Digital Digest: 23/05/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 23 May 2011
Is Facebook fit for purpose?
Facebook wants to run your online life, encouraging you to chat, exchange messages and publish your photos using its services. However, Gizmodo writer Jesus Diaz thinks that it's becoming clear that the technology isn't up to the job, citing its unreliability and the increasing amount of spam and bugs appearing on the social networking site.
Marc Jacobs' new shorts
Marc Jacobs is the latest designer to make a "fashion film", this one a comic tale of a girl who gets caught in a storm. Very conveniently, the girl is wielding a Marc by Marc Jacobs umbrella, which helps her to bat off the storm in style. You can watch this funny fashion short at the Marc Jacobs YouTube channel.
Bursting the tech babble bubble
Are we living in another tech-boom bubble? Are companies like Twitter and LinkedIn grossly over-valued? Here College Humor takes an amusing pop at the new tech wizards and their gobbledygook-soaked speech. If you're familier with "SEO keyword-rich trend tracking" or "mobile-to-mobile tablet-based clients", then you'll get the joke.
For at least one person, the shocking thing about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair wasn't the IMF chief's alleged misbehaviour, but the clothes of the NYPD. French tie company Maison de la Cravate has launched a web app to try and "acquaint New-York policemen with more humane tie patterns".
Bridesmaids' best practice
With Bridesmaids coming to a cinema near you soon, Jezebel has decided it's a good time to address how to deal with being a bridesmaid. Exactly what is your role and what should you be doing? Don't become a bridezilla's victim – get tips on dress drama, money issues and more here.
The Vaccines get spooky
The much-hyped Vaccines' debut performed well to hit number four in the album charts, but the Londoners' singles have struggled to make a similar dent. This might change, thanks to the stylish video for their new one, "All In White". It features campfires, occult happenings and a haunted house.
The Obamas' Royal visit
What should the Obamas expect from their forthcoming stay at Buckingham Palace? Fine dining, etiquette and dog hair, says Time magazine's Catherine Mayer (also the author of the recent book Amortality) in this fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at a state visit.
Life & Style blogs
Snapchat got rid of the Best Friends feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Food secrets: the good, the bad...and the faeces
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea
Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked, apparently by Lizard Squad
Selfie-obsessed men may be narcissistic psychopaths, study finds
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
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