OneHourPerSecond on Youtube

YouTube : every second, one hour video is uploaded.

youtube-nyan-cat Every second one hour video is uploaded in Youtube. To thanks users and promote his video service Google created a mini funny website : One Hour Per Second. We can learn for instance that in 48 secondes of YouTube’s video a bambou plant in optimum life condition will grow 6 feet long (1,83 metres).

The different animations are funny and nice designed. We can learn some useless information, which means…. necessary.

Source: Youtube

Facebook adds £2.2bn to the UK economy

By @gordonmacmillan,

The way things are at the moment the UK needs all the likes it can get. Luckily we have quite a few, according to a Deloitte study out today. It looks into the economic impact of Facebook across Europe and says Facebook is worth as much as £2.2bn to the UK economy and that the social network supports as many as 35,200 jobs.

The figure came as part of an Ad Boost programme that Facebook has announced, which will see it give away up to £4.2m of free advertising to help small businesses get started and grow their business on Facebook.

The Ad Boost programme aims to reach some 50,000 small businesses across the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy and will offer businesses the chance to claim up to £80 of ad credits.

The Deloitte report shows how Facebook already supports £1.14bn in “business participation effects” in the UK as businesses, predominantly small businesses, use Facebook’s free pages to promote their brand, raise awareness, advertise and generate new business. This activity it says supports 18,400 jobs in the UK.

This makes the UK one of the largest “Facebook economies in Europe. We’re level pegging with Germany, see infographic below:

FacebookInfographic 520x2549 Facebook says its worth £2bn to the UK economy, as it announces free ads for SMEs

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Facebook secret projects…

Over the weekend, Facebook quietly registered a series of “newsroom” domains. Could a new journalism project be next for the social media giant?

On Sunday, Facebook quietly registered a series of “Facebook Newsroom” domains–a move that seems to signal that Facebook’s entering the media content game in a new way. Three domains were registered, according to Fusible,,, and Facebook is listed on as the registrant, administrative contact, and technical contact for all three.

The Facebook Newsroom project looks like it could be similar to another Facebook project: Facebook Studio ( is a community for advertisers and marketers that already has more than 400,000 participants and observers.

Several other domains were also purchased by Facebook last week. Facebook purchased,, and In addition, and were also purchased by the social media giant.

The last official corporate communication from Facebook was last week’s massive Timeline app blitz.

Update: According to a media representative for Facebook, the new domains are “related to an upgrade of Facebook’s press room.” It is important to note that Facebook is widely expected to announce an IPO in 2012.


BY Neal Ungerleider on Fast Company

NYC Bike’s lifecycle

Experimentation in New York:

Leave a locked-up bike on the streets of New York’s SoHo neighborhood and take a photograph of it every day and make a stop motion of it. Like the crumbling of a mountain side from eons of erosion, the bike vanished bit by bit as it was stripped of its parts. It takes nearly six months before the first act of larceny occurs…

How long do you think this could take in Cambridge?



Year of the dragon brings promise of change

In myths and fairytales, dragons may breathe fire and hold fair princesses captive until they can be rescued by their handsome heroes.

But when the dragon of Chinese astrology arrives with the Lunar New Year on Monday, the mythical creature will bring with it optimism and hope for better times ahead in 2012.



‘The dragon is a symbol of power and superior control.’—Stephen Chu

The dragon is the most auspicious and powerful of the 12 signs of the zodiac, one associated with high energy and prosperity. It’s also the only mythical creature in the Chinese astrological stable that includes horses, rats and pigs. This year is considered especially auspicious because it is the year of the water dragon, something that happens once every 60 years.

“The dragon is a symbol of power and superior control,” says Stephen Chu, president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association, west of Toronto. “It’s not evil. The dragon is a good symbol.”

It also represents change and mobility.

“Dragons seem to be a change year, and usually from bad to good,” says Paul Ng, a feng shui master in Richmond Hill, Ont., north of Toronto.

“In general, in the dragon years, the world economy does a little better.”

Given how the world economy has been getting along, that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

And with this year of the dragon coming after 2011′s year of the rabbit, a symbol which Ng says usually represents instability, he sees the potential for an economic rebound similar to the pattern that emerged in 1987 (a bad — and rabbit — year), followed by a better (and dragon) year in 1988.

‘If you’re a dragon, you’re everything’

In Chinese mythology and folklore, there are many dragon tales.

Ng points to a time about 5,000 years ago, when tribes were fighting one another. The tribe of the Yellow Emperor succeeded, and combined the totems of other tribes, including the phoenix, the lion, the snake, the scorpion and the tiger, to form the dragon totem.

“So that’s why when you look at the dragon claws, they are like claws of the lions and tigers mixed.

“The tail is almost like a scorpion. The body is like a snake being flexible … and the head would be just like the big lion head,” says Ng.

“In other words, they combined totems of many powerful animals into one that flies like the fiery bird, the phoenix. It’s quite a mixed basket. It incorporates the most powerful things of all kinds of creatures into one. That’s why people love it, because if you’re a dragon, you’re everything.”

So much so that people throughout much of Asia often do what they can to make sure they are married or have a child during a year of the dragon.

Baby boom

Officials expect a baby boom not only in China and Taiwan, but in other Asian countries and territories that observe the New Year festival, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau.

People shop for good luck charms on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Sunday.

People shop for good luck charms on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Sunday. (Vincent Yu/Associted Press)

Most have extremely low birth rates, reflecting a preference among young couples in these prosperous or rapidly developing societies to choose quality of life and career advancement over the responsibilities of child rearing.

But this year of the dragon looks to be breaking the mould.

A poll in Hong Kong showed that 70 per cent of couples there wanted children born under the dragon sign, while South Korea, Vietnam and China all report similar enthusiasm about dragon-year childbearing.

The year of the dragon has long proved to be an impetus for births. In 2000, the last dragon year, the rate increased to 1.7 children per Taiwanese woman of childbearing age from 1.5 the previous year.

A second child had not been in the plans for Austin Tseng, a 32-year-old office worker in Taipai, but she is now eagerly awaiting a new baby.

“I had thought one child was enough, but then comes the year of the dragon and I’m happy to have another one,” Tseng said after an ultrasound check on her 20-week-old fetus.

Full of energy

Ng says people who are born in dragon years (which include 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000) are imaginative and full of energy.

“They believe they can conquer the world.”

Ng does acknowledge a certain skepticism some might hold toward the ability to connect so many positive traits to a person’s birth in a dragon year. After all, it’s “not really scientific.”

And maybe there are other interpretations of just what a dragon might be.

“Dragons have their weaknesses, too,” Ng says. “They are not very practical people.”

Political change on the horizon

With the idea of the change the year of the dragon could represent in mind, Ng has a long list of predictions for 2012.

He sees a lot of political change coming — there are many elections set in countries from the United States to Russia.

Closer to home, he sees a lot of “political hassles” in Toronto.

“There will be a lot of political union issues in the City of Toronto this year. That’s not avoidable, so making Mr. [Mayor Rob] Ford’s job quite tricky.”

While he sees stability with the federal majority government in Ottawa, he does predict it may shift its international focus.

“They will pay far more attention to Asia than ever before this year. In the past, they treated the U.S.A. as the major trading partner.”

‘Snake without a head’

And as far as the federal New Democratic Party is concerned, Ng doesn’t forsee an easy time. He predicts there will be more defections. (NDP MP Lise St-Denis jumped to the Liberals earlier this month.)

“The NDP is like a snake without a head right now.”

Not a dragon, or at least not a dragon of the Chinese zodiac, which would be a far more optimistic outlook.



Article wrote by Janet Davison, CBC News Canada

Top 5 Websites To Watch For 2012

#1 On The List:

Foursquare is not a startup website and has reached all time highs in users, they still seek to grow to extreme numbers in 2012. Foursquare is a social experience and is a big site to watch out for!

#2 On The List: is an online website/game that makes it fun and easy for people to learn how to code. Codecademy recieved massive amount of users in 2011 and had even mayors using the site, Codecademy is expected to be huge in 2012 and have breakout number of users.

#3 On The List: is an online marketplace for offline classes. Teachers are using the service to teach and some have even quit there jobs to work full time on Skillshare. Check it out, its a must watch for 2012.

#4 On The List: is a direct payments startup that makes transfers rough Twitter, Facebook, SMS and other virtual channels, Dwolla was processing $1 million per day less than a year after launch. Dwolla has 70,000 users that make online payments through social networking feeds. Dwolla is cheper then credit card fees because payments of up to $10 are free and then anything greater is $0.25 charge. Dwolla is expected to have a big 2012.


#5 On The List: Eventbrite

Eventbrite is the oddball on our list of companies to watch in 2012 because the ticketing platform launched five years ago. But here are some reasons we think that 2012 is a good time to keep an eye on the startup:

  • It’s on a growth streak. Last year it sold about 11 million tickets. This year it sold about 21 million.
  • It’s being taken seriously by big events. This summer, for instance, it handled tickets for a Black Eyed Peas concert in New York City’s Central Park in addition to 458,000 other events (more than twice as many as last year).
  • It’s expanding internationally. Eventbrite opened a London office in October and launched localized versions of its platform in Ireland and Canada in December.
  • It’s offline. A new iPad app lets event organizer sell tickets through Eventbrite at the door.
  • It could IPO. In a ZURB podcast this summer, Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz said that Eventbrite could file as early as 2012. “We have to continue to perform to very lofty expectations to do that,” he said.



Internet user figures for 2011 see third of the world online

Web traffic has hit new heights in 2011 with a third of the world now online and 800,000 users signed up to social networking behemoth Facebook

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The Internet continued to see increased user numbers in 2011 with new figures compiled by Pingdom suggesting that a third of the world’s inhabitants are now online.

Based on Internet usage from the past 12 months Pingdom has revealed there are now around 2.1 billion people connected to the web with all browsing centred at the 555 million currently available websites.

Internet User Figures

Whilst 2.1 billion users might seem likes a staggering amount of online activity, this still leaves roughly two thirds of the world’s population without access to the Internet.

Eclipsing the number of online users is the number of registered email addresses with the 3.146 billion activated email addresses resulting in 71 per cent of all email traffic being spam.

With analyst firm Pingdom predicting that web traffic and Internet usage will “continue to grow” in 2012 the 2011 figures keep on flowing with YouTube’s 1 trillion annual video views landing alongside the 800 million registered Facebook users, a quarter of which signed up to the social networking service during the past year.

Whilst the web has been a staple in the UK for a number of years, we want to know you favourite web experience from 2011? Let us know via the comments box below.

Via T3.

Feds Close In On Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom

He’s got funds and a name like a digital era supervillain–and the vanity plates to match on his turbo Benzo. But can the hefty dual citizen of Germany and Finland move fast and furiously enough to evade the law?

Kim Dotcom is a hard man to reach. The founder of, the popular file-sharing site the Federal prosecutors just shut down, has been accused of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated content uploaded to his service–movies, music, TV shows, and so forth. But the chief innovation officer, who oversees more than 30 employees in nine countries, has made a business of testing the legal limits–his umbrella company has pulled in roughly $175 million, according to court filings, of which he received more than $42 million in 2010.

Inquiries to Megaupload over the past year have not been responded to; when I reached out to a source this week who had a connection to Dotcom, the source responded, “Sorry, but Kim told us explicitly not to put him in contact with journalists.” But Dotcom hasn’t been able to evade the Feds: Prosecutors have indicted him and six other defendants over online piracy, and are seeking the forfeiture of $175 million, dozens of bank accounts around the globe, as well as a stable of Mercedes-Benzes, Maseratis, Rolls-Royces, and Lamborghinis boasting vanity license plates that likely reflect the Dotcom era of Megaupload: “Good,” “Evil,” “CEO,” “God,” “Stoned,” “Mafia,” “Hacker,” and perhaps most telling, “Guilty.”

According to court documents, Dotcom owns roughly 68%,, and, subsidiary sites of the Mega Conspiracy brand. Dotcom also owns 100% of registered companies,, and This family of sites grew to include more than 180 million registered users. Premium members of the service helped bring Mega Conspiracy more than $150 million, according to the Feds, while online advertising help the company bring in another $25 million.

To give some sense of just how large Dotcom’s dot-com business grew, between roughly 2006 through 2011, Mega Conspiracy’s PayPal account is said to have received over $110 million from subscribers and other associated persons. Fees for accepting payments on PayPal range from about 2% to as high as 3.9% for international transactions; thus, even a low-ball estimate would suggest PayPal likely made millions of dollars from Dotcom’s operations.

The indictment charges come not just as SOPA is a hotly debated topic in Washington, but as Megaupload attemped to make the shift toward becoming a more legitimate operation. Last month, the site received a makeover that included celebrity endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Will.i.Am; Swizz Beatz was even appointed CEO (though the hip-hop artist was not named in the indictment).

Kim Dotcom even made a rare public appearance in a video uploaded to Megaupload’s homepage, and wrote a diatribe for in which he took YouTube and Universal Music Group to task over copyright issues. The name of the article he wrote? “From Rogue to Vogue.” Megaupload has since been taken down, but there are a few other appearances by Dotcom in videos on the web, including the one below, in which he’s accused of street racing in the Gumball Rally, the real life Cannonball Run. The gold can be found 36 seconds in, just after the shot of Dotcom in a Nazi SS helmet when he declares in his German-Finnish accent, “When we are on the highway, we go PSSSSSST!”



Fast Company, by Austin Carr.

Facebook Begins Dropping Sponsored Stories Ads in News Feeds

Facebook is reported to have begun including Sponsored Story advertising in user news feeds, according to a spokesperson from the company.

The social network has taken a lot of heat since it announced last month that it would begin including ads in news feeds, however it is aiming to keep them relevant by imposing specific conditions on the ads.


Companies cannot simply splash out to get an news feed ad placement, it will operate more like a reminder option. The Sponsored Story feature can instead be used to feature posts from a company page in the news feed of users that already like the page.

The measures mean that, for example, only users that already like Ben & Jerry’s page will see Sponsored Stories stories from the company, as below, in their timeline:

Businesses with pages can also use the new ads to recruit new fans but promoting the activity of their fans — who may like a page or post from the page — to their friends. Promotion like this will be marked as “featured” to those who view it, and Facebook is hoping the fact that the activity is between friends will keep it relevant.

Featured Stories will be served to users whose friends have interacted with Ben & Jerry’s page, assuming that the Ben & Jerry’s pays to promote them.

Facebook has promised that it will serve no more than one Sponsored Story to each user per day, as it aims to avoid overloading them with content.

Learning from the past?

The company has learnt from its disastrous introduction of Beacon, which dropped adds into news. Mark Zuckerberg recently reflected on Beacon, describing it as regrettable, and the new formula for in-timeline adverts looks to be a better effort at monetising Facebook’s user’s most precious part of the social network.

However, we can’t help thinking that the situation could be clearer. It has been suggested that Facebook could instead produce a dedicated ad news real, rather than mixing things together. With its approach Facebook is clearly aiming at providing better quality (and more expensive) placements for its advertisers, for now at least.

“Our goal is to do this thoughtfully and slowly,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We hope to show people no more than one Sponsored Story in their News Feeds per day and the story will be clearly labeled.”

Although Facebook plans to ensure users see no more than one Sponsored Story in the News feed per day, the ads will be marked as “Sponsored,” the stories will only feature friends or Pages which users already Like, it’s still a very risky move.

What do you think? Are you for or against that?





Three-minutes finger paint masterpieces

Chilean man creates photorealistic nature scenes on glass at a frantic pace

The late American painter and TV show host Bob Ross became famous for his oil paintings of landscapes featuring “happy little trees,” and we could only imagine that the work of Chilean street artist Fabian Gaete Maureira would bring a smile to Ross’ face. Maureira, in a video that’s been uploaded to YouTube, creates scenes reminiscent of Ross’ work, only in less than five minutes using mostly his fingers, along with a rag and occasionally brushes.

Maureira paints beautiful landscapes — some featuring animals like horses — on pieces of glass that he holds and rotates in one hand. With his fingers, which move at a furious pace, he swipes and dabs at blobs of acrylic paint, pulling them away to reveal lush vistas, lakes, and waterfalls.

He does all of this in about three minutes, charging $10 apiece for his miniature works of art. Though he works in a physical media, Maureira is no stranger to the digital world, having set up a blog and Flickr stream to showcase his work. We’d love to see what he could do using a tablet like the iPad — by using it to draw, not smearing it with paint.




eBooks aren’t that cheap finally

As the e-book market continues to expand, a growing number of companies are expected to step into the industry to give students a more affordable option for purchasing textbooks.

According to a 2011 study cited by Reuters, about 71% of college students said they were ready to “go digital” by accessing required readings on mobile or desktop applications. Additionally, 73% of students said they would even be willing to give up dating if they did not need to carry another heavy, print textbook around campus.

Many students are willing to accept digital textbooks due to the belief that they are cheaper than print versionsMany e-textbooks are also locked up technologically so they can’t be shared, printed or resold. In a recent study of 504 college students by the Student Public Interest Research Group, a consortium of student activists based in Chicago, the organization slammed existing e-textbook efforts such as CourseSmart for “being on the wrong track.”

Frank Lyman, CourseSmart’s executive vice president of marketing, argues that traditional printed books are also limited to one student at a time. CourseSmart is a consortium of publishers, including Pearson and McGraw-Hill Co. Its content, sold in limited-time subscriptions, can be read on PCs and printed out in small batches, but not read on a Kindle or a Sony Reader.

There are questions about how comfortable students will be studying on screens. In the Student PIRG study, 75% of college students said they would prefer print to digital texts.

Moreover, younger students might find the devices antiquated. Last year, educational research group Project Tomorrow asked students what elements they found most important in digital textbooks. Many said they wanted interactive features like videos and quizzes. No dedicated e-readers have these attributes.

A new study indicates that digital textbooks may not be the best way to save students money.

In the same time a new study shows that e-textbooks may not be the best way to lower the rising price of course materials. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Daytona State College launched a pilot program in 2009 to test the effectiveness of digital textbooks. Over the course of two years, officials from the school found that in three out of four semesters, e-textbooks only saved students about $1. Additionally, students who chose this digital option could not sell their materials back at the end of the semester like they could if they bought the print versions.

The study indicates that while students are eager to accept technology, the digital textbook industry still has some obstacles to overcome before it provides an overwhelming advantage to degree seekers.

So what about you? Do you prefer classic textbook or are you going for an eBook reader?