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For a small fee of £20,000.00 you could be the proud owner of facebook.mu. Of course, ".mu" is the specific domain used in Mauritius, the island off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean. Mauritius is home to a little over a million inhabitants-including the now extinct Dodo Bird. It's also becoming a sort of "hot spot" for vacationers, especially after Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy went there for New Years this year. But how much is this island worth in Facebook terms? More»
Spring has sprung, even if all the flowers in Central Park haven’t. It’s time for spring cleaning, and while for some of you that means your closets, for tech geeks and online self promoters, that means Facebook. Yes, it’s time to rid yourself of unnecessary Facebook friends! They’re just clogging up your newsfeed, lurking on your statuses, and potentially stalking your every move. We’re sure by now you’re cyber social network is looking a little unrealistic. It’s time to clean out those virtual closets everyone, and we’re here to break it down for you… More»
On G-Chat last night:
Favorite G-Chat of the week. Seriously though, PartyPants has really stepped it up a notch with the commenting...and, on that note, can somebody PLEASE explain Twitter to Mr. Laliberte?!
Lately, all that my nerd friends have been yapping about is DUMBO. Seriously, grab any young entrepreneur in the technology field and ask them if they've been to DUMBO and I'm willing to bet that, not only did they hop on the C Train that very DAY for a nerd herd luncheon, but that they are beat from the rest of the afternoon they spent there playing with their nerd toys together. Modern Humorist's Mike Colton couldn't be happier about his move from Manhattan to Dumbo:
Other tech startups in Dumbo include Gothamist, Element Inc., Drop.io, Big Spaceship, The Knot, Free Verse, and Carrot Creative, just to name a few. Hoping to find out why the nerd herds are all flocking across the river, we went straight to Mike Germano, the creative director of Carrot Creative to find out. He lets us in on the reason tech want to be in DUMBO, the culture of the area, and why we should care about l33t speak.
Why did you decide to be based out of Dumbo?
Our main reason for relocating to DUMBO was the real estate cost relative to Midtown, the former cardboard-box factories that line the streets of DUMBO make for perfect loft-like office space. This type of environment is a boon to our creativity and even makes it possible for computer nerds like us to engage in our primary form of exercise: Nintendo Wii.
"Patrick McMullan, noted nightlife photographer for New York magazine among other publications, is set to launch PMc, a luxury fashion “magazine” formatted exclusively for Apple’s iPhone."
PMc, a joint venture with Hot Phone Hit Factory, will feature McMullan’s photos and articles by writers including Nanny Diaries co-author Nicola Kraus and novelist Molly Jong-Fast.
Calling it “the first of its kind,” the bimonthly will be distributed via iTunes for 99 cents per issue. Content will be refreshed daily in order to give readers “an inside look into the glamorous world of Patrick McMullan and his peers.” [via Folio]
[Photo via NY Mag]
The New Facebook has officially launched! What an exciting day this must be over in Palo Alto for Zuckerberg and his nerd herd. SO? The verdict? Well, I hate it obviously....I hate change, especially in computer programs (why do you think I've refused to switch to Mac?) However, I remember hating the new facebook last summer when they started doing the whole Home page with updates, and now I've of course grow to be okay with it.
So what did they change? More»
[Image via techdigest.tv]
Urban Daddy, is all about Loopt, the iPhone's newest feature that allows you to track where your acquaintances are at all times (and vice versa, unless you put yourself on "hide" mode). While this service might be handy for catching cheating boyfriends or the mild amusement that you get out of knowing that your friend is skipping work, I think that all in all anonymity is more important than the trivial pleasures that the service provides. I mean, I'd really rather not incur the wrath of my hipster friends when they find out I've been hanging out on the Upper East Side.
Admittedly, and unashamedly, I use my iPod just as much as the next person, especially during my daily commute to and from the workplace and nearly anytime a bus or subway is part of the routine. While listening to the various conversations we pass through on any given day can provide entertainment and subjects sometimes worth mulling over, ultimately we choose to withdraw into our own little microcosm of musical and literary personal interest.
While I, along with many, like to couple the use of the ipod with the choice selection of a novel or newspaper section, my headphones happened to die on me just yesterday (yeah, my gym routine was gravely altered).
Manhattan is now just a giant floating mood ring thanks to I Feel NYC. For those people who wish iPods were psychic radios that could provide the perfect soundtrack to your day, and who still hope that cute girl on the subway would just read your mind already and smile back, there's a new step towards city-wide clairvoyance.
The hippies really do seem to be winning. Not only has the tree-hugging environmentally conscious consumer and corporation become somewhat of a standard barer in the marketplace, but also, one of technology's driving goals seems to be finding and perfecting more sustainable alternatives for everything from car design and alternative fuels to farming methods.
Wednesday, June 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.