Monday, September 30, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg: How to make the Internet 100x more affordable by lowering costs and reducing data

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It’s no surprise that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to connect the world together to promote the “Knowledge Economy”. Today,, a group that Zuckerberg started in partnership with mobile-device makers Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm, released a video highlighting his plan to interlink the next 5 billion people.

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In the 3-minute video, Zuckerberg says that the world economy is synonymous with knowledge, powered by the Internet. He says that if everyone had access to the World Wide Web, society would be able to benefit from the innovation and creativity that everyone has. The group’s plan is to help make the Internet 100 times more affordable by lowering the cost and amount of data by a factor of ten.

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How does Zuckerberg plan to do this? He says that it will involve building out infrastructure to help signals go farther without requiring more cell towers to be built, “cleaning up airwaves” and using white space spectrum more efficiently, and building out low-cost and open source hardware and phones.

To combat the issue around data consumption, Facebook’s CEO says that it can be done by caching the information instead of always requesting it every time something needs to be looked up. In addition, better data compression is needed.

In short, Zuckerberg believes:

When I was getting started with Facebook, I could build it because I had access to the Internet and a few basic tools that gave me what I needed to build this for the world. And if we can get to a point where everyone around the world has access to those same tools, then everyone is going to be able to benefit from the innovation and ideas and hard work of billions of people around the world.

Started in August, is Zuckerberg’s second major effort to help advance technology, coming months after the launch of his political action committee, Facebook estimates that 5 billion people, or nearly two-thirds of the world, are without Internet access, and it wants to make sure that knowledge is better shared in this global community.

Facebook has already taken steps to make sure that the social network is available on most devices, including feature phones through its ‘Facebook for Every Phone’ app, used by more than 100 million monthly active users.

Watch the full video below:

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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Dropbox can now automatically save your screenshots when you take them, and import photos from iPhoto

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Dropbox today added a nifty feature for all its desktop users: support for automatic uploading of screenshots. At the same time, the company has added an iPhoto import tool for its Mac users.

The first addition means all the screenshots you take can be automatically saved to your Dropbox account. Furthermore, Dropbox will also create a link to your screenshot and copy it to your clipboard.

This means that your picture is instantly available for sharing online. This should be useful for anyone who takes screenshots on a regular basis and wants to avoid the hassle of pasting, saving, and then uploading them.

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The downside to all this is if you want to crop the screenshot or edit it in some way before you upload it. For those cases, you’ll want to disable this feature as Dropbox will just get in the way of your “screenshotting” process.

As for Dropbox users on OS X, today’s Dropbox update also includes an importer that copies your photos from iPhoto directly to your Dropbox. Here’s the prompt to look for:

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This is a good way to back up all your snaps, as well as have them handy for sharing. It’s of course entirely optional, so if you already have them backed up elsewhere and want to use your Dropbox storage for just files, you can.

Both these new features, which shouldn’t surprised you if you read TNW, are minor ones with a potentially big impact. If you take advantage of either of them, chances are you’ll end up using Dropbox a lot more, which is of course exactly what the company hopes you’ll do.

See also – The Dropbox Platform arrives to ‘replace the hard drive’ with a sync API, a ‘universal file picker’, and more and Dropbox gives users 1GB of extra space just for linking their account with Mailbox

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Recover From 'Breaking Bad' Withdrawal With 'Need for Speed' Mashup


Breaking Bad is over — it hurts to admit, but it's true. Luckily, you can stem the tide of feelings with this video linking the Breaking Bad universe to Aaron Paul's next major project, the upcoming Need for Speed movie.

Warning: The video contains spoilers, so if you haven't managed to see the finale (or even worse, haven't even started the show yet), avert your eyes at all costs.

What do you think happens after the final shot of the Breaking Bad finale? Let us know in the comments.

Image: YouTube, Slacktory

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Brands Try to Have an Oreo Moment With 'Breaking Bad' Finale


The subject matter may have been dark, but the audience was huge — so some brands couldn't resist trying for real-time marketing tie-ins with the Breaking Bad series finale on Sunday

Marketers tried their best to find elements in the show to address. For instance, a poisoning plot point in the finale provided an opportunity for some brands in the alternative sweetener category

Spoiler alert: In the final episode, antihero Walter White replaces a character's stevia with the poison ricin, ensuring fatal consequences. Though stevia is an unbranded ingredient, marketers of products using stevia, including Truvia and soft drink Zevia, have addressed the mention in their Twitter feeds: Read more...

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Leaked YouTube Video & Tumblr Blog Reveal All About Stealthy Payments Startup Clinkle


Clinkle, a much-hyped mobile payments startup which raised $25 million in funding ahead of having a publicly available product, has been notoriously secretive about its user interface and the details of how it all works. TechCrunch has been able to grab some screenshots in the past that demonstrate how the app functions, and spoke with beta testers and former employees to get a sense of its differentiating elements. But nothing comes close to this tell-all video which appeared a few days ago giving away much of Clinkle’s secrets.

The video’s creator is currently unknown, but it appears to be someone with direct knowledge of Clinkle’s plans. There are a lot of people who worked for Clinkle for a short time, while strung along with promises of equity and then dropped, we’ve heard. That’s why it makes sense that there’s some potential for a leak of this nature to occur. However, the tipster who sent in the video claims they were able to bypass the Clinkle waitlist in the app, which is how they were able to see all this functionality.

For starters, the video shows off the Clinkle user interface in action. These images include a lot of shots where photos of America’s founding fathers are used in the place of “dummy” user accounts. This correlates with the placeholder images we had previously pulled out of the app’s APK, again lending credence to the video being either a direct capture, or at least a very knowledgable recreation.

The video demonstrates how Clinkle can manage cash, credit and debit cards, transfers and withdrawals, as well as other things, like peer-to-peer payments, and transaction histories. Toward the end of the video, it also shows a screen that says “Aeorlink enabled,” which refers to an ultrasound connection between a phone and an iPad acting as a register – basically the app sends encrypted sound waves that act as the payments. A Register app had earlier appeared in the iOS App Store before being pulled.

From the details on an accompanying tell-all Tumblr blog, a tipster explains that with Aerolink, the ultrasonic sounds encode a store, register, and transaction identifier but the process may be open to security vulnerabilities. It also may be technology sourced from a third-party, the post states. (The video and Tumblr blog were sent in by the same tipster, but we can’t be sure at this point that his or her claims to be the author of both are legitimate.)

This Tumblr blog reveals that Clinkle’s accounts are actually being held by Zions Bank, which is why the app asks for things like your driver’s license photo and Social Security number. That allows Clinkle to transfer money to your real bank account with the app’s “ATM” functionality. Using a real bank behind the scenes is not altogether different from how other startups, like Simple and Dwolla, operate. It’s very difficult for a startup to actually be a bank itself, so it instead innovates on the front-end.

The phone number 1855CLI-NKLE, also featured in the Tumblr blog, when called, did respond “hello this is Clinkle,” when tested a few days ago. It appears to be an office number.

To be clear, most of the leaks confirm functionality we already knew about, but now it’s a case of being able to see how it works, rather than just hearing about the details from sources.

The potential for more leaks around Clinkle continues, as the company is not planning to have some grand launch event, but is rather quietly expanding its tester base while launching around college campuses.

We’re reaching out to Clinkle for comment on the leaks now and will update with their response.

from TechCrunch

In Nanotech's Small World, Big Opportunities Abound (Video)

The experts at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering talk about the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.

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Facebook Starts Rollout Of Graph Search For Posts, Comments, Check-Ins To Reveal The Past And Present

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What’s everyone saying about Breaking Bad? What about just my friends? What do my old photo comments say about me? A trillion posts full of this info start getting unlocked today as Facebook begins rolling out Graph Search for posts to a small subset of US English users. It will allow us to see what the world thinks of anything, but could also dredge up the past, defeating ‘privacy by obscurity’.

When Facebook launched Graph Search in January, it started with indexing people, photos, places, and interests. It let you find people based on certain characteristics, browse specific sets of photos, find local businesses, and discover media and brands your friends enjoy. But there were three big things missing: International access, mobile access, and the ability to search posts.

Since then Facebook has expanded Graph Search from a limited beta to a product available to all US users that browse in English. Since Graph Search is a semantic search engine based on sentences, not keywords, it’s tricky and slow to internationalize.

There’s still no mobile support, which is facepalm-worthy consider Facebook is supposed to be a “mobile first” company, and much of Graph Search potential lies in helping people find things and friends while on the go.

Today, though, Facebook stars solving the second problem by making almost anything you post accessible via Graph Search. That includes status updates, comments on anything, photo captions, Notes, and check-ins. No Events yet, though. Only a small group of US-English users are getting post search today, and Facebook tells me it plans to to monitor usage and take feedback before refining post search and rolling it out to all Graph Search users.

The End Of Privacy By Obscurity

Looking to the past, Graph Search for posts will help Facebook and its users realize the ambitions of Timeline. Suddenly everything we’ve written on Facebook isn’t just clunkily navigable from our profiles. It can be searched by anyone with permission to see it. Your bitter posts from your college library, silly comments on friends’ wedding photos, and dispatches from distant vacation check-ins.

That could make for some fun nostalgia, or some embarrassing fiascos. Before Timeline, your old posts were essentially locked away behind hundreds of clicks of the “more posts” button at the bottom of your profile. This is known as ‘privacy by obscurity’. Technically your old content was still accessible, but it was really tough to find, essentially making the past a secret.

Timeline let you find content on the profiles of friends if you knew what you were looking for and when to look. Graph Search for people let you find a non-friend’s profile and comb through their public posts. But Graph Search for posts essentially eradicates ‘privacy by obscurity’. If you said it, and it’s technically visible to someone, they will be able to easily find it. That includes any time you’ve mentioned you’re “drunk”, “high”, “depressed”, “pissed”, or cursed like a sailor.

I don’t mean to scare you. There’s a lot of good fun and ‘connection’ that will come from Graph Search of old posts. But this is a good time to go to your Activity Log and make sure any sensitive content you have has the right privacy settings. I’d definitely recommend doing this when you get the feature yourself. That’s actually one problem with the slow rollout. Some people’s content will be searchable by others before they can search themselves.

The Global Townsquare, Indexed

Looking at the present, Graph Search for posts could do a lot to help Facebook win the war against Twitter to become the web’s premier water cooler. Perhaps more than Facebook adding hashtags, verified profiles, trending topics, and other features from Twitter’s Playbook.

Now when there’s a big live television event or world news, you can browse more than your News Feed or hashtags. You can search for “Post about Syria” to see every public post on Facebook mentioning the word. Want to just see what your friends are saying about the latest teen pop drama? Search “Posts about Miley Cyrus from my friends”.

These searches could become popular places for Facebook to advertise. Right now there’s no way to target ads to appear on post Graph Search results, but Facebook could unlock that soon. If Facebook can convince users there’s more going on than what’s immediately visible in their News Feeds, it could get them spending more time on the site in front of brands who know what they’re thinking about. That could let Facebook accomplish its goals of connecting the world while finding a way to pay for all the servers that host our digital lives.

from TechCrunch

Facebook Graph Search Now Lets You Filter Comments, Posts


Facebook announced an update to Graph Search on Monday that will enable users to search for conversation topics within status updates, comments and posts. Some users with Graph Search can now browse Facebook for topics of interest — for example, "posts about Breaking Bad" or simply "Breaking Bad."

The update also allows users to search for posts or comments from a certain time period or location (for example, "posts by my friends from last month") or posts that they already composed or commented on

The update makes Facebook much more conducive to real-time conversations, an area where it has been making major strides to compete with the likes of Twitter. The two social networks have been competing for eyeballs during primetime television events like the Emmys, the NFL's Monday Night Football, and Sunday's Breaking Bad finale. When users' eyes aren't glued to the TV screen, Facebook and Twitter want them to be having conversations or voicing their opinions on their respective networks Read more...

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'Breaking Bad' Finale Didn't Quite Break Twitter or Facebook


Breaking Bad reached its climactic end on Sunday, as fans spilled their emotions about the series finale in droves on Facebook and Twitter. Not seeing a tweet or Facebook status update about AMC's Emmy-winning drama was practically impossible

Nielsen reported that 10.3 million viewers tuned in to Sunday's "Felina" episode — 3.7 million more than the previous week's "Granite State" episode. That's Breaking Bad's highest viewership in series history, but in comparison, it fell short of besting fellow AMC show The Walking Dead, which saw 12.4 million viewers for its season 3 finale in March

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