Accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Casey Anthony was acquitted by a jury of her peers and released from jail early last Sunday. The controversial trial that attracted world-wide fascination is the first high-profile murder trial of our social media age and has led to intense speculation that social media like Twitter, Facebook, bloggers, computer video live stream and chat rooms forever will change how lawyers defend their clients.
Defense consultant Richard Gabriel said, “I think this is the most significant case where the Internet played a role. A lot of people think we just pick a jury, but we do a lot more. It might have benefited the prosecution to hire jury consultants to understand how the jury makes decisions. I believe it’s important for everybody to use a consultant.”
Murdoch’s News Corp imploding, dragging British officials down with it
The crime of journalists who were doing the hacking while working for Rupert Murdoch was bad enough, but the cover-up could be as heinous.
“Police investigating the disappearance of millions of emails potentially relevant to their probe have zeroed in on a senior executive of News International, News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper division,” reports the Guardian.
In a strange twist of irony, NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis is set to make her final landing this Thursday, July 21, ending the 30-year Space Shuttle program just one day after the 42nd anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. It was in 1969 that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface (see our Time Capsule entry below).
The end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program has not been met with approval by many, especially when one considers all the technological advancements the program has brought to our everyday life, specifically computers and the cyber-universe. To see all the Internet advancements made through space travel, click here.
And picture this! Check out this gigapixel image of a sea of people who appear as dots. Use the tools and you’ll zoom in to see details you could never have imagined – close enough to easily identify each individual face.
According to Gigapixel, “The GigaPan system (Gigapixel Panorama) is a NASA spinoff technology that can capture thousands of digital images and weave them into a uniform high-resolution picture. The process allows users to share and explore brilliant gigapixel panoramas. The technology is the product of a two-year collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google. The Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity used the GigaPan system to explore the Red Planet for more than five years. David Bergman’s photo of President Obama’s Inaugural Address is one of the most popular and amazing GigaPan images created.”
Lo and behold! Unread Gmail feature now available!
Last week I complained to a friend that Gmail had one functional drawback: There didn’t seem to be an option that would allow users to sort through an inbox full of emails and show only unread mail. So I did a search to find out if anyone had figured a work-around and came up with this solution at a site named “gtricks”: “To search all unread mail, enter “is:unread” in the Gmail search box. Similarly, enter “is:read” to search for all read mails.”
But lo and behold! The following day Google’s Gmail rolled out the option! Was Google listening to my conversation? Naw, probably just a coincidence.
TV and the Internet: Marriage made in heaven?
Some industry experts say the revolution of Internet TV is a good thing for the television and cable industry. Why?
“The Web is just another distribution outlet that adds reach and potential revenue to their assets and will grow their business when the dust settles.” But not everyone agrees.
During our travel to view the Sarah Palin movie “Undefeated” last Saturday, several passengers in our van were heads-down and thumbs-flying on their mobile devices, completely absorbed in an online game in which they were competing against each other. The game required players to identify hot spots around the world.
Turns out that game-playing on mobile devices is a huge and growing market – over 150 million monthly active users, according to TechCrunch.
And now Applifier, “a cross-promotional network of social game publishers” has delivered over 100 million game installs for free on Facebook. Virtual heaven for iPhone and Android game players!
Based on the book “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young” by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, the film told the story of what took place in “The Valley of Death,” a football field-sized clearing called landing zone X-Ray, where Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 400 young troops from the newly formed American 7th “Air” Cavalry were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers dug into the mountainside. The battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history. Two men who lived through it were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor: Maj.Bruce Crandall and Capt. Ed “Too Tall” Freeman.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the armed services of the United States, generally presented to its recipient by the president of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The quote was: “I’ve been called a lot of things, Colonel, never a solution.”