Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Weekly Links Post: No. 12

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

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

David Cameron calls for government departments to open up their datasets; the Treasury opens up its spending database (Coins) for the first time.

Generation Y is just a marketing concept: why generational labels are meaningless.

When crowdsourcing works.

If Google is a parasite on news sites, what about Facebook?

Some alternative ideas for monetising online print media. (Follow up to a previous article, Newspapers: the future.)

Social Media

RIP Digg. Cause of death: "social fatigue".

A Top 10 of infographics about social media.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

The Faster Times: "a new type of newspaper for a new type of world"; an experiment in professional, collective online journalism.

The Paris Review has launched a new daily blog.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

DuckDuckGo: a search engine for those who favour the keyboard over the mouse. (Not sure what ducks have to do with it.)

The biggest online security risk? Installing Flash, says hacking contest winner.


Better Pop Music: a free compilation album, featuring 19 tracks from blog-friendly acts like Caribou, Air France, Memory Tapes and The Silent League; courtesy of NME and London's Something In Construction record label.

Games & Other Distractions

Mamono Sweeper
: Minesweeper crossed with a basic RPG - think hit points, experience points, and monsters instead of mines.


The 1000 most visited sites worldwide, according to DoubleClick Ad Planner.

Time travelling: Museum of London's new augmented reality iPhone app combines a walk around London with a Look Into The Past.

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