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Daniel Gibbs8,815This circle contains people who are very active on Google+.People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.If you want to continue or wish to get in the next version, please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-10-30 06:24:34488258
Becky Collins17,572Social Media Solutions & Platforms Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-14 09:14:42500000
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990718
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
John Nuntiatio29,361#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-09 18:58:21488207
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Jimmy James6,807Futurists#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:02:321560214
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
Google+ Categorized Circles1,139Entertainment circle for you..this circle contains amazing and useful entertainment,news, current affairs, politics related pages and peoples who like such stuff..!!many funny pages and active googlers.. #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles  2013-08-24 19:34:29339146
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #1.The ones with last names that start from A-M. These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles we try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know. And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let us know,We willl add them.2013-06-21 03:33:49338135
Technology Roundup0BMN's Tech Journalist And  Blogger List. IWe Have hand picked the best tech journalists on Google+. Most of these people are active. If you find anyone here who isn't active, let me know and I'll remove them.This feed will rock and roll for the hard core geeks out there.2013-06-21 01:34:13494123
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #9 of 11Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:51:52143001
Don Sturgill57This Writer's Circle probably needs to be edited, but it's a start. Do you have a list of favorite writers on Google+ to share? Please do.2012-08-27 20:46:3870000
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
David Hartley0These are news organizations or people that are new, or just deserving of more attention. It includes all media forms. Check them out, there are any number of fascinating new people to engage with.#sharedcircles 2012-08-01 17:20:05435101
Kyle Beck66So, I know a lot of my friends who have joined +Google+ wonder "What's the point? I have a Facebook." Well that comparison was flawed from the beginning, although many people made it while trying to describe G+. There are similarities, but one of my favorite features in G+ has been the ability to share Circles with others. In fact I'm not sure I would see the point if I hadn't been shared this very circle by +Robert Scoble (IIRC) early on in my G+ membership. It has proven an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute Tech News over the past year and really showed me how G+ is very different from FB.See, when you visit FB the information you receive is solely from your family and real-life acquaintances. This can be great for keeping up with people you don't see regularly, etc., but it is very hard to reach out to new people who share your interests through FB. Not so on G+. You can create and share groups of friends and pages (Circles) to organize your social interests. In effect, this creates dynamic communities where you can choose who you interact with.Anyways, I hope you will consider adding this Circle, packed full of Tech Enthusiasts. If you don't really use G+ or wonder what the point is, that goes double for you!2012-06-30 00:28:364881003
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Science and Technology Circle.... Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:46:46501105
Scott Ayres6,421Saw +Robert Scoble share this circle earlier. Full of bloggers, tech oriented people and etc. All are great Gplusers and will add a ton of value to your stream.2012-04-11 20:35:35500011
Robert Scoble1,146,151Here are 500 of my favorite Tech Journalists, bloggers, and pundits. I'm sharing this since I am seeing lots of new people coming over and I'm sure they are looking for some great people to circle here. Unfortunately I can't share everyone that I have in this circle (I have 575 in this circle on my screen, but Google+ only lets me share 500 with you). Lots of interesting tech bloggers and journalists here. Hope you enjoy. This is the circle that starts my morning every day.Speaking of Tech News, I'm off to +VMware. They are announcing new Cloud Foundry stuff this morning. So, you'll probably see some tech news from the folks in this circle.2012-04-11 16:01:035005737104
Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco)2,406I call this one IdeasThat's how interesting these folks are to engage with. As with the green circle I just shared, this one's bigger than 500 so not everyone is here. And just as with the greenies, let us know if you think you should be in it. The common denominator here is interesting content of no particular bent. Just plain fascinating. I can sit and go through this stream all day. Great people one and all.2012-04-07 19:19:005002234
Mike Clancy2,827Added a few of my faves to +Fraser Cain 's super science circle and here you are ... .the cream of the crop!2012-03-18 19:32:27250228
Angelocracy Xue2,184News Circle- news companies and journalists,reporters.tech,business, entertainment and other news. +NTD Television should also be in this circle.I shared a circle last Sunday. I was going to do one this Sunday but I forgot about it. I will try to post a new circle or updated circle every Sunday.Next I want to do a circle of bloggers. So if you are a blogger let me know. Also if you want to be added to this news circle or know someone who should be let me know. #sharedcircles #publiccircles #circlesundays +Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Public Circles +CircleCount +Angelocracy News and Politics2012-03-12 12:09:39341082
Robert Kappenhagen151+Charlie Hoover this is Fraser's Science circle (with a few of my own additions) If you want to share it with anyone.2012-03-08 01:47:57295000
Mike Clancy1,885Five hundred people who are active on G+ and interested in science and technology. Is that cool or what?2012-03-05 00:41:4850012915
Daniel Harrington11,027A Rockin' #Science #Circle - Thanks for Sharing! #circleshare #sciencecircles #scientists #biology #chemistry #physics #astronomy #entomology #marinebiology #archaeology #sciencecircle #sharedcircles #publiccircles2012-03-03 19:45:12337000
Asbjørn Grandt1,850I'm really liking this "Super Science" circle.Lots of mental stimulation.2012-03-03 12:32:23236234
Katja Karhu2,592Circle of ScienceHere's a circle of people posting science-related content.2012-02-28 17:04:39418336
Fraser Cain32,226Super Science Circle - expandedWe had a great discussion yesterday about who might make good recommended science suggestions for the "Find Interesting People" section of Google+. I was surprised to discover many new active and sciency people suggested, which I've now incorporated into my super science circle.So, I'm resharing it. As always, import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles.Reshare this post, to get the science out to as many as people as possible2012-02-28 15:47:392364310158
Robert Scoble700,661Yes, it's a ghost town of TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS. Pay no attention to anyone from the Wall Street Journal who snuck onto this circle. Yes, this is 500 people, but they are almost all active.2012-02-28 03:05:115005536100
Igbo Anyanwu1,792My Massive Science Circle.2012-02-27 09:14:56501014
Fraser Cain28,107Super Science Circle... sharedOnce again, I've spent the better part of a day adding and subtracting from my super science circle. It's learner, meaner and more packed with science goodness. A few fresh faces this time around. Please reshare this circle if you love scienceAs always, I recommend you import this circle into a new, temporary circle and decide for yourself which people you want to follow permanently. Then I'll reshare it again in a month or so, and you can import it again.As always, please let me know if there's anyone out there who should be included. I'm looking for people who post a lot about science, and remain active on Google+.2012-02-06 18:18:342225510979
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is my biggest circle, #Intellectual. I'd advise you follow either this or #Political, depending on which appeals to you more. As you can see, I follow a lot of very serious people, which is the sort of stuff I post as well. There's way more than what I've shared with you on +Google+ . There's +Handmade , there's +Android , there's +Funny Pictures & Videos . It's not just about serious stuff, even though that's what I mostly use it for.Anyway, happy G+ing! Make circles, post things, fill out your profiles, and if you see something really cool, share it! I don't have a good #Music circle, or a good #Photography circle, so one day you guys might share circles with me that I'd like :)P.s. Some useful tips. Google+ has #hashtag support, so when you put a "#" before a term it makes it a clickable link to see other times someone's mentioned that hashtag. So clicking #Intellectual up there would take you to a bunch of intellectual posts. And you tag people or pages with a "+" before their name.2012-01-23 13:52:20463500
Fraser Cain24,647My official, super science circle+Robert Scoble wanted me share my awesome science list. These are people who are active on Google+ and love to talk about science. We've got actual scientists, journalists, bloggers... even an astronaut!If you still don't really get why Google+ is such a great resource, just import this circle, and suddenly you'll see amazing science posts streaming by. Then you'll understand.For those of you wondering how to get on this list, just reply to this share suggesting yourself or someone else who's active and sciency. I'll take a look through your posting history and then add you.For Science!2012-01-17 21:41:532487414188
Imaad Saiyed0"You need more Science in your diet."- +Chris Pirillo.I've gained a lot of new followers in the last month; many have just joined Google+ and have an empty stream. For those of you who are brand new to the service, I want you to understand:The key to enjoying Google+ is to have an active and engaged stream of content. Circle interesting people.To help you out, I'm sharing my carefully curated science circle. This list contains almost 250 people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science topics. We've got scientists, journalists and science enthusiasts.If you import this circle, you'll see what I'm seeing, and I think you'll get why I like Google+ so much. If you don't import it, you'll see an empty screen and wonder why your friends haven't joined.I try to share this circle once a month or so, with some new faces, and the inactive people removed. So I suggest you import this list into a brand new circle which you can then replace when I send out an update._As always, if I've missed someone, please let me know and I'll be glad to add them for the next round._" Via +Fraser Cain #sharedcircle2012-01-11 06:09:50245200
Derek Dunfield121My Science Circle After a month off, this might be the perfect return-post. A combination of +Robby Bowles and +Allison Sekuler 's Science Circle with +Fraser Cain's Science Circle, I present to you 442 great people to follow. (cc +Brian McGirr)2011-12-06 04:27:21442936
Jon Hiller3,781I would like to share a circle that encases #science #astronomy& #physics and a few #biologists. I present to you, the Sci Talker circle2011-12-03 05:49:31355754
Hermano Geoff3,394Authors and Writers Who Brighten My Day For Circle Share Sunday you'll love your stream by circling these great word-painters.2011-11-06 17:47:13166212
Dylan Hunt0INTERNET NEWS MAKERSBloggers, Journalists, people who write and blog about Tech. Includes reporters from major news agencies, top ranked websites, and more. Google Plus's Top Internet News Makers.2011-11-04 01:07:36448414
Alan Lodge0Hi G+been working on a writers circle for a while not all pro writers buy any means, some have added to the #writersblock project. If you have any interest in writing pro or other wise would like to add you to this circle, check it out.Battlesbridge Mill shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 16:19:58231732
Hermano Geoff2,851Circle Share Sunday - The Write StuffIf you love words and written art these "Active Writers and Authors" will inspire, engage, and make your writing better!Hermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 15:04:401651063
Rob Salzman3,579here are 500 of my "revolution" circle. :)Rob Salzman shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 01:27:47500531
0In case your looking to amp up your G+ feed with some writers/interesting people, Dig through here and find some, Or Add them all!Trevor Jones shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 17:11:5343000
Lynne Flynn01 of 2 Occupy Circles +Peter A. Saldaña IIILynne Flynn shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 07:03:42500455
Mike Powell0SCIENCE NASA CIRCLEMike Powell shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 04:20:57328101
Matthew Graybosch58This is my writers circle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.Matthew Graybosch shared a circle with you.2011-10-25 19:14:4577401
Ian Geldard225My circle for atheists, secular humanists and free thinkers. +1 to joinIan Geldard shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 12:08:5850121152
Aaron Stanley0Occupy Wall Street CircleAaron Stanley shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 00:29:19493111
Marshall McLuhan0Only 500 people can be shared at one time!Occupy Toronto shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 04:00:24497311

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2011-07-14 14:39:01 (49 comments, 26 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

That is one damning graph. You get what you pay for! Who would pay $45,000 a year to get Cs?

Most reshares: 26

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2011-07-14 14:39:01 (49 comments, 26 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

That is one damning graph. You get what you pay for! Who would pay $45,000 a year to get Cs?

Most plusones: 44

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2011-08-11 13:08:57 (16 comments, 16 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+
a special edition about research process

So, I want to use this space this to talk a little bit about a story that I really loved writing yesterday: The Many Failures and Few Successes of Zany Iceberg Towing Schemes.

My initial motivation for writing about iceberg towing is that a Frenchman long involved in the iceberg towing community ran some computer models that showed towing the ice from Antarctica to Africa made sense. A series of credulous headlines followed: http://bit.ly/qFnToV Fox News, for example: "Iceberg Harvesting Can End Third World Drought, Scientist Says."

Now, because I keep an eye on big, crazy schemes in history (I am a lover of wave motors, after all), I knew that I'd seen iceberg towing mentioned for decades and decades. I also knew that "iceberg towing" was a unique phrase that could be pumped... more »

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2013-11-08 17:11:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

We have to look out for each other when people share sensitive information or photos. But that requires using these social tools against the grain of their design.

We have to look out for each other when people share sensitive information or photos. But that requires using these social tools against the grain of their design.___

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2013-11-07 21:30:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-08 22:22:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Youth radio

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Youth radio

#throughglass___

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2013-07-04 20:39:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#throughglass

#throughglass___

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2013-05-24 15:57:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2012-04-11 23:37:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I like this here #newgoogleplus look. Not sure if it'll make a huge difference, but it's nice to have a better-looking product.

I like this here #newgoogleplus look. Not sure if it'll make a huge difference, but it's nice to have a better-looking product.___

2012-02-27 02:22:49 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Hey, they redesigned the G+ interface in Gmail. Looks better.

Hey, they redesigned the G+ interface in Gmail. Looks better.___

2012-01-27 15:29:36 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I love this from +Becca Rosen . Crowdsourced photographs of the aurorae caused by the solar storm that hit earth this week.

I love this from +Becca Rosen . Crowdsourced photographs of the aurorae caused by the solar storm that hit earth this week.___

2011-12-05 22:30:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Woof. Came back here to upload a video of my niece and then share it with some people. So not intuitive. So hard to make basic stuff work they want you want it to.

Woof. Came back here to upload a video of my niece and then share it with some people. So not intuitive. So hard to make basic stuff work they want you want it to.___

2011-11-14 23:09:07 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I've been thinking a lot about magazine brands. Here, I lay out the data and I'm looking at and suggest the following definition for brands.

"Brands are probabilistic now. The primary power of a brand is to increase the probability that someone clicks on, upvotes, or links to a story associated with your brand."

I've been thinking a lot about magazine brands. Here, I lay out the data and I'm looking at and suggest the following definition for brands.

"Brands are probabilistic now. The primary power of a brand is to increase the probability that someone clicks on, upvotes, or links to a story associated with your brand."___

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2011-11-02 18:49:38 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

+Sarah Rich and I voyaged to the west edge of Louisiana to profile Moonbot Studios, a wild and wildlly talented group of animators who are building the narrative iPad apps of the future. This is a serious #longread, weighing in at 5,000 words, but we promise it's worth it.

+Sarah Rich and I voyaged to the west edge of Louisiana to profile Moonbot Studios, a wild and wildlly talented group of animators who are building the narrative iPad apps of the future. This is a serious #longread, weighing in at 5,000 words, but we promise it's worth it.___

2011-09-26 21:37:47 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"It has to do with freedom." I love +Stewart Brand 's frame for what kinds of spaces boost inventive output. "Low Road buildings are low-visibility, low-rent, no-style, high-turnover," Brand writes in an essay that's being reprinted in the new Steven Johnson-edited book, The Innovator's Cookbook.

I remember back in 2007, Facebook was housed in a Low Road building in Palo Alto. Ethernet cords dangled from the ceiling onto temporary desks. The lighting was terrible, but the monitors were huge. It was a place made for work, the startup aesthetic be damned.

What I'm looking for is examples of other Low Road buildings. Could be your garage. Could be your company's office. Could be institutional like Brand's favorite, (the now demolished) Building 20 at MIT.

"It has to do with freedom." I love +Stewart Brand 's frame for what kinds of spaces boost inventive output. "Low Road buildings are low-visibility, low-rent, no-style, high-turnover," Brand writes in an essay that's being reprinted in the new Steven Johnson-edited book, The Innovator's Cookbook.

I remember back in 2007, Facebook was housed in a Low Road building in Palo Alto. Ethernet cords dangled from the ceiling onto temporary desks. The lighting was terrible, but the monitors were huge. It was a place made for work, the startup aesthetic be damned.

What I'm looking for is examples of other Low Road buildings. Could be your garage. Could be your company's office. Could be institutional like Brand's favorite, (the now demolished) Building 20 at MIT.___

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2011-09-06 00:22:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2011-08-12 16:41:57 (35 comments, 17 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Hey, we're trying to see how people's Googling strategies differ. If you've got a minute, take this quick survey for us, eh?

Hey, we're trying to see how people's Googling strategies differ. If you've got a minute, take this quick survey for us, eh?___

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2011-08-12 12:59:44 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+

Since people seemed to like the journalism process post from yesterday, I'm going to stay in that vein today.

Well, OK, I'm going to steal sorta from myself for this edition. Last night, I gave an extemporaneous talk about my thoughts on interesting tech tools. O'Reilly's +Alexander Howard (and new AT contributor) was in the audience (front row!) and wrote it up. I am 100% sure his summary is more useful and better than the talk was:

http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/new-digital-journalism-tools-and-platforms-to-connect-present-and-inspire/

A couple key links from the talk.

Backend stuff:
http://SubMishMash.com
Google Forms (http://docs.google.com)
http://www.homicidewatchdc.org

Front-end inspiration:
TIME's new slideshow tool
http://domusweb.it... more »

The Atlantic Tech+

Since people seemed to like the journalism process post from yesterday, I'm going to stay in that vein today.

Well, OK, I'm going to steal sorta from myself for this edition. Last night, I gave an extemporaneous talk about my thoughts on interesting tech tools. O'Reilly's +Alexander Howard (and new AT contributor) was in the audience (front row!) and wrote it up. I am 100% sure his summary is more useful and better than the talk was:

http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/new-digital-journalism-tools-and-platforms-to-connect-present-and-inspire/

A couple key links from the talk.

Backend stuff:
http://SubMishMash.com
Google Forms (http://docs.google.com)
http://www.homicidewatchdc.org

Front-end inspiration:
TIME's new slideshow tool
http://domusweb.it
http://zeega.org (and http://www.sensatejournal.com/)___

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2011-08-11 13:08:57 (16 comments, 16 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+
a special edition about research process

So, I want to use this space this to talk a little bit about a story that I really loved writing yesterday: The Many Failures and Few Successes of Zany Iceberg Towing Schemes.

My initial motivation for writing about iceberg towing is that a Frenchman long involved in the iceberg towing community ran some computer models that showed towing the ice from Antarctica to Africa made sense. A series of credulous headlines followed: http://bit.ly/qFnToV Fox News, for example: "Iceberg Harvesting Can End Third World Drought, Scientist Says."

Now, because I keep an eye on big, crazy schemes in history (I am a lover of wave motors, after all), I knew that I'd seen iceberg towing mentioned for decades and decades. I also knew that "iceberg towing" was a unique phrase that could be pumped... more »

The Atlantic Tech+
a special edition about research process

So, I want to use this space this to talk a little bit about a story that I really loved writing yesterday: The Many Failures and Few Successes of Zany Iceberg Towing Schemes.

My initial motivation for writing about iceberg towing is that a Frenchman long involved in the iceberg towing community ran some computer models that showed towing the ice from Antarctica to Africa made sense. A series of credulous headlines followed: http://bit.ly/qFnToV Fox News, for example: "Iceberg Harvesting Can End Third World Drought, Scientist Says."

Now, because I keep an eye on big, crazy schemes in history (I am a lover of wave motors, after all), I knew that I'd seen iceberg towing mentioned for decades and decades. I also knew that "iceberg towing" was a unique phrase that could be pumped through every search engine imaginable to find interesting information. And that's really what enabled me to write a comprehensiveish post about the phenomenon in a short amount of time. Here was my rough order of operations, although given tabbed browsing, many of these things were going on simultaneously.

1. Google Books (first with only free books shown, then later with all previewable books shown)
2. Standard Google search, followed by searches just within .gov sites and then looking only for PDFs
3. The Chronicling America collection, late 1800s and early 1900s newspaper accounts as well as the other Library of Congress databases, though almost all of them came up empty
4. YouTube
5. Flickr Commons, then Flickr
6. Here, I pinged Twitter, which brought Project Habakkuk and Brewster's Millions to my attention. Twitter is great for testing what people first think of when they hear some phrase like "iceberg towing." It lets you play defense against common assumptions.
7. Google Scholar, followed by searching in the footnotes of the papers found there, which led to the discovery that there were two major papers put out in 1973, one in the Journal of Glaciology by Weeks and Campbell (later published in modified form in The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists) and another by RAND researchers J.L. Hult and O.C. Ostrander. Both were gold mines of information.
8. By now, many signs pointed to John Isaacs at Scripps Oceanographic Institute as the key figure in the midcentury, so I went to Scripps' archives and found a bunch of photos of the guy as well as a book about him, which was previewable in Google Books
9. Meanwhile, the RAND report led me to a slough of other sources and filled in the deep history of iceberg towing from South America
10. I decided to follow up on an early hit from TIME Magazine's online archives about a conference sponsored by Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia at Iowa State University (!) about iceberg towing. Turns out, Iowa State maintains a small archival collection about the conferences, which began in 1979 and ran for a few years.
11. That was pretty much it. I did some more extensive searching around "iceberg towing + Labrador Sea" and that yielded a bunch of interesting information about the business and science of towing bergs for the oil industry. Specifically, a 2003 Smithsonian mag profile surfaced and an excellent document from Grand Banks Iceberg Management from 2007, which pretty much tells you anything you need to know about how to actually get the practice done.

I don't really know what to call this process other than research, but I do know that this is something different from what would have been done 5 years ago or 50 years ago. Some pieces are the same (digging in footnotes) but others are radically different (Google Books, Google, searching through digitized archival collections, PDF only searches to find quasi-academic documents).

Now, a key determinant of how easily you can research a topic is the uniqueness of the text that you're searching. From the second I typed "iceberg towing" into a search text field, I knew I'd hit a rich vein of glorious relevance.___

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2011-08-09 13:32:46 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+

-- The whole team is looking at a bunch of things related to the London riots, none of which I'm quite ready to talk about yet. Suffice to say we're looking at several different angles on surveillance including prevalence of CCTV, DIY face recognition, other riots in other cities, and several more. We don't really know what's going to pan out, but at least a couple of these will.

-- I'm also going to do a history of The Idea of Towing Icebergs to Dry Parts of the World based on this: http://fxn.ws/nbWzoz

-- And expect a wonderful stepback from +Alexander Howard on e-government to go up a little later this morning.

-- If you missed it, squirrels are a menace to the future!
http://bit.ly/p4BhJR

Around the Webs

Wired has up their most excellent IUD feature story about how the... more »

The Atlantic Tech+

-- The whole team is looking at a bunch of things related to the London riots, none of which I'm quite ready to talk about yet. Suffice to say we're looking at several different angles on surveillance including prevalence of CCTV, DIY face recognition, other riots in other cities, and several more. We don't really know what's going to pan out, but at least a couple of these will.

-- I'm also going to do a history of The Idea of Towing Icebergs to Dry Parts of the World based on this: http://fxn.ws/nbWzoz

-- And expect a wonderful stepback from +Alexander Howard on e-government to go up a little later this morning.

-- If you missed it, squirrels are a menace to the future!
http://bit.ly/p4BhJR

Around the Webs

Wired has up their most excellent IUD feature story about how the contraceptive has made a comeback. It features some terrifying portraits of the devices, though, which look like creatures from the Cambrian explosion.

http://bit.ly/p2cLpG

Gizmodo leads with a gallery of electronics stores that have been sacked in the London riots. Mostly Reuters pulls, but interesting nonetheless.
http://gizmo.do/n3Eaa6

Two takes on AOL's quarterly numbers, one the classic AP style news from CNET highlighting the company's rev slide (http://cnet.co/n45Slq) and then the upside from +Peter Kafka on AOL's ad revenue climbing (http://dthin.gs/ouPQjz).
BONUS LINK: The London police's flickr feed of people they say were looting, screenshotted from CCTV:
http://bit.ly/qLP4o5___

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2011-08-08 13:31:40 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+

We're looking into the London riots and a lot of the random info floating around the web right now about Blackberry Messager usage's role in the civil disturbance. The key difference between Twitter/Facebook and BBM? BBM is private-ish.

--+Becca Rosen is going to look at the excitement that builds around The Next Tallest Building in the world.

-- +Nicholas Jackson will look at the history of bridging the digital divide, pegged to Comcast opening up $10/month Internet. And, of course, media hound that he is, he's looking at http://beta620.nytimes.com ...

--I'm also going to look into this swallowable perfume: http://bit.ly/pZIr0Y Yes, you read that right.

Around the Webs

*+Rob Walker * has a monster piece in the New York Times Magazine about Kickstarter. http://nyti.ms/nsu9OH "The Trivialities... more »

The Atlantic Tech+

We're looking into the London riots and a lot of the random info floating around the web right now about Blackberry Messager usage's role in the civil disturbance. The key difference between Twitter/Facebook and BBM? BBM is private-ish.

--+Becca Rosen is going to look at the excitement that builds around The Next Tallest Building in the world.

-- +Nicholas Jackson will look at the history of bridging the digital divide, pegged to Comcast opening up $10/month Internet. And, of course, media hound that he is, he's looking at http://beta620.nytimes.com ...

--I'm also going to look into this swallowable perfume: http://bit.ly/pZIr0Y Yes, you read that right.

Around the Webs

*+Rob Walker * has a monster piece in the New York Times Magazine about Kickstarter. http://nyti.ms/nsu9OH "The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter"

VentureBeat has the story of Las Vegas' big security/hacking conferences, Defcon and Black Hat, in photographs. Really nice work by +Dean Takahashi .

http://bit.ly/n5nMBd

Wired's Danger Room has an important story about a possible new weapons hack by the Taliban in Afghanistan, which may have led to the deadly downing of a chopper over the weekend.
http://bit.ly/nwhfnX

Techmeme notes that Apple has been hit with a patent suit for fast-booting in Lion. What new thing could come out without being hit with a patent suit at this point?
http://bit.ly/qreyRe

The NYT points out that Google struck a deal with a large French publisher to adds it collection to Books' oeuvre. http://nyti.ms/pNLkUZ

*Gizmodo's +Kat Hannaford * has an awesome story about smugglers ziplining iPads into China (via http://bit.ly/ri3n5h).

http://gizmo.do/nxybki
BONUS LINK:
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (aka the other male Alexis) on how to sell a Web 2.0 startup. He spoke in 2008, but is it so different now?
Alexis Ohanian at Business of Software 2008___

2011-08-04 14:39:16 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Video Channel is now live.
* http://www.theatlantic.com/video/ *

A couple of notes for media nerds here. First, this channel was just an idea a few months ago. We came up with a real strategy, hired +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg , and, you know, built the whole thing in just a few months. I think it's the slickest thing we've ever produced (the new iPad app is good competition). On the backend, video creators can upload a video, which feeds through to both Brightcove and a Django backend. That Django system then populates the video page and interfaces with the Moveable Type system on which the rest of TheAtlantic.com runs. And it works!

Another thing to note: Vimeo, YouTube, and Brightcove integration is seamless. You're watching one of our videos, you click somewhere and a Vimeo video pops into the top slot. There is no difference for the user.... more »

The Atlantic Video Channel is now live.
* http://www.theatlantic.com/video/ *

A couple of notes for media nerds here. First, this channel was just an idea a few months ago. We came up with a real strategy, hired +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg , and, you know, built the whole thing in just a few months. I think it's the slickest thing we've ever produced (the new iPad app is good competition). On the backend, video creators can upload a video, which feeds through to both Brightcove and a Django backend. That Django system then populates the video page and interfaces with the Moveable Type system on which the rest of TheAtlantic.com runs. And it works!

Another thing to note: Vimeo, YouTube, and Brightcove integration is seamless. You're watching one of our videos, you click somewhere and a Vimeo video pops into the top slot. There is no difference for the user. It feels great.

Last thing: take a look at the design of the Video channel versus our other channels. IMO, it looks both hot and slick. It's sort of like what I imagined way back a few months ago, but way better.

So, check out the channel and let me know what you think. And keep your eyes out for ideas-based visual storytelling! We want to feature it.___

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2011-08-04 13:28:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+

So, sorry to be absent these past couple days. I was up to this: http://two.longshotmag.com ... Hope you like it!

In AT news, +Nicholas Jackson continues with his awesome Shark Week coverage, looking at the shark of tech, including BRUCE, the mechanical animal from JAWS. Check it out: http://bit.ly/nkd7rZ

This is a bit of a special edition of the AT+ because I need your help to help my Dad out. And this help requires your knowledge of the current state of augmented reality.

+John Pavlus recently posted about an AR app that lets you see baby-style. http://bit.ly/p3vwAR. That's nice and maybe helps you understand the baby better, but I've got a better use case.

My father, +Salvador Madrigal has glaucoma in one of his eyes, which reduces the contrast of things that he sees. He's wondered aloud to me whether a pair of... more »

The Atlantic Tech+

So, sorry to be absent these past couple days. I was up to this: http://two.longshotmag.com ... Hope you like it!

In AT news, +Nicholas Jackson continues with his awesome Shark Week coverage, looking at the shark of tech, including BRUCE, the mechanical animal from JAWS. Check it out: http://bit.ly/nkd7rZ

This is a bit of a special edition of the AT+ because I need your help to help my Dad out. And this help requires your knowledge of the current state of augmented reality.

+John Pavlus recently posted about an AR app that lets you see baby-style. http://bit.ly/p3vwAR. That's nice and maybe helps you understand the baby better, but I've got a better use case.

My father, +Salvador Madrigal has glaucoma in one of his eyes, which reduces the contrast of things that he sees. He's wondered aloud to me whether a pair of augmented reality glasses might solve his problem. His solution is actually pretty brilliant, if I do say so myself.

Here's what he wrote to me. We want a plausibility check here.

Well, I have observed that my left eye affected by advancing Glaucoma, perhaps now being controlled by the right mix of prescription eye drops, perceives significantly less light and detail (contrast) than my almost normal right eye, with or without prescription glasses on. Probably there is no way to have a corrective prescription that would restore the ability of the optic nerve to perceive the full details of what it is seeing. However if the lenses themselves could auto-contrast the image as it goes through the lens by the application of some type of software embedded in the glasses frame along with some miniaturized hardware also embedded in the frame, the eye would be looking at the enhanced (brightened and sharpened) image in the lens providing the eyes cones and rods with enough additional light to offset some if not all the lost capacity. The lenses might have to look as Borg-like appendages to accommodate the additional technology.

Yes, I think my dad is willing to wear a Borg-like appendage. We always liked the Borg. Aside from that, does anyone have any thoughts on the feasibility of what my dad describes? A couple things are seem required: a Looxcie-like camera feeding in real-time to glasses with one tiny screen embedded in the left eye that is constantly auto-contrasting the image. Is this possible? Oddly, it doesn't seem that hard, but maybe I don't get the nuanced difficulties.___

2011-07-30 01:44:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thinking about having a quick Google+ hangout as a kind of "office hours" for people working on @LongshotMag stories. Would that be interesting for people?

Thinking about having a quick Google+ hangout as a kind of "office hours" for people working on @LongshotMag stories. Would that be interesting for people?___

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2011-07-29 13:55:41 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

+Nicholas Jackson and I are up in New York for @LonghshotMag, which is an occasional experiment in creating a magazine in 48 hours. This time around, the good people of Gawker are hosting us at their Manhattan digs. I'm working on a post about the free tools that we use to build our pop-up infrastructure. We unveil the theme today at 3pm Eastern. After that you'll have 24 hours to submit work. You can find out more at http://www.longshotmag.com

All that to say, this is a bit of an abbreviated AT+.

Around the Webs

The Telegraph has a nice lens for what happens when a successful site gets knocked off by a swarm of imitators. "The Crowdfunding Cargo Cult"
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/adrianhon/100006763/unbound-the-crowdfunding-cargo-cult/
... more »

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

+Nicholas Jackson and I are up in New York for @LonghshotMag, which is an occasional experiment in creating a magazine in 48 hours. This time around, the good people of Gawker are hosting us at their Manhattan digs. I'm working on a post about the free tools that we use to build our pop-up infrastructure. We unveil the theme today at 3pm Eastern. After that you'll have 24 hours to submit work. You can find out more at http://www.longshotmag.com

All that to say, this is a bit of an abbreviated AT+.

Around the Webs

The Telegraph has a nice lens for what happens when a successful site gets knocked off by a swarm of imitators. "The Crowdfunding Cargo Cult"
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/adrianhon/100006763/unbound-the-crowdfunding-cargo-cult/

Wired has a wonderful gallery of bizarre, old coin-op games. +Chris Kohler is so good at this sort of thing.
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/07/california-extreme-arcade-games/

Techmeme notes that Apple is now the world's leading smartphone maker in terms of phones sold, knocking Nokia off the top of the heap.
http://techme.me/Br08___

2011-07-28 18:08:14 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Here's the new @TheAtlanticTech longreads page:
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/category/longreads/

If you want to subscribe to the RSS feed for our longer form stuff, +Tim Maly built this handy RSS feed:
http://feed43.com/atlantictechlongreads.xml

Here's the new @TheAtlanticTech longreads page:
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/category/longreads/

If you want to subscribe to the RSS feed for our longer form stuff, +Tim Maly built this handy RSS feed:
http://feed43.com/atlantictechlongreads.xml___

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2011-07-28 16:18:48 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My long-promised piece on gravestone technology, particularly the application of lasers in the death industry is complete.http://theatln.tc/n7FLZm It begins at Washington Cemetery, pictured here.

My long-promised piece on gravestone technology, particularly the application of lasers in the death industry is complete.http://theatln.tc/n7FLZm It begins at Washington Cemetery, pictured here.___

2011-07-28 13:19:58 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

So, I'm considering some changes to this roundup, focusing more on the most stories from the top sites, rather than the ones they feature up top. Of course, that would turn this into a different kind of service, less about "top" news and more about my niche news.

For example, Wired is leading with a story about the FBI training manual (http://bit.ly/qlOWkF). But I'd probably post a link to their piece about MoMa's Talk to Me exhibit (http://bit.ly/nEmllh).

Or Techmeme has a hint about the new shape of next iPhone via some silicone cases (http://techme.me/BqVo). But I'd probably go with the Wall Street Journal story on Google running up against the limits of the city of Mountain View (http://on.wsj.com/qMQFYM).

So, what do you think? I'm going to leave... more »

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

So, I'm considering some changes to this roundup, focusing more on the most stories from the top sites, rather than the ones they feature up top. Of course, that would turn this into a different kind of service, less about "top" news and more about my niche news.

For example, Wired is leading with a story about the FBI training manual (http://bit.ly/qlOWkF). But I'd probably post a link to their piece about MoMa's Talk to Me exhibit (http://bit.ly/nEmllh).

Or Techmeme has a hint about the new shape of next iPhone via some silicone cases (http://techme.me/BqVo). But I'd probably go with the Wall Street Journal story on Google running up against the limits of the city of Mountain View (http://on.wsj.com/qMQFYM).

So, what do you think? I'm going to leave two comments, one marked "Top" the other Marked "My Niche." Plus up the one you'd like to see.___

2011-07-27 13:59:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

-- +Becca Rosen leads us off today with a story about data furnaces, a Microsoft research concept to hook small cloud server rooms directly into residential heating systems.

http://bit.ly/pQF4I7

-- She'll also be looking at a Tiny House project at Northwestern, which recruits kids to come up with energy (and life) efficiency solutions through building a very small house.

-- +Nicholas Jackson has some great stuff coming. First, he's going to look at the IBM Selectric, which turns 50 today. Then, he might turn to a brief history of the fax machine pegged to Adobe buying EchoSign. And maybe at some point this week of the steps required to prep Atlantis for display.

-- I've got a Built in America gallery going up about a historic carousel. I'm also going to gather up some... more »

The Atlantic Tech+
a daily experiment in real-time news

-- +Becca Rosen leads us off today with a story about data furnaces, a Microsoft research concept to hook small cloud server rooms directly into residential heating systems.

http://bit.ly/pQF4I7

-- She'll also be looking at a Tiny House project at Northwestern, which recruits kids to come up with energy (and life) efficiency solutions through building a very small house.

-- +Nicholas Jackson has some great stuff coming. First, he's going to look at the IBM Selectric, which turns 50 today. Then, he might turn to a brief history of the fax machine pegged to Adobe buying EchoSign. And maybe at some point this week of the steps required to prep Atlantis for display.

-- I've got a Built in America gallery going up about a historic carousel. I'm also going to gather up some history apps, which are flooding into the app stores out there. It's fascinating to me that they seem to work better than history websites. Although there are some great ones of those, too. I'm also working on the art for +James Somers wonderful email&writing piece.
Around the Webs

GigaOm has more stories that Wall Street is telling itself about Netflix. As I noted yesterday, I love stock analysts' narrativity. Gigaom summarizes: "Morgan Stanley believes that Netflix is in the midst of cyclical growing pains, not a long-term deterioration in its growth story. It also still thinks Netflix has the best price-to-value proposition around. That said, the firm recognizes that the “bull case” buoying the Netflix stock isn’t playing out as well as some have expected in some key growth areas."
GigaOm: http://bit.ly/ruOzi5
Me: http://bit.ly/pTzL5O

Wired leads with a big story asking whether too much Safety Tech (TM) will make drivers less safe by lulling them into feeling too secure.
http://bit.ly/nnuy8h

VentureBeat looks at new Pew videosharing numbers. 71% of Americans share video, 28% of them daily. And unlike a few years ago, rural people share as many videos as city folk. One imagines that's because (some weak version of) broadband has reached them.
http://bit.ly/o4mP05

Gizmodo leads with +Mathew Honan on the This American Life on patent trolling.
Mat: http://gizmo.do/oj37Bs
TAL: http://bit.ly/ne8YWh

Techmeme shows off how much it likes granular gadget news. The first phone based on Windows new mobile OS, Mango, sits atop their page.
http://techme.me/BqFi

Google News leads with the same. I guess this is what the machines think Tech News is. Gadgets! Operating systems! New stuff!
http://bit.ly/oSciSY

BONUS LINK
If you're in New York City, head to MoMa today for +Jamin Warren 's Kill Screen party. The New Yorker calls Kill Screen, "the McSweeney’s of interactive media."

http://nyr.kr/q2lXho___

2011-07-27 13:25:11 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I really wish G+ saved posts. I just lost a complete Atlantic Tech Plus.

I really wish G+ saved posts. I just lost a complete Atlantic Tech Plus.___

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2011-07-26 13:34:19 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
an experiment in real-time news

As always, we want to know what you think is important to cover. So, feel free to tell us what you think we should be writing about!

Netflix got crushed in afterhours trading as bad guidance offset the company's nice earnings performance. You probably should know about that. It probably makes sense as the company had a price-to-earnings ration of something like 60:1. You only get that kind of crazy number if you're seen as a high-growth company, and Netflix's growth is clearly slowing down.

But if you want something good to read, check out +Nicholas Jackson 's piece on the new race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench! Branson! James Cameron! Some dude from Florida!
http://bit.ly/nZPTLT

-- +Becca Rosen is going to write about THE FACT THAT THE FOUNDER OF THE CRYONICS MOVEMENT... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
an experiment in real-time news

As always, we want to know what you think is important to cover. So, feel free to tell us what you think we should be writing about!

Netflix got crushed in afterhours trading as bad guidance offset the company's nice earnings performance. You probably should know about that. It probably makes sense as the company had a price-to-earnings ration of something like 60:1. You only get that kind of crazy number if you're seen as a high-growth company, and Netflix's growth is clearly slowing down.

But if you want something good to read, check out +Nicholas Jackson 's piece on the new race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench! Branson! James Cameron! Some dude from Florida!
http://bit.ly/nZPTLT

-- +Becca Rosen is going to write about THE FACT THAT THE FOUNDER OF THE CRYONICS MOVEMENT DIED.

--+Nicholas Jackson is looking for tools that help you integrate Facebook and Google+ probably calendars. He's going to look for another obscure spot on Earth that people might try to get to like the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

-- And +James Somers excellent piece about email's underexploited capacity to help teach writing should come out today, too.

-- In my scan this morning, I found that the world was trying to get me to finish my gravestone tech story. So I'mma do it. I also have to move today.

Around the Webs

Wired serves up a Wired special, the latest update to the long dream of a military laser gun. Which would be good for zombies.
http://bit.ly/qXHZ1g

The Techmeme has Google's latest revision to its real-name policy on G+ up top.
Here's the substance of the changes. Google will warn users before closing their accounts and will communicate better. We'll see if that quells the anger.

http://techme.me/BqF3
Gizmodo leads with Mozilla's new Android-based platform. So many phone choices. Sometimes, I think the iPhone's best selling feature is clarity of product.
http://gizmo.do/pD0kfM

Google News is still leading with follow-up stories to RIM laying off 2000. Many stories about Canadians.

AllThingsD is sticking with the RIM news, too.
http://dthin.gs/pyTJmn

BONUS LINK
Check out the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia's new exhibit,"Riffing on the Real: Afro-futurism in the Arts" (You know I love Afro-futurism)
http://bit.ly/rcyuO8___

2011-07-25 20:08:17 (20 comments, 11 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

You knew it had to happen.

You knew it had to happen.___

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2011-07-25 13:35:46 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
a daily real-time news experiment

We've got a bunch of great stuff coming up this week.

-- +Nicholas Jackson has a piece on the race to the be the 2nd person to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Richard Branson vs. James Cameron vs. some other guy. He's also looking at iPad and Nook sales for magazines. Everybody is building these expensive iPad apps, but just straight PDF magazines are selling well on other platforms, Nick says.

-- +Becca Rosen is back in the saddle. She's going to be looking at some of the proposals for new toilet technology submitted to this new Gates initiative to reinvent the modern human waste disposal mechanism. There's a new issue of Google's Think Quarterly out this morning, too, and she's going to review that as well.

-- +James Somers , one of the most talented young writers out... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
a daily real-time news experiment

We've got a bunch of great stuff coming up this week.

-- +Nicholas Jackson has a piece on the race to the be the 2nd person to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Richard Branson vs. James Cameron vs. some other guy. He's also looking at iPad and Nook sales for magazines. Everybody is building these expensive iPad apps, but just straight PDF magazines are selling well on other platforms, Nick says.

-- +Becca Rosen is back in the saddle. She's going to be looking at some of the proposals for new toilet technology submitted to this new Gates initiative to reinvent the modern human waste disposal mechanism. There's a new issue of Google's Think Quarterly out this morning, too, and she's going to review that as well.

-- +James Somers , one of the most talented young writers out there, has a new piece on how email can be used to teach writing in college. It should be up later this week, and like all of his pieces, has a polish you don't see in much tech writing.

-- +Philip Bump takes a look at how technology has enabled his introversion and how that's a good thing.

--+Lois Parshley 's piece on the historical climate of Washington, DC is almost ready, too.

-- My long-simmering story on gravestone tech, codenamed "Lasers for the Dead," is nearing completion too.

Around the Webs

-- The Techmeme Machine leads (as almost always) with a Techcrunch story. In this case, +MG Siegler 's take on the Facebook iPad app hidden inside the company's iPhone app. "Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular (well, very good, at the very least). And yes, it really is right there within the code," MG writes. "Even better, it’s executable." There are even pictures.
http://tcrn.ch/ptbq2L

-- Wired leads with a +Douglas Wolk feature about comic books on the iPad. He's great. You should read it. Particularly if you are a nerd.
http://bit.ly/jyTuuL

-- Gizmodo has +Kat Hannaford's story on the Facebook iPad app up top.
http://gizmo.do/n6wNX2

-- *AllThingsD's +Ina Fried * parses tablet numbers to highlight "there isn’t a large tablet market nearly so much as there is a large iPad market."
http://dthin.gs/pPl3ag

-- GigaOM makes an interesting point at the top of their carousel. HTML5, the next-gen markup language for the web, is going to boom over the next 5 years on mobile devices. There should be two billion mobile thingies (phones, tablets, &c) that should be able to display fancypants HTML5 graphics.
http://bit.ly/nYSEc0

BONUS NYT LINK!
The massive, rusting drill left below the city of New York.
http://nyti.ms/oZQbFU

DOUBLE BONUS NYT LINK! (via +Nicholas Jackson )
Dwarf Fortress, the most ridiculously complex game.
http://nyti.ms/qR02KK___

2011-07-25 02:18:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg made a quick little video of +Garance Franke-Ruta , +Derek Thompson , and me trying to cook eggs on the Watergate's roof.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/is-it-hot-enough-to-cook-an-egg-on-the-watergate-roof-yes/242459/

+Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg made a quick little video of +Garance Franke-Ruta , +Derek Thompson , and me trying to cook eggs on the Watergate's roof.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/is-it-hot-enough-to-cook-an-egg-on-the-watergate-roof-yes/242459/___

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2011-07-22 14:08:56 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic PLUS
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We lead this morning with +Nicholas Jackson 's piece on speculation that Apple will buy Hulu with its (ridiculous) pile of cash. If they do, Netflix should worry, he argues. http://bit.ly/pwgnqD

-- I've got a piece based on an amazing video of Nytimes.com frontages screens hotted over a year. Thanks to +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg for bringing that in.

-- And I'm still working on my gravestone tech piece. It's a kraken! Look for it Sunday night all done up feature style.

-- +Nicholas Jackson is looking at G+'s user numbers. Are they really all that impressive? He's also writing about that sick Google doodle today, the first in HTML5 (I think).

-- +Garance Franke-Ruta are going to cook eggs on the Watergate roof around high noon. No, I am not kidding. We have... more »

The Atlantic PLUS
a daily experiment in real-time news

We lead this morning with +Nicholas Jackson 's piece on speculation that Apple will buy Hulu with its (ridiculous) pile of cash. If they do, Netflix should worry, he argues. http://bit.ly/pwgnqD

-- I've got a piece based on an amazing video of Nytimes.com frontages screens hotted over a year. Thanks to +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg for bringing that in.

-- And I'm still working on my gravestone tech piece. It's a kraken! Look for it Sunday night all done up feature style.

-- +Nicholas Jackson is looking at G+'s user numbers. Are they really all that impressive? He's also writing about that sick Google doodle today, the first in HTML5 (I think).

-- +Garance Franke-Ruta are going to cook eggs on the Watergate roof around high noon. No, I am not kidding. We have competing theories about how to best cook eggs up there.

Around the Webs

-- *Wired's +Spencer Ackerman continues his reporting tear with a story about the State Department's mercenaries and how they're fighting government oversight.
http://bit.ly/qMjFRT

-- AllThingsD's Peter Kafka says not to hold your breath on that Apple-Hulu deal.
http://dthin.gs/pzQeb2

-- Techmeme led this morning with +Danny Sullivan 's open letter to Google about getting brands right. +Vic Gundotra responded in the comments, apologizing. Really interesting thread, too, mostly because it's filled with nasty trolls. Time to start moderating, DS!
http://bit.ly/obJvlz

-- Google News has Verizon's earnings up top. The company sold 2.3 million iPhones in Q2, lagging behind AT&T's 3.6 million. But, an analyst tells the WSJ, if you look just at iPhone 4s, Verizon probably won that category. The war continues.
http://on.wsj.com/qdrQvX

BONUS LINK

Barre, Vermont granite quarry:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/air_libby/3867016996/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Since the early 1990s, competition from Brazil, China, and India has increased a lot. In 2010, we imported $900 million worth of granite from around the world.___

2011-07-21 17:17:29 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pop quiz! Without looking, which country is the top granite exporter to the United States?

Per +Alexander Howard 's suggestion, I have to tell the answer is Brazil.

Pop quiz! Without looking, which country is the top granite exporter to the United States?

Per +Alexander Howard 's suggestion, I have to tell the answer is Brazil.___

2011-07-21 17:08:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I am learning a ton about the monument industry. And the stone industry. And the laser industry. Gravestone tech!

I am learning a ton about the monument industry. And the stone industry. And the laser industry. Gravestone tech!___

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2011-07-21 13:33:51 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
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I'm still getting used to Lion, so today's early edition will be a bit truncated. I'll fill in our look around the webs soon.

Our lead story today is on Larry Page's first 100 (ok, technically 107, days) as Google chief. The catchphrase is "more wood behind fewer arrows." He wants a more focused, more potent Google.
http://bit.ly/nj6VMU

-- +Nicholas Jackson will be finishing up his series on the Shuttle, now that it's down to Earth for the last time. He's also going to look at Float, the supposed Netflix+Instapaper thing from Scribd.

-- I'm looking at Lion, of course, and trying to finish up my gravestone tech piece. You know that no one has ever written a history of gravestone technology? Crazy, right?

-- +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
Our daily experiment in real-time news

I'm still getting used to Lion, so today's early edition will be a bit truncated. I'll fill in our look around the webs soon.

Our lead story today is on Larry Page's first 100 (ok, technically 107, days) as Google chief. The catchphrase is "more wood behind fewer arrows." He wants a more focused, more potent Google.
http://bit.ly/nj6VMU

-- +Nicholas Jackson will be finishing up his series on the Shuttle, now that it's down to Earth for the last time. He's also going to look at Float, the supposed Netflix+Instapaper thing from Scribd.

-- I'm looking at Lion, of course, and trying to finish up my gravestone tech piece. You know that no one has ever written a history of gravestone technology? Crazy, right?

-- +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg has a great video and interview with a filmmaker who imagines you could be an "indie astronaut." It'll be going up this morning.

-- And +Lois Parshley is working on a piece about how much hotter DC is now than it was when our nation's parents picked this place as our nation's HQ. It's not just global warming that we're looking at but also the urban heat island effect and other factors.

--+Nicholas Jackson also has a longer piece he's starting work on about the tech of the postal service.

And that is a photo of a shark that jumped into a boat. Here's what you should do when that happens to you: http://bit.ly/pkSAvZ___

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2011-07-20 13:28:36 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
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Apple reported robust earnings last night on all-around good sales, including 20 million iPhones. Worth noting that far more Android phones are being activated now (something like 50 million a quarter, I remember +Marshall Kirkpatrick saying, based on estimates of more than 500,000 activations per day) but that experience is far more fragmented than Apple's. One note of caution: the company issued "below expectations" guidance for the fourth quarter. Slow holiday season expectations, erosion of Apple's business by competitors, or early headfake? Dunno. Take a look yourself: http://bit.ly/ohjk2j

-- In other news, +Nicholas Jackson and I will be looking at the first 100 days of the Larry Page administration.
-- Graveyard tech is still in the works. Apparently, laser etching first took off in... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
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Apple reported robust earnings last night on all-around good sales, including 20 million iPhones. Worth noting that far more Android phones are being activated now (something like 50 million a quarter, I remember +Marshall Kirkpatrick saying, based on estimates of more than 500,000 activations per day) but that experience is far more fragmented than Apple's. One note of caution: the company issued "below expectations" guidance for the fourth quarter. Slow holiday season expectations, erosion of Apple's business by competitors, or early headfake? Dunno. Take a look yourself: http://bit.ly/ohjk2j

-- In other news, +Nicholas Jackson and I will be looking at the first 100 days of the Larry Page administration.
-- Graveyard tech is still in the works. Apparently, laser etching first took off in the early 1990s... but a lot is still changing in the field.

Around the Webs

-- Techmeme has the Apple earnings announcement up top, of course.
Dan Frommer pulls out an interesting note. The iPad business is already bigger than the Mac business for Apple, based on revenue: http://bit.ly/qgVx14

-- Gizmodo breaks down the spec changes to the MacBook air. http://gizmo.do/nMvvGr

-- Wired's leading with a look at what comes after the airplane black box.
http://bit.ly/jA0MLA

-- AllThingsD leads with a look at the launch of Apple's new version of OS X.
http://dthin.gs/piPvZT

BONUS LINK: The Uffizi gallery put out an iOS app with very high resolution photos of their masterpieces: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uffizi/id365912485?mt=8___

2011-07-19 14:55:22 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

A friend just asked for recommendations on the history of nuclear energy. Here's what I got:

Too Cheap to Meter by Steven Cohn is obscure but indispensable. As an economist writing just after the collapse of the nuclear industry, he really lays out the cost problems that stalled the industry.

The First Nuclear Era by Alvin Weinberg is a firsthand account of the rise of nuclear power that really gives you the flavor of the engineers and scientists who created and supported the industry.

America's Electric Utilities by investment banker Leonard Hyman pretty clearly explains why Wall Street isn't interested in nukes most of the time.

"The Breakthrough That Wasn't" is my take on the rise and fall of nuclear power. I look at a lot of the social context about how nuclear advocates framed the energy problem so that only their technology could... more »

A friend just asked for recommendations on the history of nuclear energy. Here's what I got:

Too Cheap to Meter by Steven Cohn is obscure but indispensable. As an economist writing just after the collapse of the nuclear industry, he really lays out the cost problems that stalled the industry.

The First Nuclear Era by Alvin Weinberg is a firsthand account of the rise of nuclear power that really gives you the flavor of the engineers and scientists who created and supported the industry.

America's Electric Utilities by investment banker Leonard Hyman pretty clearly explains why Wall Street isn't interested in nukes most of the time.

"The Breakthrough That Wasn't" is my take on the rise and fall of nuclear power. I look at a lot of the social context about how nuclear advocates framed the energy problem so that only their technology could solve it. It's available in abridged form here: http://bit.ly/nDsqwD on in full in my book.

"Fukushima: Nuclear's Power's VHS Relic" by BBC correspondent Richard Black is another worthwhile #longread on the history of nuclear power. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14060913

There is also a great and very recent history of Japanese nuclear power that someone sent me which I cannot find to save my life. If you sent it to me, repost please.___

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2011-07-19 13:32:15 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
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-- I've got two stories coming. One on space colonies (thanks +Tim Maly) and the other on gravestone technology. (Yes, you read that right.) Both are a little longer and deeper, so expect them later today.

-- +Nicholas Jackson is going to look into Zynga's new S-1 SEC filing, which at 619 pages is bound to have some interesting stuff. And he's going to have a Toolkit on moving your Facebook photos over to Google Photos (aka Picasa).

-- We've got an outside piece from +Scott Rosenberg on the NYT corrections policy in the Internet age. It is way more interesting than you'd expect a story about a corrections policy could be.

-- Oh, and if you're looking to pitch us, I'm actively looking for someone to write a dictionary of emoji. With the right tone, that story will... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
our daily experiment in real-time news
-- I've got two stories coming. One on space colonies (thanks +Tim Maly) and the other on gravestone technology. (Yes, you read that right.) Both are a little longer and deeper, so expect them later today.

-- +Nicholas Jackson is going to look into Zynga's new S-1 SEC filing, which at 619 pages is bound to have some interesting stuff. And he's going to have a Toolkit on moving your Facebook photos over to Google Photos (aka Picasa).

-- We've got an outside piece from +Scott Rosenberg on the NYT corrections policy in the Internet age. It is way more interesting than you'd expect a story about a corrections policy could be.

-- Oh, and if you're looking to pitch us, I'm actively looking for someone to write a dictionary of emoji. With the right tone, that story will destroy the Internet. If you want to throw your hat in the ring, send me a few sample definitions.

Around the Webs

-- Techmeme: The impending launch of Lion, the new version of Apple's OS.
http://bit.ly/oTroMZ (Our context: http://bit.ly/qcz7eX)

-- Google News: News Corp was hacked by an Anonymous-associated subgroup. The hacker becomes the hacked.
http://bit.ly/nFO7oK

-- AllThingsD is leading with the Murdoch story, too. Peter Kafka brings word that Rupert has to testify before Parliament today. http://dthin.gs/nbX9OX
(+Anthony De Rosa is aggregating (the good kind) links and stuff here: http://reut.rs/o53H5X)

-- WIRED shows off anything can be a tech story with a massive feature on coffee competitions. http://bit.ly/mqNJ1x Only one problem. This is +Mathew Honan 's beat.

-- Gizmodo tells us that the first F-35, the heir to the Top Gun-era F-16's throne, has flown to its home base. http://gizmo.do/nbPTnj (PICTUREZ!)

-- NYT reports on IBM's very strong earnings. Even after reporting on them for a while and spending time reading about how their services business rose up out of the ashes of OS/2, I'm still not sure what they do, but apparently they do it very well. People paid them $26.7 billion for their services in the second quarter.
http://nyti.ms/ohZP5j___

2011-07-18 20:17:42 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

So, I was tooling around old books about space settlement plans from the 1970s and I stumbled across this vintage Stewart Brand intro. It's a gorgeous frame, I think, for how to think about "news" these days.

Most of this book is Used Information. It is reprinted from various issues of The CoEvolution Quarterly, a California-based peculiar magazine.You can look at that news two ways. If you operate by the Bread Model of Information, it's terrible news. You've been gypped - stale information.On the other hand if you view information as something fundamentally different from bread, there's the possibility of good news. Having lived longer, the information here may be wiser, more co-evolved with the world. It may be more refined, having cycled complexly through the minds and responses of 40,000 CQ readers. And it's been through two editorial distillations; the... more »

So, I was tooling around old books about space settlement plans from the 1970s and I stumbled across this vintage Stewart Brand intro. It's a gorgeous frame, I think, for how to think about "news" these days.

Most of this book is Used Information. It is reprinted from various issues of The CoEvolution Quarterly, a California-based peculiar magazine.You can look at that news two ways. If you operate by the Bread Model of Information, it's terrible news. You've been gypped - stale information.On the other hand if you view information as something fundamentally different from bread, there's the possibility of good news. Having lived longer, the information here may be wiser, more co-evolved with the world. It may be more refined, having cycled complexly through the minds and responses of 40,000 CQ readers. And it's been through two editorial distillations; the less-than-wonderful and out-of-date may have been extracted.

You can read the thoughts this passage sparked for me here. http://bit.ly/rfkoLC But I'm curious about your thoughts. Discuss.___

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2011-07-18 19:44:58 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

My new opus on the evolution of pizza box technology, which breaks down into two eras: Before Corrugation, After Domino's. http://bit.ly/pHjiir

My new opus on the evolution of pizza box technology, which breaks down into two eras: Before Corrugation, After Domino's. http://bit.ly/pHjiir___

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2011-07-18 13:18:18 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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You'd think it was a slow news day when the machine at Techmeme leads with Adobe's acquisition of the e-signature platform, EchoSign, and Google's news algorithm's top sci-tech story is "Astronauts load storage bin on last space shuttle." But actually, we've got some exciting stuff.

-- I've got pieces cooking on the design of pizza boxes and NASA's groovy space station architecture from the 1970s. Just check out the picture attached for a glimpse of that glory.

-- We may also write something about MySpace co-founder +Tom Anderson 's
post wondering whether social is in Google's DNA. Anderson is back.
http://tcrn.ch/rd9D3s

-- +Nicholas Jackson 's got a gallery of photos from Instagram's offices shot using... Instagram. He'll... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
our daily experiment in real-time news

You'd think it was a slow news day when the machine at Techmeme leads with Adobe's acquisition of the e-signature platform, EchoSign, and Google's news algorithm's top sci-tech story is "Astronauts load storage bin on last space shuttle." But actually, we've got some exciting stuff.

-- I've got pieces cooking on the design of pizza boxes and NASA's groovy space station architecture from the 1970s. Just check out the picture attached for a glimpse of that glory.

-- We may also write something about MySpace co-founder +Tom Anderson 's
post wondering whether social is in Google's DNA. Anderson is back.
http://tcrn.ch/rd9D3s

-- +Nicholas Jackson 's got a gallery of photos from Instagram's offices shot using... Instagram. He'll also be looking into the rumors that Facebook is building/helping build 'app' versions of some news sites. And the daily shuttle roundup, the last of which you can find here: http://bit.ly/op2z31

-- And if you're wondering, +Becca Rosen is on vacation this week.

Around the Webs

-- Wired's Spencer Ackerman has a terrifying story about geolocation company TruePosition's move into the Homeland Security business. It's really essential reading. Here's the key snip about the technology:
"Imagine an 'invisible barrier around sensitive sites like critical infrastructure'... The barrier contains a list of known phones belonging to people who work there, allowing them to pass freely through the covered radius. 'If any phone enters that is not on the authorized list, [authorities] are immediately notified.'"
http://bit.ly/pwr3CO

-- The New York Times has a typically thorough story about the uncomfortable relationship between Twitter and the developers who build on its platform. It's pegged to the news that the Federal Trade Commission is looking at how Twitter acts towards the little guys. One thing to note is that you could write kind of the same story about Facebook, Google's Android, Apple, &c. It's risky to build on a platform you don't own.
http://nyti.ms/o7KxZG

-- Gizmodo's got a new Facebook-like project from the loose collective Anonymous called AnonPlus. It would be a "new social network where there is no fear...of censorship...of blackout...nor of holding back."
http://gizmo.do/nL7n09

Bonus link:
A sea of words (quite literally) at the National Maritime Museum:
http://vimeo.com/26328656___

2011-07-15 13:34:10 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
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Our Lead Stories
--+Becca Rosen gives you "4 Reasons Artists Are Loving Google."
http://bit.ly/pYInBT
It connects people like Twitter but is better for sharing art, and doesn't come with the "friend" baggage of Facebook.

-- I look at Google's new strategy, "Google's Social Carrot and Search Stick."
http://bit.ly/qFfaBM "In the Internet business, the search engine is like Lola: whatever the search engine wants, the search engine gets."

Around the Webs
Techmeme is leading with Google's 2Q earnings. They brought in more than $9 billion of revenue and net income of $2.5 billion. That beat expectations, so the stock popped 14% in afterhours trading.+Tom Foremski spots an interesting mystery about the numbers.... more »

The Atlantic Tech PLUS
our daily experiment in real-time news

Our Lead Stories
--+Becca Rosen gives you "4 Reasons Artists Are Loving Google."
http://bit.ly/pYInBT
It connects people like Twitter but is better for sharing art, and doesn't come with the "friend" baggage of Facebook.

-- I look at Google's new strategy, "Google's Social Carrot and Search Stick."
http://bit.ly/qFfaBM "In the Internet business, the search engine is like Lola: whatever the search engine wants, the search engine gets."

Around the Webs
Techmeme is leading with Google's 2Q earnings. They brought in more than $9 billion of revenue and net income of $2.5 billion. That beat expectations, so the stock popped 14% in afterhours trading.+Tom Foremski spots an interesting mystery about the numbers.
http://bit.ly/n7iP3d

Gizmodo* is leading with Spotify. As I said yesterday, if you haven't used a cloud music service, I bet it feels awesome, but if you've used similar service like Rdio, it feels a little "Winampy" as +Mike Kallmeyer put it.
Us: http://bit.ly/oYkpbN
Them: http://gizmo.do/pyL9yJ

WIRED is leading with a really nice 4-D cinema gallery.
http://bit.ly/rcFIpQ

The NY Times Bits Blog has a piece by +Nick Bilton on the touch choices Amazon faces with its Android tablet:
http://nyti.ms/pE8SFu

Coming Up
-- We're going to have the first in +Nicholas Jackson 's series profiling tech company HQs. Stay tuned, you're going to like it.

-- I'm trying to figure out what to do with this incredible G+ thread on grade inflation that rose up yesterday. Just check it out, with a bonus privacy discussion at the end.
http://bit.ly/mYKSfs___

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2011-07-15 03:00:56 (18 comments, 11 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Love this by +Joanne McNeil : This ever present anachronism has made it so that almost all literary fiction is science fiction, a thought experiment as to what life might be like if we weren’t so absorbed in our iPhones but instead watched and listened to the world around us at a moment’s rest.

Love this by +Joanne McNeil : This ever present anachronism has made it so that almost all literary fiction is science fiction, a thought experiment as to what life might be like if we weren’t so absorbed in our iPhones but instead watched and listened to the world around us at a moment’s rest.___

2011-07-15 01:05:14 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

So, people are hitting Google is serving the +1 button 2.3 billion times a day, and people are sharing a billion items a day. This is my take on one reason for their success.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/googles-social-carrot-and-search-stick/241978/

So, people are hitting Google is serving the +1 button 2.3 billion times a day, and people are sharing a billion items a day. This is my take on one reason for their success.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/googles-social-carrot-and-search-stick/241978/___

2011-07-14 19:08:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hey, I'm in a live chat with +Eli Kintisch and +Maggie Koerth-Baker . Come join!

Hey, I'm in a live chat with +Eli Kintisch and +Maggie Koerth-Baker . Come join!___

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2011-07-14 18:49:24 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is an awesome two-minute visual history of spacewalking by +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg from Gemini's first steps to yesterday's final EVA.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/video-a-twominute-visual-history-of-the-spacewalk/241954/

This is an awesome two-minute visual history of spacewalking by +Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg from Gemini's first steps to yesterday's final EVA.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/video-a-twominute-visual-history-of-the-spacewalk/241954/___

2011-07-14 15:32:00 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Calling all historians of technology. I'm making a circle for SHOT types. Let me know if you want in! (Thanks for the idea, +Maggie Koerth-Baker )

Calling all historians of technology. I'm making a circle for SHOT types. Let me know if you want in! (Thanks for the idea, +Maggie Koerth-Baker )___

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2011-07-14 14:39:01 (49 comments, 26 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

That is one damning graph. You get what you pay for! Who would pay $45,000 a year to get Cs?

That is one damning graph. You get what you pay for! Who would pay $45,000 a year to get Cs?___

2011-07-14 13:01:10 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This really is a great idea. Maggie Koerth-Baker starting up a circle for scientists. I might cop the idea and start a circle for historians of technology. You don't mind, right Maggie?

Re-post for new, incoming Google+-ers: I'm starting a new circle. If you are a professional scientist (academia or industry) or involved in other branches of research, please let me know. I'd like to make sure you get sorted in there.___This really is a great idea. Maggie Koerth-Baker starting up a circle for scientists. I might cop the idea and start a circle for historians of technology. You don't mind, right Maggie?

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