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Facebook just sent a chill over every digital news organization | Quartz

Alice Truong, Quartz:

Today (June 29), the world’s largest social network announced a change to its news feed algorithm that will show its 1.65 billion monthly active users more posts from friends and family. The tweak also means that articles posted by news organizations, which have grown dependent on Facebook for traffic and ad revenue, won’t feature as prominently on users’ news feeds.

With Facebook’s push for media brands to use Instant Articles and now this news feed algorithm change, it sounds like Facebook doesn’t want to send the Internet to your media brand, but wants to be the Internet that your brand exists on.

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Bloomberg: Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Characters

Sarah Frier reporting for Bloomberg:

The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

I’ll very excited if this turns out to be true. I still love Twitter for it’s brevity, and it does stand out from a lot of its competition as a great, implementable second screen experience for sharing comments and opinons.

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Original tweet by Jack Dorsey, Twitter, CEO: Here

And by focusing on conversation and messaging, the majority of tweets will always be short and sweet and conversational!

We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as we’re consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.

As long as that feature doesn’t get in the way of the core product feature, which in my opinion, is brevity. If I wanted a feed that pushed me long-form content, I’d go look for Medium.

To me, the best thing about Twitter (I’ve found myself going back to it and engaging on it), is that it clearly distills thought from people, making us choose our words better. Too many people think that more words means more meaning. But, If it doesn’t fit a tweet, it’s not worth saying.

At least on a medium like Twitter.

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Danielle Fong of LightSail Energy Fights to Get Past the Clean-Energy Startup Pinch | MIT Technology Review.

Danielle Fong, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy, Inc. says

I will admit a fair amount of frustration. There are a dozen venture-funded apps to pick up your dry cleaning.

The basic story is that research and development costs money, yet, there (arguably) might not be enough funding. What comes to mind is that the capitalist market is driven by the forces of, “buying a better version of myself”, rather than “buying a better planet”.

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How the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015 Advanced in the Past Year | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review has helpfully put together a list that summarises some technology milestones of 2015, and where they are today.

As with the slowing economy and looming recession, mobile payments (Apple Pay) wasn’t exactly the game changer as predicted, but in developing countries, exciting developments in food production (supercharged photosynthesis), water production (megascale desalination) and internet access (Project Loon).

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Small Data: Why Tinder-like apps are the way of the future via Janel Torkington

Two words: anticipatory computing.

That your device can predict what you want to do better than you can might seem like futuristic fantasy, but Foursquare already does this.

This is true. Swiping on cards is a great way to make a yes/no decision NOW.

Now, imagine if each card was packed with data that would advise your learning algorithm on why the card was swiped yes or no, especially when based on the user’s previous data. This future does not seem too far away.

Ironic that computers become smarter as humans distill their behaviours to simple binaries.

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Google’s Quantum Computer Just Got a Big Upgrade via WIRED

But in a world where classical computers are approaching their limits, it at least provides some hope that the trend can be reversed.

Jumping from 512 qubits to 1,000 qubits is a pretty big leap. And while still early in the realm of quantum computing, this is a pretty significant breakthrough for computer engineering, and perhaps one step closer toward the singularity. I wonder if I’ll see it in my lifetime.

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Slack adds Giphy to Every Chatroom. WUT?!

We just switched this on in the office and all hell broke loose.

We’ve teamed up with Slack to bring GIFs straight into your chatrooms. For the first time ever, Giphy support is built right into the chat client so you don’t have to do any dev work to set it up.

This execution of this idea was so seamless and simple. I hope to see more great mashups like this in the future.

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Moore’s Law Is Dead! (But Not In Mobile)

Readwrite reports on how Moore’s Law of doubling processing performance every year by shrinking transistors and packing more onto chips, is coming to an end for the desktop era.

More recently, however, the economics of shrinking transistors has become cost-prohibitive.

However, demands on mobile devices and mobile applications continue to fuel innovations in the mobile sector.

mobile, by contrast, the market is booming and the need for more on-device processing power is sprinting to keep pace with software (and cloud) innovation.

Finally, cloud-based software (eg. SaaS) is also getting more and more sophisticated, and also continues to drive demand for faster, and more power efficient mobile devices.

The price of software applications has plummeted, while the functionality and quality has grown exponentially.

In a nutshell, we’re walking toward the precipice of the next technological leap in the form of mobile internet innovation.

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5 Ideas for the Apple Watch

Apple announced their first wearable device, the Apple Watch. It’s supposed to integrate with iOS 8 and your iPhones and has NFC and mobile payment wallets included. Here’s where I think some of the magic might be, in defiance to some of the underwhelmed responses so far.

1. Fist bump and trade contacts

I’m pretty sure it’s simple enough to ensure that your personal information is shared between your personal devices, and with the flick of a wrist or button, enable NFC sharing to trade contacts with another Apple Watch user, synced immediately to your address book in the cloud.

Like this:

2. NFC and Beacon technology making sweet love

Someone walks into an area. Their Apple Watch blinks red with an arrow prompting them to walk in a certain direction. They end up in front of a store or establishment, the arrow turns green, it unlocks a promotion immediately into your iPhone’s Passbook. Then, they pay with they redeem with their mobile wallet. The beauty of having a Watch that’s ubiquitous to your mobile phone, is that it’s even LESS obtrusive than having to be on your phone all the time.

Or in a nutshell, a possible biometric replacement contender.

3. Find a friend

You arrange to meet a friend, it’s crowded and your friend is generally shit with directions. Friend sends a ping to you, your Apple Watch guides you to them. Perfect for music festivals and other places where people get lost.

This would be my superawesome locater signal:

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4. Emergencies and Stealth

From monitoring your vitals and sending out alerts to loved ones, paramedics or the authorities, a knowledge of morse code could also used for when communication needs to be done stealthily. That’s a stretch, but your watch talks to your phone now and vice versa, there’s huge convergence potential there.

Update: One thing I would like to see more of, is having the Apple Watch integrate more with other devices like say a Macbook Air, where I can control my browser through my watch instead of a mouse. Or with Apple TV, or even a monitor in the form of motion tracking. If they can integrate motion tracking into the watch, there’ll be even more “whoas” to give.

5. This.

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