Friday, 30 April 2010

The Weekly Links Post: No. 8

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my weekly reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below:

Highlights from Guardian Technology
(Because otherwise I just don't get around to reading it now it's no longer in the print edition).

The inevitable question: will Foursquare be the new Twitter?

UK recorded music sales rise for first time in six years; BPI still championing the CD.

Cloud computing: bad for the environment?

Ad-funded music streaming works: We7 is now making money and paying musicians proper royalties.

Social Media

Advertising on Facebook isn't pointless after all - so long as you make the most of the medium.

How private are your Facebook settings? Find out with this online privacy checker. (Don't worry, it doesn't ask for your account password.)

Beware the Twitter grammar vigilantes!

Books, Writing & Storytelling

What's new at the intersection between technology and literature: The Literary Platform.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

FutureMessage: lets you send emails, tweets and text messages at any specified time. (Via


Spotify has made some major changes this week; read the full announcement on the Spotify blog.

How will the election affect music? BBC 6Music hosts a debate between the three main parties, plus the Head of UK Music, Feargal Sharkey, and contributions from musicians and promoters.

Games & Other Distractions

Poto & Cabenga: odd split-screen thingy in which you control two characters at once, with only one button. Possibly just maddening, possibly just a matter of practice.


'Kitchen designs inspired by our would-be PMs': the 2010 General Election contest, as reimagined by IKEA. (Via @patroclus)

Find out how your baby sees the world, across various ages. No wonder they're always crying. (Via

Microsoft offers some advice on "humor" Coming soon: the Calista Flockhart Guide to Competitive Eating. Probably.
(Via @wonderlandblog and @james_blue_cat)

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