This is the world’s collective view of the World Cup

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A good portion of sports fans across the globe found themselves sitting in front of a TV yesterday to watch Germany and Argentina duke it out in the World Cup, and artists Teju Cole, Jer Thorp, and Mario Klingemann wanted to make something out of that rare worldwide connection. “Simultaneous spectatorship has been possible for decades,” Cole writes on Twitter, “but global social networks have now made it highly visible.” Cole asked his followers to tweet photos of their television or computer as they watched the game, tagging the photos with their location, the minute on the game clock, and the hashtag “thetimeofthegame.”

The result is the website Time of the Game, a collection of photos from people watching the World Cup across the…

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LinkedIn Acquires Newsle To Deliver More Relevant News About Your Connections

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Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 9.28.50 AM LinkedIn announced today that it has acquired Newsle, the machine learning startup founded to help users pare down the ample noise coming across social networks and give them relevant info about their most important contacts. The terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone product for the time being, while both teams work… Read More

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 review: instant photos in the Instagram age

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Of all the forms of photography you’d expect to have been sidelined by the smartphone onslaught, instant film would have to top the list. Sure, the unique (and useless) ritual of shaking your pictures to speed up development has a special place in the hearts of many. But the traditional advantages of instant cameras — ease of use, shareability, and the ability to see your photo straight away — are matched point-for-point by the tiny shooter embedded in your phone. Instagram didn’t base its…

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Google’s Leaked Play Store Redesign Foregrounds Media And Summaries

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nexusae0_wm_11 Google has a new look for all of Android coming with Android L, the final public release of which should arrive sometime this fall. The latest version sports something called ‘Material Design,’ a new set of principles for user interface creation that’s meant to make software better for touchscreens and high density displays. The Play Store wasn’t updated in the… Read More

Beer: The Best Use Of Crowdfunding Or The Most Best Use Of Crowdfunding?

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story-header As a man who loves his water, malt, and hops, it’s inspiring to see the high-tech process of crowdfunding be applied to the re-creation of early microbrews. To wit: the daughter of legendary microbrewer Jack McAuliffe is attempting to bring back one of the first microbrews in America, New Albion Ale. McAuliffe, the elusive grandfather of the craft beer movement, first founded his brewery… Read More

Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

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apple-store-china Apple has published a statement via its Chinese website as a follow-up to a report on the state-run CCTV last week that claimed its devices could present a state security risk according to researchers. The statement, available in both Chinese and English, details Apple’s efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected, and reiterates that Apple does not store or track user locations… Read More

Comcast May Have Quietly Acquired Skydog WiFi Router Maker PowerCloud Systems

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skydog-smart-family-router Comcast — the cable, broadcasting and Internet giant that is in the middle of buying Time Warner cable for $45 billion – is also honing the products that will help it sell more broadband services when (and if) that deal gets completed. As part of that strategy, it looks like Comcast has quietly acquired PowerCloud Systems, the company behind, Skydog, a WiFi router and app… Read More

World Cup Final breaks Facebook and Twitter records

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Both Twitter and Facebook say they’ve hit new usage records thanks to last night’s World Cup Final. Facebook reveals that 88 million people left more than 280 million posts, comments, and likes about the Germany vs. Argentina game, surpassing the previous engagement record for a single sporting event set during Superbowl XLVII (245 million interactions). The most active country during the game was the US, while males aged 18 to 24 were the most engaged. Facebook previously announced that the World Cup as a whole is its most-talked about event ever: the social network reached over a billion interactions just two weeks into the tournament.

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