Posts tagged “mAY

Bee-bearding contest in China

A 42-year-old beekeper in China has won a bee-bearding competition in Shaoyang, Hunan province. Wang Dalin attracted 26.86kg of bees on to his body in 60 minutes to win

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Nole Goes to Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic has won his first Wimbledon title, and he beat defending champion Rafael Nadal to do it.

Djokovic was already guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Spaniard on Monday. He extended his mastery over Nadal this season with a fifth straight head-to-head victory Sunday, winning 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

 


Justin Timberlake buys MySpace

Justin Timberlake is to take a “major role” in the new direction of Myspace after he emerged as one of those behind a $35m deal for the ailing social network.

The singer turned actor, who starred as Facebook investor Sean Parker in the Hollywood hit The Social Network, took a stake in Myspace along with the online advertising company, Specific Media.

The unlikely entrepreneur will “lead the business strategy” for the fallen social network, the Specific Media chief executive Tim Vangerhook, said on announcing the $35m deal on Wednesday evening. In an interview with AdAge, Vanderhook said Timberlake, 30, had put his own money into buying Myspace, but refused to disclose how much. He confirmed that the former N Sync singer will have an office in Myspace but that he was “probably not going to be there every day”.

Timberlake said in a statement: “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place.Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalise Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.”


Google Latest – What do you love?

Google has launched a new, mysterious service called What Do You Love?. It’s a simple search box, similar to the one on Google’s homepage, but it returns results from over 20 different Google services, including Google Translate, Trends, YouTube, Maps, Groups etc.

The results are presented in little boxes which can, in some cases, be expanded by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner; if you need even more results, you can always click the button in the upper right corner of the box and go directly to the chosen service.

The service is  located on the address www.wdyl.com and google.com/whatdoyoulove/ , but so far there is no info about it on google blogs.


Shot up Porsche

The owner of a Porsche 911, that had engine problems, preferred instead of a 20.000$ repair bill,to donate it to a group that supports the right to own a gun.

First shots Video


Switch Plugs & Infinite USB

Designer Gonglue Jiang, currently studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is onto something with this design concept. Switch Plug – Plug it in while the switch is in its off position, and there’s less of a chance of sparks or shocks.

This is not Jiang’s first encounter with plugs — he also created this colorful design he calls “Infinite USB,” giving you the ability to daisychain USB plugs, solving that problem of the reduced number of USB ports on many laptops


Facebook Expansion Limits

Although it approaches 700 million users worldwide, the site’s growth has slowed for the second month in a row. The number of people using Facebook during May fell in the US, UK, Canada, Norway and Russia, according to new data.

While the  UK, Norway and Russia all saw falls of more than 100,000 users, in the US the site lost about 6 million users since the begining of  May, now totalling 149.4 million users.  Also in  Canada,  Facebook lost in the same period 1.52 million users, now totalling 16.6 million users.

Although some countries are starting to loose users, in  May  Facebook added in total another 11.8 million users, but the numbers are going down as for the past year, 20 million users were typically added each month.  In total the number of  “monthly active” users  (who log in at least once per month) has reached 687 million.

Eric Eldon of Inside Facebook noted that “by the time Facebook reaches around 50% of the total population in a given country (plus or minus, depending on internet access rates in that country), growth generally slows to a halt … So far, Facebook has been able to make up stalls and losses with big gains in heavily populated developing countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Indonesia.”

He notes that if it is allowed into China, that growth could take off again towards 1 billion users – although he adds that getting inside the country “could both give it access to hundreds of millions of users and compromise its reputation in the US and many other countries around the world”.

Despite the  fall, the US still saw a 23% overall growth in users between May 2010 and May 2011 to 155.2 million users, while the UK grew by 10% to 29.9 million in the same period. The US is the largest country in terms of users overall, with Indonesia second with 36.4m, followed by the UK and Turkey.

The slowing growth in user numbers may indicate that Facebook has hit the limits of expansion in the countries where it was first successful – and perhaps even that some early adopters from those countries have stopped using it.