BitTorrent on the mysterious NSA-related billboards that got NY and Silicon Valley talking
Have you ever considered the way in which computer interfaces are portrayed in movies? It’s actually incredibly entertaining.
This, and a few other great things our news hacker Gabe Stein found on the Internet this week.
"Google (under Marissa Mayer’s guidance) apparently tested 41 different shades of blue on links to maximize the click-through rate. Would it not follow that a logo could impact visitor behavior, clicks and ultimately revenue?”
“If the profession hasn’t agreed upon it to the point where it’s not in the book yet, how can you go about treating it in an in-patient setting? It’s ridiculous. If you find the right marketing methods, you’re going to appeal to people’s fears and find patients for your program.”
Every second on the Internet, about 4,000 tweets are posted to Twitter. And about 33,333 Google searches are made. And about 46,000 YouTube clips are viewed. "Every Second on the Internet" cleverly uses your screen real estate to make the sheer size of uploaded data make sense.
“Empowering women with practical skills and a network of support just makes sense. Our opportunity in terms of driving innovation in the world today comes from pooling the potential of the full population, not just 50% of it.”
"The unfair economic reality is that those already on Facebook have way more money than the rest of the world combined, so it may not actually be proﬁtable for us to serve the next few billion people for a very long time, if ever. But we believe everyone deserves to be connected."
With internet.org, Mark Zuckerberg has a new plan to bring the Internet to everyone.
Internet goes into a minor panic when Amazon.com goes down.
“At some point, this increasing bunker mentality of walling off users and their data will inevitably begin to impede real progress—the kind of exciting advancements that have made the web such a fascinating, growing and, yes, profitable space over the last decade. The question we have to ask ourselves is, are we sabotaging the real potential of the web in the name of short-term profits and a better user experience?”
“They were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked…”
Michele Catalano, a writer for Death and Taxes, was searching Google to compare pressure cookers to buy. Then, as she writes for Medium, six men in plainclothes came to her house in a SUV.
Google Project Loon is currently filling one of its stratosphere-wandering balloons, preparing it for launch. Tune in!
Internet recommendations from Sarah Kessler, Fast Company's Associate Editor:
1. The “Can Men Wear Shorts?” debate
The Pacific Standard was the only publication I saw bring an academic into this debate, which is exactly what it needed.
3. The Pixar Theory
John Lasseter, Disney’s chief creative officer, recently told me
while I was reporting an upcoming story that mixing characters from different Pixar movies has always been taboo. And after reading Jon Negroni’s “Pixar Theory,” I finally understand why: Putting Pixar characters together would make it far too obvious that all the studio’s movies are actually part of the same story—beginning with the witch in Brave experimenting with giving animals the ability to speak. I can’t believe we didn’t see this before.
Here, a few more staff recommendations for you!
[Image: Flickr user JD Hancock]