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Weekly Top Stories: Dec 30 – Jan 5

1. This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids


This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. Read More

 

2. Apple’s Jonathan Ive gets knighthood in honours list


Jonathan Ive, Apple’s head of design, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Mr Ive, who can now style himself Sir Jonathan, has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

Raised in Chingford, Mr Ive began working for Apple in 1992 and since then has been the brains behind many of its products.

He described the honour as “absolutely thrilling” and said he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful”. Read More

 

3. Kodak Teeters on the Brink


Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would cap a stunning comedown for a company that once ranked among America’s corporate titans.

The 131-year-old company is still making last-ditch efforts to sell off some of its patent portfolio and could avoid Chapter 11 if it succeeds, one of the people said. But the company has started making preparations for a filing in case those efforts fail, including talking to banks about some $1 billion in financing to keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, the people said. Read More

 

4. Welcome to Instagram, President Barack Obama!


We’re excited to welcome President Barack Obama to Instagram! We look forward to seeing how President Obama uses Instagram to give folks a visual sense of what happens in the everyday life of the President of the United States. In addition to sharing photos through the @barackobama Instagram account, the Obama 2012 staff is asking supporters to share their photos from the campaign trail with the tag #obama2012. Read More

 

5. M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All


For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world. Read More

 

Weekly Top Stories – Happy New Year!

With 2011 drawing to a close around the World, we’d like to wish you a wonderful Happy New Year! Celebrate and enjoy your successes, learn from your failures and ramp up for another year of greatness. Here’s to consuming your news consciously!

-The Summify Team

Now back to your regular scheduled programming, The Weekly Top Stories for Dec 23-29:

1. Go Daddy lost 21,054 domains yesterday in wake of SOPA PR disaster



It’s going to get worse before it gets better for domain registration company Go Daddy. Yesterday [Dec 23], we reported that Go Daddy had reversed its decision to support SOPA. Its customer service reps are even taking to the phones to beg you to keep your domains with the company. Read More

 

2. Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No.



The Federal Aviation Administration has its reasons for preventing passengers from reading from their Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing. But they just don’t add up. Read More

 

3. Incredible Things That Happen Every 60 Seconds On The Internet

In a single minute there are over 695,000 status updates on Facebook. That’s just one example of the mind boggling scale of online activity. The following infographics show a bunch of other incredible things that happen in 60 seconds (via Barry Ritholtz).


 

4. Steve Jobs: 20 Life Lessons


My feelings about Steve Jobs have always been a little mixed. I long admired his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and was in sheer awe of his natural instincts for what appeals to consumers. On the other hand I bristled at what I saw as his — and by extension Apple’s — occasionally capricious and even contradictory actions (App store products in or out, inability to get in front of product issues, antennaegate) and super-secretive nature.

Now, having finished the 600-plus page Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, I think I finally understand Steve Jobs. Read More

 

5. Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day


At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways. Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes, SOPA would makes it really easy for copyright holders to force sites offline that they think are offending, among other things. Read More

 

Weekly Top Stories Dec 2-8

1. The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011

By @mattstopera


Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in 9/11, pauses at his son’s name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

 

2. Facebook buys Gowalla

By @LaurieSegallCNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook has acquired location sharing service Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a source close to Gowalla.
Facebook declined to comment on the deal.

“We don’t comment on rumor and speculation,” a company spokesman said.
Most of Gowalla’s employees, including founder Josh Williams, will move to Facebook’s offices in Palo Alto. The team will work on Facebook’s Timeline feature, which launched at this year’s F8 conference and is gradually rolling out to Facebook’s 800 million members. Read More

 

3. CATS 1, KIDS 0

By Helen Killer

As you know, we have been trying to buy Christmas presents for kids in the Regretsy community.

We took many applications, vetted them carefully and set about creating a giant gift exchange program, where you could buy a gift for the over 200 children we’re helping.

We raised so much money that we found ourselves in a position of not just being able to send toys, but to send a monetary gift to the families as well. We hoped it might help them make their holiday dinners more special, or maybe pay a pressing bill.

PAYPAL SHUT IT DOWN - Read More

 

4. The 25 Funniest Autocorrects of DYAC’s First Year

By @jillianmadison

 

5. Facebook Begins Official Timeline Rollout

By @petepachal

Facebook officially took the “beta” label off its much-publicized Timeline this evening [Dec 6], but it’s rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post this evening. Other regions will get it in the “near future.” Read More

 

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