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drag2share: Google’s Crash Took 40% Of Internet Traffic Down With It

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/AxJvS32h8x4/google-goes-down-2013-8

In what may be an unprecedented outage, all of Google’s services briefly went dark about 4:52 on Friday afternoon Pacific time.

The outage, which reportedly affected most of Google’s services worldwide, led to a staggering 40% drop in global Internet traffic (pageviews), according to analytics firm GoSquared (via Eric Mack of CNET).

Google outage

The official downtime was between 1 and 5 minutes, according to Google.

One observer estimates that even this brief blip might have cost Google $500,000 in lost revenue. The impact on the rest of the digital economy was likely far greater.

In case you needed a reminder how powerful Google has become–and how much of the digital economy depends on it–this would be it.

Although this level of dominance is alarming, other companies offer most if not all of the services Google provides. If the company ever had a prolonged outage, Internet activity would likely recover quickly as companies and users switched to other services.

That said, the fact that one company touches this much of such a massive and important an industry is unsettling. Single points of failure and control concentrate power in the hands of a few. And they weaken the integrity of the entire system.


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Sunday, August 18th, 2013 news No Comments

Soda vs Pop Visualized

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5924371/soda-versus-pop-visualized

Soda Versus Pop, VisualizedThe route to answering the big questions these days—like, soda or pop?—is to grab a bunch of data from Twitter and analyze it. Which is exactly what Edwin Chen, a data scientist at Twitter, decided to do.

In the map above (click for a larger image) blue is soda, green pop and red coke. Chen explains how he went about the task:

To make this map, I sampled geo-tagged tweets containing the words “soda”, “pop”, or “coke”, performed some state-of-the-art NLP technology to ensure the tweets were soft drink related (e.g., the tweets had to contain “drink soda” or “drink a pop”), and filtered out coke tweets that were specifically about the Coke brand (e.g., Coke Zero).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the word “soda” is dominant on the coasts, “pop” in the midwest, and “coke” in the southeast. What’s interesting around the world map, however, is seeing that outside the US—particularly in Europe—the word “coke” has penetrated culture in a way that the words “pop” and “soda” haven’t. While that not only shows consumerism is alive and well, it’s also a nice little reminder of the power of Twitter data to not only provide hard numbers, but cultural insight, too. [Edwin Chen via Flowing Data]

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 digital No Comments

The iPhone five years after launch

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/29/visualized-the-iphone-five-years-after-launch/

Visualized The iPhone five years after launch

In case you somehow missed it, today is an important milestone in technology nostalgia: it’s the fifth anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch. We’ll let you explore the memories of that insane day on your own terms, but ComScore has produced a visual breakdown of just how ownership has grown and shifted over the years. It’s not hard to see that adoption has been on an accelerating curve, especially after the 2010 launch of the Retina display-toting iPhone 4: as of this past May, about three quarters of owners have either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S. And the 2007 edition? Only two percent of all iPhone owners are still actively holding on to the aluminum-clad debut model, which suggests most would rather have Siri than reminisce. Whether you’re a fan or have since moved on to a competitor, the chart is a reminder of just how far one of Steve Jobs’ biggest projects has come.

Visualized: The iPhone five years after launch originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:00:00 EDT. Please see our ter ms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Holy SMOKE! Pinterest Is The Fastest Growing Site Ever

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/holy-smoke-pinterest-is-the-fastest-growing-site-ever-2012-2


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Social image-sharing site Pinterest, which is the toast of Silicon Valley and the VC world, has passed 10 million users after only 9 months.

TechCrunch reports that it got exclusive stats from ComScore showing that Pinterest had 11.7 million unique monthly visitors in January 2011. That’s up from only 7.5 million in December…and a scant 418,000 last May.

That’s the fastest growth ever for a standalone site.

Users aren’t spending that much time at the site — about 90 minutes a month, compared with 7 hours for Facebook. But it’s clear that Pinterest is a huge phenomenon.

Most interesting, it took off among non-techies first. That’s a great reminder for startups trying to stand out — the world is a lot bigger than your friends who work at tech companies. Sometimes, you have to get outside the bubble.

See also: The Secret To Pinterest’s Astounding Success.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5881431/view-facebooks-entire-history-as-a-timeline

View Facebook's Entire History as a TimelineThere’s a lot to mull over in Facebook’s just-filed S-1. But one thing jumped out at us right away: the way it presented its corporate history in a timeline view—the same way it now presents users’ histories.

It’s both an excellent way to present a long view of dense data, and a reminder of what the company is all about. Click the image to embiggen.

View Facebook's Entire History as a Timeline

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

We’ve Bought $41 Billion in Unused Gift Cards Since 2005 [Factoid]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5871883/weve-bought-41-billion-in-unused-gift-cards-since-2005

We've Bought $41 Billion in Unused Gift Cards Since 2005Gift cards are the laziest, lousiest, most convenient, popular and widely given present. And this is your yearly reminder of just how much they stink. Since 2005, we’ve tossed out more value in gift cards than the entire GNP of Ghana.

$41 billion is pretty hard to defend. We’re lazy; we have things to do; we… didn’t really want the damn things in the first place. Things have gotten a little better over the past few years, since the Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act passed in 2009, but in 2011 there are already $2 billion in unused cards. That’s down from $8 billion in 2007, but still, $2 billion a massive amount of waste.

According to TowerGroup, which provided the gift card data, 85 percent of gift cards are used within 65 days. After that? Not so great. So do yourself a favor and get out there and actually spend the money your generous but highly inconsiderate family members gifted to you this holiday season. [ABC News]


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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 news No Comments

Check Out The Correlation Between Market Volatility And Google Searches For ‘Gold’

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/awesome-google-labs-chart-shows-gold-and-volatility-go-together-2011-12


This chart from The Economist shows just how correlated popular interest in gold and market craziness are.

A great reminder that market data has a broad definition and comes from diverse sources.

(H/t to Ben Malbon at Google Labs.)

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 news No Comments

Microsoft Is Still Huge

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5573995/microsoft-would-like-to-remind-you-that-theyre-still-quite-ginormous

Sure, Microsoft may have given away its lead and legacy in mobile and probably jumped into too many hyper-competitive sectors, but they still have the widest reach in technology. And they’re still pretty damn successful.

In recent years, Microsoft may be a step or two behind, but they’re relevant in nearly every sector. And with Office 2010, a new Xbox 360, Kinect, and perhaps most importantly, Windows Phone 7, all receiving substantial upgrades this year, 2010 is shaping up to be absolutely huge for them. And that’s coming off a 2009 where Windows 7, Bing and the Zune HD were introduced. We’re just so used to Microsoft being around that we sort of take them for granted for all the good that they do.

So Microsoft revealed some numbers to serve as a reminder:

• 150 million Windows 7 licenses sold

• 7.1 million projected iPad sales in 2010
• 58 million projected netbook sales in 2010
• 355 million projected PC sales in 2010

• less than 10% of US netbooks ran Windows in 2008
• 96% of US netbooks ran Windows in 2009

• 16 million subscribers to the largest 25 US daily newspapers
• 14 million Netflix subscribers
• 23 million Xbox live subscribers

• 173 million Gmail users
• 284 million Yahoo Mail users
• 360 million Windows Live Hotmail users

• $5.7 billion Apple net income for fiscal year ending in Sept 2009
• $6.5 billion Google net income for fiscal year ending in Dec 2009
• $14.5 billion Microsoft net income for fiscal year ending in June 2009

Yes, they’re patting themselves on the back a bit but the numbers are just staggering. If you’ve forgotten, now you know: Microsoft will always be a very, very big deal. [Official Microsoft Blog via Bits]

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Sunday, June 27th, 2010 news No Comments

iPhone OS Still Triples Android’s Market Share

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5556346/iphone-os-triples-androids-market-share-for-now

iPhone OS Still Triples Android's Market ShareNielsen’s new “iPhone vs. Android” report offers up the latest numbers in the big mobile battle: Both platforms have loyal users, but Apple’s still on top by a long shot.

They don’t come as much of a surprise, but with all the talk of Android’s surging popularity and explosive app growth, Nielsen’s numbers do serve as a reminder that Apple still has a comfortable lead. Versus Android, that is—nationally, the iPhone’s still in second place, with a 28% market share compared to RIM’s 35% (Android has 9%; Windows Mobile has 19%).

But it will be interesting to see how things shake out over the course of the year. With the new iPhone dropping in a matter of weeks, prospective smart phone buyers (23% of U.S. mobile customers now have them) will be faced with the choice of hopping on the Apple wagon or exploring the multitude of Android options. As Matt noted in his Froyo review, Android is as polished as it’s ever been and is likely to improve even more in coming months. And while it’s hard to top the iPhone hype machine, reception to early versions of iPhone OS 4 hasn’t exactly been rapturous.

iPhone OS Still Triples Android's Market Share

Another Nielsen graph shows that both platforms enjoy loyal users—80% of iPhone users want another iPhone; 70% of Android users want another Android phone—with Android’s group slightly more curious about the iPhone than the other way around. But in my experience, it seems like things are trending to the opposite. With Android’s app offerings increasingly matching up with the iPhone’s, I’m seeing more and more people considering Android a viable option for themselves, as well as one they can recommend to others.

Though still on top, Blackberry’s loyalty is only 47%, and as current Bold owner, I’m definitely of the 53% that’s planning on jumping ship when it comes time to buy my next phone. I’m just not sure what ship I want to jump into. [Nielsen via CNET]

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Monday, June 7th, 2010 news No Comments

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