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Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the Planet [Facebook]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5841667/facebook-photo-library-dwarfs-everything-else-in-the-planet

Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the PlanetCheck out the gigantic volume of photos now stored in Facebook compared to Flickr, the Library of Congress and Instagram. I knew they were big, but I never imagined the difference could be so huge. 140 billion photos! It defies belief.

It’s 10,000 times larger than the photo catalog in the Library of Congress! And Flickr, which I erroneously thought would be larger than anything else, is just a tiny fraction of Facebook.

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous – it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there. Already Facebook’s photo collection has a staggering 140 billion photos, that’s over 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress.

According to 1000memories, so far humanity has taken 3.5 trillion. Right now, “every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s.”

Maybe someday someone would do something incredibly useful with them, like monitoring the state of mind of the whole planet by analyzing the expressions and landscapes of all these photos.

Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the PlanetIt’s sad to see the demise of analog photos—and surprising that there were still four billion taken in the last year alone. [1000memories]


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Monday, September 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Netflix spins DVD-by-mail service off into Qwikster, says it’s ‘done’ with price changes (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/19/netflix-spins-dvd-by-mail-service-off-into-qwikster-says-its/

qwikster screen Netflix spins DVD by mail service off into Qwikster, says its done with price changes (video)

Over on Netflix’s official blog, company head Reed Hastings has announced in a surprisingly humble blog post and video (embedded after the break) that it’s splitting the DVD-by-mail business away into a new venture dubbed Qwikster. While the recent price changes already split the cost for each service, when this takes effect in a few weeks it will result in two different websites, two different sets of movie ratings and queues, and two different charges on customer’s bills. He admits two separate sites may make it more difficult to manage a presence on both, but says dropping the need for compatibility between the two will enable new features to balance that out. Another change? Netflix Qwikster (is there anything good about that name?) is getting into video game rentals, available for an extra charge similar to the existing Blu-ray disc option.

While the blog post blames a lack of communication for much of the backlash (and obviously cancellations), it’s about to become very clear that Netflix is “primarily a streaming company.” Also mentioned is “substantial” additional streaming content coming in the next few months. Whatever the company calls itself, charges, or changes on its website, if Netflix wants to talk its way back into subscriber’s good graces, starting with something new to watch is the way to do it.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Reed Hastings’ Netflix spinoff isn’t about DVD success, it’s about hedging the stream

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/19/editorial-reed-hastings-netflix-spinoff-isnt-about-dvd-succes/

netflix canada 09 22 2010 Reed Hastings Netflix spinoff isnt about DVD success, its about hedging the stream

If you’ve just casually glanced over the mass reactions to Reed Hastings’ decision to split the DVD-by-mail business of Netflix into its own brand and company, you’ve probably been duped into thinking that it’s the second questionable move that the world’s most famed movie delivery service has made this year. But is it? Is a man who turned a red envelope into a symbol of near-immediate gratification really a moron? Did he really just bury the company he worked tirelessly to create? I highly, highly doubt it. Knee-jerk reactions are always fun to watch, but they’re rarely on-point. As with most things in life, the truth usually resides somewhere in betwixt the extremes. And in the case of Qwikster — the DVD-by-mail service that precisely no one asked for — the truth is hiding in exactly the place that Reed said it’d be: the future.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011 news No Comments

A single 3-D glasses standard might help 3-D TVs catch on

Source: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-d-glasses-standard-tvs.html

With 3-D TV sales not meeting their grandest expectations, set makers have decided it’s better to stand together, then fall apart. They’re now rallying behind a standard for 3-D active shutter glasses, though the fruits of their “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative” will not be savored by consumers until sometime next year.


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Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 news No Comments

For Netflix, The Desired Result – Most People Switching to Streaming Only

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 news No Comments

Groupon, “the end is nigh”

It’s hard to believe that another company could outdo Mercata’s spectacular $100 million flameout in 2000 in the first dot com bubble crash. But Groupon is about to do just that – by being bigger, badder, and even more spectacular. It raised $1 BILLION and will flame out before the year is out (my prediction from January 2011: Prediction: Groupon is/will be the biggest pump-and-dump scheme of all time (or in recent memory) )

Despite the recent reports of Facebook shuttering its daily deals offering, Yelp scaling back its service, and Groupon “not paying much attention” to it, I believe it is not so much that they could not compete with Groupon but that the market was smaller than previously expected and that it had mostly been tapped out already. If most merchants say they will not do another Groupon like campaign again and when revenue per merchant in mature markets like Boston are off by 60% in the space of a year, those trends don’t bode well for Groupon or any daily deal site.

I have not always been bearish about Groupon and I think they did 2 things brilliantly that helped it break through where previous group buying and deal sites could not: 1) leveraged social media and people sharing with others – a deal does not become activated unless the minimum number of people buy it (so friends will share with exactly those friends who they know will also like the deal); and 2) there was a deadline to buy the deal once it was activated; if you’ve ever missed buying a deal you will try not to miss another one. This triggers the desired action.  These are the 2 positives that should be replicated going forward.

But all the other bad things and screwups (since Groupon’s inception) should be avoided :-).  See below for the chorus and refrains.

Insider Selling took $870 million of the $1 billion off the table for investors and founders.
http://www.businessinsider.com/insider-selling-groupon-2011-6

Andrew Mason fires back at critics via email, but in doing so may have violated “quiet period”
http://www.businessinsider.com/andrew-mason-fires-back-at-groupon-critics-2011-8

Wired had to pull its IPO in 1996 after a similar “employee email.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/andrew-mason-fires-back-at-groupon-critics-2011-8
http://www.businessinsider.com/groupon-letter-sec-2011-8
http://allthingsd.com/20110825/exclusive-groupons-mason-tells-troops-in-feisty-internal-memo-it-looks-good/

Groupon’s PR boss suddenly quits after 2 months on the job, and just before Mason’s “employee email”
http://www.businessinsider.com/groupons-pr-boss-quit-right-before-andrew-mason-sent-out-that-controversial-memo-last-week-2011-8

Groupon’s China operations are imploding
http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-badly-things-are-going-on-in-china-for-groupon-2011-9

Groupon’s traffic tumbles 50% from June to August
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=157694&nid=130453

Groupon’s revenue per merchant in mature markets like Boston is off more than 60% YoY
http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-groupon-boston-revenue-2011-8

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 news No Comments

Now Iraq Has a Fake Apple Store [Image Cache]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5836370/now-iraq-has-a-fake-apple-store

Now Iraq Has a Fake Apple StoreThis bodes well for Iraq’s post-war recovery: the once-and-kind-of-still-ravaged nation is now doing well enough to boast counterfeit haute electronics stores in its malls. This one looks a little… off, though.

For one, there are virtually no Apple products to be seen. Does the sign outside count as one? Why are they selling Ray-Bans? Are those MacBooks filled with actual MacBooks, or just more Ray-Bans? Will Apple even bother trying to shut this down? [9to5Mac via RedmondPie]


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