Nova Spivack has several ventures in production that focus on the real-time stream, including Bottlenose (for filtering the stream), StreamGlider. His recent article Sharepocalypse Now: Why Social Media Overload Means New Opportunities for Startups looks at new startup opportunities in surrounding social media filtering/curating.
We’re finally getting around to setting up a few newsletters here at Digicraft. This week we made the move from the creaky aWeber to Mailchimp and have had a great time reading their blog.
Check this out:
In late 2008, MailChimp Labs began Project Omnivore. Our goal was to build a massively scalable tool for our abuse team that could predict bad behavior.
The experiment started with an nVidia Tesla supercomputer, then grew to a cluster of Amazon EC2 servers running a genetic optimization program for 2 weeks nonstop, running over 61 trillion email data comparisons.
This article shares some of the results of our experiment, and where the technology is taking us…Project Omnivore: Declassified
A thorough look at how Facebook ships code. From internal engineering processes to the lack of project manager influence/control, how and when code gets shipped and lots of Facebook internal trivia. Fascinating! Its kind of scary how much power Facebook engineers have.
In Eighth grader knocks Angry Birds out of the top free spot on the App Store, we learn there is a new game in town, and it just dethroned Angry Birds as the number one game in the iPhone app store. Built with Corona,
From the Corona Blog:
Corona-built game named Bubble Ball (which was our most recent App of the Week) just passed the free version of Angry Birds: Seasonson the App Store’s free apps chart. According to the developer — who is just 14 years old — the physics puzzle game has over a million downloads to date, and the download numbers haven’t even topped off yet.
Its amazing how anyone can truly make a living building iPhone apps now that the skills required to make games and apps has be reduced to point and click. Obviously really deep and complicated games require significant coding skills, but the barrier to entry is now quite low.
Springwise has a great weekly newsletter featuring entrepreneurial ideas, highly recommended.
Amazon Route 53 is a new service from Amazon that manages DNS names and answers DNS queries.
The two things I feel are most valuable are:
Very fast update propagation times: One of the difficulties with many of the existing DNS services are the very long update propagation times, sometimes it may even take up to 24 hours before updates are received at all replicas. Modern systems require much faster update propagation to for example deal with outages. We have designed Route 53 to propagate updates very quickly and give the customer the tools to find out when all changes have been propagated.
Low-latency query resolution The query resolution functionality of Route 53 is based on anycast, which will route the request automatically to the DNS server that is the closest. This achieves very low-latency for queries which is crucial for the overall performance of internet applications. Anycast is also very robust in the presence of network or server failures as requests are automatically routed to the next closest server.
Fun Fact: “Route 53″ is a play on the fact that DNS servers respond to queries on port 53. If you want to learn more about Route 53 visit http://aws.amazon.com/route53 and read the blog post at the AWS Developer weblog.
Thanks to All Things Distributed for the pointer.
Last summer I met up with Lukas Biewald in Cambridge to talk about how Crowdflower could help a client in the online dating industry. Smart guy, glad to see him evolving Crowdflower services to address a burning need. This is going to be great for location-based services that keep sending me to the wrong places. CrowdFlower taps the power of the crowd to get more accurate business listings at VentureBeat.