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Amazon has the patent for your photo on a white background.

Amazon was recently awarded the patent to taking pictures of people in front of seamless white backgrounds.

Some details of their “innovation”.

a background comprising a white cyclorama; a front light source positioned in a longitudinal axis intersecting the background, the longitudinal axis further being substantially perpendicular to a surface of the white cyclorama; an image capture position located between the background and the front light source in the longitudinal axis, the image capture position comprising at least one image capture device equipped with an eighty-five millimeter lens, the at least one image capture device further configured with an ISO setting of about three hundred twenty and an f-stop value of about 5.6…

Studio arrangement - patent image 1
Studio arrangement - patent image 2

I hardly think, Amazon is in any state to feel the need to resort to patent trolling, maybe they just wanted to be remembered as the ones to thought that one up themselves?

Techdirt sums it nicely.

[…]Even if it’s never used for trolling, it’s still on record as “something Amazon thought up,” rather than nowhere to be found as studio setups for shooting against a white background have been in use for several decades.

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“Writer’s block” redifined by Russian Bloggers Law

Broken tip of a red pencil.

Widely known as the ‘bloggers law’ the new Russian measure specifies that any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published.

Besides registering, bloggers can no longer remain anonymous online, and organizations that provide platforms for their work such as search engines, social networks and other forums must maintain computer records on Russian soil of everything posted over the previous six months.

Here’s the NYTimes article.

No further comments.

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Snapchat rejected $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook

(Reuters) – Mobile messaging start-up Snapchat rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook Inc that would have valued the company at $3 billion or more, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday.

The active internet/technology adaptation rate is higher in teenagers than adults(see the infographic), Facebook is trying to acquire it’s way through where the teens are.

$3 billion was an investment towards the goal of staying connected with this generation in future, when they are budget holders.

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Now Google connects your online searches to actual stores visits

Google Takes Its Tracking Into The Real World

Google is beta-testing a program that uses smartphone location data to determine when consumers visit stores, according to agency executives briefed on the program by Google employees. Google then connects these store visits to Google searches conducted on smartphones in an attempt to prove that its mobile ads do, in fact, work.

If someone conducts a Google mobile search for “screwdrivers,” for instance, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user. By pairing that person’s location data with its database of store listings, Google can see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store.

You qualify if you have an iPhone or an Android smartphone.

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Is genuine viewership gaining against piracy?

Netflix and YouTube Dominate Online Video. Can Amazon Catch Up?
By Joshua Brustein November 11, 2013

Another interesting tidbit from the traffic report: File sharing is losing ground. BitTorrent, the dominant file-sharing
technology, accounted for only 7.4 percent of total traffic in September, down from more than 10 percent last year, and file sharing as a whole has dropped from 31 percent of traffic in 2008 to less than 10 percent today. If you want to argue that legal alternatives are the best way to cut down on piracy, this seems like a pretty compelling statistic.

Seems so.

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Apps Near Me

Apps near me
Apple had a keynote the other day, which as usual drove a lot of attention for the new software, design, and price tiers. The feature I consider to be most interesting is (apart from Touch ID) Apps Near Me. This feature lets you find apps that are relevant to your location.

Apps Near Me

Wherever you find yourself — the Louvre, for instance — tap Near Me and you’ll see a list of apps you might find useful, >including everything from the museum’s app to travel guides and more.

Source

Location based app discovery is an important innovation towards making the technology environment-aware. For users, having a more direct access to the breadth of information available around them via apps will increase adoption rates of application based information & entertainment distribution[1]. Therefore improving application ecosystem’s hybrid formulation of a brand new construct as a medium.

[1]. And maybe cause a fragment of dent in mobile search engine inquiries??

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Today’s Yahoo!

New Logo

Yahoo! is out with the new and impressive. It’s very nice to see them continuing to take bold steps to reinvent themselves (tumblr buy-out, new flickr strategy)

Update: Also see here how thoroughly Yahoo! tested the logos they developed in a 30 day marathon.

“zai jian” China

Yahoo exits China. China is presenting a market that’s very challenging to adapt to. And I believe Yahoo! is now focusing on transforming itself from an ancient gathering of various news titles to a point of attraction now.*

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Best of Steve Ballmer

FT.com has a comprehensive collection of quotes from the late-to-be CEO of Microsoft. Below are my favorites;

On the iPhone: “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item.” (April 2007)

On Apple: “In every category Apple competes, it’s the low-volume player, except in tablets.” (October 2012)

Source

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Blackberry app-market spam, spam, spam…


Just when I started to think there won’t be any more news other than Blackberry shutting the blinds down. An interesting piece of research staggers me “ONE App Developer Responsible for 47,000+ Apps in BlackBerry World.”

To me this points to few points;

  • App market content is not monitored.
  • In order to reach the claimed 120,000 apps, 47,000 useless apps are added to the market.
    • This fool-yourself technique highly resembles buying Twitter followers to manipulate processes that require excruciating planning and social adaptation.

Can’t wait to see how Blackberry’s impending end will unfold.

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