Technology News Summary for April 19, 2013.

  • Drew Olanoff. “Google’s One Today App Aims to Make Charitable Donations A More Social And Frequent Experience.” TechCrunch.
    • “The app is called One Today, and it’s currently invite only for Android users at this time. The aim is to get people to donate $1 to different organizations, while getting the complete information about how your donation will be used up front.”
    • This is awesome…something I’ve been wanting to see for some time now, I hope there will be a way for churches to utilize this as well.
  • Sarah Perez. “Family Safety App Alert.Us Goes Beyond Kid Tracking with Message Boards, Battery Alerts & More.” TechCrunch.
  • Darrell Etherington. “All 13 Episodes of Netflix’s Third Original Series, Hemlock Grove, Now Available to Stream.” TechCrunch.
    • I’m not recommending Hemlock Grove, but it is an important ongoing development in the creation of original content by web powerhouses that increases their competition (and eventual inevitable replacement) with traditional content providers (TV – e.g. ABC, CBS, Fox, FX, Showtime, HBO).
    • This series follows Lillyhammer, which I never heard how it did, and House of Cards (which was an amazing success for Netflix), and slides in before the upcoming continuation of a favored cult comedy – Arrested Development.
  • John Koetsier. “Reddit Outages Today Caused by a ‘Malicious DDoS Attack,’ Not Boston Manhunt Traffic.” VentureBeat.
  • Alan Buckingham. “Amazon Prime Releases 14 Original Series.” BetaNews.
    • This is similar to the news above about Hemlock Grove on Netflix, though Amazon has taken the less expensive route by focusing on comedies and children’s shows – which are less expensive to create than political thrillers like House of Cards or horror like Hemlock Grove.
  • Matt Asay. “The Genius of Google Fiber.” ReadWrite.
    • An important analysis of Google’s entry into the internet service provider (ISP) arena and the business profits underpinning the move. I’m excited for this arena to be disrupted like mobile has, right now ISP’s are oftentimes abusing their customers, as I’ve noted previously in articles talking about the requirement to buy exorbitant amounts of bandwidth and poor customer service.
    • See also Jason Calacanis. “Google’s Fiber Takeover Plan Expands, Will Kill Cable and Carriers.” PandoDaily.
  • Ki Mae Heussner. “College’s Rejection of edX Highlights Potential Drawbacks of Massive Online Courses.” GigaOm.
    • The thing is, higher education institutions have to understand what their value is and what it is not. Universities that are selling themselves on classes with huge student to faculty ratios may be coming to an end. Why not just get the information over the web? On the other hand, small student to faculty ratios still provide significant benefits over web-based education, namely the opportunity for a mentoring and hands-on relationship between faculty and students.
  • Jeff John Roberts. “America’s Digital Library Launches – Without a Peep From Google.” paidContent.
    • While I would love for all books to be scanned in and digitally available online, I think in the meantime we should focus on digitizing our historical / public domain works. Let the battle play out in the courts over fair use on contemporary works and instead focus on digitizing the massive, inaccessible resources scattered across the US. Something which various organizations are attempting. I’ve been realizing how little content is digitized as I try to do obscure searches on 19th century authors and occurrences which must have (at the time) caused significant excitement and coverage.
  • Jordan Novet. “Feedly Survives the Outages from the Post-Google Reader Rush, Adding Users, Feeds and Maybe Revenue.” GigaOm.
    • I love Feedly, it is already much better than Google Reader. That said I do wish that they would do some algorithmic analysis to organize my RSS stories more intelligently. For example, I don’t need to spend time paging through five articles about Feedly from different sources, instead show me one story and put the five others under it…I can read them if I am interested in the topic, but not if I’m not. This was something Informed Networker was attempting to do back in the day, but we never quite got there…I also understand that this may not be practical, as the computation load spread across numerous users and feeds may be too much for Feedly to handle at this juncture (but keep it in mind Feedly!).

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