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A burst of 12 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
What They Know: Mobile >> Wall Street Journal
"As part of the What They Know investigative series into data privacy, the Journal analyzed the data collected and shared by 101 popular apps on iPhone and Android phones (including the Journal's own iPhone app). This interactive database shows the behavior of these apps, and describes what each app told users about the information it gathered."
Which turns out to be a lot more than you might have thought.
Why I am sunsetting Yahoo! >> Ged Carroll
"Email is only a strength if consumers trust you with their accounts. Bookmarks are almost as personal a set of data as your email. For those of us that use them it is our online memory bank. If someone was getting rid of your bookmarks on say Delicious or Yahoo! Bookmarks, why would you continue to trust them with you email account? Or your flickr account for that matter?
"So you build up a bank of distrust regarding personal information, pretty soon after a competitor launches a new mail service? Facebook offers email as part of its new Messaging offering. This is the same Facebook that is now responsible for 25 per cent of display advertising, so I guess that would make them a serious competitor for Yahoo!?"
Infographic: Facebook vs Twitter Demographics 2011 >> Digital Buzz Blog
Actually, this could be done better by stringing the demographic details for the two along an axis and having one above, one below so that you could directly compare the two.
Why is Dropbox popular and not something similar, like Windows Live Sync, which is free? >> Quora
"No, shut up." Though at greater length.
The Case Against Micropayments >> Clay Shirky
"Jakob Nielsen, in his essay The Case for Micropayments writes, "I predict that most sites that are not financed through traditional product sales will move to micropayments in less than two years," and Nicholas Negroponte makes an even shorter-term prediction: "You're going to see within the next year an extraordinary movement on the Web of systems for micropayment ... ." He goes on to predict micropayment revenues in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars.
"Alas for micropayments, both of these predictions were made in 1998. (In 1999, Nielsen reiterated his position, saying, "I now finally believe that the first wave of micropayment services will hit in 2000.") And here it is, the end of 2000. Not only did we not get the flying cars, we didn't get micropayments either. What happened?"
Splendid essay by Clay Shirky (from 2000) about the enduring puzzle of micropayments: its economic points about decision-making are still to be observed.
Exploring European Energy Data >> Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
Neat visualisations of how Europe uses its energy. Unanswered: how Europe is going to reduce its energy usage. (Likely answer: it isn't.)
Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Stats >> WP7applist
Constantly-updated listing of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Intriguing.
Warning, don't get confused between the CE Mark and the China Export Mark >> ybw
Yes, good old Yachting & Boating World points to a fascinating bit of sneakiness from Chinese manufacturers: a "CE" mark that looks strangely just like the real, er, CE mark.
Free calling in Gmail extended through 2011 >> Official Gmail Blog
To the US and Canada. Other countries can just wait in line.
Memo: 'Gawker tech team didn't adequately secure our platform' >> Poynter.
"Gawker Media servers and some company email accounts were compromised by hackers at some time during the last few weeks; the compromise was made public to us (and everyone else) this past weekend."
Actually we've been hearing that the compromise had a longer timeframe. We'll see. Note that it's the first time that they've admitted it was a flaw in the Gawker code, not a staff password being hacked.
Interactive US Airport Delay Visualization >> InetSoft Technology
Wouldn't it be nice to have one like this for the UK too? Uses FAA data. (Flash-based.)
Microsoft quietly shuts down Office Genuine Advantage program | ZDNet
Hard to tell what this actually means - even Ed Bott, who wrote it, doesn't seem to know, as you still have to have your proper Office 25-alphanumeric code to get that validated. Probably that Microsoft has realised you don't need to validate the downloading of templates.
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