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23 April



hack a day

  • 22:00
    A team of scientists at SRI international are creating real-life replicators from Star Gate SG1 — micro-robots capable of smart (and scary!) manufacturing. Thousands working in parallel will be able to achieve tasks previously unheard of, in a completely compact and integrated system. These tiny ant-like robot systems are magnetically controlled and can use tools, move at incredible speeds, and swarm over surfaces. SRI’s vision was “to have an army of ants under your control”. It’s actually been an ongoing project since the 1990′s — but a recent undisclosed chunk of funding from DARPA has helped (...) --
  • 19:01
    Ever since I received my PSOC 4 Pioneer kit from Cypress I have wanted to play with this little mixed-signal Programmable System-on-Chip (PSOC) developer board. I love developer boards, providing that they are priced in a way to entice me to not only open my wallet but also make time in a busy schedule. I think my kit was free after winning a swag bag from Adafruit that they themselves obtained at the Open Hardware Summit and gave away on their weekly streamcast. Ultimately it was the invitation to beta test datasheet.net which also was included in that pile of swag that led to my getting (...) --


  • 22:59
    A year and a half after Facebook first announced 1 billion monthly active users, the social network has more than 1 billion monthly active users on mobile devices, too Facebook announced the milestone alongside its Q1 earnings on Wednesday, reporting record totals for profits and active users as well. Facebook's monthly active user total is now at 1.28 billion worldwide, and has increased every quarter since the company went public in 2012 See also: Facebook Beats First-Quarter Estimates; CFO Stepping Down Facebook reported $2.5 billion in revenue, a 72% increase over revenues from Q1 (...) -- Facebook, Charts, Earnings, Q1, Social Media
  • 22:55
    Toss your toy mice in the air: North America has its first cat cafe. The Cat Cafe by Purina One opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary "cat'achinos" with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. And, no, visitors don't need to use a box as a toilet. See also: The Complete Hiss-tory of Cats on the Internet Feline coffeehouses already exist in other areas of the country, like Japan and Paris, but health code laws have prevented the trend from fully catching on in (...) -- Pics, New York City, Pets, Cats, Watercooler
  • 22:52
    Apple beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and revenue in the March quarter, but projected lower-than-expected results for the upcoming quarter Apple posted earnings of $11.62 a share on revenue of $45.6 billion for the second quarter, coming in well ahead of analyst estimates for earnings of $10.18 a share on revenue of $43.5 billion. However, the company said it expects revenue to drop to between $36 billion and $38 billion in the June quarter The iPhone business — still Apple's largest individual product line — proved stronger than analysts had expected. Apple reported sales of 43.7 (...) -- Apple, Stocks, Iphones, Business
  • 22:33
    Zynga founder Mark Pincus is leaving his role as chief product officer at the mobile gaming company and relinquishing his last link to the company's day-to-day operations. The news came as Zynga announced mixed first-quarter earnings. The company reported a loss of $0.01 per share, in line with expectations, and revenue of $161 million that beat estimates. Zynga shares rose 3.6% in after-hours trading. See also: 10 Nearly Impossible Mobile Games Pincus will retain the role of chairman on Zynga's board of directors. The absence of Pincus from the day-to-day operations leaves the (...) -- Mobile Gaming, Zynga, Business, Gaming
  • 22:15
    Facebook handily beat Wall Street's estimates for its first quarter and announced its CFO, David Ebersman, is stepping down. Ebersman will be replaced by former Zynga CFO David Wehner See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire "David has been a great partner in building Facebook, and I'm grateful for everything he's done to help make the world more open and connected," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release. "David set us up to operate efficiently and make the long term investments we need, and built an incredibly strong team including Dave Wehner, our next CFO. I (...) -- Facebook, Business, Advertising
  • 22:08
    There are two schools of thought on LinkedIn. One is the group of people who truly believe LinkedIn is a magical place, ideal for connecting with individuals in your field and finding jobs and touting your experience. The other is a group that mocks phrases like "thinkfluencer" and "guru" and rolls its eyes whenever someone actually talks about LinkedIn. (But secretly, that latter group is still honing their LinkedIn profiles regularly and lurking on people from high school.) As of late, a third group has crept in: celebrities on LinkedIn. Conan O'Brien joined the network in September (...) -- Linkedin, Shaq, Business, Media
  • 22:01
    Most brands, by now, recognize the power of social media and understand it's not just a passing fad. In fact, if Facebook were a country, it would have the third-highest population, behind China and India. And more people these days own a mobile device than a toothbrush. Erik Qualman, author of "Socialnomics" and the creator of the popular video series of the same name, has released a new clip filled with fascinating social media stats and how marketers are using this to reach out to consumers See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 While brands seek out their "Oreo"-moment with (...) -- Social Media Marketing, Branding, Business, Marketing, Facebook
  • 21:50
    Samsung is selling a lot of tablets in the United States and Canada, a new study suggests. Samsung products were the most popular type of Android tablet that Americans and Canadians used to surf the web, beating Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets for the first time, online ad network Chitika found. As ever, Apple's iPad (all versions) was the overwhelmingly dominant tablet, accounting for 77.2% of web surfing on tablets in the second quarter of 2014. Samsung, however, finished strong at 8.3% — a leap up from its 4.7% share a year agoAmazon actually declined over the same period, dropping from (...) -- Amazon, Samsung, Ipad, Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface
  • 21:36
    It's all grown up. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Wrigley Field — home of the Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs — turns 100 years old, making it the second-oldest ballpark in the U.S., behind Boston's Fenway Park. Like Fenway, Wrigley has become a site of tremendous sentimental value to baseball fans, a brick-and-mortar incarnation of the game itself See also: Opening Day Advice From the Man Who Visited 25 Stadiums in 25 Days The Cubs play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday a game in which both teams will commemorate the first game played in the old ball yard. Cubs players will wear (...) -- Baseball, Anniversary, Birthday, Chicago, 100th Birthday
  • 21:30
    Orange Is the New Black's sophomore season will begin with a seemingly delusional Piper Chapman in solitary confinement, facing punishment for pummeling fellow prison inmate Pennsatucky in the first season's finale. That scene, below, has arrived online. The opening sequence, which debuted Wednesday on Entertainment Weekly, gives fans a sneak peek well before Netflix will premiere season two's 13 episodes on June 6. See also: 'Breaking Bad' Death Scene Got Way Too Personal for Bryan Cranston The show's creator Jenji Kohan told EW the new season will be "a little darker, a little more (...) -- Entertainment, Netflix, Tv, Streaming Tv, Orange Is The New Black
  • 21:28
    One minute he's warning Ukraine of its annihilation, the next he's taking a selfie. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said Kiev had failed to live up to its side of the peace bargain — and then smiled for Russia Today's Sophie Shevardnadze's camera. See also: The World According to Vladimir Putin Speaking on the interview program SophieCo, Lavrov warned Ukraine against taking military action in the country's east — or else "If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I (...) -- Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine
  • 21:11
    Netflix is making good on its promises to focus on international growth with the announcement of its first Spanish-language original series. The new program will center on a family at odds over the inheritance of a soccer team. It will feature 13 episodes and debut in 2015. Mexican director Gaz Alazraki will produce the series, which will shoot in Mexico. See also: A Netflix Price Hike Is On the Way The investment from Netflix backs up the company's claim that it will begin to focus more on international growth. Overseas markets are considered key to the company future as competition (...) -- Netflix, Streaming Video, Business, Media, Video
  • 21:00
    The coldest place on Earth is also one of the rare spots where a roiling lava lake offers a window into the heart of a volcano. At Erebus volcano in Antarctica, a long-lived lava lake puffs steam and launches lava bombs at scientists who scale its slopes, hoping to unravel the mysteries of how volcanoes work. (Lava bombs are flying blobs of molten rock.) "We think lava lakes are really the top of a magma chamber, so by studying lava lakes we can see what's happening in the guts of the volcano," said Philip Kyle, a volcanologist at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, who has visited Erebus since (...) -- Antarctica, Volcano, Lava, Us World, World
  • 20:59
    During his Hall of Fame NBA career, Shaquille O'Neal went by a plethora of nicknames — the Big Aristotle, the Big Shaqtus and the Big Shamrock among them Now, it's time to add a new jumbo-sized moniker to Shaq's list: The Big Networker See also: The Complete Guide to LinkedIn Etiquette The Internet at large discovered Shaq's LinkedIn profile this week and lost its collective mind. Both SBNation and Business Insider deemed it "perfect" in headlinesDeadspin said that we should all aspire to have LinkedIn profiles like Shaq's, while Complex posited that if your LinkedIn profile doesn't (...) -- Nba, Shaq, Business, Sports
  • 20:55
    The New York City Police Department asked folks to tweet some photos of regular people interacting with officers with the hashtag #myNYPD on Tuesday as part of a new means of communicating with the public. The Twitter public heeded the request, but not in the way the police department intended. Instead, many users posted a cascade of images of perceived NYPD brutality. The outrage has since spilled over to the Albuquerque Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and others across the United States (Warning: some of the photos are graphic). See also: NYPD Disbands Unit That (...) -- New York City, Los Angeles, Nypd, Twitter, Us World
  • 20:45
    Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler 186f is special because it marks the first planet almost exactly the same size as Earth orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the distance from a star in which we might expect liquid water, and perhaps life. What did not make the news, however, is that this discovery also slightly increases how much credence we give to the possibility of near-term human extinction. This because of a concept known as the Great Filter. The Great Filter is an argument that attempts to (...) -- Space, Nasa, Us World, World, Exoplanets
  • 20:43
    Online shopping has created an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for its users, and now, brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do just the same — by moving the online experience offline Kate Spade Saturday, an innovative retailer in Tokyo's fashion-forward Harajuku district, blends its online and offline worlds with in-store technology that emphasizes social sharing. Stroll through the flagship store in Tokyo, touch any of the oversized iPads embedded into the architecture and you'll get a bottomless pool of product information, including clothing price, availability, design (...) -- Kate Spade Saturday
  • 20:36
    The name says it all: Iron Man. When it comes to sheer indestructibility, Tony Stark's suit is the stuff of legend See also: How Unbreakable Is Batman's Armor? Though the Iron Man suit is an ever-evolving technology, the most recent version — the Mark 42, otherwise known as the MK XLII — portrayed in the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures film Iron Man 3 showcases a truly impressive level of strength and durability. (After all, any suit that enables its wearer to travel in space has to be pretty intense.) In the below infographic, we take a look at what makes the Iron Man suit (...) -- Marvel, Iron Man, Entertainment, Film, Supported
  • 20:28
    As more U.S. schools look to incorporate the Internet into lesson plans, Microsoft is rolling out a program that lets students surf and search the web in the classroom through a filtered lens that blocks adult content and ads. Called Bing in the Classroom, schools can now sign up for the free service that populates Bing search results with content that is appropriate for students. The concept is part of a larger effort to promote digital literacy in the classroom. SEE ALSO: 10 Rockstar Teachers on Twitter Last year, the company ran a pilot program with five of the largest schools in (...) -- Microsoft, Education, Bing, Tech
  • 20:27
    When you're a superhero, your wardrobe matters; you can't just roll out of bed and throw on the first shirt that isn't flagrantly wrinkled. On the contrary, paladins like the Wolverine need to have their outfits in tip-top shape when they rush out the door to tangle with foes like Sabretooth See also: How Unbreakable Is Batman's Armor? They say that it's what's on the inside the matters most — and this is probably true for Wolverine, as his adamantium-fused skeleton makes him impenetrable to most missiles and bullets. That's not the only thing, though, that makes Wolverine virtually (...) -- Marvel, Entertainment, Film, Gaming, The Wolverine
  • 20:16
    The future of manned spaceflight is coming into focus. Whether it's through NASA's Orion program, its partnerships with private companies or in the form of the quick, space-immersion experiences that Virgin Galatic's SpaceshipTwo spaceships are soon to offer. Billionaire Richard Branson recently placed a full-scale replica of his spaceship on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. You can see it for yourself in the gallery above and Vine video below Despite the company working on private spaceflight for almost a decade, not many people have seen SpaceshipTwo (...) -- Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Us World, Space
  • 20:13
    You can now use Google Street Viewto explore locations all over the world, including some of the top zoos, national parks and even the ocean floor. With Google's latest upgrade to Street View, users can travel back in time to see how specific locations have changed. Street View product manager Vinay Shet calls it a "digital time capsule of the world." See also: 36 Embarrassing Google Street View Sightings Google has collected images from its past street view collections — going back as far as 2007 — to create interactive timelines. "This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline (...) -- Google, Google Maps, Google Street View, Tech, Apps Software
  • 19:30
    Humans just can't get enough of animals. We could watch nature's creatures doing mundane things forever — and now you actually can, without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. These perfectly looped animal GIFs are so mesmerizing, you'll never need to visit a zoo again. Here on the Internet safari, we have a kangaroo that will be hooping over the deserts of Australia for as long as you're looking, and over there is a swan that will never quite take off from the water. Finally, to your left, we have two cats taking turns on a hamster wheel See also: Kaleidoscopic GIFs Will Leave (...) -- Reddit, List, Animals, Animal, Cute
  • 19:27
    Is the worst over for General Motors? A new report finds that the company's brand perception hit rock bottom in mid-April, after the news of two separate vehicle recalls became public, but has begun to make a modest rebound, according to one researcher. YouGov's BrandIndex polls 5,000 consumers daily online about their perception of brands. A +100 Buzz Score means a consumer has a positive view of a brand and -100 is negative. A score of zero means equal positive and negative feedback. The nofollowing chart shows GM's declining Buzz Score since the news of its two vehicle recalls hit in (...) -- Marketing, Gm, Business, Recalls
  • 19:16
    When you love what you do for work, it doesn't feel much like work. When you focus your attention on something that elicits the best of your abilities and puts you at the center of an inspiring, innovative community… that sounds more like fun. When that something has the potential to help countless individuals in a meaningful way — and the idea was born out of your very own head — that's called “living the dream.” Perhaps that's why bright-eyed, Salt Lake City-raised, Bulgarian MIT dropout and Thiel Fellow Delian Asparouhov smiles so often Asparouhov has every reason to be pleased. The (...)
  • 19:16
    Right now, some 250 miles above Earth, a six-member crew is aboard the International Space Station: two Americans, one Japanese astronaut and three Russian cosmonauts. Back here on ground, though, the countries haven't been playing quite as nicely. As a result of Russia's recent actions in the Ukraine, the U.S. will suspend some space-related contact with Russia (but not on the ISS). For NASA employees, astronauts and space watchers, the tenuous relationship is potentially problematic. Russia is now the only option for American astronauts to travel to the ISS. Period See also: Here's (...) -- Nasa, Russia, International Space Station, Us World, Space
  • 19:04
    A judge has granted a request from WikiLeaks' most famous informant, the soldier formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, to have her name formally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The Leavenworth County District Judge David King allowed the name change in a one-minute long hearing, according to the Associated Press. Manning will now officially be known as Chelsea. See also: Julian Assange at SXSW: All Talk but Nothing to Say Manning formally requested her name to be changed last month, but she announced that she is female and wanted to be known as Chelsea last year, after being (...) -- Gender Issues, Wikileaks, Prison, Us World, Us
  • 18:50
    Finicky eaters usually do not survive mass extinction events, suggests a new study on prehistoric big cats. Cougars, which will eat meat, guts, bones — the proverbial whole enchilada, survived the mass extinction event 12,000 years ago, while their finicky cousins the saber tooth cat and American lion bit the dust. The study, published in the journal Biology Letters, determined that eating habits probably saved cougars, and possibly jaguars too. SEE ALSO: What Did Prehistoric Humans Eat? Photos "Before the Late Pleistocene extinction, six species of large cats roamed the plains and (...) -- Cougars, Us World, World, Health Fitness, Jaguar
  • 18:29
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook the go-ahead to acquire Oculus VR, the agency said on Wednesday Facebook announced on March 25 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Oculus, a virtual reality startup, for $2 billion in cash and stock. The deal would mark Facebook's second largest acquisition behind the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, assuming both are finalized. See also: What Facebook Might Look Like Using Oculus Rift "We're pleased the FTC has cleared our acquisition of Oculus," a Facebook rep said in a statement emailed to Mashable. The FTC (...) -- Facebook, Business, Us, Oculus Vr
  • 17:45
    In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays. Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and '65 to experience innovations like "picturephones," lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it "a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment." See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented (...) -- List, New York, Photos, Tech, Future

Boing Boing

  • 22:29
    "If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image," explain the Googles, "click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons." This is kind of neat. From the Official Google Blog: "Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the (...) -- , , ,
  • 22:12
    HBO will sell reruns of hit shows like "The Sopranos" to Amazon Prime. (HBO) HBO and Amazon have announced a deal through which the cable TV network will offer reruns of many hit shows on Amazon's Prime Instant Video platform. The shows to be sold include "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep," as well as HBO miniseries like "Band of Brothers" and original features such as "Game Change." The Los Angeles Times reports that "HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year," as part of the (...) -- , , ,
  • 21:07
    Join the INNER HIVE for early access to ⓐRubenBolling's Tom the Dancing Bug comics and more fun stuff. "I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections… Happy to support him and pass the word." -Neil Gaiman Please click HERE for information. -- , ,
  • 21:00
    BCnF (build, certify and fly) hobbyists make their own airplanes from scratch or out of kits, extensively customizing them, and then get them certified by the FAA and take them into the air. The US has more 32,000 registered homemade airplanes. BCnF makers produce everything from racers to fabric-covered biplanes. This post is a good introduction to the fascinating world of BCnF, and is a great place to start if you're thinking of kit-bashing your own flying machine. Old-fashioned plans-built airplanes take thousands of person-hours to build: wood has to be cut, sheet metal has to be (...) -- , ,
  • 20:00
    An anonymous tip from a highly reliable source: "There are checkpoints in Syria where your Facebook is checked for affiliation with the rebellious groups or individuals aligned with the rebellion. People are then disappeared or killed if they are found to be connected. Drivers are literally forced to load their Facebook/Twitter accounts and then they are riffled through. It's happening daily, and has been for a year at least." Anyone have any corroboration for (...) -- , ,
  • 19:24
    The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid) -- , ,
  • 19:09
    This gentleman is Jeffrey Wade Chapman who will soon go to trial in Barton County, Kansas for first degree murder. Chapman's attorney has filed a motion requesting that before the trial Chapman be permitted to have a tattoo artist cover up his client's tattoo -- the word "MURDER" in mirror image -- because it "is irrelevant to the State’s case and would be extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury.” The State doesn't oppose Chapman's covering the tattoo but will not transport him to a licensed tattoo shop, and it's illegal for a tattoo artist to (...) -- , ,
  • 19:00
    Eileen Gunn writes, "What's science fiction good for? The May issue of Smithsonian magazine has an essay on the relationship between science, science fiction, and the future by Boing Boing buddy Eileen Gunn. Major writers -- Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow and others -- talk about why science fiction likes to think about the future and how SF can be used to help scientists think about the uses and ethics of their inventions. The rest of the issue covers science and ethical issues of the near future." Kim Stanley (...) -- , ,
  • 18:51
    Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during the 18th century and previously owned by King Frederick William II. OK, fine, it's not mine. But it will be. Someday. SOMEDAY! (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, thanks Bob Pescovitz!) -- , ,
  • 18:41
    In recent years, the possibility of reviving extinct species by recreating their genomes has become a reality. First on deck for "de-extinction" are the wolly mammoth and passenger pigeon. But is this a good idea? KQED's QUEST takes a look: "Reawakening Extinct Species" -- , ,
  • 18:24
    Does this image of Loch Ness from Apple's Maps app depicts Nessie or the wake of a small boat? Unfortunately, I think it's the latter as we all know the Loch Ness Monster more closely resembles a pleiosaur than a giant catfish. (Forbes) -- , ,
  • 18:00
    Brad sez, "A few decades ago, phone phreaks spent all of their free time learning about the Bell telephone system and making free phone calls to each other. This song by Bonecage attempts to capture that era, and the footage for the video was contributed by phone phreaks (and ex-phone phreaks) around the world." -- , ,
  • 17:03
    Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with David Letterman. The conversation is fantastic. I will dearly miss Letterman, however I haven't been regularly watching the show in years. I remember sneaking after my bedtime, as a young kid, to watch Dave and Paul in the early 80s. Hal Gurnee's network time killers changed my life. I can not wait to see Colbert's version of the Late Show. I'm already a fan! Video Link -- , ,


  • 18:40
    You know when a photo has that fuzzy background thing going on and the subject is sharp while the rest looks all dreamy? That technique, usually achieved by setting a camera’s controls to a wide aperture—the smaller the f-stop number, the bigger the aperture—remains one of the easiest shortcuts to a photo that makes people go ooh. Not one to stand by tradition, Google just released a camera app for Android that does exactly the same thing—except you can adjust the focus and that dreamy blur effect after you take the picture. Ooh. Can Free Software Mimic Expensive Hardware? The feature is (...)
  • 18:17
    Amazon on Wednesday announced a licensing agreement with HBO, which will bring a number of premium shows to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video Service and bring the HBO Go mobile app to the company’s new Fire TV set-top streaming box, which was announced and released earlier this month. "As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment. Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn't think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection," said HBO's Glenn Whitehead, executive vice president of business and legal affairs, in a (...) -- Amazon
  • 17:14
    The Internet of Things makes it easy for us to monitor our homes. Today I’m taking that concept one step further—getting our homes to report back to us. In early March, I wrote about using Raspberry Pi to quantify my fish tank—in short, I taught the $35 single-board computer to monitor the temperature of my home aquarium no matter where I was in the apartment. Of course, the limitations of this project were clear: I could only keep tabs on the tank while on my home network. What if I want my fish to text me when it needs my assistance? See also: The Quantified Fish: How My Aquarium Uses (...) -- Raspberry Pi
  • 16:39
    In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. On February 17, the day it was acquired by Facebook, the company said it had 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day,” WhatsApp said on its blog. “We could go (...) -- Facebook


  • 19:03
    This #TwitterTuesday was all about childhood memories! You played with the theme #Handpuppet, you showed us scenes from your past, whether it was a hand puppet, a puppet performance or just a glimpse of the subject that inspired you. It’s great to see so many pictures that remind us that all of us once were children! As always, thanks to everyone who submitted a photo! We highly recommend checking out all contributions in the ⓐflickr Twitter feed. To see the next challenge delivered directly to your feed, nofollow us on Twitter or on Flickr. We’ll be back on Friday with the week-long (...) --

Daring Fireball

  • 21:46
    ESPN’s Jayson Stark, on the newest member of baseball’s 500 Homers Club: So the moral of this story remains the same: Lots of men have hit baseballs over many, many fences. Only the greatest hitters who ever lived have been the all-around offensive forces that Pujols has been. And that’s a fact. […] But suppose we take all those other numbers out of this and focus just on batting average — which isn’t a measure of power at all but merely of a man’s ability to hit baseballs where nobody with a glove is standing. At .321, Pujols has the fourth-highest average in the entire 500 Homer Club — (...)

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