Links I’ve enjoyed during the last week. And you might too!
• Old Spice Guy Meets Feminist Hulk. This is awesome and talks about the problematic nature of some of the Old Spice YouTube social media campaign.
• Match Game – Charles Nelson Reilly hosts. Jason and I’ve been watching a lot of Match Game, and Reilly grabbing the mic is hilarious.
• How To Be Alone. This is beautiful.
• Long road ahead for Prop. 8 court case. California’s Prop 8 was overturned in court for being unconstitutional. However, it’s not the end of the battle. An encouraging steps, but unfortunately, the haters are likely to appeal. This could possibly go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
• The History of Search Engines – An Infographic. It’s important to know your history, kids.
• Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers. I don’t know whether to put this here or in politics. Rumor mills are buzzing that Google and Verizon are working on a deal that would put Net Neutrality in harm’s way. This is bad. Don’t be evil, Google.
• Feds admit body-scanner machine stored images. I’m so not thrilled with the idea of full-body scanners. I find them to be distasteful and a gross violation of my privacy. And why does it not surprise me that they were storing images…
• U.S. Congress Comes to Android.
A mobile application which connects Android phone owners to their representatives in the U.S. Congress has just been released by the non-profit, non-partisan organization Sunlight Labs, a group dedicated to government transparency.
• Is Your iPhone App Supporting Hate Crimes? The story TaxiMagic and Mustafa. TaxiMagic is an app that’s supposed to make it seamless for a person to call a taxi and for the driver to find them. However, some people have taken the advantage of knowing the driver’s name to discriminate against them, and in Mustafa’s case, verbally abuse him with racist hate.
• Android Smartphones Outsell iPhone in First Half of 2010. Doesn’t take into account all the iPhone 4 sales. However, this is a pretty good case for app developers to be making more Android-based apps.
• America Is Losing Its High Tech Entrepreneurial Edge.
A study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation looked at the progress at innovation that 40 countries made over the past decade. The U.S. came in dead last. That is, whether they were ahead or behind us at innovation in 1999, the 39 other countries examined gained ground on us over the past ten years.
• The 12-Step Landing Page Rehab Program. Sometimes, your website needs a little help, especially when an important page isn’t converting like it should. This is a helpful basic guide of suggestions about how to improve the page.
• HOW TO: Implement Google Font API on Your Website. This is pretty sweet. It used to be that you had to make a graphic in order to put a fancy font on your website. However, font calls make it super easy, and Google should have a solid library.