Around midday on October 22, a number of [top websites all went down](http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/22/aws-ec2-issues-in-north-virginia-affect-heroku-reddit-and-others-heroku-still-down/), among them including Reddit, Minecraft, Pinterest and Foursquare. The iconic 404 of these sites and many more is a shock, especially considering just how essential these websites are to most users of the web as a source of social media and activity alike. ![reddit](/attachments/small/3/reddit.PNG "align-left") The cause? The downtime was cause by an outtage in Northern Virginia from [Amazon Web Services](http://aws.amazon.com/), one of the world's largest cloud server systems, and host to millions of websites, including some of the internet's most largest websites and services. Amazon Web …

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[ATTACH=right]16757[/ATTACH]Facebook [URL="http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=418175202130"]announced last night[/URL] its own location-based "check-in" app -- this being the social-networking site's response to similar applications like FourSquare, Gowalla and Brightkite. The new app, called [URL="http://www.facebook.com/places/"]Places[/URL], is available on the iPhone, with the latest version of the Facebook app, and through touch.facebook.com on mobile devices that support HTML 5 and geolocation. "If you're like me, when you find a place you really like, you want to tell your friends you're there. Maybe it's a new restaurant, a beautiful hiking trail or an amazing live show," Michael Sharon, Facebook product manager for Places, wrote on the Facebook blog …

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A handful of folks in Brooklyn may have found a way to put the idea of virtual communities and social networks to use in a practical way. Think Foursquare combined with the utility of commuting, as one organizer put it. Roadify is described as "the first comprehensive 'social transportation' company, combining social networking with a wealth of published transit information." [ATTACH]15796[/ATTACH]I sat down with Dylan Goelz, who is in charge of marketing and community outreach for Roadify, to find out more about the "social transportation" start-up. Park Slope, Brooklyn makes up one square mile of the borough and is home …

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[I]Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future... Steve Miller, Fly Like an Eagle[/I] [ATTACH=RIGHT]15151[/ATTACH]I've been carrying around that title all week. It came to me on Sunday morning, and it involves the idea of how automatically we record and broadcast our lives in the digital age. One of my favorite illustrations of the automaticity of digital living is the digital camera. If you take a picture of my 3 year old niece, she wants to see it immediately. Think about that for a second. She recognizes at 3 that she can immediately see the picture. Just a generation …

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Probably just about everyone over 25 remembers the game and show '[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Sandiego"]Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?[/URL]' If San Diego were around today (maybe she is, who knows), we would all know exactly where she was because she would broadcast her whereabouts by tying her FourSquare account to Twitter. It wouldn't be much of a game. [URL="http://about.publish2.com/"]Publish 2 [/URL]CEO [URL="http://twitter.com/ScottKarp"]Scott Karp [/URL]pretty much nailed my feelings about FourSquare announcements on Twitter the other day when he wrote: [QUOTE]When you connected @foursquare to Twitter, you assumed everyone wanted to know where you are. Time to revisit that assumption.[/QUOTE] The …

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The End.