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Web News Round Up – 12th May

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites web news round up: the test to gauge how addicted you are to Facebook, ten ways to motivate anyone, the new and beautiful Google+ iPhone app, the Oatmeal describes how to fix any computer and a Ted video shows us how to make choosing easier and more profitable.

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Psychologists Develop Tools to Measure Facebook Addiction

Psychologists in Bergen, Norway have created a method of gauging Facebook users' addiction to the social network. The studies show younger people, women and those less socially confident have increased likelihood of over use. Read the article.

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

Geil Browning argues that greater autonomy and control is important for employees but disagrees with many thought leader such as Daniel Pink that all extrinsic motivators such as raises and bonuses are bad. When you understand an employee's thinking and behavioral preferences, you'll be able to maximize his or her enthusiasm, what moves one will leave another cold. This will help you get your workforce aligned and moving in the same direction, and you'll see incredible returns. Read the article.

New Google+ for iPhone Begs to Be Touched

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Web News Round Up – 28th April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: Charts detailing Apples monster second quarter earnings, LinkedIn's impressively different new iPad app, the NYC startup that's building stories from the social media noise, and the story of how one man beat a patent troll.

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Apple's Latest Ferocious Quarter in 4 Simple Charts

Apple's second quarter earnings are out and they made pretty impressive reading. The world's biggest public corporation were just short of doubling profit from this quarter in 2011, to $11.6bn. The most remarkable insight was that Apple could have stopped selling everything on January 4th and still made more profit than Facebook for the entire quarter, scary stuff. Read the article and view the charts.

Gopogo Let's You Create, Share & Discover Location Based Stories

With so much social sharing going on, much of it just gets lost in the noise. NYC startup Gopogo are addressing this problem, with a geo-location platform for recording, sharing and discovering connected experiences. So a user might walk around a city visiting art galleries, cafes and other places of interest and create "Strings" which tell the story of their day through geo-tagged chronology, with photos, videos, and commentary. They can discover the experiences of others, by location, theme, or areas of interest. Read the article.

LinkedIn's Surprisingly Slick New iPad App

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Web News Round Up – 13th April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: the Oatmeal's tips on getting more Facebook Likes, Google+ gets a makeover, how to scale a $1billion startup from Instagram, your Facebook account archive has been expanded and humorous positive psychology with 'The Happy Secret to Better Work'.

Google+ Gets More Visual UI Upgrade

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After little tweaks here and there, Google+ gets a significant makeover for the profile page, Hangouts, photos, and more. For example, there are some subtle yet significant changes to the navigation, differentiating it more from Gmail, you can also fruther customize the side ribbon or remove it among many other alterations. But is the design a little too reminiscent of Facebook?  Read the article.

How To Scale A $1 Billion Startup: A Guide From Instagram Co-Founder

Instagram was bought by Facebook earlier this week for $1 billion, so usually when that happens it's worth listening to the story of how the founder got there in his own words. Recently Mike Krieger gave a presentation at an Airbnb event for employees and members of the network, part of a regular series called the Tech Talk. The subject was “Scaling Instagram.” Read the article and view included Scribd Presentation.

Your Facebook Account Archive Now Includes Friend Requests, IP Addresses

Lately Facebook has updated its "Download your information" feature, and has included several new categories. The feature, which can be found in Facebook Account Settings, was first introduced in October 2010, enabling users to download an archive of their entire account history. Read the article and view the bonus, 'The Evolution of the Facebook Profile' Slideshow.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.

He is also the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology, researching positive outliers, people who are well above average, to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. He clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

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Web News Round Up – 23rd March

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On this week's SelfAssemblySites' Web News Round Up learn how to buy your friends drinks with Twitter, how to transfer files up to 1Gb over Facebook, Nasa invites you to a hackathon, and can code ourselves a better government.

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Buy Someone a Beer with Tweet-a-Beer

If you can't be there in person to buy your friends a beer, you can now do it via this handy new twitter app. Tweet-a-Beer is an online networking app and aims to make paying for other twitter users' beers easier and maybe even become a habit. "Become a beer benefactor" they suggest on their lager coloured homepage. Is this a nice novel idea or could this actually catch on? Read the article.

1Gb Person to Person File Transfer Coming to Facebook Through Pipe

Soon you'll be able to transfer files that are usually too huge to send through normal email channels, all on Facebook. The social media giant is partnering with a newly developed app called Pipe which was unveiled at London Web Summit recently. The Berlin based company uses Adobe's Real Time Media Protocol Flow to slip the file into the recipient's cache, so that no Pipe or Facebook server space gets occupied. Read the article.

NASA Invites You to a Global Hackathon

NASA needs new tools to improve life in space and on Earth so they're running the International Space Apps Challenge. It's a two-day 'codeathon' taking place on April 21-22, 2012. Participants from around the world will work together to create solutions to current challenges that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on earth. Individual contributors will be working both remotely and in large gatherings on all seven continents as well as including a team in space. Read the article.

Coding a Better Government

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments and their neighbors. Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services. View the TED Video.

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