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Meanwhile: An SF adventure comic

Meanwhile was published three years ago as a mammoth choose-your-own-adventure comic, but it began life in 2005 on Jason Shiga’s wall. The cartoonist (and mathematician) plotted all 3856 possible stories in an elaborate flow-chart so he could keep track of them while producing the book. And then, last November, in collaboration with text-adventure writer Andrew Plotkin, he released Meanwhile as an app.


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The Secret To Pinterest’s Success: We’re Sick Of Each Other

Pinterest’s recent success, which flies in the face of so much speculation about social media fatigue and information overload, holds an important lesson: It’s not social media we’re frustrated with. It’s with one another.

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The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Besieged by sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran warned its six largest European buyers that they risked immediate cutoffs in their Iranian oil imports. The fire at a jail in central Honduras killed more than 300 people, officials said. President Bashar al-Assad set Feb.

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The Physics of Finance: Approaching the singularity — in global finance

In a new paper on trends in high-frequency trading, Neil Johnson  and colleagues note that: … a new dedicated transatlantic cable is being built just to shave 5 milliseconds off transatlantic communication times between US and UK traders, while a new purpose-built chip iX-eCute is being launched which prepares trades in 740 nanoseconds …


Dear Developer, excuse me while I slap you silly

Today I’m going to abandon my usual balanced friendly analysis approach and play devil’s advocate, because I think there is an audience that needs a wakeup call. No it’s not developers of consumer apps, I think they’ve already gotten it.


Google: Android Won’t Share Personal Info With Apps Unless You Let It

In response to the uproar over how mobile iOS applications have had access to address-book data without having to inform the user, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) was all too happy to confirm Wednesday that its development model for Android applications makes it impossible to share personal data with an app developer unless you agree to do so before installing the app.

Surviving Survivor: A Content Analysis of Antisocial Behavior and Its Context in a Popular Reality Television Show

The scope and nature of reality television has changed since researchers last conducted a content analysis of the antisocial behavior for this type of programming. This study examines the content of seven seasons of Survivor, one of America’s longest running reality television programs, to determine the types, frequency, and context of antisocial behavior presented in the series as well as the possible effects of the program on longtime viewers using social learning and cultivation theories.


Linsanity… At The Trademark Office | Techdirt

Perhaps you’ve been following the “Linsanity” story over the last week or so. Even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s a pretty incredible story. The short summary for the six or seven of you who are sharing a rock to live under is that Jeremy Lin, who excelled at basketball as a high schooler in Palo Alto, was all but written off as having a real future in basketball.

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Add It Up: Crunching Numbers for Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Jeremy Lin

Netflix, Apple and Amazon compete for sales, customers and attention. They’re also profoundly connected. All three companies share the same partners, run apps on each others’ devices or host their services, and develop viable new business models that can scale to match their global ambitions.


Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to Be ‘Special’

Sign up to receive our free newsletters Conor Friedersdorf – Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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How 1-Minute Intervals Can Improve Your Health

While many of us wonder just how much exercise we really need in order to gain health and fitness, a group of scientists in Canada are turning that issue on its head and asking, how little exercise do we need?

Google as Benevolent Dictator Yanks Apps

Finnish developer Janne Kytomaki said he knew something was amiss last year when he noticed dozens of best-selling applications on Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android Market listing the same incorrect author. Kytomaki ran tests, identified the mislabeled software as a fast-moving attack and published the findings online. Google responded swiftly.

From encryption to darknets: As governments snoop, activists fight back

As the Arab Spring hits its first anniversary, tech activists around the globe are continuing their efforts to enable secure communications-especially in areas of the world that are in conflict or transition.

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Raise the Crime Rate

From 1980 to 2007, the number of prisoners held in the United States quadrupled to 2.3 million, with an additional 5 million on probation or parole. What Ayn Rand once called the “freest, noblest country in the history of the world” is now the most incarcerated,and the second-most incarcerated country in history, just barely edged out by Stalin’s Soviet Union.


HP CEO: Google-Motorola deal could close-source Android

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service February 15, 2012 03:50 PM ET WebOS could be an important player in the long run as an open-source mobile OS because Android could become closed source with Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday.

15-minute-old newborn gets pacemaker for heart – The Denver Post

SAN FRANCISCO-The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks premature had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery.

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Victorian Twitter

Feb 15th 2012, 15:37 by G.F. | SEATTLE A NASCENT industry links up ever larger networks into what becomes a global communications web. A relatively small group of experts then uses these to dispatch short, condensed messages across the world. This, in a nutshell, is the story not just of microblogging and Twitter, but also of the telegraph.

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Brighton grocery closes with loss of 15 jobs

2:40pm Wednesday 15th February 2012 in A grocery store and restaurant is to close with the loss of 15 jobs. Former investment banker turned shopkeeper Jason Hurwitz opened Thornes Foods in Upper Gardner Street, Brighton, in August. Mr Hurwitz blamed the cost of renovating the derelict property for the failure of the business.