Selected Highlights from Guardian Technology (Because otherwise I just don’t get around to reading it now it’s no longer in the print edition).
Crowdsourcing doesn’t work, says UK government (or actions to that effect).
Carphone Warehouse launches ‘infinite MP3 player’ cloud music service.
Ian Bogost explains the mechanics of social games (e.g. Farmville) and why he created Cow Clicker: “a Facebook game about Facebook games”.
Google buys social games site Slide for $182m, adding yet more fuel to rumours of a future Google answer to Facebook.
Books, Writing & Storytelling
The Marketplace of Ideas: “a radio show and podcast about books, culture, commerce and fascinating concepts.” (The show archive on iTunes is well worth a look.)
The author who paid actresses to read her book – prominently, in public places around New York.
Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads
Spotify now has a Google Chrome extension – use it to search for and preview music from within the browser.
Games & Other Distractions
BattleCell: a free massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Google Maps.
Remember Mouse Trap (the Heath-Robinson-esque board game)? Now it’s lifesize.
Errotica: the joys (or otherwise) of being wrong.