appMobi released a new HTML5 framework, jQ.Mobi, to the open source community today. This and more in today's Daily Wrap.
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Facebook is an accepted means of communication. It is a never-ending virtual social gathering filled with adopted puppies, cute LOL kitties, baby announcements, viral articles and videos, events, groups, organizations and fan pages. But why do people really use it? (more)
Google announced a partnership with the World Bank today to make Google Map Maker data more accessible to government organizations in disaster scenarios. Google Map Maker is the tool for crowd-sourcing the editing and maintenance of Google's world map. Its user-generated data include locations of hospitals, schools, settlements, water sources and minor roads. (more)
People who use pseudonyms - as opposed to remaining anonymous or using their real identity - are more likely to leave high-quality comments on blogs and other Web sites, according to data released by Disqus. (more)
The Internet and politics have a way of magnifying each other's faults. Depending upon which source you read this morning, President Obama either came out forcefully against SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislation on Saturday or he staked out a position enabling himself to back away from opposing it outright. (more)
Google has released a new way to securely log into Google accounts on public computers. Using a smartphone, scan the QR code generated at accounts.google.com/sesame. The Google login prompt will appear on your phone, and logging in there will log you into a session on the desktop. (more)
No matter how many times I tell Facebook I want it to display the most recent updates from my friends first, it keeps reverting to highlighted stories. You can (attempt to) influence Facebook's sorting by manually tagging stories, but if Facebook really wants to separate the wheat from the chaff I can think of a few ways to do it. (more)
Google has resorted to gamification to drive interest in its location services. It posted a YouTube video last week promoting a Google Maps-powered game coming to Google+ Games in February. It involves rolling a ball around a cube covered with 3D Google maps. Players apparently get extra points for hitting Zagat-rated businesses, promoting Google's acquisition of the review publisher last year. (more)
Hackers may have made off with data from as many as 24 million customers from online retailer Zappos.com, the company reported on its blog and in an email sent to employees Sunday night.
Anticipating a flood of customer inquiries, Zappos said it was turning off its customer phone system and only responding to inquires sent by email. In its message, the company emphasized that the database that stores customer credit card and payment info was not accessed. (more)
Amazon has offered a free tier to get customers hooked on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for some time, but customers were limited to the Linux Micro Instance. This week, Amazon is throwing in a free usage tier for Windows as well, so that developers can test out AWS with Windows Server. As an added bonus, Amazon has boosted the Elastic Block Storage (EBS) to 30GB and doubled the I/O requests to 2 million. (more)