Tech news – March 28th 2012 to March 31st 2012:

  • Not an April Fool – Charlie’s Diary
    – Charlie Stross
    There is an app, currently on the Apple app store as a free download, called Girls Around Me.
    A couple of days ago, computer journalist John Brownlee wrote an essay about it explaining why he found it disturbing. I’d like to propose that it is symptomatic of a really major side-effect of our forced acculturation into Facebook’s broken model of human social interaction—a broken model shared by all the most successful social networks, by design—and that it is going to get much worse, until it kil…  show all text
    Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the channel in his progressive political image.
  • Look how high this robot can jump!
    – Jason Kottke
    I followed a link to this video from Twitter. “Oh, a small jumping robot,” I thought, “I bet it hops over a chair or something.” Not even close. Check this out:Boston Dynamics is at it again…they did the Big Dog and cheetah robots as well. What are the odds that they change their name to Cyberdyne Systems in the next few years? (via @jcn)
    Update: I did a quick calculation…if a 6-ft-tall human could jump as high as this robot relative to its height, they could jump 315 feet into the air, h…  show all text

  • From Twitter – RT @verge TweetDeck taken down after user was allegedly able to access ‘hundreds’ of other accounts
  • Check out tonight’s CNET panel with top Silicon Valley investors | Bootstrap – CNET News
    – Paul Sloan
    Join us for our first CNET Community Series, where we’ll be talking all things startups.
  • Who is the Route 29 Batman? This guy. – Rosenwald, Md. – The Washington Post
    The Batman pulled over last week on Route 29 in Silver Spring is a Baltimore County businessman who visits hospitals to entertain sick children. “It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person,” he says.
  • Wind Map
  • BlueTales » JetBlue » Flight 191 Update
    – JetBlue
    There are lots of questions and comments about the incident onboard Flight 191 yesterday (the details of which are now a matter of FBI investigation) and what protocol we have in place for such scenarios. Here are the top 10 questions we’re getting and the facts as we know them:
    1. You’re saying it’s a “medical situation” but isn’t it a security issue? Initial reports indicated that Flight 191 was diverting to Amarillo due to a medical situation. As the events unfolded, it became clear that sec…  show all text
  • Coping With Twitter’s Unfollow Bug | TechCrunch
    If you’re like me, you may have noticed that Twitter may be arbitrarily, randomly, and haphazardly, unfollowing people you fully intended to follow. Similarly, if you’ve ever noticed your friends and contacts unfollowed you, it may have caused a sense of confusion, dread, or self-insecurity. Before one spirals into a series of apologies or deep-depression, it’s likely not your fault, (whew!).What’s causing this? I’m not sure, so I asked my proper contacts at Twitter who responded “This is a bug…

Tech news – March 26th 2012 to March 28th 2012:

Tech news – March 25th 2012 to March 26th 2012:

  • What’s in a Name? | The Intercom Blog
    – destraynor
    Naming a product is difficult. Branding legend Marty Neumeier says that good product names have 7 characteristics. They should be distinctive, short, appropriate, easy to spell and pronounce, likable, extendable, and protectable. Looking through this list of Android names, it’s clear that many marketing teams disagree with Marty.

    Here’s a simple rule: if your product isn’t a condom then don’t name it like one. What am I talking about? Let’s take a look…

    Which will run out first: the list of …  show all text

  • Colourlovers Buys Forrst to Build an Etsy for Digital Bling | PandoDaily
    – Sarah Lacy
    Creative community Colourlovers has acquired another creative community called Forrst in a bid to create the preeminent place on the Web where creative types can come together, make pretty things, help each other get better at making pretty things, share pretty things, and ultimately monetize them. The combined site wants to make great design simple and accessible and create a lucrative business doing that.
    As someone who works with words, and usually words that are just black on white, the con…  show all text

  • Kim Dotcom: The US Government is Wrong, Here’s Why | TorrentFreak
    – Ernesto
    For a man who’s the main defendant in one of the biggest criminal cases ever brought in the US, Kim Dotcom is surprisingly composed.
    The Megaupload founder is convinced of his innocence, and instead of letting fear or anger get to him, he is excited. Deep into the night, Dotcom digs through heaps of paperwork, collecting evidence that shows how he was framed by the US Government.
    Talking to TorrentFreak by phone, he gives example after example of why he thinks the indictment twists the truth. W…  show all text

  • I Won The Windows Phone Challenge, But Lost “Just Because” | Skatter Tech
    – Sahas Katta
    I headed down to the Santa Clara Microsoft Store this morning after hearing about the Windows Phone challenge last night. For those not familiar, anyone who completes a task faster than a Windows Phone on their own smart phone can win a $1000 Special Edition Laptop assuming they meet some standard terms and conditions. Those who “get smoked” by a Windows Phone, have the opportunity to trade in their existing device for Windows Phone.
    After signing a waiver agreeing to let Microsoft use a photo …  show all text

  • A Game Explodes and Changes Life Overnight at a Struggling Start-Up
    Omgpop’s popular game Draw Something attracted the attention of the game maker Zynga, which bought the company for $180 million.

  • Hashtag Activism, and Its Limits
    Online movements are probably not as effective as real world engagement, but occasionally they are powerful beyond the computer.

  • The Future Of The Virtual Personal Assistant | TechCrunch
    – Contributor
    Editor’s Note: Norman Winarsky is the Vice President of Ventures and Bill Mark is the Vice President of the Information Computing Sciences Division at renowned research and technology development organization, SRI International. Norman and Bill helped found the Siri venture, of which Norman was also a Board member.
    Since its launch in the iPhone 4S, Siri has become a phenomenon, and for good reason. Siri is a revolutionary consumer software product based on breakthroughs in speech and artificial  show all text

  • One Kings Lane: From The LAX Arrivals Terminal To $200M In Revenue | TechCrunch
    – Leena Rao
    As Susan Feldman waited outside the Southwest Airlines arrivals terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in October 2008, she had a nervous feeling in her stomach, which she compares to blind date jitters.
    Except this wasn’t your traditional blind date. Feldman was meeting Ali Pincus, her soon-to-be co-founder, for the first time. They had spoken over the phone after a mutual friend set them up to discuss the overlap of e-commerce and home goods, but they hadn’t met face-to-face. Feldman a…  show all text

  • BBC News – James Cameron dives to deepest ocean point
    Film director James Cameron reaches the deepest point in the ocean, the Mariana Trench, the first person in 50 years to do so.

  • Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.
    Gilad Elbaz has a big mission for Factual, his start-up company: Identify every existing fact to build the world’s chief reference point.

  • 53 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
    – Matt Petronzio
    Have you missed any of our new digital media resources? Well, take a break from playing Angry Birds Space on your new iPad to catch up now with our weekly features roundup!
    This week we’ve covered ways to improve your vacation using social media, how to protect yourself and your work on Pinterest and 10 places you’re not allowed to see on Google Maps. We also have an exclusive infographic on what’s working in digital non-profit fundraising, ways technology will transform the traditional classro…  show all text

Tech news – March 22nd 2012 to March 25th 2012:

Tech news – March 21st 2012 to March 22nd 2012:

  • TweetDeck Updated: Lists, Activity, Media and more – The TweetDeck Blog
    Cross-posted on the Twitter blog .   Today, we’re releasing a new version of TweetDeck. This update introduces some great new features as well as a host of smaller improvements and bug fixes. Check out this video for a quick tour of the updates, and read on for more information.  List Management You
  • mycharity: water
    Today is World Water Day. 1 in 8 people in the world live without access to clean, safe drinking water. Help them by pledging to give up your next birthday for charity: water and ask for donations for clean water instead of gifts.
  • Is Pinterest the next Facebook? – Fortune Tech
    – Jessi Hempel, writer
    An exclusive look inside CEO Ben Silbermann’s social media sensation.
    FORTUNE — Ben Silbermann can’t stop staring at the refrigerators. The Pinterest co-founder and CEO and I are standing in the break room of his company’s garage-size Palo Alto office. He’s just flown back from Austin’s SXSW interactive festival, and a redesign of his website is two days away. It’s all a little overwhelming. But at this moment his full attention is focused on three glowing refrigerators. Sometime during his b…  show all text
  • Amazon, Eucalyptus team up for just don’t call it a hybrid cloud — Cloud Computing News
    – Om Malik
    On paper it looks like one of those strategic agreements that large companies sign with small startups. But if you look close enough, you will find that by forging a partnership with information as a service (IaaS) provider, Eucalyptus Systems,’s web services division is making a masterful move to dominate the cloud market. As part of the agreement, Amazon will allow Eucalyptus to use Amazon’s API to connect Amazon cloud services with the private clouds set up by large companies.
    From  show all text
  • Fish: a tap essay
  • Zynga Just Bought OMGPOP for $200 Million – Peter Kafka – News – AllThingsD
    – Peter Kafka
    Looks like OMGPOP, the company behind the overnight sensation Draw Something, will end up at Zynga, after all. The game maker had been talking to several suitors over the last few weeks. But as TechCrunch reported earlier, it has been in serious discussions with Mark Pincus and company for the past few days.
    Now Zynga has scheduled a call for a “news announcement” for 3 pm ET. I’m going to go out on a short limb and assume it’s to formally acknowledge that they have bought the company.
    My sourc…  show all text
  • Google Analytics Launches New Social Reports To Measure Social ROI
    – Daniel Waisberg
    Google Analytics has announced new social reports today, designed to help marketers measure the return on investment for social media activities. “Many social measurement tools focus on social listening by monitoring keywords and buzz. While they’re helpful in many cases, these tools don’t… Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
  • Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter!
    – Stan Schroeder
    On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter.
    The sheer fact that you can understand that sentence shows you how far Twitter has gone since then. It has become the de facto short message system of the internet and the favorite social networking service of celebrities all around the world.
    And, with over 500 million users, it is the largest one-to-many open communication platform on the web.
    However, the service’s beginnings were modest. The service started out as an of…  show all text
  • Consumer Reports Recommends New iPad As Your Next Home Grill | TechCrunch
    – MG Siegler
    Attention George Foreman: report to an Apple Store near you immediately. There’s a hot (literally) product, you simply must buy the entire inventory of to keep your grilling empire alive: the new iPad.
    Or at least, that’s what the latest nonsense from Consumer Reports would have you believe.
    We’ve seen this ridiculousness from Consumer Reports before. In June 2010, at the height of “Antennagate”, Consumer Reports figured out the art of click-bait. If you say something outlandish, even if it dir…  show all text
  • Help! I’m Being Forced To Pirate Game Of Thrones Against My Will! | PandoDaily
    – MG Siegler
    Today is the first day of spring. Which is weird. Because winter is coming.
    At least for some big media companies, that is.
    Here’s my situation: I recently started watching the HBO series “Game of Thrones” (based on the George R.R. Martin “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels). It’s fantastic. I’m addicted. My girlfriend and I watched the entire first season in three days. It seemed like perfect timing, because season two is about to start on April 1.
    One problem: I won’t be able to watch it  show all text

Tech news – March 18th 2012 to March 20th 2012:

There are a couple services out there that transform your Google+ public feed into RSS. The problem is, there isn’t the notion of a title on your Google+ post. The result is that these parsers do their best and just put a string of characters from the start of your post into the Title field of your RSS entry. This doesn’t really make the feed all that useful and kind of annoys me.
Thankfully, Yahoo! Pipes is still around. I’ve built a Pipe that uses the unique feature of bolding the first few words and turns them into the Title of your RSS feed entry.

Here is how to use it:
Go to your GooglePlus profile page and get the account number from the URL. It is the long string of numbers. Copy that and and go to and paste it into the field provided. Click Run Pipe. After you get the results you can use the RSS link to get your feed.

Share and enjoy. #tlw

Pipes: MyGPlusFeed

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