges typically emerge through trial & error and require the willingness, humility, and ability to act, learn, and adapt.
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We must learn to acknowledge and embrace the discomfort as an expected and normal part of the learning process.
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Google Promised Its Contact Tracing App Was Completely Private—But It Wasn’t. https://buff.ly/32Wa6IY
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Farming Robot Kills 100,000 Weeds per Hour With Lasers https://buff.ly/3tVT35P
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Automatically Generate Social Share Images for Blog Posts
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93% of Mobile Sites Don’t Always Provide Load Indicators Whenever New Content Is Loading

#ux #uxdesign #mobileUX
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61% of Mobile Sites Don’t Use the Right Keyboard Layout for One or More Fields

#ux #uxdesign #mobileUX
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25% of Mobile Sites Don’t Have an Address Validator or Address Lookup Feature.

#ux #uxdesign #mobileUX
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60% of Mobile Sites Don’t Suggest Alternate Queries and Paths.
Never waste a user query!

#UX #mobileUX #uxdesign
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69% of Mobile Sites Don’t Offer Relevant Autocomplete Suggestions for Closely Misspelled Search Terms and Queries.
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No one is 100% rational.
We all operate through a dirty windshield of bias based on past experiences and feelings.
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Efficient decision making is not linear.
It's circular and requires feedback loops.
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Don't (always) trust your gut.
When we rely on our gut, we are relying upon bias and faulty memory.
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Our problems sit in a context. A narrow focus may solve the wrong problem, or only partially solve the problem.
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To Keep Women in the Workforce, Men Need to Do More at Home
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Amazon to let Whole Foods shoppers pay with a swipe of their palm. https://buff.ly/2P9eqBD
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12 years ago almost to the day Jan K. was releasing an app he spent a few months on (WhatsApp) and asking a small circle of friends on ASMALLWORLD for feedback.
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For the first time in congressional data, 2020-2021 saw numerous house members invest using options to leverage information and positions before the public. This is unprecedented.
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There were no fund managers among the 100 richest Americans in 1982. Hedge funds and private equity firms existed in 1982, but none of their founders were rich enough yet to make it into the top 100.
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Worried about Google's latest tracking method (FLoC)?
Don't use Google Chrome, it's the only browser using it. https://buff.ly/3ggHbYk
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Clearing out tent cities costs millions and doesn’t solve the problem. https://buff.ly/3slTjtf
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Failure of society.

#AdamToledo https://buff.ly/2Q8JrWL
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Anxiety is often related to a dysregulated response connected to an implicit memory, which then gets incorrectly pinned on a current experience or thought. https://buff.ly/3uIJEhZ
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France abolished domestic flights for routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours.
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Clubhouse data leak: 1.3 million scraped.
That didn't take long... 😂
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“Project Bernanke,” a scheme engineered by Google to award itself hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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Research: Adding Women to the C-Suite Changes How Companies Think
...how much more proof is needed before things change?

https://buff.ly/3usCDli
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France: Any girl under 18-years of age, university students, and moms on school trips are banned from wearing the hijab (headscarf).
https://buff.ly/3wDDmSO
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Defining the right constraints is essential for innovation.
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Check if Cloudflare Cache is working https://buff.ly/31MtZlh
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30 year study reveals few differences between men's and women's brains.
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WHO, UN etc... Why not have a global agency to regulate social media? https://buff.ly/3u9HgAv
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Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS
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11 years ago, almost to the day, I submitted my first app to the AppStore.
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Digitizing ≠ Digital Transformation
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The main benefit of 5G is enhanced tracking.
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17yo Dasia Taylor Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection https://buff.ly/3flkXUz
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Self-compassion is not self-indulgence.
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Hackers carry out data breach to show just how much we're being watched
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Redfin decried redlining... and then did it. https://buff.ly/3d9P6Dp
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Auto safety: NCAP requires 5 tests, Europe’s NCAP requires 21 tests https://buff.ly/39j7pov
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Suez Canal is currently blocked
Massive container ship "EVER GIVEN" stuck in the most awkward way possible.
Ongoing for hours. Every tug Egypt could spare appear to be trying to pull it free.
Vessel tracker: https://buff.ly/3skrzpQ
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Having the best players and the best program is less a predictor of success than having a really good process.
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Are NHL goalies too big? https://buff.ly/3s59goi
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Currently, 90% of the world’s supply for shipping containers come from China. Suddenly, there weren’t enough containers to go around.
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Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
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Spain will experiment with four-day workweek, a first for Europe. Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan. Productivity jumped 40.
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A/B-tested NYT articles are 80% more likely to rank on a “most popular” list.
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65.9% of people report NEVER reading mobile app privacy settings.
... Low but still higher than what I thought.
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Will cruise lines require passengers to get a vaccine to sail?
via Cruiseable
https://buff.ly/3vId3KK
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Companies Can — and Should — Help Employees Pay Student Loans https://buff.ly/30ZeUMI
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Here’s How Much a $15 Minimum Wage Would Raise the Price of a Burrito.
(Hint: It’s Less Than Extra Guac.)
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Product Strategy is the connective tissue between the objectives of the company (its mission and strategy) and the work of the product team (product roadmap and goals).
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Increasing revenue is a goal, not a strategy.
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Leaked EMA emails surface concerns and major transparency issues.
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Marketing is creating that internal itch that turns someone into a customer. https://buff.ly/3rVqu7y
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Make better decisions by running small experiments. https://buff.ly/3cLyhOS
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The 4Ps of marketing:
1960 - 2021 → price, product, promotion, place
2021 - ... → purpose, positioning, partnerships, personalization

Sean MacDonald, McCann Worldgroup
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Consider how you can adopt a data-driven approach to all of the work you do. Things that have helped you succeed in the past may not be the best way any longer. Work to remain open-minded about how things are done. Resistance to new ways of working is a major barrier to companies reaching their full digital potential.
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👉 Even your boards needs a consultant.
In a global survey board directors conducted by HBR, more than a third of respondents indicated that they personally struggle to stay on top of risk and security issues and new technologies.
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The dramatic shift in job responsibilities over the past 12 months is creating a skills gap in many companies’ leadership. A consultant will help you fill those shortcomings.
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Traditional BoD's responsibilities include oversight of regulatory and compliance issues, monitoring financial statements, advising on company strategy, managing CEO etc. ... but are they technologically sophisticated enough to navigate these times?
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If your CEO's vision and strategy haven't changed over the last 12 months you should worry.
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CTOs are being called upon to lead company-wide digital transformations. Unfortunately, with the quickly evolving times, they are often not savvy enough to pull this off.
Consultants have become an essential asset over the past 12 months.
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Domino's moved its stock price from $3 in 2008 to a high of $433 in 2020 because an integrated, digitally savvy top management team created a strategy that used data-driven experiments and decisions.
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Covid-19 accelerated companies’ digital communications strategies by an average of six years.

Twilio https://buff.ly/38DvAxG
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Old truth: Marketing is important for growth.
New truth: Marketing is at the center of the growth agenda for the full C-suite.
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Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize 'people to get enraged'
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$500 a month, no strings attached, to fight poverty worked.
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Conspicuous consumption and the obsession with corporate America. https://buff.ly/3c7H65A
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Light-emitting tattoo → smart tattoos?
Italian Institute of Technology
https://buff.ly/3c1qFaP
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Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design | Ars Technica https://buff.ly/3dNI21l
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I guess Robinhood and TurboTax aren't playing nicely...
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The Black community is taking on the additional burden of fighting fake news on Clubhouse. Dozens of Black doctors are jumping onto the app after their work shifts to help dispel the misinformation.
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77% OFF suite cabin
14 Night Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing on Cunard's Queen Mary 2
https://buff.ly/3ubzpDA
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Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome https://buff.ly/2Zow3Pv
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No arrests after six months of health care professionals replacing police officers. https://buff.ly/2LL0s7j
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FBI can hack into private Signal messages on a locked iPhone. https://buff.ly/3d0i3Dn
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China became the first major economy to introduce a sovereign #DigitalCurrency.
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