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 Wednesday, 12-November-2008  15:47:19 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Dan has more letters. The clean feed, lightbulbs, bus tickets, keyboards, air conditioners and green cars.

A blogger has found errors in NASA's climate data. GISSí most recent data release originally reported last October as being extraordinarily warm-- a full 0.78C above normal. This would have made it the warmest October on record; a huge increase over the previous month's data.

What effect will the economic downturn have on Web 2.0? The economic downturn will not sound the death knell for Web 2.0 firms say analysts and experts.But, they warn, tough times are ahead and to weather the downturn Web 2.0 must grow up focus on real problems.

But Facebook isn't having any trouble with numbers. Facebook announced last night that the company has seen users of its mobile site, m.facebook.com, jump from 5 million to 15 million this year. The most recent change made to the site, allowing comments to be posted on status messages from your phone, resulted in more than 1 million mobile posts in the first 24 hours.

Is Google being too quiet with Android vulnerabilities? When it comes to telling customers about security weaknesses, there's a fine line between alerting customers and inviting attacks. With T-Mobile G1, the first phone to run Google's Android operating system, I think the companies are erring on the side of inadequate disclosure.

However, Google is now able to predict viruses of a different kind using search history. We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.

Veins are set to replace fingerprints and retinas for security purposes. Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese banks in the last two years, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method. Developed by Hitachi, it verifies a person's identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin.

Are you fed up with rickrolls? To help with this problem, we use advanced algorithms to intelligently identify the most interesting scenes in each video and we use that information to create a nice visual summary that shows you what a video is all about with just a glance.

Or just annoyed with large websites and their annoying habits? The big guys think that just because they entered in the game early, or because they have some popular print publication backing them up, they can get away with whatever they want. Screw that! They better start changing and listening more to the users, else I am sure their traffic will go down hill. Here are 5 habits from mainstream websites that make me sick.

Obama is being put under the microscope. It took approximately 150 million carbon nanotubes, each measuring tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, to build John Hart's unique homage to Barack Obama.Even then, the finished product is only half a millimetre in diameter and almost indistinguishable from any other garden variety micro dot - unless you happen to be looking at it through a microscope.

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