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Web News Round Up – 10th Feb

The Oatmeal - What I want from a restaurant website (click to view full image)

The Oatmeal - What I want from a restaurant website (click to view full image)

Image by Carrot Creative

Twitter is More Addictive than Nicotine: People are more likely to give in to the urge to tweet or check email than other cravings a US study has found, making it more addictive than both alcohol and cigarettes. Could it just be that twitter isn’t as obviously costly or damaging to your health?

Beijing Micro Bloggers Must Use Real Name or Be Banned: The Chinese government says all microbloggers in Beijing must post under their real names by March 16 or they’ll be banned from the service. The move from the Chinese government is the latest in a series of ways they want to monitor and curtail social media activity in their country.

When the SuperBowl Bored Americans, They Opened Apps: At the less captivating moments of this year’s Super Bowl audiences turned to their second screens, you can see clearly which ads and which game play were captivating and hit the mark and which fumbled and dropped the ball.

YouTube Expands Channels Initiative: Last October, Google announced it would begin rolling out over 100 new channels featuring original programming across YouTube, turning the site focus from one-off videos into a major online content destination, two new automotive channels are its latest offering.

 

 

 

 

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Web News Round Up – 3rd Feb

"Potential" - From Xkcd.com

"Potential" - from Xkcd.com

Facebook Files for $5bn IPO: Only eight years after creating the site from his Harvard dorm room, Mark Zuckerberg’s stake in Facebook is $28bn, the full value of the company estimated to be £100bn.

What Will Facebook Do With All That Money?: The social giant will have raised an astounding $2.8 billion. What in the world will Facebook buy with all that cash?

Parking Sensors to Take Pain Out of Finding a Space: A “parking patch” could bring together wireless sensors and mobile apps to steer drivers towards vacant spots, and lead traffic wardens to parking offenders.

We Are All Cyborgs (TED Video): Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

 

 

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Friday Shorts Jan 27th

"Hmm" from Penny Arcade
“Hmm” from Penny Arcade

How to Become an Effective CEO, Chief Emotions Officer: Tim Ferriss introduces a guest post by “most innovative” award winning CEO and boutique hotel owner Chip Conley on his latest book ‘Emotional Equations, Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success’. It may sound a little schmalzy, but there’s some good constructive and positive stuff in there.

Why Facebook is Making People Sad: As Facebook becomes a more powerful influence in our daily existence, researchers are looking into how the social networking giant changes our perception of the lives of friends and family members.

Why Startups Succeed or Fail: 10 Fascinating Hardvard Findings: Key insights into what makes entrepreneurial success from a Harvard Business school working paper, some confirm what we know, some are quite counter-intuitive.

How to Make a Splash in Social Media: In this funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale’s rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

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Friday Shorts 9th December

A few interesting bits and pieces we’ve come across this week:

Dilbert on asking for feedback on your site

10 Billionth Android App download

  • This week, the Android Marketplace had it’s 10 Billionth app download! Google created this beautiful infographic to tell us more.
  • Amazon $6M fund for ebook authors: Amazon have announced a $6 million fund for ebook authors. To get a share you need to commit to sell your ebook exclusively through the Kindle Store and agree to your book being shared within Kindle Prime.
  • Good Sight for All: Josh Silver delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible – adjustable, liquid-filled lenses. At TEDGlobal 2009, he demos his affordable eyeglasses and reveals his global plan to distribute them to a billion people in need by 2020.
  • Minority Report is Here: Xbox & Microsoft reveal interface updates centred around Kinect and Bing. Motion and voice commands will be key.
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