Thursday, January 6, 2011

Oracle Cloud Computing

Oracle Cloud Computing: "

This transcript is based on an actual conversation at a Fortune 500 company. It clearly lays out Oracle's definition of cloud computing.


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Goodness is Catching this Winter

Goodness is Catching this Winter: "

Good deeds are going viral with the How Good Grows campaign you’ve read about recently here on Anecdotal. At tens of thousands of people are sharing the good things they’re doing, inspiring others to follow suit, and watching their “ripples of kindness” spread over the Web.

How does it work? A person logs into the How Good Grows site and posts a status message about something kind, generous, or caring that they’ve done. As they post, they can elect to have the status message echoed on their Yahoo!, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Once the message is sent out into the world, the site keeps count of how many people click on each post, how many like it, and importantly, how many people were inspired to do good deeds and share new acts of kindness. Each ring represents one degree of connection, so your ripple will grow when you share your good deed with your friends, who then share it with their friends, and so on.

Behind the Ripples of Kindness visualization is a science project, and as is our style at Yahoo! Research, it’s a big one, and run by researchers Sharad Goel, Duncan Watts, Dan Goldstein, who specialize in social networks and engineers Tejaswi Kasturi, Robert Messerle, and Tom Gulik. The motor running it all is called Y2O, a bottomless sharing engine we’ve built that gives every visitor to a site a unique link that they can pass on to others. Since Y2O dishes out the links, it keeps an anonymous count of how many people visit each link, which links bring people to a site, and which links lead to new links being formed. In short, because Y2O takes care of assigning new links to every new person that visits a site, Y2O can measure how much kindness you’re spreading no matter where you share it online. This means you’ll be able to watch links spread as they are passed around via Yahoo!, Twitter, Facebook, emails, instant messages, blogs, forums, SMSes, or beyond.

The Science of the Internet is young, but is already teaching us about how we are connected and the kinds of content that connect us. Online, we can share stories, images, and videos with people on the other side of the planet in an instant, but we quickly lose track of a message once we send it on to another person. We don’t know if we were the last person to share that piece of information, or if we started a ripple that grew to reach millions. While humans have been sharing since there have been humans, we can now begin to see from a distance what sharing looks like.

By Daniel Goldstein, Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research


Weekly Yahoo! Search Trends – December 17, 2010

Weekly Yahoo! Search Trends – December 17, 2010: "

Weekly Yahoo! Search Trends – December 17, 2010

Each week Yahoo! brings the most interesting and quirky trends to the forefront. Web Trend Expert Pam Woon highlights these trends on local and national broadcast. The movie Tron is getting lots of buzz this week on Yahoo! and searchers are also extremely interested in the “toughest game on the web” QWOP. And for the last minute holiday shoppers, it seems gift cards are on the mind.


Tron: Legacy

The web has gone wild with “Tron: The Legacy” searches this week are up 1,148% on for this 3D cyberspace adventure, which opens this week and stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. This is the much-anticipated sequel to the Oscar Nominated 1982 film, and it also stars Garrett Hedlund and the lovely Olivia Wilde. You remember the original – a video game visionary gets trapped within his own game – well, now his son goes down the old hard-drive rabbit hole twenty years later to rescue him. Also spiking, searches up 57% this week on the soundtrack, by the french electronic music group daft punk.


Now onto something that’s been called “the toughest game on the internet”. It’s called QWOP. It’s a free game you can find online. How does it work? QWOP is an Olympic athlete running the hundred meter dash. You help him finish the race. To do that, you have to control his thigh and calf muscles by using the q, w, o and p keys on your keyboard. Seems easy, right? Not at all. Most of the time, QWOP flops but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. Searches up a whopping 1,424% on Yahoo! for “how to play QWOP”.

Gift Card Craze

There are lots of last-minute shoppers out there, and if you’ve got a few names still left on your list, a good way to go is a gift card. Yahoo! Shopping found that 67% surveyed say they’ll include gift cards in their giving this year. And here’s what we’ve learned – if you’re paying full price for a card, you’re not being a smart Santa. Check out <INSERT LINK:> or <INSERT LINK:>. They buy unused gift cards, verify their authenticity, and then sell them to consumers for up to 30% off the face value. Searches for discount gift cards are up 2,092% this week.

Check out the video for more trends spiking this week.


Yahoo! Labs Announces 2011 Big Thinkers Series

Yahoo! Labs Announces 2011 Big Thinkers Series: "

Yahoo! Labs brought the brightest minds to campus in 2010 with talks ranging from decision making using behavioral economics, to innovation corruption and creating a data platform for evolving world markets.

Check out the exciting year ahead for the Yahoo! Labs Big Thinkers Series.

Chris Anderson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine

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