Archive for May, 2010

FastFlip from GoogleLabs

May 28, 2010

A new Google application, FastFlip, allows users to quickly glance through news articles by displaying them as screenshots that emulate printed media. The premise behind FastFlip is to allow users to flip through media sources on the web under pre-defined and user-defined topic areas, essentially allowing users to “create a custom magazine.” As well, users who prefer a certain publication can flip through articles just from that particular source. The visual interface allows users to move through pages and articles quickly, using the capabilities of the web to make news browsing more simple.

FastFlip at GoogleLabs

Google Living Stories

May 28, 2010

LivingStories was a news presentation experiment undertaken in partnership between Google, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. LivingStories consolidated relevant stories under a specific heading, made available under one URL. This was intended to allow a user to easily understand the development of a story by providing a timeline of events and links to opinion pieces, features, and news articles in one place. While the partnership was shut down, LivingStories is an interesting attempt at changing the way we read news. It is reminiscent of Wikipedia’s approach, which consolidates current information into the format of an encyclopedia article.

LivingStories at GoogleLabs

CNSNews.com – The Federal Fat Police: Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American Children

May 14, 2010

“You get what you measure” is a famous management phrase.  It’s hard to improve something if you aren’t measuring it with data.  It probably won’t be the entire cure, to childhood obesity, but I think that tracking BMI would be a good thing.  I do, however, wonder if we have to track every kid.  Statistical methods can be used to estimate the overall population of each state with a high degree of confidence.

CNSNews.com – The Federal Fat Police: Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American Children

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New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage

May 13, 2010

I’ve always wondered if somehow the power of data could be used to highlight tragedies real-time. Would a holocaust have not happened if the cries of those being murdered were brought to life in the form of data? Remember in 24 when the President couldn’t bear to see the sight of her daughter killed on a closed circuit camera? So she opened a door and put herself at risk. Would we all be more compelled to action if the evidence of tragedy was more real?