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Four short links: 20 December 2011 - Maximum MySQL, Digital News, Unbiased Mining, and Congressional Clue

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2011

How Twitter Stores 250M Tweets a Day Using MySQL (High Scalability) -- notes from a talk at the MySQL conference on how Twitter built a high-volume MySQL store. How The Atlantic Got Profitable With Digital First (Mashable) -- Lauf says his team has focused on putting together premium advertising experiences that span print, digital, events and (increasingly) mobile. Data...

Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.

Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.
By Ciara Byrne
December 19, 2011

Marc Goodman, consultant and cyber crime expert, explains how criminals and terrorists can put data, automation, and scalability to effective use.

Four short links: 24 November 2011 - Libraries and the Internet, Cheap Multicore, Online Exceeds Print, Perpetuating Ignorance

By Nat Torkington
November 24, 2011

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong -- I was asked to provocatively help focus librarians on the opportunities offered to libraries in the Internet age. If I ask you to talk about your collections, I know that you will glow as you describe the amazing treasures you have. When you go for money for digitization projects, you talk up...

Four short links: 23 November 2011 - Inside-Out Libraries, Cleaner YouTube, Kid Tablet, Facetracking Toy

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2011

Massive Wikimedia Donation -- I missed it when it happened, but the State Library of Queensland made the 4th largest ever donation of high-resolution out-of-copyright images to the Wikimedia Foundation. The image metadata are available through Wikimedia under liberal licensing terms, too. This is what your national and state libraries should be doing! Clea.nr -- strip all the crap...

The future of social media at the National Archives - The National Archives described a dashboard for "citizen archivists" at a recent forum in D.C.

The future of social media at the National Archives - The National Archives described a dashboard for
By Alex Howard
November 18, 2011

A recent forum at the National Archives featured a preview of a "citizen archivist dashboard" and a lively discussion of the past, present and future of social media.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.
By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Why we needed EPUB 3 - New reading devices, multimedia storytelling and accessibility needs made EPUB3 a necessity.

Why we needed EPUB 3 - New reading devices, multimedia storytelling and accessibility needs made EPUB3 a necessity.
By Matt Garrish
November 17, 2011

EPUB3 is more than just bug fixes and tweaks from the last version. It represents a major change in what an ebook can be. (This is an excerpt from the Tools of Change for Publishing report, "What is EPUB3

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents - A global conversation with finalists in Ashoka's civic media innovation competition.

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents - A global conversation with finalists in Ashoka's civic media innovation competition.
By Alex Howard
November 14, 2011

Finalists in the Ashoka Foundation's civic media competition offered honest and perceptive observations about the role of civic media in the expanding information ecosystem.

On the media reaction to the death of Steve Jobs - The events of the past week generated powerful reactions inside of the Radar team.

By Alex Howard
October 9, 2011

In the context of worldwide reactions to the impact of Steve Jobs on the arc of history, recognizing the complexity of his life and offering a balanced assessment of the impact of his legacy on this earth matters. In that context, O'Reilly editors share their reflections on the passing of one of the technology industry's iconic figures.

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality - How criminals are applying crowdsourcing techniques.

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality - How criminals are applying crowdsourcing techniques.
By Marc Goodman
September 29, 2011

Crowdsourcing began as a way to tap the wisdom of crowds for the betterment of business and science. Crime groups have now repurposed the same tools and techniques for their own variation: "crime-sourcing."

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.
By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

Four short links: 23 September 2011 - Visualizing Populations, Hardware Futures, Radio Different, and Kooky Javascript

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2011

How Many Really? -- project by BERG and BBC to help make sense of large numbers of people, in the context of your social network. Clever! (via BERG London) Why the Best Days of Open Hardware Are Yet To Come (Bunnie Huang) -- as Moore’s law decelerates, there is a potential for greater standardization of platforms. A provocative picture...

If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas - Peter Brantley on designing and thinking browser first.

If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas - Peter Brantley on designing and thinking browser first.
By Jenn Webb
September 12, 2011

The Internet Archive's Peter Brantley discusses the influence of web browsers on content design and the challenges of complex media.

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.
By Audrey Watters
August 26, 2011

The Guardian has created an interactive visualization of some 2.5 million tweets to challenge the British government's contention that rioters used Twitter to organize the recent violence.

Four short links: 26 August 2011 - 9/11 Footage, Finland's Schools, Javascript Presentations, and Hollowed-Out Manufacturing

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2011

911 Footage -- the Internet Archive has published a great collection of video from Sep 11 2001. A tremendous boon to researchers. Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? (Smithsonian Magazine) -- not sure if why they're successful is ever definitively anointed, but the article is fascinating reading. deck.js -- Javascript presentation library. Why Amazon Can't Make a Kindle in the...

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.
By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

Four short links: 23 August 2011 - Piracy of Convenience, Machina Ex Artist, Disaster Art, and CI Conference

By Nat Torkington
August 23, 2011

Late to Hulu Means More Piracy -- more evidence that price isn't the main reason people pirate. If they can get it legally online in a convenient fashion, they will. If you delay online release, or make it inconvenient, your erstwhile customers will turn to piracy because "it's illegal" is less important than "it's convenient". Welcome to the modern...

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks
By James Turner
August 18, 2011

We learned that Google liked Motorola products so much they decided to buy the company, that social media has a dark side, and that C++ isn't ready to join Sanskrit in the dead languages section just yet.

Dominant form of journalism foretold by Reynolds Journalism Institute - Why a new proposal for making the news business sustainable deserves attention.

Dominant form of journalism foretold by Reynolds Journalism Institute - Why a new proposal for making the news business sustainable deserves attention.
By Andy Oram
August 15, 2011

A new paper from the Reynolds Journalism Institute deserves a look from anyone interested in publishing, social networking, or democratic discourse.

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date - An interactive visualization maps the spread of newspapers across the U.S.

Visualization of the Week: The growth of newspapers in the U.S. from 1690 to date - An interactive visualization maps the spread of newspapers across the U.S.
By Audrey Watters
August 5, 2011

Using data from the Library of Congress, an interactive visualization maps in time and space the spread of newspapers across the United States.

Four short links: 3 August 2011 - Library Licensing, Mac Graphics, Coal Computing, and Human Augmentation

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2011

Just Say No To Freegal -- an interesting view from the inside, speaking out against a music licensing system called Freegal which is selling to libraries. Libraries typically buy one copy of something, and then lend it out to multiple users sequentially, in order to get a good return on investment. Participating in a product like Freegal means that...

Open question: Which streaming services do you use? - Are you loyal to one streaming service or do you sample from a streaming buffet?

Open question: Which streaming services do you use? - Are you loyal to one streaming service or do you sample from a streaming buffet?
By Mac Slocum
July 22, 2011

New usage patterns are emerging as streaming services go mainstream. With that in mind, I'd like to find out how Radar readers puts streaming products to use.

If it's important, the news will find me - Which works better: gulping from the info firehose or letting news come to you?

By Peter Meyers
July 21, 2011

Facing info overload, Peter Meyers ponders more efficient ways to find what’s newsworthy. What works for you?

Four short links: 20 July 2011 - Meaningful Subsets, iPhone Reading, JSON Parser, The Epiphanator

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2011

Random Khan Exercises -- elegant hack to ensure repeatability for a user but difference across users. Note that they need these features of exercises so that they can perform meaningful statistical analyses on the results. Float, the Netflix of Reading (Wired) -- an interesting Instapaper variant with a stab at an advertising business model. I would like to stab...

Search Notes: Why Google's Social Analytics tools matter - Can we finally track social? Also: New Google UI elements and a look at Plus response

Search Notes: Why Google's Social Analytics tools matter - Can we finally track social? Also: New Google UI elements and a look at Plus response
By Vanessa Fox
July 5, 2011

In the latest Search Notes: Google Plus got all the publicity, but Google's Social Analytics tools and new interface elements are also notable.

Four short links: 28 June 2011 - Mediasaurus Dix, Mobile Numbers, Machine Learning, and Software Patents

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2011

Networks Blocking Google TV -- the networks are carrying over their old distribution models: someone aggregates eyeballs and pays them for access. In their world view, Google TV is just another cable company. They're doubling down on this wholesale model, pulling out of Hulu and generally avoiding dealing with the people who ultimately watch their shows except through ad-filled...

The blurring line between speech and text - We all say things we regret, and now we all write things we regret.

The blurring line between speech and text - We all say things we regret, and now we all write things we regret.
By Joshua-Michéle Ross
June 14, 2011

Recent social media gaffes show that our definitions and thresholds for speech and text must evolve. A third category has emerged: Internet-based updates that marry the ephemeral nature of speech and the archival permanance of text.

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation - Ben Huh has a fling with news, checking in on the Twitter archive, and readers can now fund authors directly.

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation - Ben Huh has a fling with news, checking in on the Twitter archive, and readers can now fund authors directly.
By Jenn Webb
June 3, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Ben Huh dishes on news organizations moving in the right direction; one year later, the Library of Congress' Twitter Archive is still being built; and the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform launched with some big-name authors.

Will your business survive the digital revolution? - There's a big risk in failing to recognize and respond to the magnitude of technological change ahead.

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
June 1, 2011

Once we recognize the magnitude of change that digital innovation is causing and may bring in the months and years ahead, it will help us to think bigger and to think in ways that may previously have seemed absurd.

News organizations still party like it's 1899 - Ben Huh's new project focuses on news presentation. Here he talks about who's doing it well.

News organizations still party like it's 1899 - Ben Huh's new project focuses on news presentation. Here he talks about who's doing it well.
By Jenn Webb
May 31, 2011

Ben Huh, the CEO of Cheezburger, Inc., loves his Cheezburger project but is ready to engage in a fling with news. Huh's new Moby Dick project will address the limitations and frustrations of stagnant news presentation. In this short interview, Huh discusses news outlets that are headed in the right direction.

And the BAFTA goes to ... an app? - For the first time, an app has been nominated for a TV BAFTA.

And the BAFTA goes to ... an app? - For the first time, an app has been nominated for a TV BAFTA.
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2011

"The Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone" application has been nominated for a TV British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, discusses the app and why he thinks it's being honored with the nomination.

Four short links: 2 May 2011 - Internet Cafe Culture, Image Processing, Library Mining, and MediaWiki Parsing

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2011

Chinese Internet Cafes (Bryce Roberts) -- a good quick read. My note: people valued the same things in Internet cafes that they value in public libraries, and the uses are very similar. They pose a similar threat to the already-successful, which is why public libraries are threatened in many Western countries. SIFT -- the Scale Invariant Feature Transform library,...

Legally speaking, think before you tweet - David Ardia on how libel laws apply to Twitter and new media.

Legally speaking, think before you tweet - David Ardia on how libel laws apply to Twitter and new media.
By Jenn Webb
May 2, 2011

Most of us are familiar with the libel lawsuits aimed at magazine and newspaper publishers, but how do libel laws apply to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs? David Ardia, fellow at the Berkman Center and the director of the Citizen Media Law Project, breaks it down.

Open Media Boston forum examines revolution and Internet use in Middle East

By Andy Oram
April 1, 2011

I came away convinced that Internet sites — Facebook in particular — were crucial to the spread of the revolutions.

For election info, the Internet reaches a new high-water mark - Pew finds more than 50% of US adults used the Internet for political purposes during the 2010 elections.

For election info, the Internet reaches a new high-water mark - Pew finds more than 50% of US adults used the Internet for political purposes during the 2010 elections.
By Alex Howard
March 22, 2011

New research from the Pew Internet and Life Project on the 2010 midterm elections shows that a majority of U.S. citizens are now turning to the web for news and information about politics.

The magic adapter: Apple TV and the battle for the living room - Why conventional wisdom about Apple's failure to secure the living room is wrong.

By Mark Sigal
March 22, 2011

The Apple TV appears to be an afterthought, but its iOS-based second generation may actually blaze Apple's trail into the connected living room.

Four short links: 22 March 2011 - Local Community, Building Memories, Social Media, and ChumbyVision

By Nat Torkington
March 22, 2011

EveryBlock Redesigned -- EB has been defined for a while now as "that site that makes my city's statistics useful and relevant". Now they're getting more into the user-reporting: As valuable as automated updates of crime, media mentions, and other EveryBlock news are, contributions from your fellow neighbors are significantly more meaningful and useful. While we're not removing our...

Social media design should start with human behavior - Facebook's Paul Adams says social media is about more than just technology.

Social media design should start with human behavior - Facebook's Paul Adams says social media is about more than just technology.
By Jenn Webb
March 18, 2011

In this interview, Facebook global brand experience manager Paul Adams says social design is to web developers as electricity is to appliance engineers. It's an essential element that must be baked in rather than bolted on.

Knowledge management in the age of social media - The days of the single, authoritative voice are coming to an end. The community has prevailed.

Knowledge management in the age of social media - The days of the single, authoritative voice are coming to an end. The community has prevailed.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 16, 2011

The shift to the adoption of social computing, somewhat driven by consumerization, points to one emergent observation: the future is about managing unstructured content.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.
By Alex Howard
March 7, 2011

The Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department have been at the forefront of incorporating social media into crisis response. Here's a look at some of the tools and techniques they've adopted.

Media old and new are mobilized for effective causes - Sasha Costanza-Chock on why old and new media will continue to co-exist.

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Sasha Costanza-Chock explains why both conventional media and social networks are critical resources, and why social causes have just as much trouble as corporations using the latter effectively.

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.
By Alex Howard
March 1, 2011

When the State Department launched new Twitter accounts in a number of languages, it provided an opportunity for digital diplomats to engage in a global conversation at the edges of the network.

Four short links: 28 February 2011 - Culture, Wifi, Emotion, and Piracy

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2011

Making or Breaking Culture -- I'd never thought of HR as something that requires courage, but these stories clearly illustrate that if you want to put your people first then you must do so when it would be easier to buckle. (via Richard Hulse on Twitter) Lightpainting Wifi Signal Strength in Urban Neighbourhoods (Vimeo) -- I'm a junkie for...

Smaller search engines tap social platforms - Some niche engines are using social activity as a search signal.

Smaller search engines tap social platforms - Some niche engines are using social activity as a search signal.
By Jenn Webb
February 25, 2011

Integrating social media into search engines is one thing, but engines like Foodily and BuzzFeed's Pop Culture Search are basing some of their results on social platform activity.

Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole - An iTunes privacy issue uncovered by Andrew McAfee highlights the need for better privacy by design.

Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole - An iTunes privacy issue uncovered by Andrew McAfee highlights the need for better privacy by design.
By Alex Howard
February 18, 2011

The Apple iTunes gift function comes with a privacy issue: whoever is making the gift can see if the recipient already owns a song, video or app. The mechanism illustrates why privacy needs to be baked into electronic commerce from the beginning.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 16, 2011

This is a golden age of technology. Almost anyone with modest technology such as an internet connection or a mobile phone can have an impact on the world. This video is just a small slice of the staggering numbers and impact of technology that we witness today.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.
By James Turner
February 15, 2011

Search engines used to leisurely index static results, but the rise of social media and real-time updates has changed the game. In this interview, Altimeter Group founder Charlene Li looks at how search will have to adapt to this new environment.

What investors are looking for in publishing companies - Catalyst Investors' Ryan McNally on the business opportunities born from publishing's disruption.

By Jenn Webb
February 10, 2011

Ryan McNally, co-founder of Catalyst Investors, discusses the opportunities for publishing startups and investors (here's a tip: you're in good shape if tablets and multimedia are priorities).

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips - Authors Dan and Alison Zarrella on how businesses can put Facebook to use.

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips - Authors Dan and Alison Zarrella on how businesses can put Facebook to use.
By Howard Wen
January 20, 2011

Traditional marketers and businesses tend to downplay Facebook's utility. That's a mistake, according to Dan and Alison Zarrella, co-authors of "The Facebook Marketing Book." In this interview, they explain why engagement is the key to Facebook campaigns.

Backtype: Using big data to make sense of social media - Nathan Marz on the data tools that help marketers understand their social media efforts.

By David Sims
January 11, 2011

Nathan Marz of Backtype discusses his work with Hadoop, Cascading and Clojure.


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