Clk.ie Roundup – Our pick of what’s been shared this week

The clk.ie is Scredible’s own shortening tool. Each week we look at interesting and popular pieces people are sharing with their social networks. Click on the clk.ie links to read the full article.

March 20

11 staggering stats from around the digital world (Econsultancy)

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‘most of the web traffic analysed was in fact not generated by real users. 44% came from human site visitors, while the remaining 56% was considered non-human.’

March 19

eCommerce in the Mobile Age: How Shoppers Want to Browse and Buy in 2015 (Business2Community)

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‘Because mobile sites are simpler and more pared-down, many users feel like they aren’t getting the whole picture on a product and can’t commit to buying.’

The U.S. Still Won’t Invest In 21st Century Infrastructure (The Fiscal Times) 

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‘… total federal, state and local government investments in infrastructure is just enough to cover repairs and upgrades of bridges, roads, airports and rails. There’s practically nothing left for expansion.’

Get cyber smart: 10 promising European cyber security startups (TechEU)  

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‘…e-commerce and retail firms saw the most security breaches from hackers in 2014. Government and healthcare entities also noted a rise in attacks during this time period.’

March 18

82-year Old Uses The Internet For The First Time, Blows Her Mind (Ubergizmo)

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“I don’t think I was ever interested in the Internet before I realized that it was something I could benefit from. Everything has been very pleasant, but at the same time very difficult.”

Meerkat stole the show at SXSW. Sorry, Twitter. (CNN Money)

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This year, livestreaming startup Meerkat proved to be the coolest cat at SXSW despite a rough start at the hand of Twitter.

‘Go Small or Go Home’ Is the Next Big Thing in Ad Tech (Advertising Age) 

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‘Ad tech confused the internet’s ability to scale technically to billions of digital nodes with marketing’s desire to reach billions of people.’

March 17

Why data scientists and marketing technologists are the hottest jobs of 2015 (Venture Beat)

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‘If you haven’t heard of these job titles, don’t worry — you will soon. After all, there was a time when “social media manager” was a job title people didn’t take seriously, and now these pros can earn up to six figures.’

New video reveals the magical chemistry of beer (Salon)

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‘A new video from Reactions, a series from the American Chemical Society, looks into something a little sexier than basic chemistry equations: booze.’

eBay launches high-end auctions with Sotheby’s ( The Verge)

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‘eBay says that its goal is to give people the same rush you’d get being in the actual auction room.’

Things You Might Not Know About Big Data [INFOGRAPHIC] (Smart Data Collective) 

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‘Big Data comes from the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data that are created daily by everything from photos posted to Instagram to weather balloons.’

Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Artificial Intelligence And His Unsettling Robot Ava (TechCrunch)

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Garland spent less time worried about the technical questions and more time focused on the philosophical issues, which he described as “conversations about strong AIs, conversations about human consciousness, the hard problems of consciousness.”

March 16

A Good Appetite: Ancient Grains Are New Again (New York Times)

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‘When was the last time you cooked up a pot of whole berry spelt? And have you ever tried einkorn, emmer or any of the other ancient, heirloom and obscure grains that are now becoming available at the greenmarket and specialty shops all over the country?’

Without a library of Platonic forms, evolution couldn’t work (Aeon Magazine)

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‘For Plato, the perceptible material world is like a faint shadow of a higher reality. What really matters is the realm of abstract concepts.’

Everyone who shares information should take ethical responsibility for it (Columbia Journalism Review)

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‘Forget about whether someone is or isn’t a journalist. If something serves the functions of journalism, it is journalism.’

Online trust is at the breaking point (Help Net Security)

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IT security professionals around the globe believe the system of trust established by cryptographic keys and digital certificates, as well as the security of trillions of dollars of the world’s economy, is at the breaking point.

March 15

Mystery of the melting Mesoamerican mummies (BoingBoing)

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The rapid deterioration began within the past 10 years, and has affected some of the 120 mummies that are housed at the University of Tarapacá’s archeological museum in the northern port city of Arica.

How 3-D bioprinting could address the shortage of organ donations (Phys.org)

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Three-dimensional bioprinting has come a long way since its early days when a bioengineer replaced the ink in his desktop printer with living cells.

Thirty years of dot-com: relive the 1990’s World Wide Web (The Telegraph)

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To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the first dot-com address being registered, the Open University has used the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to recreate early versions of the world’s most popular websites in gifts.

 March 14

What Gates Foundation’s $52M Investment Says About Social Enterprise Funding (Forbes)

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“Social enterprises can find sources of funding aligned with their mission that your typical firm doesn’t have access to.”

Will the Internet of Things Come of Age in 5 Years? (AdWeek)  

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“As microprocessors and bandwidth become greater and less expensive, converging with nanotechnology as wearables with sensors, the Internet of Things is already here but will gain exponential acceleration and become more utilitarian as we move into the future”

40 Days of Dating: what happened next? (Creative Bloq)  

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With one a hopeless romantic and one a commitment-phobe,40 Days of Dating attracted over 10 million unique visitors, with the world waiting with baited-breath over what would happen between these two friends.

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