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In a sign of our times, a video version of Twitter that allows anyone to share moments of their lives in short, 12 second video clips is gaining traction among the geek crowd.

The site, 12seconds.tv, lends weight to the increasingly common view that we are the most narcissistic age ever. What’s more, the plethora of information available on the web has trained us to seek instant gratification, dipping in and out of sites within seconds if the content doesn’t immediately grab our attention.

My initial thoughts are “WTF” but after reading a little about it and taking a look at the website I think this will probably get some traction.

Initially like twitter it will attract the “geek” or IT market, but just like Twitter it will become mainstream.

They base the 12 seconds on scientific studies that show people lose interest after 12 seconds of viewing, I still think it depends on what your viewing.

Time will tell I guess

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Saving Face?

Facebook is trying its hand at democracy.

The fast-growing online hangout, whose more than 175 million worldwide users could form the world’s sixth-largest country behind Brazil, says that those users will play a "meaningful role" in deciding the site’s policies and voting on changes.

Facebook is trying to recover from last week’s policy-change blunder that sparked tens of thousands to join online protests. At issue is who controls the information, like photos, posts and messages, that people share with their friends on the site.

Stunning turnaround by Facebook after last weeks attempt to claim ownership of everybody’s online information.

I do wonder though how long this attempt at democracy will last?

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Apple have released there latest attempt to take a grab at the Windows image browser market, and I feel it will be yet another futile attempt.

The Safari browser is simply not a good option for Windows users and I suspect it never will be.

Paul Thurrott has done a complete review of this release and has posted it here at his website Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows.

Check it out as Paul is an excellent source of knowledge and information.

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Rafael Benitez masterminded another magnificent European away  triumph as Liverpool confounded the odds with a stimageunning 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

Whatever the Liverpool manager’s future is after months of rumours, he did his cause no harm at all thanks to Yossi Benayoun’s headed winner.

Benitez has coached Liverpool to remarkable performances away to Juventus, Barcelona, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Chelsea in recent seasons in the Champions League, but this was by far the most impressive.

As a Liverpool tragic I really do wonder how just 4 days ago we could not get a result at Anfield against Manchester City, but we can travel to Real Madrid and not only win but play the best we have played in many weeks.

This years Premier League title may be looking a little shaky but I think we are a real chance in the Champions League competition.

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Is this really news worthy?

One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.

First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine that her family has decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, pointing to the breed’s medium-sized and good-natured reputation. The breed is also hypoallergenic — a must, given daughter Malia’s allergy to dogs.

The first lady said her daughters will have to wait until the end of April to get the dog, since her family is planning on going away for Spring Break.

I am seriously struggling to understand how this is news worthy?

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The ‘Baby” Rolls Royce

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Rolls-Royce says it’s not a concept car but an “experimental model”, which means that unlike a concept vehicle the 200EX is driveable and a forerunner to an imminent production car that will then be known as the RR4.

Now I could handle this little “baby” but at a rumoured price of $700,000 it’s a little out of my price range.

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Service Pack 2 for Vista

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This week we are announcing that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit an important milestone in development: Release Candidate (RC).

Starting today, the RC of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers to test prior to final release. In the very near future, we will be making the RC broadly available for anyone to download and test. You can expect another blog post from me when that happens.

Whilst this will essentially be a rollup of security updates since SP1 there is also support for new hardware as well, the full list of all the major changes can be found here.

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