ARM has "no plans" for chips because they "aren't needed"
Rumors have buzzed surrounding ARM Holdings' possible release of 128-bit chip designs to power various new smartphones. Most recently, via PCPro UK, the company was cited by the Korea Herald to promise 128-bit architecture "within the next two years."
What do Maximum PC readers like I Jedi, big_montana and Ghok have in common with Mark Twain, Bono and Jackie Chan? They all use pseudonyms. While that might not seem like a big deal – this is the Internet, after all – a recent study by Disqus, empowerer of comments, claims that folks who rock pseudonyms have way better stuff to say than the anonymous horde and jerks like me who use their true name.
For about four years, technology blogger Noah Kravitz worked for PhoneDog, a mobile phone website. During that time, he also tweeted under the handle @PhoneDog_Noah. A little over a year ago, Kravitz left PhoneDog and changed his handle to @noahkravitz. At the time he had 17,000 followers. Now PhoneDog is suing, claiming that Kravitz absconded with its Twitter subscribers despite the account belonging to Kravitz.
Analytics services like Alexa or Compete have often been cited as good ways to rank a website’s importance. But these options only measure website traffic. A service called ://URLFAN, however, measures a site’s influence by analyzing blog mentions. In this way, it’s a bit like Technorati but for all websites.
://URLFAN is currently ranking the popularity of 3,783,534 sites by checking 302,607,392 blog posts from 5,962,353 individual feeds. This appears to be updated in real time along with the stats. So what site takes the top honor? That would be en.wikipedia.org. This isn’t terribly unexpected. Wikipedia has a wealth of readily accessible information people might want to link to.
Youtube comes in just behind Wikipedia, and Flickr right after that. In yet another bad sign for old media, there’s only one newspaper site on the list, The New York Times. ://URLFAN probably isn’t a perfect measure of influence, but it does take a unique approach, and is well worth a look. Check out the full top 100 list updated in real time here.
The report (PDF) reveals that 95% of comments that appear on blogs, chat rooms and online forums fall into two broad categories: spam and malicious content. Cyber scoundrels now seem more focused on targeting Web 2.0 websites with user-generated content than ever before. Many of the most frequented internet properties are sites that tolerate user-generated content. And 61% of the top 100 sites either host malicious content or link to it, according to the report.
Spam and malicious content seem to go hand in hand, for Websense Security Labs found that 85.6 of spam mails in circulation during the first half of 2009 contained links to malicious sites.
Back when our great-grandparents used to walk barefoot to school in scorching hot snow uphill both ways, folks stay connected to world events through newspapers, word of mouth, or via the Pony Express. A lot has changed since then, and in between taking online correspondence courses and sipping on lattes while wearing a robe and slippers to avoid being chilled from the central air conditioning, today's generation consumes the news online.
So it was only a matter of time before someone studied the modern news cycle, and that's exactly what researchers at Cornell have done. Using what The New York Times describes as "powerful computers and clever algorithms," the research team scoured 90 million articles and blog posts on 1.6 million mainstream media sites and blogs looking for repeated phrases.
The end result? In most cases, traditional news outlets led the way with blogs following behind, usually by 2.5 hours. However, that wasn't always the case; 3.5 percent of story lines originated from blogs and then made their way to traditional media.
"This is a landmark piece of work on the flow of news through the world," said Eric Horvitz, a researcher at Microsoft and president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. "And the study shows how Web-scale analytics can serve as powerful sociological laboratories."
Tom, Gordon, Dave, and Andy get together to talk about online security and Microsoft's latest marketing move. We also answer your tech questions and poke Gordon with a stick to get him extra angry for this week's rant.