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Data Sheet—Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015, 12:36 PM UTC

Good morning, Data Sheet readers. You’ll rarely find Fitbit CEO James Park without a fitness band on his wrist, but it’s not just because he sells them. Instagram’s future dominates the Facebook earnings call. Plus, Pinterest’s demographic is changing dramatically. Make it a great Thursday!


Fitbit's James Park may be the world's most quantified CEO. He's known for keeping calm in stressful situations, and he's got his own personal wearables data to prove it. Why he's a fan of over-preparation and a good night's sleep.


Facebook's mobile mojo, Instagram insights and other earnings news you should know. More than three-quarters of the social network's revenue came from mobile ads during its latest quarter. Now, analysts want to know how Instagram will make money.

Highlights from the myriad other companies that reported since the last edition: PayPal's profits climbed. Nokia made money, thanks to its software business. And Sony had its best Q1 since 2006. In other news, Yelp's stock tanked.

Funding pick-me-up for GitHub. The popular software code repository confirmed a new $250 million round that values it at approximately $2 billion. As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the new money will be used for international expansion, new products and to "make really big investments."

Most early Windows 10 reviews are pretty positive. But the company is unlikely to win any more share on desktop computers.

Unlikely allies for ubiquitous encryption. The federal government thinks measures that protect personal information in email and messages will harm national security. Former officials from the NSA, homeland security and department of defense call those fears "overblown" in this Washington Post editorial. By the way, it looks like the Commerce Department is back-pedaling on stricter export restrictions for code-breaking software.

Score one for consumers. A court ruling in Chicago just made it far easier for people to sue over data breaches, whether or not damage is "imminent."

Marc Andreessen, Marc Cuban and Marissa Mayer are all backing her idea. uBeam founder Meredith Perry, just 25, thinks you can charge your electronic gadgets from across the room using ultrasound.


As 'sharing economy' fades, these 2 phrases are likely to replace it

Not everyone is a fan of the “sharing economy”–the expression that is. While many in the tech industry and the media still use it to refer to platforms like Uber and Airbnb, which connect buyers and sellers of services, the phrase’s days may be numbered.

Critics include Steven Greenhouse, a former labor reporter for the New York Times, who recently told a journalism audience at Columbia University that the exchange of work for wages has nothing to do with sharing. And venture capitalist Fred Wilson, in a blog post recapping 2014, remarked how “the ‘sharing economy’ was outed as the ‘rental economy.’ nobody is sharing anything. people are making money, plain and simple.”

Nonetheless, “sharing economy” remains popular. Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts ran a Factiva search to see how often it appeared in the print edition of three major newspapers, and how it fared next to rival phrases. Here's what he discovered, along with his suggestions about how to keep the dialogue both current—and accurate.


Yahoo's homage to silent movies. Its new video chat app skips the audio.

IBM's big healthcare analytics initiative now counts CVS as a partner.

We'll stick to Asia, for now. One of Japan's most dominant messaging services, Line, has been trying to bring into the United States for years. It's doubling down closer to home turf, reports WSJ.

Google Translate is now quite the linguist, with support for 27 languages.

Another quarter, another decline in tablet computer sales. Plus, the two biggest players—Apple and Samsung—are losing share to three niche-focused companies.

It's tough to book compelling female speakers for tech conferences. This Canadian entrepreneur has 1,100 women—from the likes of General Electric, Slack, and Twitter—in her database.

The dream startup entrepreneur is female, with a recognizable degree, a co-founder and a past with a high-tech giant, finds First Round's analysis into 10 years of seed funding.

Two more high-profile exec defections. The head of Oracle's cloud solutions, Kevin Edmiston, is now heading field operations for database analytics startup Actian. Plus, Paul Chapman, the CIO of HP's software division, is now running the systems running Box.

We just got through talking about Apple's second quarter, but analysts are already obsessing over the year-end holiday season.

An unusual perk from Uber. It's leasing cars to some of its drivers.

The maturation of marketing software? More of Marketo's accounts are shifting from brand-level investments to corporate-level buy-in.

China keeps beating the U.S. in supercomputers. President Obama wants that to change with a machine that's 30X faster than anything available today.


'It fell off the back of the Internet': Freight thieves are becoming cybercriminals by David Z. Morris

Here's why YouTube is launching an official video game channel by John Gaudiosi

Hackers can change this sniper rifle's target by Laura Lorenzetti

Man arrested for shooting $1,800 drone won't apologize, cites privacy by Jeff John Roberts

Tesla has a new kind of buyer by Kirsten Korosec


Not just middle-aged Moms. Pinterest users are getting younger and more male.


LinuxCon North America: All about open source. (Aug. 17 - 19; Seattle)

SuccessConnect: Simplify the way the world works. (Aug. 10 - 12; Las Vegas)

VMworld: The virtualization ecosystem. (Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2015; San Francisco)

Gartner Customer 360 Summit: Strategies for digital engagement. (Sept. 9 - 11; San Diego)

Dreamforce: The Salesforce community. (Sept. 15 - 18; San Francisco)

.conf2015: Splunk's "get your data on" gathering. (Sept. 21 - 24; Las Vegas)

Cassandra Summit: Largest gathering of Cassandra database developers. (Sept. 22 - 24; San Francisco)

AppSec USA 2015: Application security principles. (Sept. 22 - 25; San Francisco)

BoxWorks 2015: Cloud collaboration solutions. (Sept. 28 - 30; San Francisco)

Workday Rising: Meet and share. (Sept. 28 - Oct. 1; Las Vegas)

HP Engage: Big data, big engagement. (Oct. 4 - 6; San Diego)

Gartner Symposium ITxpo: CIOs and senior IT executives. (Oct. 4 - 8; Orlando, Florida)

AWS re:Invent 2015: The global Amazon Web services community. (Oct. 6 - 9; Las Vegas)

I Love APIs 2015: Apigee's annual conference. (Oct. 12 - 14; San Jose, California)

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: World's largest gather of women technologists. (Oct. 14 - 16; Houston)

DevOps Enterprise Summit: Lean principles meet technology management. (Oct. 19 - 21; San Francisco)

CX San Francisco: Forrester's forum for customer experience professionals. (Oct. 22 - 23)

Oracle OpenWorld: Customer and partner conference. (Oct. 25 - 29; San Francisco)

TBM Conference 2015: Manage IT like a business. (Oct. 26 - 29; Chicago)

eBusiness Chicago: eBusiness and channel strategy. (Oct. 29 - 30)

QuickBooks Connect: SMBs, entrepreneurs, accountants and developers. (Nov. 2 - 4; San Jose, California)

CMO+CIO: Forrester's summit on strategy collaboration. (Nov. 2 - 4; Sarasota, Florida)

Oktane15: Identity management trends. (Nov. 2 - 4; Las Vegas)

FutureStack: Define your future with New Relic. (Nov. 11 - 13; San Francisco)