Bookmarks for October 3, 2013

Google confirms that it has acquired hand gesture interface startup Flutter – The Next Web
Flutter, the company focused on developing a hand gesture interface, says that it has been acquired by Google. Company CEO Naveet Dalal says that the team will be continuing its research at the search engine company.

Hyundai is killing off the stubbornly persistent cigarette lighter socket – Quartz
Hyundai Motor has made an “unprecedented decision” among global automotive makers, the Korea Herald reported today—it is eliminating the “cigarette lighter jack” from all its vehicles sold in Korea and replacing it with a USB power point.

Scoop Business » New Zealand social media momentum driven by images
63% of New Zealanders online are active on at least one social media site. Of those, 57% visit Facebook daily and 62% follow at least one company or brand. “The fragmentation becomes more evident when you consider that 5% visit Pinterest daily and 6% visit Instagram daily, on a par with Twitter at 6%.”

Sustainable dairy farm measuring everything fom… |
Massey University has launched an industry-first sustainable dairy farm on the banks of the Manawatu River.

NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space (Update)
“Any time we realize we can 3-D print something in space, it’s like Christmas,” said inventor Andrew Filo, who is consulting with NASA on the project. “You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable.”

NASA’s Cassini finds ‘plastic’ on a Saturn moon — RT News
“This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth,” NASA said in a press release.

A Cruise on the S.S. Brainstorm –
If TED talks and Google Labs copulated and spawned a cruise for the Facebook generation, Unreasonable at Sea would be the result.

Silk Road collected 9.5 million bitcoin—and only 11.75 million exist – Quartz
Silk Road, the illicit online marketplace that first brought bitcoin to notoriety in 2011, was shut down today and its founder was arrested. The criminal complaint revealed that the site had collected revenues of some 9.5 million bitcoin since 2011, the equivalent today of $1.2 billion in sales and $80 million in commissions for Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the site under the moniker “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens –
The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents.

NZ retail chain targeted by international cyber criminals – NetSafe | The National Business Review
IT staff at the company found one branch had downloaded a file and infected computer systems after being called by an individual claiming to work for the well-known chain. The caller, who identified himself as a senior member of the company, directed employees to a fake website that was designed to look like the official tech support site.

YouTube Announces A New Commenting System, Powered By Google+, With Threaded, Ranked And Private Conversations | TechCrunch
Comments from the video creator will be ranked very highly and surfaced more regularly, for example. The system will also push comments from popular personalities on YouTube and people in your Google+ circles higher up the comment chain, as well as highly engaged discussion about the video. Just like before, you will be able to vote comments up or down, too, and those votes will also influence the ranking.

Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor –
Nuclear engineers in southeastern Sweden have been wrestling with a giant swarm of jellyfish that forced the shutdown of the world’s largest boiling-water reactor. The plant’s operator said that over the weekend, a huge cluster of moon jellyfish clogged the cooling water intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant on the Baltic Sea coast, forcing the complex’s 1,400-megawatt Unit 3 to shut down.

Graph Search Now Includes Posts and Status Updates – Facebook Newsroom
Graph Search will include posts and status updates. Now you will be able to search for status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments to find things shared with you. Search for the topics you’re interested in and see what your friends are saying, like “Dancing with the Stars” or “Posts about Dancing with the Stars by my friends.”

Curiously vampiric teeth of untreated syphilis sufferers – Boing Boing
This 1863 image from the Wellcome Trust illustrates a distinctly vampiric set of “Syphilitic malformations of the permanent teeth” — makes you wonder if the visual image of the vampire was inspired by the widespread horrors of untreated syphilis (for an exceptionally visceral window into a society wracked by untreated syphilis, have a look at the Mutter Museum’s display of syphilitic skulls).