Security | Phishing through fake Facebook friends

Socialbots used by researchers to ‘steal’ Facebook data
"The four researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, created 102 socialbots for use in their experiment and one ‘botmaster’ – software that sent commands to the other bots. The researchers employed their socialbots over a period of eight weeks. In total the bots attempted to make friends with 8,570 Facebook users. 3,055 accepted the friendships. The researchers found that the more friendships people had on Facebook, the more likely they were to accept the ‘fake’ friend. To prevent triggering Facebook’s fraud detection software, the fake accounts only sent 25 requests per day. From the profiles of those they befriended and the extended networks of those friends, the researchers claimed to have ‘stolen’ 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses."
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Education | College app helps you get your bearings

OneSchool Puts Everything a Student Needs to Know About Her College on Her Phone
"OneSchool is a free app that can make your college experience much richer by connecting you to your school’s resources and helping you find what you need on or near campus. The app, for example, offers a campus map, bus tracking, course info and schedules, listings of eateries nearby, and college news feeds. Looking for a party? Use the app’s chat feature. You can also look up contact info for your professors or classmates in OneSchool’s Directory listing."
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Music | Large instrument installations

marcelo ertorteguy + sara valente + takahiro fukuda: room-sized electric guitar
"architect marcelo ertorteguy and sara valente collaborated with takahiro fukuda to create ‘cargoguitar‘, a room sized electric guitar. eight strings start from a vertical media column stretching eight meters to another horizontal media spine resulting in a hyperbolic paraboloid. each peg is tuned to a different note, achieving varied sound scales to be captured by the transducers. two amplifiers allow the vibrations to be felt in the room. a glow in the dark coat is applied to the strings, allowing visitors to not just hear the sound but to see it as it as well."
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Mapping | Very realistic 3D models of cities

C3 Technologies’ 3D Mapping Looks Freaking Amazing
"What could be better than Google Maps? C3 Technologies’ stunning 3D city displays, which let you rotate, zoom and pan through the city as if you’d modeled it all on your computer. The technology, which uses footage captured from airplanes and processed through a formerly proprietary military missile-guidance system, absolutely must be seen to be believed."
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Monitoring | ‘Humanoid’ software supervises workers

With Backing From Google Ventures, Humanoid Brings Robot Supervision To Crowdsourced Tasks
"Humanoid starts with getting workers to review each other’s work and then augmenting that with bots that assign each worker a reputation. It also looks at statistics such as accuracy of completed tasks and indicators of developer fatigue. The bots even throw in errors to test workers. If someone is not up to snuff, they route the task to someone else."
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Maps | Moulding maps to match your memory of the places

MapMap Vauxhall – remapping one’s perception of Vauxhall
"Fascinated by ideas of mental maps and obtaining an insight into the person’s perception of the world by simply asking them to draw a map from memory, in his ongoing Design Interactions master, Benedikt Groß created a Processing application that allows users to mould OpenStreetMap maps based on their recollection and experience. First the points are placed on the map, the mesh is constructed and map modified according to the new point position."
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Book visualizations | Comparing word occurrence in the Bible and Quran

bibleQuran: Comparing the Word Frequency between Bible and Quran
"The densely populated interactive visualization allows people to search for any word (and similar variations of that word) to explore its frequency in both texts. As each verse is always visible, one is able to compare the relative density of ideas and topics between both passages. For instance, one could select verbs that represent acts of ‘terror’ or ‘love’, and investigate which book discusses the topics more. The appropriate little rectangles, each representing an according verse, which include such this chosen word, are then highlighted, and can be read in detail by hovering the mouse over them."
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Sharing stuff | Google+ Ripples shows the flow of posts

Google+ Ripples: Revealing How Posts are Shared over Time
"The ‘Ripple Diagram’ shows how a post spreads as people (publicly) share it using the Google+ service, with arrows indicating the direction of the sharing. A timeline at the bottom of the diagram allow the ripple to animate, revealing how this post was shared over time. People who have reshared the post are displayed with their own circle. Inside the circle are people who have reshared the post from that person (and so on). All circles are roughly sized based on the relative influence of that person."
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