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Top Stories This Week: Nov 18-24

1. Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis


At the University of California at Davis this afternoon [November 18], police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.
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2. Racism And Meritocracy


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.” Read More

 

3. Announcing the 2011 Mashable Awards Finalists


The seven finalists from each category, spanning the areas of Social Media, Tech, Business and Entertainment have been announced. Thank you to everyone who voted for us; Summify is a finalist for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service! The final round of voting has begun and it will end on Dec 16. You can vote once per day in each category – good luck to all!
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4. How Facebook is ruining sharing


I’m afraid to click any links on Facebook these days. No, it’s got nothing to do with the spam attack and the flood of nasty images making their way into news feeds all last week. Instead, it’s because the slow spread of Facebook’s Open Graph scheme is totally ruining sharing. Read More

 

5. Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis. You are not. Read more

 

Summify Announced as Mashable Awards Finalist Thanks to Community Support

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone in our amazing community who nominated us – Summify has been named a finalist for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service in the 2011 Mashable Awards!

Final voting is now open and you may vote once per day until closing on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Mashable Dec. 19. With your permission and support, let’s keep the momentum moving toward a Mashable Award!
 

 

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Our sincerest thanks again,

Team Summify!

Weekly Top Stories Nov 11-17

Mashable Awards

Over the last week, the 5th Annual Mashable Awards has been the top link making its rounds through Summify summaries encouraging Summifyers to nominate their favorite companies, people, sites, apps, games and gadgets. The nomination round has now come to an end and you will hear who the 7 finalists are from each category on Nov 21, followed by a final round of voting and the winners announcement on Dec 19. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate Summify for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service. A special shout-out is in order for @Athenesowl who voted everyday – thank you! Now onto the rest of this week’s top stories.
 

Top Stories This Week

1. Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22



Late last night [November 13], word began to spread around the tech community that one of Diaspora‘s four co-founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, had passed away. With much sadness, we’ve now confirmed this terrible news with the Diaspora team. Read more

 
 
 
 
 

2. Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS


 

3. 10 Things Entrepreneurs Don’t Learn in College



I’ve written before on 10 reasons Parents Should Not Send Their Kids to College and here is also Eight Alternatives to College but it’s occurred to me that the place where college has really hurt me the most was when it came to the real world, real life, how to make money, how to build a business, and then even how to survive when trying to build my business, sell it, and be happy afterwards. Read more

 

4. The Death Of The Spec

Earlier today [November 14], my colleague Matt Burns wrote a post noting that most tablet makers may be largely failing because they’ve sold their soul to Android and are now just in the middle of a spec war, which no one can win. I’m gonna go one step further in that line of thinking: the spec is dead. Read more

 

5. Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? (Update 3)



This is crazy. New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes. Is this a military experiment? Read more

 

Summify Spotlight – Jessica Newell

Our Summify Spotlight series showcases how everyday people use Summify, sharing their productivity tips and favorite sources to help you get the most out of your summaries.

About Jessica: Jessica Newell is founder of J Newell Media, an online media goods company that focuses on helping entrepreneurs in the creative industries develop their web presence and maintain nurturing social media relations. With an extensive background in the dance industry, on the job experience in business administration and a firm grasp on understanding the design world, Jessica has cultivated a unique perspective on what success in online business entails. Now its time for her to share it with the world.

Enter Jessica

Summify has become one of my best sources of connecting with followers on Twitter. I first started using it to keep track of the latest tweeted stories each morning as my day got rolling. This was a tremendous benefit to me as a Twitter newbie because it helped me save hours of searching through all of those tweets for posts that were read worthy.

My primary goals for connecting via social media are to stay on the cutting edge of all that’s going on and build a strong network of professional relationships and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well Summify supports both of these. Beyond spotlighting the latest content from my networks, I’ve found Summify’s notification feature to be a nifty little service that sends you a Direct Message straight to Twitter every time your summary is ready. This may be one of my favorite features. Who doesn’t love a way to keep your email inbox clean while getting all of the info you rely on? (plus it gives me a reason to check a DM inbox that’s filled with mostly spammy requests.)

BUT, by far the number 1 reason why I love Summify – and this was a real surprise to me – it helps me reconnect with my followers!

I set up the auto-tweet messages and while I haven’t customized my own message yet, I’m already seeing results from Summify’s random selection of sharing messages. Since it tweets my daily Summify, including a few Twitter handles of those included, it gives exposure to my contributors, sharing them with my fans, and helps me connect with them.

From the day I started using this feature I’ve had people reply to me thanking me for including them in those tweets. And of course, since I can’t take credit for it I always reply back letting them know it was all thanks to Summify! It’s like a little busy bee worker for me that I get to delegate tasks too.

And while I haven’t crunched any numbers, the true ROI for me comes because I get to promote others and re-engage with them. My goal is to continue to make this a part of my social media engagement strategy and as things go forward I’m hoping to personalize this process even more by commenting directly on the post that gets Summifyed.

Here are some of my favorite Twitter picks:

@ThereseCator – helping people turn their passion into a movement
@CharlieGrosso – Fire starter. Rule Breaker. Photographer. World Traveler.
@KeshaBruce – Artist, Gallery Director, Storyteller, Over-Priced Shoe buyer
@PapernStitch – I promote artists & makers of all things handmade for a living
@WhenIGroUpCoach – Creative career coach/actress/singer/old soul/Jew with a WASPy name
@JessicagSwift – My work & my brand are all about color and happiness. I’m an obsessive print designer
@MelanieDuncan7 – A serial entrepreneuress teaching women how to create successful online businesses
@Leaderswest – I introduce great companies to great customers
@scoutiegirlblog – Connect, converse, and commune with other extraordinary creative women & men
@Cravecompany – CRAVE innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in town

Have any questions for Jessica or want to hear more? Check out her blog, about.me page, or follow @JessicaLNewell on Twitter.

Let us know what you think of our Spotlight! If you’d like to be considered for future Summify Spotlight posts you can email us at team@summify.com.

Summify Adds Read it Later Integration for Summaries

Too busy to read it now? Like your reading list all in one spot? Prefer to read offline? Your reason for wanting it doesn’t really matter, the point is, RiL junkies rejoice, it’s here – Read it Later is now integrated with Summify email and web summaries (iPhone soon), bringing you a more flexible reading experience.

Read it Later is one of the more popular read-later services, just releasing a new visually appealing, media-friendly look. It also boasts a whack of official and fan-made apps, handy bookmarklets and is available on Android, iPhone/iPad, and all major browsers. Let’s get down to it.
 

Adding your Read it Later Account to Summify

Similarly to how we’ve integrated with Instapaper, add your Read it Later account in the “Read Later” section of your account settings.

Once you click the RiL button and punch in your account details you’ll be able to send any story straight to your Read it Later list, regardless of where you read your summary:

Email summary – click “Read it Later” below a story’s excerpt

Web summary – click the share button under each story followed by the Read it Later icon

Share Bar – while reading any story, click the share button and then Read it Later

 
iPhone – Read it Later coming soon in the upcoming 1.5 release

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for Read it Later support, so we hope you’re feeling as good as we are as we cross this addition off our list. If you want to stay in the loop with Read it Later you can follow @readitlater on Twitter or check out their blog.

As always, keep the feedback coming and drop us a line anytime we can be of any help.

Happy Summifying – whenever that is!

Weekly Top Stories Nov 4 – 10

1. 650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined


One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future.

After a tweet by @ChrislHayes, Host of Up on MSNBC, that was RT’d over 100+ times, it’s no surprise that this Occupy story hit the top of our weekly chart.

 

2. Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about



So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.

 

3. A Brief Rant On The Future Of Interaction Design



As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I’m a little skeptical of, given that I’ve actually tried them and the animators presumably haven’t. But that’s not my problem with the video… read more

 

4. Murmuration [Video]


 

5. Google+ Launches Branded Pages

 

6. Andy Rooney dead at 92



(CBS News) Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

What’s In A Name? Following Michael Arrington from TechCrunch to UnCrunched

Earlier in September, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington found himself closed-in by an editorial independance stand-off with AOL, and subsequently left both TechCrunch and AOL to focus on his venture capital fund, CrunchFund.

During his last month at TechCrunch, Arrington’s articles reached 22% of Summify’s total user base (i.e. about 1 in 5 Summify users received something written by Michael on TechCrunch in their summaries). The last piece written by Arrington on TechCrunch is dated Sept 6: Editorial Independance.

Less than a month after leaving TechCrunch, Arrington started his own blog, Uncrunched.com, and posted his first article on Sep 23rd: Here I Am – a simple headline, receiving 538 comments and counting.

In the month of October 2011, 21 blog posts were published on Uncrunched.com, and they’ve reached a total of 15% of Summify’s user base.

Granted, the Summify user base is skewed towards a tech savvy crowd, but it’s still stunning to see how a significant portion (68%) of Michael’s reach has transferred immediately to his new blog.

This seamless transfer of Arrington’s following is testament to the growing force of social media in our society. As content sharing becomes more effortless by the day, individuals are gaining a more powerful voice. Now, no matter where a story comes from, if it’s important it will find an audience. In this new time where organic social interactions rule the internet, it’s the people who decide what’s valuable and it’s the people behind an organization that make it’s name.

“I am TechCrunch and TechCrunch is me.” Michael Arrington

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