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links for 2011-03-10

In Daily Links on March 11, 2011 at 1:02 am
  • Google has awarded $1.25 million apiece to the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Memory Programme and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center. The money is earmarked for the preservation, digitization and sharing of thousands and thousands of documents tracing the transition of the Republic of South Africa from apartheid to democracy.

links for 2011-03-09

In Daily Links on March 10, 2011 at 1:01 am
  • NYU journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen recently led a Web Journalists Chat on Twitter around the topic of “radical change in the newsroom” (see the highlights here). One of the reoccurring themes of the chat was that newsrooms need to radically revamp their culture. Tech startups are seeing their heyday right now, while the news industry, well, it’s seen better days. Newspapers could take a hint from some of the forward-thinking cultural environments of tech startups if they want to take a stab at reinventing newsroom culture.
    (tags: journalism)
  • How an API can help companies market themselves and reach new customers.
    (tags: API web2.0)

links for 2011-03-03

In Daily Links on March 4, 2011 at 1:03 am
  • The iPad 2, available in the US from 11 March and in Europe from 25 March, is 33% thinner and 0.2 pounds lighter than its months-old predecessor. It has front and rear-facing cameras, comes in both white and black, and will cost the same as the first-generation iPad. It uses a dual-core processor, which makes it faster than the original iPad, and has the same 10-hour battery life.

    • A new version of Apple's operating system, iOS 4.3, will be released for the iPhone, iPad and fourth-generation iPod Touch, later this month. It will include improved Safari browser performance, improvements for AirPlay and new iMovie and Garageband apps for the iPad.

    • • Apple recently shipped the 100millionth iPhone, and the 200 millionth iTunes and App Store account. More than $2bn has been paid to independent developers since the App Store's launch.

    (tags: ipad apple,)
  • India has ambitious plans to increase graduate numbers in a way which would give it the size and status of an education superpower.

    The figures are staggering. India's government speaks of increasing the university enrolment rate from around 12% at present to 30% of the population by 2025 – approaching the levels of many Western countries.

links for 2011-02-20

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links for 2011-02-19

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links for 2011-02-18

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links for 2011-02-10

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links for 2011-02-09

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links for 2011-02-08

In Daily Links on February 9, 2011 at 1:02 am
  • The Patch Effect: Will AOL's hyperlocal experiment across the new media news ecosystem yield peril or profit? An assessment from the ground up offers a deeper look
  • Thirteen year-end news photo galleries of 2010.
  • The World Bank works with a network of specialists all over the world to gather and curate a large body of economic development data each year. The organization has made a few million dollars from subscription sales of its datasets to universities and other institutional subscribers – but last year the Bank decided it would rather give the data away for free and see what would happen.

    In order to make the most of this new opportunity, the Bank decided to work with Challenge Post, a software developer contest adminstration service, to create a contest called Apps for Development, challenging developers around the world to build apps on top of the data. The apps are in, it's time to vote and the things people have built are quite remarkable. The apps have come from 30 different countries and more were built in Africa than in Europe.

  • The launch event for Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only newspaper The Daily was full of rhetoric about the future of journalism, heralding the app as a "this changes everything" sort of moment.

    But having had a chance to download and read today's inaugural issue, it doesn't seem that the user experience matches the rhetoric. That may not be a surprise as plenty of people have long predicted The Daily would be a flop. But it still feels like a shame, considering the resources (some $30 million from Murdoch himself) that have been poured into the endeavor and considering the promise for a reinvented and reinvigorated journalism.

    That's just my opinion, of course, as are these first impressions of the new app

  • Telecommunications company Vodafone says that it has been forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country's recent protests.
    (tags: mobile)
  • The 90's rap icon MC Hammer made a fortune, lost it, and is now an investor in 8 different tech companies.
  • The United States, like most governments, has developed teams and tools to wage Web warfare. But not all the tools are what we would normally think of as offensive weapons. The U.S. military, it turns out, can force a country that has disconnected itself from the Internet back online.
    (tags: internet)
  • According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.
    (tags: mobile trends)

links for 2011-02-07

In Daily Links on February 8, 2011 at 1:01 am
  • Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL's vision for the next couple of years.
    (tags: aol journalism)
  • After co-founding a social enterprise that created employment for homeless people a decade ago, Paul Harrod hopes the experience will help him lay better foundations for his latest venture
  • Elisabeth Hoodless, outgoing executive director of Community Service Volunteers, says cuts in funding are removing opportunities for people to help deliver services
    (tags: bigsociety csv)
  • Arianna Huffington's decision to sell to AOL means that some shareholders must be sitting on very large returns as the company has received just $37m in funding
  • The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011's Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.

    As with Janet Jackson's famous halftime show "wardrobe malfunction," both Aguilera and Groupon blew a big chance in front of a US viewing audience of 100 million. But while Aguilera's mangling of the US national anthem was presumably unintentional, Groupon's attempt to use the plight of the people of Tibet as a marketing tool was all too deliberate.

  • The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to begin converting the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. According to The New York Times, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is set to outline the proposal in a speech today.

    The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers' phone bills. That money is then disitributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

  • One of the world's most revered cultures and religious histories has been threatened with death and extinction in Tibet for decades at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government; Groupon's Super Bowl advertisement about Tibet (below) was based on a joke drastically reducing the seriousness of that suffering. Not all hope is lost, the ad says, because at least there are still refugees that will cook discounted food for White people! Many people on Twitter reacted very negatively to the ad. This is my best explanation why it was offensive. Not everyone agrees – we've got a debate going in comments below which we invite you to participate in
    (tags: groupon)