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It probably comes as no surprise that the human race is generating more data than it knows what to do with. But the numbers behind this insane, exponential buildup of bits may still shock you: In a recent editorial, IBM's VP of supercomputing, Dave Turek, mentions that if we start in the year 2003 and go all the way back to the beginning of human history, we'll find that we as a species have created 5 exabytes (5 billion gigabytes) of information. In 2011, we began creating that same amount of data every 2 days, and by 2013, IBM and others expect we'll be doing the same every 10 minutes.

So yes, there is no question that we are now producing an unimaginable amount of data at an astronomical rate. The question we should now be asking –...

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Mark Zuckerberg Laughing

A packed room of more than 200 founders, VCs and internet bankers took a moment to look up from their iPhones and listen in hushed reverence as one of Silicon Valley’s top investors explained what he looks for when choosing the next hot startup.

"For us, it’s all about growth. That could be growing revenues, it could be growing your audience, it could be growing your user base," he said. "And what we’ve been noticing recently is that after integration with Facebook Timeline and Open Graph, companies are seeing just monstrous growth. We tell all our portfolio companies to look into this. "If you’re not, it’s like your competitors are cheating. This stuff is like steroids for startups."

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SportVision's broadcast technology, LiveLine, has just won an Emmy award for bringing real-time, on-screen sports metrics to competitive yacht racing. With cooperation from America's Cup, LiveLine has left its geostationary reference points on the ground and taken to the air using their advanced GPS and camera stabilization systems.

LiveLine faced a new challenge while developing the technology — constant motion. The process used for field sports requires geostationary reference points, while yachting is typically filmed from inside a helicopter. LiveLine combines military grade GPS receivers, high-powered radios, and gyroscopically stabilized cameras to triangulate the distance between competitors. Once this data is transmitted to the...

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chrome language immersion

If you've been wanting to brush up on your foreign language skills but can't devote much time to studying, a new Chrome extension might be just what you're after. Use All Five and the Google Creative Lab have launched a Language Immersion extension that intersperses text on the web with random words from one of a number of languages. You can select the frequency of foreign words on a sliding scale from novice to fluent, and they show up in your text highlighted in blue — clicking them instantly reveals the translation in your native tongue.

The list of supported languages is pretty long, though for some reason it doesn't work with Japanese right now. Given the well-documented problems with machine translation we wouldn't take this as a...

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Perfect Strangers

You might need to be of a certain age to appreciate it, but if you are, you won't find a more enjoyable 90 seconds on the internet today than you will playing Perfect Strangers: Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now. In it, you'll control Balki Bartokomous as he tries to collect enough stars to help you achieve your dream. Failure results in a poorly pronounced version of said dream — and we won't spoil what happens if you collect all the stars.

"The flame in my heart tells me to keep chasing my dreams like Balki."

We reached out to the developer, Jason Oda, who says that he spent about a month building the game. Despite the fact that Oda specialized in "Advergaming," he tells us that this game isn't that and the prominent iTunes links are a...

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Kickstarter, now heading into its fourth year of operations, has become the site of choice to raise money for independent films, iPhone accessories, and many other projects. The New York Times has visualized three years of Kickstarter proposals by category and money raised, giving us a good look at what people are supporting. Unsurprisingly, the highest average funding went to design projects like the Pebble wristwatch, which has beaten all previous records with over $7 million in backing, but the film and video project category actually takes in fully twice as much in pledges: people have pledged $60 million to movies, compared to $29 million for design projects.

The tiny number of design projects, though, still makes the number above...

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Unlocked iPhone 4 Verge Temp

"I hack because I'm bored," famed iPhone and PS3 hacker George Hotz told The New Yorker in a huge piece penned by David Kushner. Kushner's brilliant profile follows Hotz over the course of several years — from his original iPhone "unlock" to a recent gig at Facebook that he quit just eight months after joining. There are even mentions of projects long past, like a laser-guided robot that won Hotz an appearance on The Today Show. In its latter half, the profile also delves into Hotz's lawsuit with Sony that inspired the PlayStation Network take-down that occurred last year. And if you're forgotten how the jailbreaking situation looked back when it was conceived in 2007, check out the video of Hotz embedded below:

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Eve Online Burn Jita

EVE Online's largest economic hub is currently under attack by a massive alliance of the game's most ruthless players, infamously known as "Goonswarm," and they may succeed in damaging it. For those who haven't heard of it, EVE is a gargantuan space-based MMO from developer CCP Games that's been home to several rich tales of high-stakes drama since it launched in 2003. The open-ended game is like a Hobbesian dreamworld in its no-security ("null-sec") areas, that are open to scamming, murder, corporate espionage, economic manipulation, ruthless warmongering, and mind-boggling heists. But many of EVE's law abiding players stay within safe high-security ("hi-sec") areas that have mostly protected them from null-sec raiders, much to the...

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Google Maps Cube screenshot

We've seen games based on the playground that is Google Maps, but now there's an official one. It's called Cube, and in typical Google fashion, it all runs in your web browser. The game itself is very simple — just tilt the surface of the cube to roll a marble around the map, bumping into (newly-enhanced) 3D landmarks and buildings in cities like New York, San Fransisco, Paris, London, and Las Vegas to get to your target as quickly as possible. Of course, the whole thing is a bit of a promotion for Google Maps, and each level shows off features in the service like traffic, bike maps, and navigation. Whether or not that sounds fun to you is a different matter altogether, but it's an impressive demo of some of the power modern browsers...

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Google Chrome Security

With projects like Pwn2Own, Google has often made it apparent — to both users and developers — that it sees security as one of its highest priorities in regard to the Chrome browser. An update to The Chromium Blog introduces a security testing environment that it affectionately calls "ClusterFuzz." The humorously named environment uses "fuzz testing," or the distribution of millions of test cases across "several hundred" virtual machines to identify bugs en masse.

Google is stating that ClusterFuzz runs approximately 6,000 simultaneous Chrome in order to analyze crashes, identify patterns in bugs and exploits, and quickly seek out possible fixes. Exploring the specific tests and methodologies that ClusterFuzz employs can get...

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