Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tech Links: January 15, 2012

Image credit: Mark Seymour


How Apple sets its prices

How big a Web business can you build with no engineers?

How Google Street View Could Help Post-Sandy Staten Island

Why startups shouldn’t shoot from the hip


How Digital Is Changing Our Reading Habits

Why “Send To Kindle” makes Amazon better than Barnes & Noble

Reading & Discussion

In the Wake of Aaron Swartz's Death, Let's Fix Draconian Computer Crime Law

Nothing to hide – Privacy in an era of ‘big data’

Resources & Utilities

Twelephone is a new service for making calls right from your Twitter account. The service is one of the first to use the new WebRTC standard, which allows for real-time communication in the Chrome browser via JavaScript APIs.  Check out a demo at TechCrunch.


French teenager’s research published in Nature

Google uses searches for flu symptoms to track each year's strain's intensity and spread. In 2013, the US is basically doomed.


U.S. Government Tells Computer Users to Disable Java 


How Intel Will Build the Holodeck

Over 25,000 U.S. citizens petitioned the White House to 'Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016', thus requiring an official White House response. The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded.


Modding allows amateur and semi-professional designers to fiddle around with commercially-produced games - anything from adding monocles to crabs to recreating Westeros, all the way to a zombie survival mod more popular than the orginal game. While mods have traditionally been free, Valve's Steam Workshop is a marketplace to sell hats and other items for a selection of games, including Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2 - both sequels to mods. PC Gamer talks to the modders who are making six-figures sums.

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