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).
BT and TalkTalk force judicial review of the Digital Economy Act.
Google blocks Facebook from GMail contacts import data, admonishes Facebook for restrictive attitude to user data.
Major online travel firms unite against potential Google travel search monopoly.
From Zadie Smith’s excellent New York Review of Books essay analysing The Social Network, Facebook and Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto:
“Perhaps Generation Facebook have built their virtual mansions in good faith, in order to house the People 2.0 they genuinely are, and if I feel uncomfortable within them it is because I am stuck at Person 1.0. Then again, the more time I spend with the tail end of Generation Facebook (in the shape of my students) the more convinced I become that some of the software currently shaping their generation is unworthy of them. They are more interesting than it is. They deserve better.”
Facebook to launch a competitor for GMail (but it’ll have to be a vast improvement on Facebook’s current mail system, if it’s going to get anywhere).
Books, Writing & Storytelling
Spike Magazine: The Book – a free PDF download of the online books-and-culture magazine’s “finest interviews, features and reviews.”
Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads
Silver Lines – Anna Rose Carter: a beautiful, mesmerising EP of solo piano compositions (free to stream at the link; or a more than reasonable £4 to download). More details and tracks at her Myspace page.
Games & Other Distractions
Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge: Alan Partridge returns to our (monitor) screens, in a new series of made-for-the-web videos.
The New York Times begins a new column rounding up the best new made-for-the-web “TV” series and movies.
Your brain on ads: the not-yet-quite-as-troubling-or-futuristic-as-it-sounds science of neuromarketing.