Links

Curated links for Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

Above, YouTube’s 90-minute documentary, free to view now. More details at ReadWriteWeb.

News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps (Poynter): I can’t think of too many college outlets this would possibly effect, but it could be the start of new development in the mapping area, which has relied on GMaps to do a lot of heavy lifting.

17 Alternatives to Klout (ReadWriteWeb): If you don’t know what a Klout score is, you’re probably better off not reading this. If you do, you’ll want to check out this article. “…You might want to explore other alternatives that can help you measure your social media effectiveness. We have come up with 17 different services, some free, some fairly expensive. I have tried most of them and will give you my impressions so you can have a head start with your own explorations.”

Welcome to The Verge (The Verge): Former members of the Engadget team who’ve been writing at This is My Next, unveiled their new site today. “We’re focused on bringing you — our extremely savvy and frankly very handsome readers — the best and most comprehensive coverage of the consumer technology world. Not just the nuts and bolts, 24-hour news cycle stuff, but more in-depth coverage, bigger stories, and content that goes further.”

Google Reader Redesign Upsets A Lot Of People (webpronews): I’ve looked at the new Reader, and I wasn’t too miffed by the redesign. Of course, I haven’t really been looking at it much over the past few months. “Believe it or not, a lot of people are unhappy with the new design. This is fairly commonplace for redesigns in general, but users of Google products would probably do well to get used to it, if they’re not already, because I have a feeling we’ll be seeing plenty more Google+-related design changes for various products in the near future.”

Revealed: Why Techmeme links to them instead of you (Techmeme): “Over time, nearly every major tech news publisher has asked us a variant of “Why do you always post them and not us?” or “Why did you pick them over us for that story when we posted first?” So it’s probably time to address this issue in a general way.” If you write about technology, this is probably important to you.

Avería: The Average Font: This is pretty cool for type geeks, downloadable too. “This is the story of the creation of a new font, Avería: the average of all the fonts on my computer.”

WeVideo goes commercial with cloud-based video editing (GigaOm): There’s also a free version, but it’s pretty skimpy. “Video editing startup WeVideo is launching a new product that will enable organizations to use its collaborative editing products in the cloud. The WeVideo Commercial product is aimed at bloggers, journalists, marketers and other video creators who wish to easily edit, manage and publish videos from a single online platform.”

New website builds dossiers on journalists, hopes transparency will lead to trust (Poynter): NewsTransparency.com aims “to make it easier for the public “to find out about the individual human beings who produce the news — human beings with opinions, relationships, history, and agendas.” The site consists of journalist profile pages which, like Wikipedia, allow anyone to add information and, like Amazon, enable ratings and reviews. They also collect articles written about the journalist’s work.”