Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Weekend Links Post: No. 17

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).

Prominent authors to publish e-books directly via Amazon - and what this might mean for the conventional publishers they've bypassed.

Another week, another tabloid failure to fact check stuff on the net. (Well, let's assume it was something The Daily Star found online, rather than completely made-up. More here and here.)

India develops world's cheapest laptop - just £23.

Samsung tries to capitalise on iPhone 4 reception problems - by handing out free phones. (Check out the cheeky ad at the bottom of the page.)

Social Media

Facebook reaches half-billion users mark, celebrates by asking users to tell it how special it is.

And Tumblr's growing at a pretty startling rate too...

Books, Writing & Storytelling

How publishers are responding to Twitter's #dearpublisher hashtag.

What's this Google Editions thing? Er, no-one's exactly sure yet... but here are some educated guesses.

Readernaut: a new social network for books (currently in beta).

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

Rebtel releases Android app enabling free calls to other Android users - even in other countries. "the UK's #1 flat and houseshare website". And very handy it is too - whether you need a room or a tenant.


Tastemaking music venture RCRD LBL hosts hundreds of free MP3s - and sends out an MP3 Of The Day newsletter (featuring two MP3s).

Kristin Hersh 'did a Radiohead' long before Radiohead, now she's released an album as a book.

Games & Other Distractions

Make It Good: superb (but fiendishly difficult) interactive fiction detective mystery that isn't at all what it at first appears. (Walkthroughs to be found here and here/here.)


An art project to send everyone in the world a handwritten letter - bafflement has thus far been (benignly) visited upon a small Irish village and a Pittsburgh neighbourhood.

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