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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

New Google+ Layout

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 – March 2nd

In this week's Web News Round Up we look at the 3 most innovative social networks, see how Twitter is pairing its interest graph with ads, find out how you can charge your phone by breathing and we look for the ultimate spaghetti sauce!

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The 3 Most Innovative Social Networks According to Inc.com

Every day, new and exciting platforms emerge for distributing great ideas, products and answers, and the boundaries keep getting pushed further out each year. Flavour a soft drink, community feedback on your big product idea and quality answers to nearly any question. Read the article.

How Twitter Is Pairing Its Interest Graph With Ads

Unlike Facebook which knows vast amounts of your personal information, Twitter on the other hand knows nothing of where you're based, your age or where you went to school. Instead it knows who you follow, what you like and link to, so it will be enlightening to see how successful this information model is for advertisers compared with Facebook. Bloomberg's Brad Stone accurately describes the data Twitter collects as "both revealing and non-invasive". Read the article.

Charge Your Phone by Simply Breathing

Designer João Paulo Lammoglia created the AIRE Mask which is outfitted with small wind turbine-like system to help convert your breaths into energy. The mask is also made to be used both indoors and outdoors, so you can charge your phone while you sleep or while you’re out for a jogging exercise. (more…)

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Web News Round Up – 24th Feb

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Economics of Freemium

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Facebook's New, Entirely Social Ads "Will Recreate Marketing" : Leaked documents show Facebook making a radical departure from traditional online display advertising into a world where ads are conversations and brands automatically tell you which of your friends are already on their side. Facebook is making the new ads social by default, meaning they will automatically show users when their friends have already Liked the advertiser. And the new formats will draw their content exclusively from posts to brands' Facebook Pages, rather from advertising copy written independently.

Mobile Games & The Economics of Freemium: Where's the money in creating a game and then giving it away for free? This nifty infographic, on right, explores and explains all.

Clothes Horse Online Shopping Makes Sure Clothes Fit: Bad customer experiences due to clothes not fitting  has led to "70% shopping cart abandonment" and "60% of customers returning items because they don't fit".  But one company may have found a solution.

A Plane You Can Drive (TED Video): A flying car is an iconic image of the future. But after 100 years of flight and automotive engineering, no one has really cracked the problem, until now. Pilot and MIT graduate Anna Mracek Dietrich and her team flipped the question, asking: Why not build a plane that you can drive?

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Web News Round Up – 17th Feb

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App Economy Creates Nearly 500k Jobs in US: Before the iPhone there was no app industry, but with the meteoric expansion of it and rival devices, the sector now employs in the region of half a million people in the United States alone.

Flexible Screens Have Arrived: C3Nano, a company that makes transparent, flexible screens has secured a round of funding worth $6.7, and is building relationships in Japan and Korea with giants such as Samsung. The technology boasts it's robust and cost effective. (Includes demo video)

StartUp May Save Businesses Fortunes in Legal Costs: Technology has limited, changed or destroyed many long established industries, now it might be the turn of the legal professions to take a battering, having to compete with technological solutions to some of its core business practices.

The World's Smallest 3D Printer (Video): What could you do with the world’s smallest 3D printer? At TEDxVienna Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny, affordable printer that could someday make customized hearing aids or sculptures smaller than a human hair.

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Friday Shorts 13th Jan

Duty Calls

"Duty Calls" from Xkcd

 

ReCatcha

How ReCaptcha Works

6 Startups to Watch in 2012: Mashables pick out 6 bright young things of the startup world for our insight and pleasure. Most insightful of all however is to see which directions they think technology and its adoption is moving.

Google Integrates Google+ with Search Results: Google takes another step in personalising your search results with information from your Google+ account, customising your experience of the web one step further.

Harness Water to Power Your Smartphone: Swedish company myFC have devised a two-in-one device that consists of both a fuel cell battery pack and replaceable fuel cell cartridges which will charge smartphones, cameras and other such devices.

Luis Van Ahn's Large Scale Human Online Collaboration: After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately and all for free.

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Friday 28th December Short Shorts

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side

 

4 Must Have Elements to Designing a Profiltable Deal

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Formula for a Profitable Groupon Deal: (See right) So many businesses have been crippled by not fully thinking out their discount deal. This awesome info graphic should steer any would be Deal-maker into safer and more profitable territory.

Top 10 Reasons Why Venture Capital Backed Companies Fail: VC expert Eric Jackson writes for Forbes about his own experiences and observations on the core factors why some VC backed Startups fail.

Superbowl to be Streamed Live to US Mobile Phones: The biggest sporting event in the US is to be officially streamed live by NBC for the first time to be viewable on computers and mobile devices.

The Neurons that Shaped Human Civilisation: In this TED video, neurologist VS Ramachandran explains Mirror Neurons, neurological firings that allow us to imitate and empathise with people and behaviours around us that sculpted human development and may be the bridge between science and the humanities.

 

 

 

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Friday Shorts 21st December

How to Rob a Snowman

How to Rob a Snowman

  • Top 10 Reasons Why Large Companies Lose Their Top Talent: Why large, established and often innovative companies have golden opportunities to keep their top talent but don't.
  • GoDaddy's Spammy Link Building Techniques: The great WordPress SEO expert, Yoast, investigates some of GoDaddy's questionable tactics for ranking for many of their keyword targets, often at the expense of their customers.
  • Watch Out Santa

    Watch Out Santa

  • LoveFilm Signs Streaming Deal with Sony Pictures Television: New deal allows Amazon's LoveFilm to stream titles such as the Social Network and Salt as it increases it's battle with key rival Netflix.
  • Viktor E Frankl: Why To Believe In Others: Holocaust survivor, psychologist and best-selling author of Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl delivers a powerful message of why we should start from an optimistic perspective. Human at its core, its a very appropriate message of goodwill toward man for this time of year!
  • Happy Christmas & Good Will toward you and yours! From Alistair and Alastair at SelfAssemblySites

     

     

     

     

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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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