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What’s The Role Of Curation In Search? Earlier this year Tom Foremski brought a collection of fascinating friends and colleagues together to explore the growing notion of content curation on the Internet. What is it? What does it mean? I strongly suspect that no person other than Tom has the ability to bring such a diverse group of smarties together in one place. Tom clearly curates his colleagues.

Alpha Personal Analytics Connect with Faceook, sign in for free, and get unique, personalized information anad analysis on your social data-computed by Wolfram|Alpha Clustering of your friends What are the groups of friends that make up your network? How do these groups relate to each other? Where in the world are your friends? Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes. That warning has become a global alert. Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled their country, and over 7 million have been displaced. The headlines are full of the heartbreaking stories of these refugees — including young children — who have died trying to reach safety in other countries. The story of these refugees is deeply tied to the effects of climate change. "We are experiencing a surprising uptick in global insecurity ... partially due to our inability to manage climate stress." That's how Columbia University professor Marc Levy (who also does studies for the U.S. government) summed it up.

Flipboard Attracts 500,000 Magazines, 3 Million New Users in 2 Weeks Two weeks after launching Flipboard 2.0 with a user-generated magazine feature, the company has announced that readers have created over 500,000 curated publications. Flipboard magazines are curated collections of content that users can share. Though creators don’t have much control over the specific layout of their magazines, the company is planning to let users reorder articles in the future. Over 50% of Flipboard 2.0 users read magazines daily, the company said. Other interesting stats from Flipboard released on Thursday include: 6 billion pages flipped per month and 3 million new users in the last two weeks.

Google to tap users’ reviews and photos for web ad “endorsements” An update to Google’s terms of service today may make some users think twice about leaving a comment or a rating on a website owned by the search giant. The change, reported by the New York Times, “allows the company to include adult users’ names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube.” To put it plainly: Google now has the ability to collect comments and ratings from users and sell them to companies as “endorsements” for use in internet advertising. How Facebook's AI Will Learn All About You From Your Photos Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less analyze. And so that’s one big reason the company just hired New York University (NYU) machine learning expert Yann LeCun, an eminent practitioner of an artificial intelligence (AI) technique known as “deep learning.” As director of Facebook’s new AI laboratory, LeCun will stay on at NYU part time, while working from a new Facebook facility on Astor Place in New York City.

Ideas for selling adverts in digital magazine issues Brands have been moving their advertising budgets from traditional channels to digital over the last 5 years. Sometimes, this is fuelled by a wish to try something new, other times because digital advertising is easier to track. We are bringing you some ideas on how to sell ads and sponsorships in your digital magazines. Readers engage more with digital magazine ads Digital is dynamic. Prismatic wants to build a social network around all of your interests, which is actually a lot harder than it sounds There are social networks all around us these days, from Facebook and Twitter to more targeted networks like Instagram and Path — and new ones seem to be launching every week. Do we really need another one? Bradford Cross, CEO of San Francisco-based startup Prismatic, thinks that we do, and he is doing his best to create one using the news recommendation algorithms that he and co-founder Aria Haghighi have been fine-tuning since 2011.

Facebook Insights: The Beginner's Guide to Facebook Analytics Facebook Insights is one of the most powerful Facebook analytics tools available. When you dive into your Facebook Insights, you’ll receive a wealth of data to help you understand more about your Facebook Page. With so many different data-points available to measure — such as Likes, engagement, reach, and demographics — Insights will help you to understand how your content is resonating with your audience, how your Page is growing and provide you with an awesome overview of how your Facebook strategy is performing. This complete guide will cover everything you need to know about the key sections of Facebook Insights and share tips to help you become proficient with Facebook analytics. Navigating this guide There’s a lot to learn about Facebook Insights.

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should. But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships. Real success is impossible unless you treat other people with kindness, regard, and respect. After all, you can be a rich jerk... but you will also be a lonely jerk.

Amazon Knows What You Want Before You Buy It Anticipatory shipping may be closest that retail can come to a crystal ball. Amazon, which now has a patent for the algorithm-based system, could conceivably use the system to ship products before you even place an order. Amazon filed for the patent, officially known as "method and system for anticipatory package shipping,” in 2012, and it was awarded on Christmas Eve of the following year. The patent summary describes a method for shipping a package of one or more items "to the destination geographical area without completely specifying the delivery address at time of shipment," with the final destination defined en route. While Amazon would not comment on the patent, the benefits of such a system for the No. 1 retailer in the world are obvious. Predicting customers' orders could increase sales and potentially reduce shipping, inventory and supply chain costs.

All about my mother: the most Freudian exhibition ever Standing in the middle of a gallery, holding a glass baby, I can practically hear my hands sweat. I’m rocking gently from foot to foot, staring into the perfect, breakable face of a sleeping son, terrified I’m going to smash him on the floor like an egg. Not Alone is the latest show by the New York artist Jennifer Rubell and, as always, she demands a lot from her audience. There are hard-boiled eggs to eat, a single bed to crawl into, a room full of enormous portraits of Rubell naked on a horse – and a dark room where visitors must take off all their clothes and watch a film, as naked as Rubell on her horse. As naked as the horse itself.