A recent investigation by The Wall Street Journal revealed another breach in Facebook privacy thanks to popular applications such as Farmville, Causes, Mafia Wars and Quiz Planet. With Zynga’s Farmville having 59.4 million users alone, this revelation certainly hasn’t done much for Facebook’s already bad track record for user privacy.
Evernote announced today that it has raised $20 million to expand features and ultimately boost the number of paying members for its product. According to Gigaom, Evernote has created 4.7 million users of the application in two and a half years, thanks to desktop applications and mobile devices, and has been adding 10,000 new customers a day over the last two months alone. As someone who only recently heard about Evernote, those numbers are overwhelming and curious. Gigaom places the success of Evernote in converting non-paying users into paying members on the freemium model, known to be successful with cloud-based services such as Dropbox.
An interesting journalism experiment has caused some recent buzz, for better or for worse, on matters of journalism ethics, blogging, and student labor. The Local East Village, or LEV is a collaborative project launched by The New York Times and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University to cover the East Village borough of New York City.
In May of 2010 a debate was spurred by an article by Nicolas Carr, arguing the negative implications of hyperlinks in bodies of text. There was some heated debates between Carr, Jeff Jarvis, and Jay Rosen, which ultimately led to a mood point in discussion. In the last two weeks, the online debate has reignited, led by a three-part article by Scott Rosenberg contesting Carr’s original dialogue on delinkification.
Through my discussions one one blog or another, I’m continually quoted discussing hackerspaces. It’s a loaded term, one that I feel is misconstrued at best, and completely unknown to others. The hackerspaces.org wiki has the quick and dirty definition:
A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and or/collaborate. A hackerspace can be viewed as an open community lab incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.