1. Google Street View kicked things up a bit today, now adding the ability to travel back in time. Starting today, Street View in Google Maps on desktop allow you to view historical images dating back to 2007. That’s seven years worth of history for you to explore — be it in your own hometown or around the world. You can view construction projects, past events or even just the changes in seasons.








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  2. (Est. 1997) “Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 44 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch… via Brand New

     


  3. Antitrust - Gary Winston - This business is binary:

     

  4. Happy #earthday all!

     

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  7. Screenshot 2014-04-20 13.07.29In the game of Tinder, you win or you get bored and give up. That is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone with a smartphone and a libido. But what if you’re bad at Tinder?
    Naturally, I can’t solve all your problems. But experts from across the country, as well as Tinder’s own Sean Rad, have hooked us up with some solid advice. via TechCrunch

     


  8. The group behind NFC wants to make sure you know what it is, and that you know you’re using it

    As more and more of us start taking advantage of NFC — that’s Near-Field Communication, or the standard that lets you tap your phone to some other device to establish a connection, exchange data, etc. — we’re increasingly getting the following question: “What is that weird symbol taking up space at the top of my phone?

    That, folks, is the almighty NFC logo.








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  9. There’s a new version of Google Hangouts on the way, and it’s going to bring some substantial improvements. Version 2.1 of Hangouts for Android’s biggest change is going to be in the way that it handles conversations with the same person over multiple channels. Currently if, say, I’m conversing with Phil over SMS through Hangouts, it’ll be a separate conversation than our instant message-style Hangouts chat. With Hangouts 2.1, those two conversations will be merged into one continuous discussion.








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  10. (Est. 2000) “Fandango entertains, informs and guides film fans with must-see trailers and movie clips, exclusive and original content, insider news and expert commentary. We make it easy to find and buy the right movie at the right time, with showtimes and ticketing to more… via Brand New

     

  11. hate having to wait for my ROSCOES (at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles)

     

  12. Love my new #darkseas tank. #titanic

     

  13. #gramyoursam appetizer? #coolhaus

     


  14. spotify-globeMusic streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant move as taking advantage of peer-to-peer was one of the company’s key strengths to stay lean in its early days. The company often talked about this feature during tech meetups. You can find an online presentation and multiple research papers on the subject. When you stream a song on your desktop, Spotify stores an encrypted version of the song on your hard drive. When you play it again, it will play from your cache instead of downloading again from the network. This is when the company took advantage of cached songs. Before today’s change, if you streamed a popular song for the first time, the client would download the song from other users, using peer-to-peer. All of this happened in the background, but it greatly contributed to making the overall user experience snappier. Yet, now that the company has many servers, using peer-to-peer in addition to direct downloads actually adds a bit of overhead. Moreover, the company has to maintain the peer-to-peer code base, and update it with each new version. A music streaming service is not as bandwidth intensive as video streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu. Spotify’s main costs are by far royalty payments. In other words, getting rid of peer-to-peer is just a small technological move, but an interesting one for other media companies. via TechCrunch

     

  15. #selfieatthetop #gayselfie #gayswithbeards #hikingLA #instagay (at Runyon Canyon Summit)