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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.

Tweet-a-Beer

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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Web News Round Up – March 9

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In this week's Week News Round Up we look at how the US can seize any .com domain, why Google gives cash to hackers, the benefits of levitating Japanese homes and Pinterest surprises many by referring more than Twitter.

If It Ends In .Com the US Can Seize It

The betting website Bodog.com was recently shut down by US authorities. What surprised most was the fact that it was Canadian and so many had believed that it was outside US jurisdiction. It seems this is not the case. VeriSign manages the registration of .com and other top level domains globally and since it's based in United States it obeys the law and complies with US Court Orders. The popular .net and .org managing bodies are also in the US and can be similarly effected. Read the article.

Google Throws Cash at Hackers to Publicly Crack its Chrome Browser

Google has offered cash prizes to anyone who is able to hack their browser in an effort to ensure Chrome is as safe as possible. The prize money has been on the table for the last four years but it's only this week that they've had to pay out. The talented individual was a Russian university student. Read the article.

Levitating Homes A Possible Solution to Japan's Natural Disasters

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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!

"Study" (image: Xkcd.com)

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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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 – 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)

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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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Friday Shorts 16th December

Desert Island

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    • What The World's Biggest Websites Looked Like At Launch: It’s hard to imagine but the world beating websites we all love or loath today were once just scribbles on a piece of paper, or the brainchild of a 19-year-old college student. With the help of the Wayback Machine, which provides screenshots of any website imaginable from its inception until now, we can view the original designs and content of the most visited websites in the U.S.
Sample Screenshot of Path

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  • The Path to Make You Want to Delete Facebook: Many now see Facebook as a glorified phone book, chances are you have more than 300-500 'friends'. But Path, a lightweight social networking app, caps the number of friends you can have to a more natural and manageable 150. It's the Dunbar Number — a theoretical limit to the number of connections you can meaningfully track at any time.
  • YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties: In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry. This move could mean a little or a lot more money for musicians.
  • Paid Search Drives $6 is Local Sales for Every $1 in Online Sales: Paid search has 6:1 impact on offline sales over e-commerce. Only now with the rise of smartphones and other methodologies is online-to-offline tracking becoming more widely available. Approximately 9% of clicks on a paid search ad generated an offline sale, with some reporting up to 26%. It's a fascinating insight into consumer behaviour and a warning to online only retailers, that we haven't all moved away from real world stores just yet.
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