Colour Nook ereader. Photo by sam_churchill on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
NOOK eReading Devices Becomes Barnes & Noble's Biggest Bestseller in Its History >> Barnes & Noble
"Millions of Nook ereading devices sold". Two million? "The line has become the company's biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history." Like Amazon, then.
Uh-oh. Format war looming.
Microsoft warns of Word attacks >> Computerworld
"The bug in Microsoft Word 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 was patched Nov. 9 as part of Microsoft's monthly security update.
"Word 2008 and 2011 for the Mac have also been patched, but Microsoft has not yet issued a fix for the same flaw in the older Word 2004. The circulating attacks affect only Windows versions of the suite, however."
Microsoft's muddled licensing for Office Web Apps « Tim Anderson's ITWriting
"This approach to licensing makes no sense. In fact, I'm not sure it is even internally consistent. Part of the web app concept is that you could, if need be, walk up to a PC in an internet cafe, log in to SharePoint, and make a quick edit to a Word document. You are not going to ask the management 'is this machine correctly licensed for Office Web Apps?'
"What if you are using Linux, or an Apple iPad (it almost works), or a RIM PlayBook, or some other device on which Office cannot be installed? These are scenarios where Office Web Apps is particularly useful; Microsoft cannot expect users to buy a license for desktop Office for machines which cannot run it."
Chart of the day: iPad Magazine Sales Tank >> Business Insider
Self-explanatory, but the raw numbers really are surprising.
Fired by (Google's) algorithm >> Duckworks
Film maker Dylan Winter found one day that Google had decided to stop payments relating to his blog/newsletter/film streaming site. "I told my subscribers that I got some money if they visited the websites of those advertisers – all of whom were interested in selling stuff to sailors." Some of them clocked - too eagerly. Off to Google Jail for you.
Peremptory? Reasonable? Google thought "your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity."
Fired by a google algorithm. : WTF >> Reddit
..and here's the discussion about what he did wrong: basically, telling people that their ad-clicking would make them money. Why is it meant to be a secret?
Aaron's Twitter Viewer >> Aasron Swartz
Give it a Twitter status ID, and it will give you the whole conversation around it. Simple, marvellous.
BT UK Race to Infinity Superfast 40Mbps Broadband Campaign Coming to an End >> ISPreview UK
People in Whitchurch and Innerleithen advised to head to their browsers in the vote-off.
No electricity was imported during the Big Freeze >> The Scotland Courier
Intriguing: Scotland is a net exporter of energy (possibly because it's got more power stations per person than England), and generates 27.4% of its energy from renewable sources. But wind energy didn't perform well during the cold snap...
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