- How America Online Created the Internet
Bill Pytlovany, who was a lead developer at AOL in its early days, presents his case for crediting AOL with the creation of the Internet
- Modern popular music does all sound the same, and it’s getting louder too
If you’ve ever turned on the radio and thought that all popular music sounds the same, it turns out you might just be right. A recent study attempted to determine this once and for all by looking at 464,411 popular songs recorded between 1955 and 2010, from genres ranging from pop and rock to electronic and metal. The researchers examined three different aspects of each song — including pitch, volume, and timbre (“the sound color, texture, or tone quality”) — and then analyzed the data.
They determined that the results “point towards less variety in pitch transitions, towards a consistent homogenization of the timbral palette, and towards louder and, in the end, potentially poorer volume dynamics.”—The Verge
- Nexus 7 tablet: One week in
The Nexus 7 tablet from Google and Asus is remarkably good for the price. I’ve had mine a week and it is already the gadget I am most likely to grab.—James Kendrick at ZDNet
- Exposing the Money Behind the Malware
It’s important to understand the motivation behind the onslaught of malicious code bombarding our firewalls, users and servers. At SophosLabs we see more than 200,000 malicious files every single day. These files aren’t created by governments and spies to spark the next cyber war.
Today’s cybercriminals are driven by one thing—money. Working together as a community to gain a better understanding of cybercrime gives us the ammunition we need to build more effective defenses, and to exploit weaknesses in criminal networks—Security firm Sophos report
- Web Ads Target Based On What You Watched On TV
Soon, the internet will know what you watched on TV. In recent weeks, data company Datalogix has launched a new product that aims to let digital ad buyers target ads to people online based on the shows they watch on TV. The product is a result of a partnership with TRA — a firm that was acquired by TiVO last month — which has TV viewing data from cable boxes in more than 4 million U.S. homes.—AdAge
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