Material I bookmarked in the last month and that I thought worth sharing.
App Tells Your Friends What You’re Watching – iPhone app analyzes sound to determine what’s on your TV.
The Apps Are Here: World Bank Apps for Development Challenge Now Open For Voting The World Bank is giving its data away for free using a contest challenging developers to build apps on top of the data. Apps have come from 30 different countries and more were built in Africa than in Europe.
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life – The Locker Project, an open source service will capture data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possession and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data.
Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015 – according to a new report from World Mobile Applications Market. The mobile app market was $6.8 billion this year, the report says, but will grow steadily over the next four years to reach $25 billion. Out of that $25 billion, Apple’s App Store will account for 20.5% of total revenues.
News and Journalism
Hands On with The Daily – report on the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’.
Washington Post to Launch Free Personalized News Site – The Washington Post Co. is to launch a free news-aggregation website, called Trove. It lets readers build their own news site based on topics they choose. By sifting through more than 10,000 news sources, delivering articles to a personalised page using algorithms that take into account articles a person has read and personal interests. Trove apps for devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry are also in the pipeline.
FCC To Reshape Phone Subsidy Program to Help Boost Rural Broadband – Plan to convert the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. 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 distributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.
Vocus Releases Annual Study: State of the Media in 2011 – report sees the US media industry stabilizing; layoffs and closures slow, digital and mobile see growth, Patch.com sites pressure competitive local news
Developing World/Middle East
U.S. Military Can Restore a Country’s Internet – Whether It Likes It or Not – The U.S. military, it turns out, can force a country that has disconnected itself from the Internet back online.
Vodafone Forced to Send Pro-Government Text Messages in Egypt – Vodafone says it was forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country’s recent protests.
Middle East unrest according to Glenn Beck and friends … – Guardian curated round up – with video clips – from US rightwing commentators on recent upheaval in the Middle East.
Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera and Groupon fluff their … “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.”
Smartphones Outsell PCs – 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.
Everything (almost) that you need to know about social networks -Infographic crib sheet with facts about Facebook and Twitter as well as social networking around the world.
Social Network Ad Outlook Is Modest And Unclear – Deloitte predicts that in 2011 social networks are likely to surpass the milestone of one billion unique members. They may deliver over 2 trillion advertisements.
A Question for Quora – Technology Review – “Quality of content and community is diametrically opposed to mass market success,” says Burbidge. “Having worked on Answers, I can tell that the level of quality is going to drop from the very high level it is at now as more people sign up.”
Social Media Tools
Training Handouts « Claire Wardle, PhD – Six terrific ‘slideshows’: Google Advanced Search, Delicious, Aggregators and RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Image & Audio tools: Flickr, Picfog and Audioboo
YouTube – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy – fun video with a social media message
LinkedIn plans to float this year | Technology | guardian.co.ukLinkedIn plans to float this year – Private shares in the company changed hands at an implied valuation of $2.5bn (£1.6bn).
LEAKED: AOL’s Master Plan – Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL’s vision for the next couple of years.
Chancellor crowdsources for budget ideas – No 11’s ‘online portal’ where the public can submit ideas for the March 23 budget.
Can We Crowdfund Our Lives? – “What do a chipped tooth, a world record and the relocation of a popular café in downtown Oakland all have in common? Each needed money to achieve a goal and, rather than going the usual routes of taking out loans or operating on credit, each found funding through crowd funding.”
MC Hammer Is Just Another Tech Geek – the 90’s rap icon MC Hammer made a fortune, lost it, and is now an investor in 8 different tech companies.