Posts tagged ‘internet’

February 8, 2011

New World Map as Defined by Facebook

by Matt Forcey

The above map was created by Paul Butler, a data infrastructure engineering intern at Facebook.  Paul was interested in seeing  how geographical and political borders effect where Facebook users live in relation to their Facebook friends, and set off to create a visualization of which cities had a lot of connections between them. 

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October 3, 2010

Germans, Penguins Unhappy With Google, Note Privacy Concerns

by Matt Forcey

Citing privacy concerns, a group of Chinstrap Penguins on Half Moon Island, Antarctica, have filed a formal complaint against Google regarding its use of “Street View” images of their ocean-front residences.

There’s no hiding, Google has now officially mapped and imaged everywhere.  Brian McClendon, Google’s VP of Engineering, announced earlier this week that with the addition of Ireland, Brazil and Antarctica, anyone with a web browser can explore (virtually on foot) all seven continents via Google Maps and Street View.

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October 1, 2010

Don’t Find What You’re Looking For: Google in Reverse

by Matt Forcey

Google’s Page Rank Algorithm isn’t without its fair share of critiques.  This one contributed by Really Magazine slams the search engine for “pushing up” pages which are already popular, in a sort of ‘the rich get richer’ scheme.  In retaliation, the folks at the magazine launched Inframutt, which displays Google’s results in reverse order.

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September 30, 2010

Jason Schwartzman Demos the Hell Out of the New Yorker iPad App

by Matt Forcey

The new App has everything that is in the print edition and more: extra cartoons, extra photographs, videos, audio of writers and poets reading their work.

This week’s inaugural tablet issue features an animated version of David Hockney’s cover, which he drew on an iPad. There is also a short film starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Roman Coppola.

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September 27, 2010

Free and Simple Email Reminders with FollowUpThen.com

by Matt Forcey

You’ve just sent a pressing email to a colleague, a friend, an alter ego.  One to which you’d expect a follow-up or return message in a timely manner.  But it’s Thursday night.  And Thursday night, as we all know, is the new Friday night.  Your recipient might not be paying a whole lot of attention to their crackberry.  Perhaps it would be helpful to all if your (insert euphemism) was to receive a follow-up reminder in a couple of days?

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September 26, 2010

US Gov. Asks Google for User Info 4,287 Times in H1 2010

by Matt Forcey

It’s no North Korea, but the US government did ask Google for user information 4,287 times during the first half of 2010, and requested that 678 websites be removed.

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September 21, 2010

Future of Reading’s Present Filled with Smart Concepts

by Matt Forcey
By Tim Carmody

With the success of the Kindle, Nook, Sony readers, and tablets like the iPad, it seems like electronic books have finally arrived. But I think we’re actually still stuck in between two developmental phases on the way to the future.

For a long time, work on interactive books was about building either theory or prototypes. People talked about what multimedia reading might or could or should look like, and they built what were mostly one-off or low-volume projects using CD-ROMs, software applications, or the web.

Now, though, the theory and the prototypes have blended:

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September 17, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Drops. It’s Lean, Fast, and Modern

by Matt Forcey

By Michael Calore

Microsoft will release the first beta version of its new Internet Explorer web browser Wednesday morning.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta will be made available for download shortly after it is announced at a launch event in San Francisco, around 10:00am Pacific time.

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