Posts Tagged ‘yahoo’

1. Google News
Google was in the news this week quite frequently. The most buzz worthy was the integration of Google voice with gmail. My favorite news though was Google Acquires Angstro. This company had been doing some neat work and had some good code in github. Hopefully, these tools will be integrated into Google services. Another interesting news was Google’s instant search – most likely they are doing some A/B testing but I think it is a cool idea . I also found a presentation from a Googler called The Real Life Social Network v2 which was very insightful (but looong !).

2. Facebook Looks to Develop More Social Startups
An interesting partnership – although I do not know how much Y-Combinator benefits from it !

3. Want Instant Delivery of New Blog Posts & Comments?
This is a post from WordPress about cleverly using Jabber for getting real time information about blog posts and comments from the blogs you are interested in ! I feel the idea is pretty geeky but not sure how useful it is in practice.

4. A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future
This is probably the most innovative application using NYTimes’ articles. The interface is slick and it shows information in a very interesting manner. I guess the articles were heavily tagged with micro formats – I cannot see how this tool could be built otherwise. The coolest idea is that it can peer into the future (sort of). It has become one of my favorite past times – To see the references in NYTimes for 2010 and 2011 (and beyond). Check this tool out !

5. Running On Empty
This post discusses issues faced by documentation translators and the stigma attached when you work for Ubuntu related stuff (that is an exaggeration but kinda true).

6. Bad News, Good News
This post brings a very valid point that I have noticed many times. All the newspapers discuss about bad news and usually ignore good news – Most of the time , the only positive news comes from sports. What effect this has on us ? I remember Dr.Abdul Kalam made a similar observation some years back. May be time for introspection.


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Biweekly Links – 06-18-2010

1. Detexify2 – LaTeX symbol classifier
A neat webpage where you draw a symbol in it and it will tell you the latex symbol. Some thing I really need !

2. Predictalot for World Cup: Millions of predictions, stock market action
Prediction Markets are a very fascinating topic. It is fun to see them applied to World Cup. With the tournament producing lot of upsets, it is fun to watch other’s predictions and risks.

3. MMDS 2010. Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets
MMDS is a fascinating workshop with lot of neat papers and tutorials. I followed the last two workshops and this one too promises to be fun. The papers are not linked correctly as of now which I hope will be corrected soon.

4. SeaMicro drops an atom bomb on the server industry
An interesting venture in server market. Let’s see if they can crack the market.

5. What Is I.B.M.’s Watson?
A neat article on IBM’s Watson which is a computer that can answer questions and is going to participate in Jeopardy. It is always fascinating to see applications that popularize AI to the masses.

6. The $600 billion challenge
Looks promising. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have joined hands to revolutionize Charity business.

7. The Git Parable
A neat post which discusses the features in Git and its rationale.

8. Map: Where Americans Are Moving
A neat info graphic showing migration among US counties. A interesting visualization of data.

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1. Travel itineraries from Flickr photo trails
The paper discusses a very clever idea of using Flickr photo details (like time,tags and gps) to automatically construct travel itineraries. Its a pity that Yahoo research keeps churning cool papers but the company does not commercialize lot of them. In a related travel post, Kayak Explore Shows You Where You Can Fly for the Money in Your Budget . The basic idea is to use budget as a filter for locations. Seems like a lot of innovation in this domain. Thanks to Kripa / Suresh for the link.

2. Free download: 10 terabytes of patents and trademarks
Google offers all the patent information as a free download ! I was exploring it and thinking of ways to use it for some data mining purposes after I graduate. The API is rudimentary but I guess there is lot of potential for offline mining.  Parsing patents also discusses about how to use the awesome data that Google has made available.

3. Multitasking is no problem for these brain cells
An interesting research which shows that some brain cells take part in different/multiple decision making tasks.

4. Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux
Bad news for 64 bit Linux users like me. Looks like I should start evaluating other open source flash players like LightSpark. It crashes too much for me but I am hopeful about this project.

5. The Athens Affair
A nice analysis of the Greek scandal in 2005 where lot of whos-who of Greek had their telephones bugged and the culprits are still not caught. This article primarily focuses on the broad modus operandi of the hackers.

6. Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday
A NYTimes article on the exotic Singularity movement. As of now , I am a skeptic even though my area of interest is AI.

7. Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?
An interesting take on why there is no billion dollar open source companies. The explanation seems very plausible to me.


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1. Google Patents MapReduce

IMO, MapReduce is probably the most influential idea from Google. So it was a surprise to see Google patenting it. I learnt MapReduce in my Data Mining course and became  a big fan of it. For an open implementation of MapReduce  see Hadoop and if you are interested in Machine Learning/ Data Mining using MapReduce see Apache Mahout.For more details on MapReduce, read the original paper on MapReduce. The paper is very readable.

2. Social Science Research At Yahoo!

An interesting article on how Yahoo is building a world class Social Science team.

3. Shannon Limit And Gallager Codes

A two part article series on Shannon Limit and Gallager Codes. The first topic is very well known but the second was pretty interesting too ! Most useful was his lecture notes on Discrete Stochastic Processes and Random Processes.

4. Exadata’s columnar compression

A critical look on Oracle’s Exadata Columnar compression Scheme. The paper is short and reads a lot like marketing but it is sprinkled with some interesting information. Column oriented databases are very very interesting and Oracle is also jumping in with their hybrid architecture.

5. Helping computers understand language

An interesting article from Google on how they solve the synonym problem. Basically, how to tell computer that these two words mean the same . Their take on synonym is broader (for eg gm = General Motors, Genetically modified etc). They are using some really cool techniques for the identification and disambiguation.  I hope Google puts out some paper about these techniques . Cant wait !!

6. Hunting Fossil Viruses in Human DNA

A nice article on how our DNA contains some strains of Viral DNA (or actually, RNA ) . Another reason was that one of the collaborators was an UTA professor 🙂

7. YouTube News

YouTube has been doing some good stuff this week –

a.  It had some very useful changes to its video page (see The Video Page Gets a Makeover ) . 

b. I had already written about how to use YouTube HTML5-ifier to get HTML-5 version of YouTube in this blog post. Now Google has made it official. All you need to opt-in to the HTML-5 experiment of YouTube. See more details at Introducing YouTube HTML5 Supported Videos.

c. Probably, the biggest news is that YouTube is wetting its feet with Rentals and coming into the arena dominated by Netflix, Amazon etc. Currently the catalog is too small, but I hope it is just the start. For more details see Sundance Film Festival Rentals Now Available on YouTube .

d. Probably a similar big news is that YouTube is also going to have an IPL channel.  More details are at IPL matches to be broadcast live on Youtube .

they will be able to freeze, fast-forward and rewind the feed, as well as watch replays at any time during the day.

Excellent !!

8. US Supreme court Corporate Spending Limit Case

I know this is kind of , off topic to this blog , but still this ruling has me all riled up !! Details are at : Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit and a cogent argument is in the NYT editorial The Court’s Blow to Democracy . The reasoning seems really bone-headed to me. I cant still believe how they decided that First Amendment applies to Corporations ! Really stretches the my imagination.  This only confirms the common criticism that most US judges are politicians in disguise 🙂

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