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Analysis on how technology impacts society from around the web, by The Sociable

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Is Google rolling out an improved search interface?

Google appears to be in the process of rolling out an improved search interface for US (.com) users. The new design features a larger search box as well as a gray navigation box at the top of the screen. While Google has had a top navigation for some time it has never been this prominant or stylised.
The Pirate Bay's Swedish founders
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The Pirate Bay to launch dedicated music sharing project in April

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay is working on new dedicated music sharing project, entitled “The Music Bay”, which will instill further fear into the heart of the phonographic industry. The Pirate Bay is currently used by millions to facilitate sharing of (mostly pirated) music, movies, and software.
Professor Barry Smyth, co-founder of HayStaks and Leo Hamill, partner with NCB Ventures outside NovaUCD
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Social search with Irish start-up HeyStaks

HeyStaks, a University College Dublin (UCD) web start-up that allows people searching the web to collaborate with friends as they search online in a bid to increase productivity, have opened their service to the public.
German visitors to The Sociable mapped in Google Analytics
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German fallout with Google over analytics privacy concerns

Data protection authorities in Germany have ended year-long talks with Google over concerns that they have with the data that Google Analytics gathers on website visitors. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, German companies may face legal action if they are found to be using the free service from Google.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny
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Fine Gael’s website hacked

The website of Irish political party Fine Gael has been hacked by a group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’. The attack took place yesterday evening, with the website still not operational.
Irish newspaper clipping
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Irish Times website traffic up 82%

Traffic to The Irish Times website has seen an increase of 82% for the twelve months prior to November 2010, when compared to the previous year. This figures highlights the growing trend of users wanting to source news information online.
Internet Explorer mascot
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The Internet Explorer weekend exodus

Looking at statistical web browsing data from StatCounter GlobalStats, a phenomenon quickly becomes evident where users migrate from Internet Explorer in their droves at weekends, and resume the familiarity of browsers like Firefox and Chrome that they’ve become accustomed to.
Solar Eclipse
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January’s solar eclipse likely to be overcast, health warnings issued

Ireland and the UK will see their first solar eclipse of the new year on Tuesday (4th January). The partial eclipse will be visiable across the British Isles from 8:00am and will last until about 9:30am. At its peak the moon will obscure about 66% of the sun, although the amounts will vary depending on location. The eclipse will also be visible over much of Europe, North Africa and central Asia.
Languages on the internet infographic via & © TNW
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Chinese to overtake English as the dominant language of the internet

Chinese will overtake English as the dominate language on the internet in the next five years, according to data collated by TNW. TNW says that there are over 400m Chinese language internet users, a number approaching the 530m English language internet users. Along with this already large number Chinese has also seen a 1,277% increase in online use in the past decade.
Snow in US
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Timelapse of snow storm in United States and Canada

North eastern America and Canada are suffering some of the worst winter storms in decades this week. NASA has already released satellite imagery of the continent blanketed in snow and several areas have already declared a state of emergency. Many parts of the New York, Philadelphia and Boston have seen 29 inches (73CM) of snow and to put this into context Vimeo user Michael Black has published a timelapse video, recorded over a 20 hour period, of the swathe of snow covering the States.
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