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

New Year's in Paris at the Eiffel Tower via vizzzual.com on Flickr
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How to watch the world ring in the New Year

Come midnight on January 1st you will probably be with family and friends to celebrate the New Year but before the clock turns you can watch the rest of the world ring in 2011. Use our interactive map to see where you can watch New Year celebrations online from across the world.
Headstone in Tydavnet Old Graveyard © Darren McCarra/The Sociable.
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Start your family tree this holiday season

Creating a family tree is always a worthwhile experience. This week, from December 26th, 2010 to January 1st, 2011 is Ireland’s first ever Start your family tree week, and with plenty of exiles home for Christmas to gain information from, now is the perfect time to start your family tree.
Flickr Year in Review 2010
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A year in review, the global news perspective on 2010 [Video]

In 2010 over 25 billion Tweets were sent and about 9 billion emails were exchanged. We watch 700 billion videos on Youtube, that is about 13 million hours or the equivalent of 1,500 years of continuous viewing (We hope you like piano playing cats). At year’s end it is natural to look back, to review the dying year and take stock of what has happened. This is what the world’s media has been doing this week, so join us on The Sociable’s review of the reviews of 2010.
Google Insights Jesus Loves You
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The most searched term on Google News in UK & Ireland during 2010 – “jesus loves you”

“Jesus loves you” was the most searched term on Google News in the UK and Ireland in 2010, according to Google Insights for Search. In Ireland the term was 20 times more popular than “ireland“, the next highest ranking term. “Jesus loves you” even outranked search terms such as “gerry ryan“, “weather” and “haiti“. In the UK it was 10 times more popular than the second search term “news“.
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Watch the solstice sunrise over Newgrange live

While our North American friend will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, during which the sky will turn blood red, Irish eyes will be set on the midwinter sunrise. On Tuesday the Irish broadcaster RTÉ will be live streaming the annual illumination of Newgrange passage online from 8:55am.
Old bookshelf
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Google Editions to launch within weeks?

According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal today Google is weeks away from launching its long awaited digital book retail project known as Google Editions. The article states that the service from Google will launch this month in the US, and internationally within the first quarter of 2011.
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IPv6, Ireland, and the future of the internet

A lot of debate has been circulating in recent months about the subject of IPv6 and how it will be the saviour of the internet as we know it. In this article we try to explain what exactly IPv6 is, why it’s so important for the continued success of the internet, and how prepared Ireland is for its imminent deployment.
Eircom Spiders
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Winners of The Spiders 2010 announced

Congratulations to all those who won at last night’s Eircom Spiders in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Fota Wildlife scooped the prestigious Grand Prix, as well as winning the Best Travel and Tourism Website award.
Google Docs paper airplane
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Three new features in Google Docs

In a blog post on the official Google Docs blog three new Google Docs features have been announced and will be made available over the coming days: auto-corrections, LaTex in equations, and images in spreadsheet cells.
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