1. The world at seven billion
The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth, country, and gender and this interactive infographic can will show you your position in the world’s 7 billion people – pretty cool stuff.
2. A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs
A beautifully written tale of Steve’s life.
“…Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.” – Mona Simpsons
3. Facebook’s Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Y Combinator’s Startup School in a candid interview with Y Combinator Partner Jessica Livingston. You can watch the full interview here, and it starts around the 43 minute mark, and lasts for roughly 40 minutes. If you have some time to spare, it’s well worth a look.
4. 9 Incredible Tech-Themed Halloween Costumes
5. Introducing the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Update: 11/2/11: Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.
1. Steve’s Final “One More Thing…”
Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman. As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore. But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize that encores are much more powerful if they’re used judiciously. The Steve Jobs encore was the “One more thing…” He didn’t use it all the time, and because of that, when he did, it would whip the audience into a frenzy.
2. A More Accurate, Transparent Klout Score
Today we’re releasing a new scoring model with insights to help you understand changes in your influence. This project represents the biggest step forward in accuracy, transparency and our technology in Klout’s history. Joe shared the full vision behind these changes in his post last week.
3. Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world
AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters’ worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.
4. WATCH: Steve Jobs’s Biographer on “60 Minutes”
60 Minutes has posted its two-part interview with Walter Isaacson, the authorized biographer of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, which aired Sunday evening.
5. Creator Of Lisp, John McCarthy, Dead At 84
The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Noses
God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his work.
2. Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech’s Hottest Startup
Here’s that rare Steve Jobs story, one that’s never been told, about the company that got away. Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple’s radar screen when he reverse-engineered Apple’s file system so that his startup’s logo, an unfolding box, appeared elegantly tucked inside. Not even an Apple SWAT team had been able to do that.
3. Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone
This is a big update. (Impatient? App Store link.)
4. Are Facebook ID Cards In Our Future?
Facebook has filed for a trademark on the usage of “Facebook” on business cards and, more curiously, “non-magnetically encoded” ID cards among other things. If granted the trademark would protect using the word Facebook in the specified formats, not any actual invention.
A couple of weeks ago we posted a question to Twitter and Facebook asking Summifyers, “What would you like to see on the Summify blog?” Dain Binder was kind enough to share his thoughts, and we’ve decided to run with one of the ideas, trying something new: Weekly Top Stories – the three biggest stories shared through the Summify community each week. Enjoy!
1. Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.
2. Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies
Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. “We haven’t just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we’ve literally lost the only person in this country who actually…
3. KERNTYPE: a kerning game
Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to typographer’s solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck! Post your scores in the comment section!
Bonus – Staff Pick
Epic Trick Shot Battle – Dude Perfect: the craziest basketball and frisbee shots you’ve ever seen (via Candidman).