Three years ago, Upworthy found itself whipsawed by Facebook’s changing algorithms, with hits skyrocketing above 80 million, then plummeting in half in the subsequent months when Facebook changed the algorithm it used to place and disseminate content. It was around the same time that Upworthy came under fire for “clickbait” stories that seemed designed to get traffic rather than foster substantive discussions. Headlines like “This Amazing Kid Just Died: What He Left Behind Is Wundtacular,” were held up as Exhibit A along with equivalent stories on sites such as Buzzfeed that seemed more interested in generating quick attention. Upworthy’s vulnerability to Facebook’s mercurial algorithms only seemed to solidify the impression that the site was good at buzz, less good at substance.
“It helps them become more relaxed, more adventurous, and more willing to take risks as they learn,” she said. “With adults, we’re still afraid that we’re going to blow up the computer. You never know if you’re going to push the wrong button and lose all your data.”
“You’re basically stealing other people’s cash through these cards,” says Caput, who now works as a researcher for the firm Evolve Security. “You take a small sample of gift cards from restaurants, department stores, movie theaters, even airlines, look at the pattern, determine the other cards that have been sold to customers and steal the value on them.”
Psychologists who practice habit reversal therapy maintain that understanding how a habit works—the cues that beget your routine and the craving that keeps you coming back—is crucial to modifying it. The interruption afforded by extensions like xTab and apps like Space gives you a moment to ask yourself why you performed some behavior in the first place, what you’re hoping to get out of it, and whether it’s something you want to go through with.
For the bands, providing a free MP3 of their music is optional. Of the more than 1,350 bands scheduled to play the festival, 758 offered an MP3. The songs can also be downloaded individually from the conference website.
Some users complain that every time they visit the Windows update site, they are confronted with a cavalcade of patches and updates.
I recently had the chance to speak with Rob Semper, Executive Associate Director, and Jean Cheng, Project Director in the Online Engagement Group. They gave me a bit of history about the museum. If you visit the Exploratorium’s vast website, you’ll see that there are deep reserves of information that parallel the illusion- and perception-based exhibits of the museum. The website started as the 600th website in the world, so it’s got some history to it. I really appreciate that the Exploratorium is delivery agnostic – they just want to reach people. Indeed, the number of online visitors has now surpassed physical visitors. Tablets are just another venue to reach people, but they also have the hands-on style play that you might find in an actual exhibit. They were also very eager to include experiments in the app that you can try in real life. There’s no digital wizardry going on here.
Of course, that gives the Russians plenty of time to recruit a telegenic team of cosmonauts to neutralize the threat from Apophis. May we suggest an online contest, à la Miss Atom?
“We’re focused on bringing our customers what they want to watch, Prime members want the NFL,” said Amazon Senior Vice President Jeff Blackburn. The large audience that the NFL attracts will also give Amazon a promotional platform for its other content, he added.
The average life of a Web page is 100 days, Kahle said. At this rate, “A lot of the best Web pages are out of print.”
The biggest threat to personal computing is neither spam nor viruses. Rather, it’s the proliferation of a new category of deceptive software that takes over unwitting victims’ computers for the purpose of gathering their personal information and bombarding them with unwanted advertising.
Mission: The Wired City’s mission is to “push and package advanced technologies” that are often not yet ready for mainstream commercial adoption to form a working technological ecosystem. In other words, build a state-of-the-art facility for generating the singularities effect in present time in a controlled atmosphere that enables the existing human condition to viscerally experience the future human chicken factory in present day.
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This is attribution error working as designed. It sustains your conviction that, though your team may do bad things, it’s only the other team that’s actually bad. Your badness is “situational,” theirs is “dispositional.”
As part of the 10-year deal, Amazon.com will develop the website, handle customers, fill orders, and store toys in its warehouses. Toysrus.com and parent company Toys ‘R’ Us will handle the messy business of buying and managing the inventory.
The Tribune-owned Baltimore Sun issued Jeff Quiton of Inside Charm City a cease-and-desist letter claiming that Quinton has been republishing “substantial portions” of The Sun’s content, and because the infringement was willful, Quinton could face up to $150,000 per violation in addition to lawyers fees.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement seizure, in honor of Valentine’s Day, targeted sites hawking big-name brands like Prada and Tiffany & Co.
The JayBird Freedom Bluetooth headphones retail for $99 and can be purchased directly through their website, or at Amazon.com. They are compatible with any A2DP enabled Bluetooth devices, such as most Blackberries, iPods, iPhones, and Androids.* *
For everyone’s sake, Adler says, NICE must make that call—even when British headline writers routinely blast the agency for denying access to new drugs. “NICE might see a new treatment that’s twice as good as anything we have, but we might say no if the company wants to charge ten times what already exits,” she says.
Thordarson’s “adventure” began on August 23, 2011, when he sent an email to the general delivery box for the U.S. embassy in Reykjavík “Regarding an Ongoing Criminal investigation in the United States.”