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Shapeways Rolls Out Developer Portal And New API In A Bid For Better 3D Printing Apps

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3D printing company Shapeways had a banner 2012 — it locked up a $6.2 million Series B last year in a round led by Lux Capital, and established a full-blown factory in Long Island City. And it’s hoping to make the process of designing and printing physical knickknacks even easier...
Shapeways Rolls Out Developer Portal And New API In A Bid For Better 3D Printing Apps

Twitter explains its “turbulence” from today in-depth, and it wasn’t due to an attack

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As we reported earlier, Twitter had some serious problems today, going down for over an hour and then back up and down over the next few. The company didn’t provide much of a reason for this, other than it was a “cascading bug”, but the company had more to say...
Twitter explains its “turbulence” from today in-depth, and it wasn’t due to an attack
Funium Raises $1.8 Million For A Facebook Game Where You Play As Your Ancestors, Map Your Geneology

WTF?! RT @bruces http://www.weopia.com/ A startup virtuality with private avatars for online romances, man that's spooky via @slavin

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WTF?! RT @bruces http://www.weopia.com/ A startup virtuality with private avatars for online romances, man that's spooky via @slavin

Zynga Sees Limits To Growth: Sales Flatten As Marketing Costs Double (ZNGA)

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Zynga—the company behind Zynga Poker, FarmVille and Words With Friends—has been working hard to sustain its revenues as it enters a period in which the company expects slower sequential growth. So hard, in fact, that it doubled its Q4 2011 promotional budget sequentially from Q3, a period in which...
Zynga Sees Limits To Growth: Sales Flatten As Marketing Costs Double (ZNGA)

Twitter's Bad Day: Site-Wide Outages Recall the "Fail Whale" Era

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After nearly a year without any significant periods of downtime, using Twitter was almost nothing like the early days of being on the service. So when Twitter went down on Thursday morning for a period of more than an hour, it was something of a shock to its regular users....
Twitter's Bad Day: Site-Wide Outages Recall the "Fail Whale" Era

DailyDirt: Fake People

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The uncanny valley refers to the creepy-looking appearance that many computer-generated people have when their virtual features don't quite seem as natural as the real thing. But as technology improves, virtual people are starting to look more natural and less like zombies. Here are just a few examples of some...
DailyDirt: Fake People

Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

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When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile...
Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

Now 75 Million+ Users Strong, Tango Expands Its Content Business With Avatars And Real-Time Filters For Video Calls

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Mobile video chat app Tango is continuing its content push today, with the release of new freemium-based features to enhance the mobile calling experience: avatars and real-time filters. You may remember that Tango first started its content business  a year ago with the addition of “Tango Surprises,” cutesy animations used to decorate video...
Now 75 Million+ Users Strong, Tango Expands Its Content Business With Avatars And Real-Time Filters For Video Calls

Beatbully's Modern Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign Uses Avatars As Demonstrators

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An army of protestors will descend upon UN headquarters in New York on February 2 in an effort to end bullying worldwide. Here's the catch: The protesters are online cartoons. Richard Piggin, deputy CEO of the U.K. not-for-profit Beatbullying, tells us how they plan to force change with the...
Beatbully's Modern Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign Uses Avatars As Demonstrators

new feature: mini profiles on mouse over.

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added a cool feature to Mahalo Answers today: Mini profiles that popup showing people's expertise and best answers on mouse over.  http://www.mahalo.com/answers/new-features/did-you-notice-this-mouse-over-pop-up-in-avatars-in-mahalo-answers-front-page super cool…. brings the best of someone's profile to the activity area.  thoughts? best j...
new feature: mini profiles on mouse over.

Twitter revamps its iPad app for expanded content, adds header photos and image streams

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Twitter's iPad app is sometimes the neglected stepchild of its mobile app family: newer features usually come to the Android and iPhone versions first and are handed down to the iPad later, if they come at all. The company is making amends for that in style with a major...
Twitter revamps its iPad app for expanded content, adds header photos and image streams

There is an inverse relationship between level of anonymity and quality of conversation

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37signals Answers (recently launched) is our first new app built with 37signals ID integration. That means everyone involved is using real names and avatars. And wow, what a difference it makes. Trading anonymity for accountability has led to radically improved conversations. I’d point to a specific example but it’s more...
There is an inverse relationship between level of anonymity and quality of conversation

Central Desktop revamps its collaboration tools

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Central Desktop today unveiled version 2.0 of its set of online tools, including project management, document collaboration, and web meetings. There are a lot of options out there for companies looking for online collaboration software, acknowledged chief executive Isaac Garcia. But while competing startups might claim to be comprehensive, most...
Central Desktop revamps its collaboration tools

BitCoin Bubble Pops, Value Plummets

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The Bitcoin bubble has apparently popped, dropping precipitously, another sign of a currency fad gone bad. Bitcoin had shown signs of becoming a mainstream currency amid the growing mistrust of banks and international money policy. But it looks that all changed in overnight trading. The plummet started in the early-morning...
BitCoin Bubble Pops, Value Plummets

Twitter’s Thursday turbulence explained by cascading bug

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The Twitter team reported on their blog Thursday evening that the day’s intermittent outages were caused by a cascading bug in one of its infrastructure components, not “a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today.” The outage, which hit in the morning and continued intermittently throughout the day,...
Twitter’s Thursday turbulence explained by cascading bug

Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See

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Yesterday’s announcement that Twitter would be selectively censoring tweets based on country was not well-received. But part of that announcement was the assurance that the process would at least be transparent. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. They also mentioned that they were working with Chilling Effects...
Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See
Offline: avatars and alts

gleeBox– Browse The Web Faster & Save Lots of Mouse Clicks

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Douglas Engelbart did all of us a huge favor. He is the guy who invented the first mouse. Although it was way back in the sixties when even computers weren’t common stuff, his device influenced the ones that came after it. And of course, till this day, it’s influencing the...
gleeBox– Browse The Web Faster & Save Lots of Mouse Clicks

Mozilla Labs’ Contacts: An Awesome Bar for People

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The notion of a unified, federated or centralized web-based address book for our various contact databases has long been a quixotic dream for many startups and application providers. Mozilla Labs’ experimental Contacts application, launched a couple of days ago, sweeps these lofty visions aside with simplicity and pragmatism, while adding...
Mozilla Labs’ Contacts: An Awesome Bar for People

Wii U unlocks the key to the Miiverse, Nintendo promises mobile integration to come

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As its pronoun heavy name indicates, the Wii U is all about the social. With that in mind, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled the Miiverse, a coming together of players' avatars that will live on the console's home screen. Log in, and you'll see your Mii, your friends' Miis,...
Wii U unlocks the key to the Miiverse, Nintendo promises mobile integration to come

Stream Publishing: Policy Update and Product Intent

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We introduced the Open Stream API nearly a year ago, which opened one of our core products -- the stream -- to developers. In that time, we've watched how the developer community has innovated and made use of the API, particularly the publish_stream extended permission. After many discussions with...
Stream Publishing: Policy Update and Product Intent

Project M: Johnson Space Center Says It Can Put Telepresent Avatars On The Moon In 1000 Days | See video through link! | io9

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Project M: Johnson Space Center Says It Can Put Telepresent Avatars On The Moon In 1000 Days | See video through link! | io9

Building Houses and Cities Online, With a Social Twist

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I’ve never jumped on the social game bandwagon; never planted virtual crops on FarmVille, purchased a digital tractor or visited a friend’s online city. But with the U.S. audience for casual social games estimated to hit 77.9 million people this year, up from 57.4 million in 2010, and with two...
Building Houses and Cities Online, With a Social Twist

Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

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schliz writes "Like in World of Warcraft, students of Indiana University's game design classes start as Level 1 avatars with 0 XP, and progress by completing quests solo, as guilds, or in 'pick up groups.' Course coordinator Lee Sheldon says students are responding with 'far greater enthusiasm,' and many specifics...
Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

Lerer Ventures Hires An Obama Electioneer to Run Its Incubator

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If you worked on Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, you got to spend the end of the year basking in praise for the tech-savvy operation’s exploits. Then you had to get a new job. So Ashley Arenson moved from Chicago, where she spent a year-plus as Obama for America’s “Director of...
Lerer Ventures Hires An Obama Electioneer to Run Its Incubator

A Passive Newsreader App: Guide Wants Its Avatars to Read Your News

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There are times when it’s inconvenient to read — for instance while cooking or working out at the gym — so you might find yourself tuning into a TV newscast. But perhaps instead of facile local news or the jabbering heads of cable news, it could be a personalized newscast....
A Passive Newsreader App: Guide Wants Its Avatars to Read Your News

New App Uses ‘Avatars’ to Personalize Social Networking

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Ms. Patchirajan. (Photo: Twitter) You just got your boyfriend’s face tattooed on your stomach, and you really want to post a photo of the beautiful artistic creation on Facebook. Problem is, you’re friends with your grandmother, who may not approve of such creative genius. You could put your grandmother on...
New App Uses ‘Avatars’ to Personalize Social Networking

Examining Virtual Crimes

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GamePolitics has an article about a research paper issued by the AU government's Institute of Criminology titled "Crime Risks of Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments." The paper discusses the legal questions raised by game worlds and avatars, ranging from regulation of in-game currency to a report of virtual rape. "A person controlling...
Examining Virtual Crimes
Guide Raises $1M In Seed Funding To Replace TV News With Feeds And Virtual Anchors
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