Nooglers and the PDB: Reactor – Google Blogoscoped Forum

A reader of Google Blogoscoped reveals that Google briefly posted a “confidential” video detailing its plans to compete with Facebook. Google’s recent big social effort is called Mocha-Mocha (or Mocka-Mocka?), and will become the infrastructure for all social stuff across all of their applications. As a part of this, a new feature called Activity Streams will be introduced or at least implemented in Reader this quarter. This will be comparable…

Two Decades of American News Preferences

Pew Research Center Public interest in news has changed slightly over the last two decades, but in a manner that suggests no meaningful trend. The average reading for the Pew News Interest Index did slip during the 1990s from 30% to 23%, a seemingly noteworthy decrease that represents nearly a fourth of the original level. Had the index continued to slide as much in the new millennium, that change would…

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Battle With 'Gamer Regret' Never Ceases

Clive Thompon is not writing from the same world where I live. Thirty-six hours? How in god’s name had I managed to spend almost four hours a day inside this game? I should point out that this was not the only game I’d been playing during that time. I’d also been hip-deep in BioShock and Space Giraffe, so I’d been planted like a weed in front of my consoles for…

Attention Span Breakthrough

My five-year-old sat and listened for over an hour while I read the first chapter of Gregor the Overlander and the first chapter of The Hobbit.  Earlier that day she had found an old beat-up costume jewelry ring that another kid on the playground said he found in a stream.  When the park time was over, When I asked which she liked better, she handed me Gregor and asked for…