The week of Reuters

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Gamers are used as guinea pigs in a new social experiment on epidemic outbreaks. In a game like environment, specialist are trying to predict the consequences of a next pandemic. Initial idea came from the accidental outbreak of a virus in World of Warcraft in 2005, whereby the maker of the game introduced a virus as a challenge for high level gamers. As in real life the virus escaped, causing a high mortality rate among the players. The game needed to be reset to get rid of the virus.

The researchers will investigate human behavior such as ‘stupid behavior’, near instant international travel’ and ‘infection by pets’.

In the meantime other researchers have calculated that Facebook might costs your boss billions of non-productive hours. “People love being there and telling people what they are doing right now, what their thoughts are right at this second,” SurfControl chairman Richard Cullen told Australian radio.  Banning Facebook from the computers might not be the right decision since people are happier when they can socialize and stay longer to do that.

Sick of playing CoD, BF2142, WoW? Or you are part of the female population of this world and are not ‘into’ these games? Disney is listening to you. With the introduction of  ‘High School Musical: Making the Cut’ the introduce a girly videogame for the Nintendo DS. They believe there’s a market for that (and if Disney says there’s a market for that, there is…)

The Long Tail in optima forma: niche e-tailers are attracting bargain hunters. “Think of a retail boutique with a very, very limited range of products and bargain basement prices. Now, put that on the Internet and you have the next big thing in online shopping”, according to the article. They describe three examples: Goldstarevents.com (offer discounted tickets for live entertainment events), Woot.com (selling a productpriced well below retail price for only 24 hours) and Travelzoo.com (finding the best deals on airfare, hotels, car rental, cruises and package trips for its 11 million users)

Spock is looking for you

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Say you’re looking for your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend, or just wanna know what your own web presence is. Well, you go to MySpace, LinkedIn, FaceBook, and all the other social network places you can think of. Eventually you will find her/him, or find out that you should be more careful with your blog comments. A hell of a lot of work. That’s most probably the same as the founders of Spock.com thought.

Spock.com is for searching people the same as Google is for searching for web pages (innitially anyway). Go to http://www.spock.com, enter a name and be amazed. Spock’s spiders crawl the internet. mainly the social network places, gather information from that person and put it all nicely together in one page. Although the info is availabel somewhere, for some people it might be a bit shocking to see it all together now. I can imagine that: your profile on MySpace or FaceBook might be a bit different than your profile on LinkedIn. And yet, this is the person, in all his/her glory.

Spock is in beta (like all Web 2.0 applications are) but it caught already quite some buzz on the net.

Happy hunting!

More info here.

Web 2.0 is soooo 2007

We at DigiRedo like to think ahead. Therefore we were pleased to read that also the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, shares that vision. Everybody is talking about Web 2.0, so it’s time to move on to a full point increase. When asked what Web 3.0 was he explained that the new web will consists of small, fast, pieced-together and customizable apps on any device (iPhone, computer), whereas the data is ‘in the cloud’. He also thinks Web 2.0 is mainly a marketing term.

Well, thanks Eric, for thinking with us.

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