Links for October 11th through October 12th:
- 4,000,000,000 « Flickr Blog – Not that we’re keeping score, but punimoe had the honour of uploading our 4 billionth photo on Saturday.
Sadly, while 1,000,000,000 is no more, you can still see what 2,000,000,000 and 3,000,000,000 looked like.
For what it’s worth, it’s really difficult writing about all these billions without having a small Dr. Evil moment. That is all.
- The Web’s Inventor Regrets One Small Thing – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – But the lesson of the Web, Mr. Berners-Lee said, is that making information and simple online tools freely available inevitably fuels innovation. If you liberate the data, he asked, who knows what applications people will create?
“Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make,” he said. “But the openness, transparency and new uses of the data will make government run better, and that will make business run better as well.”
- How Iago Explains the World – NYTimes.com – Honesty and transparency, Shakespeare’s great play suggests, are two different things. As Othello learns too late, the “ocular proof” of truth is not by any means the same as truth itself.
- FT.com / Media – BSkyB to launch digital music service – Sky Songs offers users unlimited streaming, plus download-to-own tracks and albums from £6.49 a month. Customers can also purchase additional music on a per-track or per-album basis from 65p and £6.49 respectively.
The service will offer access to over four million tracks without any advertising-funded element such as those used by music services such as Spotify.
The two subscription options available are a £6.49 package that allows the consumer to download either a £6.49 album or 10 songs and receive unlimited access to listen to over four million songs online for one month.
The second package costs £7.99 and users can download either a £7.99 album or 15 songs and receive unlimited access to listen to songs. All Sky broadband customers who access the site will receive a free downloadable album worth £6.49.
- Closing the Deal at the Virtual Checkout – NYTimes.com – “When customers are trying to purchase something, we need to do everything in our power to make sure they can do it,” Mr. Raines said.
- U.S. visits to social networking sites have increased 62 percent year over year; visits from 55 and older age group have increased 77 percent – Facebook's share of U.S. traffic to social sites has grown nearly fourfold in the last year, to 58.6% from 19.9% as of September. Heading in the opposite direction is MySpace, which has seen its share tumble to 30.3% from 66.8%, a 55% plunge.
With a 1.84% share of traffic, Twitter — the category's hottest property — is only a drop in the bucket compared to its larger rivals. But that proportion is up 1170% from 0.15% a year ago, according to the Web measurement firm.