10 Things We Didn't Know A Week Ago [Week 47]

by Ruud Hein November 23rd, 2012 
  1. 20%-25% Of All New Websites Published Are Using WordPress.
    (via: Morgan Linton)
  2. UK Companies have to give customers their customer data under the "Midata!" plan.

    Companies will have to release data about a person's consumption or transactions in an electronic machine-readable standard format upon request.

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to bring in legislation if companies fail to co-operate.

    Possible legislation will focus on three "core" sectors: current accounts and credit cards, mobile phones and energy, with further powers to extend the legislation to other sectors if appropriate.
    The Guardian

  3. New Google track listing results for some band searches. Do you see it?

    yuck

  4. Taliban accidently make email list public when a spokesman used CC instead of BCC to email everyone on the list. Over 400 email addresses were exposed.

    "Taliban have included all 4 of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list … Quite reassuring to my safety."
    –Kabul-based journalist Mustafa Kazemi

  5. The world's largest visual database contains 14,197,122 images, indexed into 21,841 categories.
    (New York Times)
  6. What's posted (privately) on Facebook cannot be used at work say UK judges in a case of an employee demoted for privately posting views opposing gay marriage.

    The comments were not visible to the general public, and were posted outside work time, but the trust said he broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views which might upset co-workers. [...]

    The judge said the trust did not have a right to demote Smith as his Facebook postings did not amount to misconduct, and the demotion imposed by way of purported disciplinary sanction constituted a breach of contract.
    The Guardian

  7. Mobile phones are adopted by more people on the planet than electricity.
    (via: currybetdotnet)
  8. Last Friday the last typewriter in the UK was made. It was a Brother CM-1000.

    "Clearly, typewriters have been undergoing a decline in many years. There's always a point where it's not economically viable any more, and we always knew that time was coming."
    Phil Jones, Brother's UK head

  9. What about a self-filling bottle of water while a 14 year old girl invents a solar-powered water jug that purifies water?
  10. Visa, Mastercard, Paypal have no right to stop Wikileaks donations, says the European Union and will introduce legislation to regulate credit card companies ability to refuse service.

    32. [The European Parliament] Considers it likely that there will be a growing number of European companies whose activities are effectively dependent on being able to accept payments by card; considers it to be in the public interest to define objective rules describing the circumstances and procedures under which card payment schemes may unilaterally refuse acceptance
    Falkvinge

Ruud Hein

My paid passion at Search Engine People sees me applying my passions and knowledge to a wide array of problems, ones I usually experience as challenges. People who know me know I love coffee.

Ruud Hein

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4 Responses to “10 Things We Didn't Know A Week Ago [Week 47]”

  1. Javi says:

    Really like these Thing We Didnt Know a Week Ago posts, Ruud. Always find some interesting stories here so keep 'em coming! PS. Not surprised about that bit of stat on WordPress! WordPress really is the whole package, and it has evolved into much more than just a blogging platform.

  2. Alex Rascanu says:

    Interesting news, Ruud. The popularity of WordPress, the personal privacy granted in the UK, and mobile phones being adopted more often than electricity stood out to me.

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