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May 24

Do you have a Facebook account? Are you planning on seeing Beastly? RSVP and share with your friends. In theaters tomorrow →

May 24
minimalistco:

Steve Jobs by Marco Grob

minimalistco:

Steve Jobs by Marco Grob

May 24
jtotheizzoe:

Using last.fm Data to Map Geographic Flow of Music
By tapping into the last.fm API, these Irish researchers modeled the geographic flow of musical influence. They were able to identify where certain tastes frequently originated, and draw a hierarchy of influential cities (like the chart shown above for North America).
Surprisingly, the size of a city doesn’t associate very strongly with how influential it is. That means that despite its enormous size, NYC isn’t that much more influential than Portland or Austin. There are prevailing theories that large cities are the drivers of cultural invention, but this seems to show (for music, at least) that a connected online world is leveling that playing field.
Also, they have a graph displaying “Normalized Radiohead vs. Normalized Coldplay”, which has to go down as one of the best figures in a research paper, ever. 
(via arXiv)

jtotheizzoe:

Using last.fm Data to Map Geographic Flow of Music

By tapping into the last.fm API, these Irish researchers modeled the geographic flow of musical influence. They were able to identify where certain tastes frequently originated, and draw a hierarchy of influential cities (like the chart shown above for North America).

Surprisingly, the size of a city doesn’t associate very strongly with how influential it is. That means that despite its enormous size, NYC isn’t that much more influential than Portland or Austin. There are prevailing theories that large cities are the drivers of cultural invention, but this seems to show (for music, at least) that a connected online world is leveling that playing field.

Also, they have a graph displaying “Normalized Radiohead vs. Normalized Coldplay”, which has to go down as one of the best figures in a research paper, ever. 

(via arXiv)

May 24

Ascender Theme by Style Hatch

ascender:

$49

With a flexible grid layout and high-contrast elements, Ascender a new and unique variation of the popular and futuristic Transcender theme from Style Hatch. Choose either the light or dark style and customize your colors, background, fonts with Typekit and 60+ appearance options. 
Have questions, need support or want to say hello? ascender@stylehatch.co

Latest version - Ascender 1.4.0 May 9, 2012
Added support for Infinite Scrolling.

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May 24

Letter from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, in social network’s IPO filing

producermatthew:

Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.
 
We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.
 
At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.
 
Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they’re thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.
 
There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.

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May 24
fox411:

Kerry Washington for Details magazine:
From the interview:
There’s a game Kerry Washington likes to play when strangers approach her on the street. “I guess what they’re going to say they recognize me from,” the 34-year-old actress explains. If it’s a teenage guy? “You’re the blind girl from Fantastic Four!” A European? “It’s always The Last King of Scotland.” A lesbian? “She Hate Me!”—for its Sapphic sex scene, of course. The one performance that everyone recognizes her for is the long-suffering wife in Ray. “That’s the wild card in Uno,” she says with a laugh.
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fox411:

Kerry Washington for Details magazine:

From the interview:

There’s a game Kerry Washington likes to play when strangers approach her on the street. “I guess what they’re going to say they recognize me from,” the 34-year-old actress explains. If it’s a teenage guy? “You’re the blind girl from Fantastic Four!” A European? “It’s always The Last King of Scotland.” A lesbian? “She Hate Me!”—for its Sapphic sex scene, of course. The one performance that everyone recognizes her for is the long-suffering wife in Ray. “That’s the wild card in Uno,” she says with a laugh.

MORE FROM DETAILS:

Photos from Channing Tatum’s DETAILS Cover Shoot

The Hottest Male Models

The 14 Healthiest Snack Foods

Sofia Vergara Bares All

5 Foods that’ll Make You Look Younger

May 24

Hollywood Astroturf Group Releases Ad Saying It Needs SOPA To Shut Down Megaupload... Five Days After Megaupload Is Shut Down →

wilwheaton:

CreativeAmerica, the astroturfing group that pretends it’s a “grassroots” operation — but which is funded by the major Hollywood studios and run by former studio/MPAA execs — is amazingly inept at communicating with the public, especially considering these guys are supposed to be communications experts. Remember, this is the same group who, while fighting for stronger laws against copying, flat out copied the email of anti-SOPA activists, and changed a few words to push their own pro-SOPA message. 

Their latest move is even more bizarre. The group is touting its latest slickly produced propaganda film, insisting that SOPA/PIPA are needed for a variety of reasons — almost none of which are true. It throws out the bogus claim of jobs being at risk, even though the evidence shows otherwise. But where it gets totally ridiculous is that the video focuses mostly on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom/Schmitz. The point of focusing on Megaupload? To claim that it can’t be reached under existing law. Seriously. It talks about Megaupload for a while (claiming that it brings in $300 million per year — which turns out to be 10x the actual number, by the way) and then says:

US law enforcement is only permitted to shut down US-based IP addresses. Overseas sites, like Megaupload and Megavideo, and the Swedish-based Pirate Bay, are out of reach.

Yes. And they’re releasing this video five whole days after the US government showed that existing laws actually do allow them to reach Megaupload and shut it down. So, um, why do we need these new laws again? 

Quick! Someone get Chuck123 on the phone! We need more lawmakin’!

May 24

reuters:

Tech Tonic : BlackBerry founders no longer top dogs

As the founders and CEOs of Research in Motion, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were kings of the smartphone not so long ago. How the mighty have fallen - BlackBerrys are now lagging behind iPhones and Androids in the race for smartphone supremacy and as a result, Balsillie and Lazaridis are no longer the top dogs at RIM, stepping down as CEOs. Anthony DeRosa doesn’t see a bright future for RIM or BlackBerry anytime soon as the fledgling company plays catch-up.