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INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of Cloud Gaming | The Cloud Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of Cloud Gaming | The Cloud Infographic | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Interested in a history of cloud gaming? Big Fish Games released this interesting infographic - check it out!

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 A really funky infograpgic on cloud gaming - cloud gaming growing more and more everyday and Matmi are staying at forefront of this. - HK

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Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search

Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to back. Paul Kedroski, who wrote this over a year and half ago, really captured the historical essence of content curation on the web.

 

This is an absolutely must-read article for anyone wanting to grasp what is happening with content curation on the web, hwile seeing things in proper perspective.

 

He wrote: "What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha.

 

It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape.

 

Search results ...so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page...

 

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There are two things that can happen now.

 

a) We could get better algorithms, which is happening to some degree, with search engines like Blekko and others.

 

b) Or, we could head back to curation, which is what I see happening, and watch new algos emerge on top of that next-gen curation again.

 

Think of Twitter as a new stab at curation, but there are plenty of other examples.

 

Yes, that sounds mad. If we couldn't index 100,000 websites in 1996 by hand, how do we propose to do 234-million by hand today?


The answer, of course, is that we won't -- do them all by hand, that is. Instead, the re-rise of curation is partly about crowd curation -- not one people, but lots of people, whether consciously (lists, etc.) or unconsciously (tweets, etc) -- and partly about hand curation (JetSetter, etc.).

 

We are going to increasingly see nichey services that sell curation as a primary feature, with the primary advantage of being mostly unsullied by content farms, SEO spam, and nonsensical Q&A sites intended to create low-rent versions of Borges' Library of Babylon.

 

The result will be a subset of curated sites that will re-seed a new generation of algorithmic search sites, and the cycle will continue, over and over.

 

In short, curation is the new search. It's also the old search."

 

Must read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-search-algorithm-is-spinning-out-of-control-2011-1

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, July 11, 2012 1:10 AM
Thank you Ishak.
Stewart-Marshall's comment, July 11, 2012 11:40 AM
Excellent - a very prophetic analysis - wished I'd read it a year and half ago :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, July 11, 2012 12:34 PM
I only use google like a phone book -when I'm looking for a specific reference. But if I'm doing research on a topic, my strategy for years has been to go to the key sources (curators) and look through their libraries. I find the lack of context that search returns - makes me want to throw up. It is a much better experience to see it in context through the yes of someone who knows the content area.
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Social Networking: Google+ and the Long Game

Social Networking: Google+ and the Long Game | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Sure, Google+ doesn't have anything close to the numbers Facebook boasts. But there's still plenty of value Google can wring from its social network and plenty of places in which it can grow, according to Google VP Vic Gundotra. Google+, he said, is a social layer that goes on top of everything else Google does, rather than an isolated destination.

 

Google+ chief Vic Gundotra sat down with Guy Kawasaki, cofounder of Alltop.com and founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures, at this year's SXSW convention. The topic at hand: how Google+ plans to remain afloat in the hotly competitive online social network space.

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Five things you may not know about Google Play

Five things you may not know about Google Play | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Find out what Google Play is, and what you should know about the new service (even if you're not an Android user.) Read this blog post by Sharon Vaknin on How To.
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Privacy Concerns Prompt Google To Promise A "Do-Not-Track" Browser Button - The Consumerist

Privacy Concerns Prompt Google To Promise A "Do-Not-Track" Browser Button - The Consumerist | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Concerned about a constant tail from Google as you browse about the wide world web? Many consumers don't like being followed and their Internet history subsequently being used to target them with ads, prompting Google to vow it will embed a "do-not-track" button in its browser.

 

Bloomberg says Google is joining with other Web companies to support the anti-tracking initiative, according to an e-mailed statement.

 

"We're pleased to join a broad industry agreement to respect the 'do-not-track' header in a consistent and meaningful way that offers users choice and clearly explained browser controls," Google Senior Vice President of Advertising Susan Wojcicki said in the statement.

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YouTube Hits 4 Billion Video Views ... Per Day!

If you were in any doubt as to the power of Youtube and it’s popularity. This article from Reuters should put your mind at rest.
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Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year

Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Today we’re pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays. Some of these were on nearly everyone’s wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises. These features will be rolling out over the next couple of days, and we hope you’ll find them useful this holiday season and beyond.

- Pump up (or down) the volume!

- More useful and attractive notifications

- Improvements to Google+ Pages

- A more beautiful and usable photos experience


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Google Chrome now more popular worldwide than Firefox

Google Chrome now more popular worldwide than Firefox | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Website analytics service StatCounter has found that Google’s Chrome browser overtook Mozilla Firefox in terms of global usage for the first time in November, slightly edging out its rival as Internet Explorer continued to dominate.

 

StatCounter puts Chrome’s browser market share grew 4.66% over two years to hit 25.69%, beating Firefox’s 25.23% share to capture second place. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to dominate usage statistics, gaining slightly in the past couple of weeks to hold a 40.63% share.

 

In July, we reported Google’s Chrome browser exceeded 20% of the global Internet browser market in June for the first time, putting Firefox in its sights. At the time, Chrome held a 20.7% share of the global market in that month, which was up from a mere 2.8% in June 2009.

 

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Google+ Gets YouTube Integration & Official Chrome Extension

Google+ Gets YouTube Integration & Official Chrome Extension | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Today Google announced the integration of two of their most popular products, YouTube and Chrome,  into Google+.
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Facebook's New Advertising Strategy Is Brilliant and Unexpected

Facebook's New Advertising Strategy Is Brilliant and Unexpected | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
After some false starts, Facebook has finally figured out how to evolve social media advertising.
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Facebook Smart Lists Automatically Group Friends With Shared Characteristics for Use With Privacy Settings

Facebook Smart Lists Automatically Group Friends With Shared Characteristics for Use With Privacy Settings | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Facebook is currently testing a new feature called Smart Lists that automatically groups friends with common characteristics into Friend Lists that dynamically update themselves over time.

 

Previously, Friend Lists had to be manually assembled and updated — a chore that contributed to them being used by only 5% of the user base. First spotted by Nick Starr, Smart Lists are now being created for the coworkers, classmates, and friends who live within 50 miles of users in the test group.

 

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Facebook 'Smart Lists' hey. Automatically grouping your contacts and dynamically updating them. Not sure I like this. Another privacy issue I feel. It's a pretty obvious tactic to combat Google+ cirlces but making taking it a step too far. 

 

Facebook seem  more reactive than active these days. Bolting on things to match their competitors rather than creating new, innovative ways to communicate.

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TechCrunch | Google+ API Launch Still Months Away

TechCrunch | Google+ API Launch Still Months Away | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Developers anxiously awaiting the Google+ API (application programming interface) will have to wait a little while longer, we're told.
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Matmi's Musings, Google’s Chrome Frame for IE ready for prime time!

Matmi's Musings, Google’s Chrome Frame for IE ready for prime time! | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Google’s Chrome Frame enables users of old versions of IE to run Chrome within Internet Explorer…and now it can be installed without admin privileges.

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Google TV update adds voice control, taps into Knowledge Graph

Google TV update adds voice control, taps into Knowledge Graph | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Google announced the next big update for Google TV Wednesday, bringing advanced voice control, a new programming guide app and all kinds of smarts derived from Google’s Knowledge Graph to the platform. Google TV Product Lead Rishi Chandra told me during a briefing in Mountain View Tuesday that this time around, the focus has been all about removing friction and bringing a Google Now-like experience to the TV.


Voice as an extension of the remote

The most important new feature of the update, which has internally been called Google TV 3.0, is voice control: Users can trigger channel changes, start apps and fire up the program guide with simple voice commands. Of course, voice input for TVs isn’t entirely new: Microsoft’s Xbox already offers users voice control, and Samsung’s own TV platform uses voice as well.

However, Google’s approach is a bit different. The company decided to add the microphone to the remote control to allow users to use both. Chandra said that the good old D-Pad still works great for simple navigation tasks, which can be overly complicated if you want to solve them through voice or gestures. “It’s an enhancement of the remote control, not a replacement,” he said.


The second difference is that Google uses a lot of context to make sense of what people are saying. To demonstrate it, Chandra simply told the TV “GigaOM,” and it promptly fired up our website. The prompt “CNN” on the other hand led to a channel change. “Pixar movies” resulted in the program guide displaying live TV and on-demand results, and “how do I cook marinara sauce” fired up a YouTube cooking video showing off a recipe.


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The domination of the big broadcast networks is coming to an end.

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Is Google+ A Failure? [Infographic]

Is Google+ A Failure? [Infographic] | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
It has become customary to compare social networks to each other.
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Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic Than Twitter

Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic Than Twitter | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
This is big.

A new study by online sharing tool Shareaholic has found that Pinterest now drives more referral traffic than Twitter. Again, when it comes to referral traffic, Pinterest > Twitter.
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Apple Games Converge With Android Using HTML 5 as IPad Rejects Flash: Tech

Pity the programmer. The path used to be so clear. After coming up with the next billion-dollar software idea, the only decision left was whether to build it for just Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows or Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Mac as well.
Now the options are far more diverse. Mobile platforms like Apple’s iOS, Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android, and Windows Phone all vie for coders’ attention alongside desktop operating systems and Web hubs such as Facebook Inc. Each one requires time, and often a different skill set.
The challenge is particularly acute in video games, where iPhone users expect to be able to interact with their friends even if they’re using a different device. Michael Carter, a 27- year-old software engineer, says he has a solution in HTML 5, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Feb. 27 issue.
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The Power of Google [infographic]

The Power of Google [infographic] | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Google.com is pretty self explanatory. Right? If you said yes, there's a good chance you're not using Google to its full potential.

 

See the full infogrpahic here: http://bit.ly/zYQMFX 

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Vizio and Google announce the VAP430 standalone Google TV streamer

Vizio and Google announce the VAP430 standalone Google TV streamer | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Google TV is alive and kicking at CES this year, but with Logitech backing out of standalone units, who’s going to pick up the pieces? Vizio and Google just announced the Vizio VAP430 Stream Player. This is a standalone unit that will turn any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and smart TV incorporating the latest Google TV. It includes a Chrome browser and will play music, video, and pictures stored on any computer, hard drive, or smart phone connected to a local network or the cloud. Just like the Logitech Revue, it has a pass-through HDMI port for your cable or satellite box, which creates a seamless television experience.

 

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Traffic Analysis: The New Google Analytics Features You Must Pay Attention To

Traffic Analysis: The New Google Analytics Features You Must Pay Attention To | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

If you didn't know about it, in January 2012, less than a month from now, Google will close its present Analytics version and will replace it for everyone with the new one. 

The new version has a number of great new features, from "real-time" traffic reporting, to social analysis e goal flow visualization.

 

This article offers a great opportunity to learn and explore some of the most relevant and useful new features that the upcoming Google Analytics has to offer.

 

Remember though: you do NOT have to wait until January 2012 to test them all out. Just log in into your Google Analytics and check on top of your page a red link that says "new version". Click it!

Read the full article: http://mashable.com/2011/11/30/google-analytics-new-features/  


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Kindle Fire update 6.2 removes root functionality

Kindle Fire update 6.2 removes root functionality | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Last week we gave you instructions on how to root your Kindle Fire tablet, and in so doing unlock access to the Android Market and Google Apps. Well it seems Amazon isn’t too happy about this, so they have released a new, automatic update that removes root functionality and even Android Market in some instances.
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This Is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google's New Official Android Phone

This Is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google's New Official Android Phone | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

The Galaxy Nexus, the new Android flagship phone from Google and Samsung is finally out of the bag. I am like, omega-level excited about that screen, and Ice Cream Sandwich looks tasty, too. Let's take a bite. Update: Hands on below.


First off, it runs Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS has a very new look and feel. It's like Gingerbread and Honeycomb had a baby, and while there are bits and pieces from both mommy and daddy, there's also a lot of new here. 1280x720 is ICS's native resolution—and, what a coincidence, those are the dimensions of the Galaxy Nexus. Means all that beauty should run nice n' quick on the Galaxy Nexus.

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Google Wallet, Confirmed

Google Wallet, Confirmed | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Google is said to be launching its somewhat delayed Google Wallet service sometime later today. From the looks of it, it might actually be out in the wild. We have some photographic proof. Google just updated the Wallet website as well.
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Google announces Dart programming language | ExtremeTech

Google announces Dart programming language | ExtremeTech | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

A few days after Google was caught registering a bunch of Dart-related domain names, and the inevitable storm of speculation, it has now emerged that Dart is a new programming language for “structured web programming.”

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Sept. 7, 1998: If the Check Says ‘Google Inc.,’ We’re ‘Google Inc.’

Sept. 7, 1998: If the Check Says ‘Google Inc.,’ We’re ‘Google Inc.’ | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Two grad students agree to disagree about everything except what matters. They start one of the biggest companies ever.
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