Monthly Archives: June 2009

Digg’s New Dupe Detection Fails

Today, Digg launched their new dupe detection system.  However, there is one slight problem – it doesn’t seem to be working.  As you can see in the screen shot below there are two stories on the Digg front page covering the exact same topic – the new dupe detection system.  Ironic isn’t it?

diggdupefail

So is it really working? Are the kinks fully worked out? Apparently not. The first story listed (which isn’t from the Digg blog itself) was submitted approximately 8 minutes before the Digg blog article but did not hit the front page first. Is Digg just playing favorites here or is the system not working?

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Google Announces Mobile AdSense For Applications

Google recently announced that it will be moving into the mobile applications ad market.  This announcement comes shortly after Google announced Google Product Ads.  The move doesn’t surprise me, after all, Google is the advertising king.

It appears Google has been testing both text and image ads with a handful of developers, including Shazam, i.TV, Sega, and Urbanspoon. It is now opening the private beta to developers who meet the criteria.

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Twitter Is Definitely Good At Spreading The Word

Yesterday, at 11:59PM Facebook opened up custom URLs for pages with less than 1,000 fans which is most fan pages, by the way.  This allowed users to claim a URL for their fan page (e.g. facebook.com/besttechie). Originally, the only requirement was that you needed to have more than 25 fans. I think that’s a fair number. However, not too long before the release of custom URLs for fan pages with less than 1,000 fans, Facebook changed the requirement from 25 to 100 fans (a little more notice would have been nice).

The change in the requirement so closely to the release became a slight problem for me as well as many others who have fan pages. I only noticed the change approximately 2 hours before the release of custom URLs and at the time only had 34 fans on my page. In a desperate attempt to be able to obtain a custom URL for my fan page I began to tweet out in search of fans.

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Flicker.com Attempts To Capitalize With Its Correctly Spelled Name

Many people are familiar with Flickr, the popular image sharing site owned by Yahoo, but, how many actually know the difference between Flickr and Flicker (with the e)?  Well, it seems many people (approximately 3.6 million) are not aware of the difference.  Flicker.com was registered in 1998 which is approximately five years before Flickr.com was registered for use as the image sharing service in 2003.

According to the stats published on the front page of Flicker.com, they are receiving 3.6 million unique visits per year. Of that 3.6 million, over 95% of those visits come from direct navigation. In other words, people who want to go to Flickr.com but don’t realize it’s spelled without the “e” are typing in Flicker.com to the address bar only to find a message that the site is “down for maintenance”.

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The Video Bay: Pirate Bay’s YouTube Competitor

About two years ago, the makers of the ever-popular torrent website, thepiratebay.org, announced that they were working on a new project called “The Video Bay”.

A few weeks ago, The Video Bay opened up a test version to the public.  The public trial has since been disabled, but the site is still up.  Currently, anyone can view demos of either their audio or video service.

The Video Bay is built on HTML5 technology.  The site states that media presentation is done with “the <video> and <audio> tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats.”  Because the site is written in HTML5, you won’t be able to view it with your grandmother’s Internet Explorer.  The following web browsers currently support the <video> and <audio> features of HTML5:

Firefox 3.5 beta 4
Opera 9.52 preview
Google Chrome 3
Safari 3.4 & Safari 4

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FriendFeed Adds File Sharing Support

FriendFeed now allows its users to share (almost) any file directly through the site itself.  You can easily share pictures, PDF’s, text files, and even audio files.  Features like these aren’t all that new, we saw them in the past with Pownce (remember them?  The Twitter killer), but, the addition of file sharing to the already existing FriendFeed features I’m sure will be welcomed by many. 

What makes this feature really nice is that you can easily transfer files to certain individuals, or groups of people at the same time. “You can attach (almost) any file to your FriendFeed posts via the web interface or by emailing file attachments to share@friendfeed.com,” FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor says.

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Should We Stop Masking Passwords?

Logging in to our computers or various web services is a normal routine we all go through every day.  Each of us probably has half-a-dozen usernames across the web, with at least double that in passwords.  We’re all also very used to the standard format when logging into a service: plain-text username and a censored password—often with bullets or asterisks.

But  some experts say that we should get rid of password masking.  Jakob Nielsen states that the censorship holds minimal benefits when compared to the drawbacks.

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Rapidshare Fined €24,000,000

A German court has ordered the file sharing site Rapidshare.com to pay €24,000,000 ($33,600,000 USD) in fines and must now filter their content against copyright infringement.

According to a statement from GEMA, “[t]he judgment states that the hosting service itself is now responsible for making sure that none of the music tracks concerned are distributed via its platform in the future […] This means that the copyright holder is no longer required to perform the ongoing and complex checks.”  The ruling also blamed Rapidshare and similar sites for not taking enough precautions to ensure the removal of copyrighted material from their services.

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