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The Massive Scale Of Amazon’s Distribution Operations, Revealed Through Startling Images (AMZN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/massive-scale-of-amazons-distribution-operations-2012-11

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As the world’s largest online retailer, it’s no surprise that its biggest fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona is the size of 28 football fields.

That’s because it’s their goal to have everything anyone wants at anytime. 

Amazon has 80 fulfillment centers in the world to handle all of its orders.

Even though Amazon already has massive operations, it’s still planning to open at least two new fulfillment centers in California over the next year or so.

And with the holiday shopping season in full force, Amazon hired an additional 50,000 employees to help with the expected demand.

Thanks to Imgur user SippingTea’s incredible photos, we have a sense of that this incredible scale actually looks like.

Stacks of shelves line the warehouse

Employees need carts to navigate through the massive amounts of inventory

Hundreds of boxes full of products cover the floor

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Friday, November 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Just Launched Its Next Billion-Dollar Business (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-paid-app-installs-2012-10

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For months, Facebook has been testing a new kind of ad on mobile devices—ads for other apps.

Now it’s officially launched the app-ad program to all developers.

Here’s how it works: Developers place ads on Facebook’s website and its mobile apps. When users install their apps, developers pay a fee.

Because Facebook has a huge audience, and because its fast-growing base of mobile users have already shown they’re willing to download Facebook’s own app, it’s a natural audience for these ads. TinyCo, a mobile games maker, reported having 50 percent higher click-through rates. Companies like Zoosk, the online-dating service, and Fab, the e-commerce site, have also been running ads in tests.

Facebook has been swiftly laying the groundwork for this business, first launching its App Center, a centralized place for promoting apps, in May and rolling it out internationally.

Having proven it can drive traffic to apps through the App Center and through ads placed in Facebook users’ News Feeds, Facebook’s now seeking to make money off of that traffic.

Here’s a bonus: It keeps iPhone and Android developers, who might otherwise favor tools built into Apple and Google’s mobile platforms, loyal to Facebook, s! ince add ing Facebook’s social features to their apps is pretty much a requirement to get distribution—paid or unpaid—on Facebook.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 news No Comments

This Chart Is A Complete Nightmare For Marissa Mayer And Yahoo (YHOO)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/sARvHbgkyWE/yahoo-search-growth-is-collapsing-2012-10

Stifel analyst Jordan Rohan put out a note this morning reducing estimates for Yahoo’s financials in the third quarter “and beyond.”

The main reason?

Yahoo’s search share is tanking at an alarming rate. 

That’s a problem because search is a pure profit center for Yahoo. Rohan decreased his Q3 revenue projection for Yahoo $80 million and his EBITDA projection $70  million.

Here’s a chart based on ComScore data of Yahoo’s core search “growth”:

Yahoo Search Growth

Yahoo outsources search tech and search monetization, and Yahoo.com isn’t growing much at all.

You might think that this kind of atrophy is normal for a company in that position.  You’d be wrong.

Look at AOL, which outsources search to Google:

AOL Search Growth

And look at Ask, which also uses Google:

Ask Search Growth

The silver lining for Yahoo, YHOO owners, and Mayer is this: Looking at AOL and Ask reveals search growth can turn around.

That’s why Mayer’s new search-friendly redesign of Yahoo.com makes sense. (The search bar floats around the page with you as you scroll.)

It might help for Yahoo to switch to Google. The DoJ barred Yahoo from doing that back in 2009, but it’s obviously a different era ! now.

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Monday, October 15th, 2012 news No Comments

Jury finds Apple did not infringe on Samsung’s patents, awards no damages

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/24/jury-finds-apple-didnt-infringe-on-samsung-patents-awards-no-d/

Jury finds Apple did not infringe on Samsung's patents, awards no damages

The jury in Apple v. Samsung dealt a big blow to Samsung by finding that it did infringe on some of the Apple patents at the center of the case, and it didn’t have any better news for the company when it came to Samsung’s own claims that Apple infringed on some of its patents as well. The jury found that Apple did not infringe on those in all five cases (the so-called utility patents), although it did rule that the patents were valid. That also, of course, means no damages awarded to Samsung.

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Nielsen has Android near 52 percent of US smartphone share in Q2, iPhone ekes out gains

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/12/nielsen-has-android-near-52-percent-of-us-smartphone-share-in-q2/

Nielsen has Android near 52 percent of US smartphone share in Q2, iPhone ekes out its own gains

If there was doubt as to whether or not Android would soon become the majority smartphone platform in the US, that’s just been erased by Nielsen. Google crossed the tipping point in the second quarter after getting close in the winter, with 51.8 percent of current smartphone users running some variant on the green robot’s OS. As we’ve seen in the past, though, the increase is coming mostly at the expenses of platforms already being squeezed to within an inch of their lives, such as the BlackBerry (8.1 percent) and Windows (4.3 percent combined). Apple still isn’t in a position to fret: it kept climbing to 34.3 percent and swung the attention of recent buyers just slightly back in its direction. The real question for many of us might center on what happens in a summer where Samsung has thrown a Galaxy S III-sized curveball at Americans and any new iPhone is likely still a few months away.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5920461/the-google-world-wonders-project-shows-you-the-world-from-street-level

Some of the world’s most beautiful and historic places are in some of the most difficult to visit locations. If globetrekking isn’t in your budget, take a desktop vacation instead with the Google World Wonders Project and view beautiful places like the Toshodai-ji Temple in Japan, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew in the UK, or the old town of Ouro Preto in Brazil.

The World Wonders Project uses Google’s Street View technology to take you on virtual tours of some of the world’s most historically significant places. With destinations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, you can browse areas of interest by selecting a continent or a theme from the menus at the top of the page, by clicking through the photo carousel in the center, or even by clicking and dragging the globe at the bottom until you see something you like. Then, just click “explore this site now” to take a Street View-powered walking tour.

The links on the right side of the page will give you more information about the location, related videos and other walkthroughs, and even photos and 3D models of the location so you can see more detail. It’s definitely not as good as going and experiencing some of these beautiful places on your own, but if you’re stuck at your desk, it may be the next best thing. Best of all, if you have a Panoramio account, you can even contribute some of your own photos, if you ever do visit.

Hit the link below to give it a try, and check out this related video for a fun behind the scenes look at how all of these images were captured. Have you been to any of these places yourself, or did we inspire you to pack your bags? Let us know where you’ve been in the comments below.

Google World Wonders Project | via Tekzilla Daily

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Sunday, June 24th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Dramatic Declines In Usage of Traditional News Sources; Internet The Only One Growing

Source: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/168697/where-did-they-hear-that.html

Campaign News Sources

 

% of Consumers Who Regularly Get Campaign News From:

Source

2000

2004

2008

2012

Cable news

34%

38%

38%

36%

Local TV news

48

43

40

32

Network news

45

35

32

26

Internet

9

13

24

25

Local paper

49

31

31

20

Source: Pew Research Center, January 4-8, 2012

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years [Science]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5878459/gamers-redesign-a-protein-that-stumped-scientists-for-years

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for YearsFolding: it’s detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it’s also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it’s particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology.

It seems nobler than shooting people in the face, somehow. Granted, Foldit attracts a unique kind of gamer who enjoys obsessing over biological protein folding patterns. Proteins get their function from the way they are folded into coils like in the image above. When the amino acids in a protein interact, they create that coiled, three-dimensional structure. Scientists can manipulate the structure to make the protein more efficient. In Foldit, designs that create the most efficient proteins garner the highest scores.

University of Washington in Seattle scientists Zoran Popovic, director of the Center for Game Science, and biochemist David Baker developed Foldit (which is different from Folding@home, Stanford software that lets people donate their idle computer processing power to create a protein-folding supercomputer). By playing it, at-home gamers have redesigned a protein for the first time, and they did it better and faster than scientists who have trained their entire careers to build better proteins. Justin Siegel, a biophysicist in Baker’s group told Scientific American:

I worked for two years to make these enzymes better and I couldn’t do it. Foldit players were able to make a large jump in structural space and I still don’t fully understand how they did it.

Here’s how it works: Researchers send a series of puzzles to Foldit’s 240,000 registered users. The scientists sift through the results for the best designs and take those into the lab for real-life testing. They combed through 180,000 designs to get to the version of the protein published today. The paper details an enzyme that thanks to the crowdsourced redesign is 18-fold more active than the original version.

Now for the anticlimactic part: this particular enzyme doesn’t really have any practical uses. But the researchers say it’s a proof of concept, and future Foldit designs will be more useful. In fact, Baker has fed players a protein that blocks the flu virus that led to the 1918 pandemic—and their puzzle solving for this one could lead to an actual drug.

Nature via Scientific American

Image: Foldit


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