Noisecast Roundup: 5-11-2011

What day is it? Wednesday? Does it matter? Doesn’t really matter to me. I just have nothing to say here, so… umm… Facebook was Facebook, Civ’s coming to Facebook, Google wants Nevada to be the state of gambling, sin, and self-driving cars [insert obligatory skynet and/or transformers reference]. Visa’s bringing you a digital wallet – no word on how many shrooms you’ll have to eat to collect more coin. Bing is eating into Google search market share and the chromebook subscription is explained. Peep the roundup after the jump.

  • Facebook apps accidentally leak personal data.
    Oh hai old friend. Haven’t seen you around here in a while.
  • Holy hell: Civ coming to Facebook this summer.
    What… what does this mean? It’s going to be heavily built around team play, with teams up to 200 large if need be. There aren’t many details other than the fact that it acknowledges the issues with pacing in that sort of environment and says that they are directly tackled. A little excited.
  • Google lobbies Nevada to allow self driving cars.
    A new dawn for drunk driving and texting while driving! This is likely just to be a place to beta test in the real world and Google thought they had the best chance of getting it approved there. Chances are that the real world data they can retrieve from these will improve whatever algorithms they use. My only worry is that they are not entirely beholden to the cloud.
  • Visa’s digital wallet coming this fall to compete with Amazon, Paypal.
    I woke up this morning and thought to myself, “I really hate being an inconvenience. I need a more efficient way to get robbed. Thieves are working stiffs too.” In all seriousness though, here’s hoping security and safety are top of the design.
  • Against all odds, Bing eating into Google search marketshare.
    This isn’t really that news worthy. Bing is operated at a loss but that’s because it’s marketed so aggressively (among other things). The loss is worth it (as such a small shade of their total revenue) to secure the revenue streams from a large presence. Think of it this way: despite everything Google does, 90%+ of its revenue comes from Search. Think about how huge Google is. You begin to truly understand what’s at stake. Especially when you realize that global penetration is still laughably small compared to the potential available eye-balls.
  • Google Chromebook subscriptions explained.
    We expressed a bit of confusion on our Google I/O keynote roundup on the matter of the Chromebook subscription, and the confusion seems to have been shared by many others. Engadget gets a good breakdown explaining it from the interviews given after the keynote.

Welp, that’s about it for tonight. With all this talk of Chrome OS and the future of the internet, let’s not forget what the true purpose of the internet is. This is important. The internet is for porn (case in point).

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