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Like Twitter, Path is outsourcing translation to the crowd

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Path, the less-is-more social app that lets you connect with only 150 friends at a time, is coming soon to 20 new languages, thanks to the translation power of the crowd. Like Twitter, Path is taking an interesting crowdsourced approach to bringing its app to new languages — and...
Like Twitter, Path is outsourcing translation to the crowd
Study links low bacteria levels in circumcised men with HIV resistance
Killer fail: how Romney's broken Orca app cost him thousands of votes

Amazon stores 1,700 human genomes in the cloud

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Not content with speeding up web browsing and hosting federal data, Amazon Web Services are now helping in the fight against disease. Bezos' crew is donating a chunk of free cloud storage to the 1000 Genomes project, which aims to make it easier for scientists to search for genetic variations...
Amazon stores 1,700 human genomes in the cloud

Twitter brings support for right-to-left languages: volunteers by done localization

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Twitter's now available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu, with the task of translating the likes of the retweet button, list classifications and the fail whale largely done by a task force of volunteers. The languages were added to Twitter's translation to-do list back in January, with around 13,000...
Twitter brings support for right-to-left languages: volunteers by done localization

Amateur effort finds new largest prime number

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A Missouri professor, one of a team of nearly 100,000 volunteers, has found a highly unusual 17-million digit number -- and brought a prime-hunting project closer to a $150,000 prize. [Read more]...
Amateur effort finds new largest prime number

Sponsor post: Conferences are all about networking

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If you were at the Santa Clara Convention Center for TiEcon2011 you could not have missed a familiar figure in the registration area for almost the entire duration, talking incessantly to a panoply of people. When I asked Rohit Chandra about his motives, he 
said, “I registered for the conference...
Sponsor post: Conferences are all about networking

uBiome project to sequence the bacteria that live on us

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Researchers plan to correlate the sequenced microbe genomes with volunteers' health to look for causes of disorders such as autism and multiple sclerosis. [Read more]...
uBiome project to sequence the bacteria that live on us
Tor's latest project helps Iran get back online despite new Internet censorship regime
Google Adds Non-Profit Information To Knowledge Graph, Gives Them A Boost With Google+ Follow Buttons

Exec now allows you to "hire" someone to do charitable volunteer work on your behalf

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We’ve told you about San Francisco based company Exec before and how its CEO, Justin Kan, is dedicated to providing an easy tool to get jobs, tasks and errands done in a snap. I sat down with Kan this week and we discussed Exec’s latest promotion, the ability to hire...
Exec now allows you to "hire" someone to do charitable volunteer work on your behalf

Hurricane Sandy Revealed Some Huge Problems Tech Founders Need To Start Solving

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This past weekend my wife and I tried to get involved with relief efforts for Sandy. We used Twitter and Facebook and found organizations who needed help, and found lists of supplies that were needed as well. We went from an Occupy Sandy center in Sunset Park to a drive...
Hurricane Sandy Revealed Some Huge Problems Tech Founders Need To Start Solving

Canonical ends support for KDE, Kubuntu lead developer moved to other projects

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Ubuntu parent Canonical is ending paid support for Kubuntu, the variant of the Linux OS running the KDE desktop environment. An announcement by lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell explains that the move is a purely commercial one, and that "Kubuntu has not been a business success after seven years...
Canonical ends support for KDE, Kubuntu lead developer moved to other projects

Targeting Power Moms, VolunteerSpot Secures $1.5M In Series A From ff Venture Capital And More

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By simply owning small humans that are ultra-dependent and oftentimes unruly, moms have an incredibly tough job. But after you pile on all the little things — soccer practices, ballet recitals, doctors appointments, etc. — being a parent becomes damn near impossible. But to that end, a company called VolunteerSpot...
Targeting Power Moms, VolunteerSpot Secures $1.5M In Series A From ff Venture Capital And More
Good deed for the day: Check out these insect pics to help a museum project

Jimmy Wales, On New Editing Platform: “This Is Epically Important”

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“This is epically important,” tweeted Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, about a new simplified editing platform aimed at massively expanding the number of people who contribute to the online encyclopedia. A deceivingly tiny percentage of users actually contribute to Wikipedia, despite the foundation’s ernest attempts at making it an inclusive, democratic creation...
Jimmy Wales, On New Editing Platform: “This Is Epically Important”
Why Firefox OS may bring balance back to the smartphone industry

Calling all geek gals: 'She's Geeky' conference kicks off Friday

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Any women out there interested in science, engineering, math, startups, biotech, gadgets, video games — basically anything geek-related — will fit right in at this weekend’s “She’s Geeky” conference. The geeky get-together, which has already made stops in San Francisco, New York City and the Twin Cities, is a non-profit...
Calling all geek gals: 'She's Geeky' conference kicks off Friday

Sharp Retires Early Retirement Plan Early

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Sharp’s early retirement plan was supposed to run from November 1 to November 14. But the struggling Japanese company was forced to cut it short when it was overwhelmed by volunteers. Sharp said Tuesday it curtailed its early retirement program a week into its two-week run after receiving nearly 3,000...
Sharp Retires Early Retirement Plan Early

Collection Society To Libraries: No Story Time For Kids Unless You Pay To Read Aloud

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If there's a common trait of the various rightsholders groups around the world, it is their sense of entitlement. If anyone does anything with a work under copyright, they feel they have a right to regulate it and be paid for it. A good example is the claim by the...
Collection Society To Libraries: No Story Time For Kids Unless You Pay To Read Aloud
Google Glass can identify friends by their clothing

Obama campaign opening tech field office in San Francisco

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The president's re-election effort is looking for a boost in the middle of one of the most tech-savvy cities in the world. It's not staffed up yet, but the campaign is looking for volunteers. [Read more]...
Obama campaign opening tech field office in San Francisco

One Week On, Sandy Still Disrupts, But Volunteers Innovate

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Almost a full week after Sandy hit, the East Coast is still struggling to get back on its feet - and the biggest worry now is, as seven days ago, the elements. With the temperature set to drop in the coming days, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday estimated that between 30,000 and...
One Week On, Sandy Still Disrupts, But Volunteers Innovate
Geeks to the rescue: NYC's tech community rallies together for Sandy relief

Romney digital director: Orca wasn't a loss

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The digital director for the Romney campaign responded to criticism in the blogosphere  of the campaign’s Election-Day “Orca” vote monitoring platform, saying the program had issues but for the most part performed its mission.  Zac Moffatt said that data about 14.2 million voters was recorded through Orca, including 5,397 instances...
Romney digital director: Orca wasn't a loss

Free audiobook service LibriVox hits 100m downloads

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Librivox, the community that provides public domain texts, read by volunteers, has hit 100 million downloads. The organisation creates hundreds of audiobooks for free as mp3 or ogg files, providing access to an amazing selection of audio that is no longer under copyright in the USA. The hard work has...
Free audiobook service LibriVox hits 100m downloads

Twitter can be used to promote community volunteering

www.guardian.co.uk
Founder of riotcleanup says it takes just one person to step outside their front door and start doing something, and others soon get involvedIt started with a patch of waste ground near my childhood home and a pair of rusty shears. One corner of Worthing's Maybridge estate had been forgotten...
Twitter can be used to promote community volunteering
7 tips for bootstrapping a (profitable) Internet company

RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

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Google offered an olive branch to content producers when it promised to downrank pirate sites in its search results last summer. Really, the RIAA was looking for the whole tree; it just published a report claiming that Google's technique hasn't had any tangible impact. The agency argues that the...
RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

Here's A Secret Trick From LinkedIn For Landing A Great New Job (LNKD)

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Best-selling author Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's Connection Director, has a great tip on how to land your next job. Call it "strategic volunteering." We talked to Williams, who has penned three popular career advice books, about how to volunteer your way into a new gig.  Here's how you do it: Identify...
Here's A Secret Trick From LinkedIn For Landing A Great New Job (LNKD)
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