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Byte Into IT - 9 October 2013

October 10th, 2013

Episode 326 of 438 episodes

On this week's Byte: News: Twitter's IPO is looking at being valued in excess of $20 billion - incidentally, how do you feel about sponsored tweets? In related news, be careful you know what you're buying shares in - Tweeter and Twitter are different things. The plot of the arrest of SilkRoad's Dread Pirate Roberts thickens, and there's now plenty of space for new online anonymous marketplaces. Rumours of a bendable and umbreakable smartphone screens continue, but they may be closer than you think. The W3C has decided that Digital Rights Management will become part of the HTML5 standard, meaning that there wil be a space for corporations to embed things in websites that will only be visible with the right software. The Department of Environment and Primary Industires hve released their 2013 Magpie Map, identifying where swoopings are happening across the state, and where you can order an anti-swoop kit. At Byte, we're of the opinion that you can never learn code too early - enter Robot Turtles, a board game that teaches code to preschool kids. Remember Andre, the French gamer who put his unbelievable collection of Japanese games up for sale? He's found a buyer - The Strong will be putting the entire collection on public exhibition - as it should be! So apparently emoticons are the new words - whether that's a good or a bad thing we'l let you decide for yourself. Google have shifted to a new search algorithm (now including hashtag results among other things) ,likening it to "changing a jet engine mid-flight" (speaking of hashtags, check this out). Guest: Deputy Editor of The Sunday Age Melissa Fyfe phones in to discuss changes in the way that news is presented, and specifically Fox News' "Minority Report" aesthetic. Light News: What are the funniest, angriest (and hungriest) fonts? Opportunities and Events: Web Directions South, Sydney, October 22-25, $450/$550 for the Workshops (Oct 22-23) and $1099 for the Conference (Oct 24-25). Products are Hard - "a gathering for people who make things", ACMI, October 30. Presented by Vanessa Toholka, Warren Davies, and Lachlan Simpson. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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