In/outputs - a quick look at what’s passed through my feeds this week
- Artist Revenue Streams The Future of Music Coalition has launched a research project to “… gather crucial information about the ways that US-based musicians and composers are currently generating income from songs, recordings or performances, and how this has changed over the past five years. The research will be informed by a combination of interviews, financial data and a survey. The Coalition hopes to use the research to: understand how musicians are making money in the music industry; inform advocacy and lobbying activities; and asses the value of new technologies/services available to musicians. They are seeking contributions to the survey, which is open until 28 October.
♺ Future of Music Coalition on FutureBlog.
- Eye Roller Geoff Manaugh has written about GroundBot, “a remote-controlled, all-weather polycarbonate sphere” that broadcasts live video captured by two side-mounted cameras. The controller can view the footage in 3D via an augmented reality user interface. A very cool new gizmo from Swedish service robots developer, Rotundus!
♺ Geoff Manaugh on BLDGBLOG.
- Introducing Flow Visualization: visualizing visitor flow Google Analytics will be rolling out a new, interactive “… tool that allows you to analyze site insights graphically, and instantly understand how visitors flow across pages on your site.” Explore how a user got to your site, their path through your pages and where they were when they left your site.
♺ Phil Mui on Google Analytics Blog.
- Street view hits stunning Swiss Alps railways The Google Maps Street View trike was mounted to the front of a Rhaetian Railway train to capture the scenic Albula-Bernina line that cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes in the Swiss Alps. “As the train travelled along the line, cameras facing nine different directions captured still photos of the surrounding areas that we’re now stitching together into 360-degree panoramic views.” Expect the new addition to Street View soon.
♺ Ulf Spitzer on Google LatLong Blog.
- The case for piracy Nick Ross has written a long, detailed piece that looks at the kinds of business and social behaviours that push would-be legitimate consumers of professional entertainment content to illlegitimate means of consuming it. He says, ”A great deal of copyright infringement does not stem from criminal behaviour. Much of it occurs simply because there is all-too-often no other way to legally access the content you want – even if you do want to pay for it.” While it’s nothing new for me, it’s good to see arguments like this being pushed in high-visibility media sources.
♺ Nick Ross on ABC Technology and Games blog.
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