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A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
What I'm Learning - Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories - The Gates Notes
That's the Bill Gates, yes. I'd never seen him write a review of someone else's work before that wasn't software. Gotta love how he calls him "Mr Ridley" throughout.
Highlight text on web pages >> The Awesome Highlighter
Quite neat, and a good way of sharing bits of pages you particularly want to show to people.
History Sniffing: How YouPorn Checks What Other Porn Sites You've Visited and Ad Networks Test The Quality of Their Data >> Forbes
At YouPorn, "Those who visit the homemade-porn featuring site — essentially, a YouTube for porn enthusiasts — are subject to scrutiny, though, of the Web tracking variety. When a visitor surfs into the YouPorn homepage, a script running on the website checks to see what other porn sites that person has been to.
"How does it work? It's based on your browser changing the color of links you've already clicked on. A script on the site exploits a Web privacy leak to quickly check and see whether your browser reveals that the links to a host of other porn sites have been assigned the color "purple," meaning you've clicked them before."
Other sites that do the same include, er, TheSun.co.uk.
Wikileaks Cablegate Social Graph >> Inkdroid
Neat visualisation of where the cables went.
Anatomy of a domain renewal scam >> The 23x blog
"What they ask for is a stupidly high renewal fee and couch it in terms non-experts would fall for. In short, it's a scam designed to prey on those who might get scared into giving them money. They are telling you to give them money under false pretences and you should avoid doing so at all costs. At no point do they compare their prices to your current provider (hint: they're over double the cost my provider charges) or give you a compelling reason they would do a better job."
Tell your friends.
LastPass Acquires Xmarks! >> Xmarks Blog
"We're also committed to keeping Xmarks free while implementing a viable long-term plan. Xmarks is transitioning to a "freemium" business model, the same model that allowed LastPass to grow into a thriving, profitable business. The browser add-on and the vast majority of what users have enjoyed remains free. Users can then opt to purchase Xmarks Premium for $12 per year, which includes new enhanced features like Android and iPhone mobile phone apps, priority support, and more. The Xmarks and LastPass Premium offerings are also available bundled together at a reduced subscription rate of $20 per year. For those of you who pledged your financial support, you can make good on your pledge today and upgrade."
HTML5 ADVENTURE CALENDAR >> HTML5advent.com
A day-by-day extravaganza of HTML5/CSS3 fun. If you get an iPad or other HTML5-capable portable device for Christmas, that's your day sorted.
Statistical Analysis and Visualization of the Drug War in Mexico >> Diego Valle's Blog
Simply awesome deployment of data analysis (including Benford's Law, a personal favourite) to show that Mexico has covered up 1,000 murders and a spiralling homicide rate, that the drug war isn't working and that things are getting worse there. Let's see some Wikileaks on Mexico now.
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