1. ‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists
Probably the biggest news of this week. Craig Venter seems to have done it again ! The potential look exciting. In another news related to genomics, Berkeley Asks Freshmen for DNA Samples . Start of an era of Personalized Medicine ?
2. Google News
The last week seemed to be all about Google. Google had so much announcements that individually detailing them will make the post long🙂
a. Google got FTC approval for AbMob acquisition.
b. Google TV .
c. New Google Latitude API – Google Latitude kind of makes me uncomfortable but I have to admit that the potential apps are truly mind blowing (check it out in the link !)
d. Google Prediction API – This looks like a Game Change but I need to try it out before commenting.
e. Google releases WebM and VP8 and makes them open source – Details here – A more critical look at VP8 is here .
f. Lastly, Google’s Pacman doodle was way too cool. The best part was it was fully done using HTML/JS. Details here.
3. Amazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage
I think this a smart move – Recognizing the different types of storage data and modifying prices based on it – Very clever !
4. The Life of a Typeahead Query
Has some interesting stuff about how FaceBook the searches in the home page. On a related note, Reclaim Privacy is a bookmarklet that checks your FaceBook privacy changes. There is a high chance that FaceBook will simplify their Privacy controls – but this will be useful till that time.
5. I’ll Be Bach
I never know Computational Music has come this far !
6. STEPHEN HAWKING: How to build a time machine
A nice article by Stephen Hawking where he discusses time travel. He also introduces Mad Scientist Paradox which he says is simpler than the Grand Father Paradox. I personally feel its the other way round. Its hard to understand the central argument of Mad Scientist paradox immediately (namely who fired the shot) – The reasoning goes along the lines of causes must occur before effects. Enjoy the article for the fun of it !
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