Happy February! Its hard to believe the first month of the year is already over. Today is a foggy morning in Berkeley (not so unlike a morning in Delhi….), while the Midwest and East Coast get pelted with snow, yet again.
Here’s what caught my eye this morning:
1. Infographic fun! Here’s a great infographic on the history of social media. Did you know that the first e-mail was sent in 1971? Check out more fun facts: http://mashable.com/2011/01/24/the-history-of-social-media-infographic/
2. Watch then-hosts of the Today Show Katie Couric and Bryant Gymbel argue about a new-fangled invention… the Internet, circa 1994: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/01/today_show_what_is_the_interne.html
3. Infographic fun! This one is pretty great; pairing politicians with the latest and greatest Mafia nicknames from the recent bust in January: http://www.good.is/post/infographic-if-politicians-and-dictators-were-mobsters/
4. Move over DVRs, Readability is trying to steal your limelight. Readability wants to do for the Internet what DVR has done for TV; eliminate the visual ad. Readability, which will be subscription-based, strips away the ads from online content and lets you simply read the article. What Readability would like to do, with its subscription service, is giving some of that fee back to the publishers. What I wonder is with existing free services such as Read It Later, Flipboard, etc., will people want to pay for a simple stripped down version of an article? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/technology/01read.html?
5. Flexible vacation policy coming to a company near you? If this trend continues, then yes, the strict vacation policy giving you X number of days off per year will be eliminated for good. Companies who have flexible vacation policies where employees are allowed to take off time on their own terms have shown that the policy is rarely abused, and actually promotes a better working environment. Awesome! Where do I sign up? http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/31/news/companies/no_vacation_policies.fortune/index.htm
6. Google Street View, while sometimes creepy, has launched an Art Project, bringing you inside some of the great art museums of the world. This is pretty cool, especially when you can’t readily travel to places like St. Petersburg: http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/google-art-project/
7. Thanks to Ford, you can now update your Facebook status no matter where you are, even if its 30,000 feet in the air: http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/airlines-free-facebook/
8. Who doesn’t love Modern Family? Check out Manny and Luke fighting with their SAG statues. Ah, kids will be kids: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/02/modern_family_kids_sag_awards.html
9. iPad is getting smarter and more in tune with the business world. DocuSign is a new app that allows you to digitally sign a document, and has customers signed up from car dealerships to real estate agents. Another break in the path for the iPad to become more viable for businesses. Can’t wait for iPad 2! http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/31/app-watch-signing-documents-on-the-ipad/
10. And I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors: “Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
That’s all from me today. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org!