Net@night 154

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Episode 154

Net@night 154:

Delivering Happiness with Zappos, Twitter grows, CNN news filters, Glee iPhone 4 parody, and more



Twitter COO Dick Costolo offered some updated stats at theConversational Media Summit today in New York City. Twitter is now attracting 190 million visitors per month and generating 65 million Tweets a day. “We’re laying down track as fast as we can in front of the train,” says Costolo. These numbers are up slightly from 180 million self-reported unique visitors per monthback in April, and 50 million Tweets per day in February.

Aside from a new design that is quite distinctive from the rest of, the revamped tech section includes a new “Tech Pulse” that pulls in tweets from selected tech influencers (Mashable is included), a “Who Says” area that houses the news network’s daily columns (including Pete Cashmore’s “Social Circles” and the “Netiquette” column that Brenna Ehrlich co-authors), and “The Browser,” a new section that CNN says will “link to daily recommended tech content from a site other than, in an effort to be good web citizens.”

CNN has also created filters that let users customize the type of content they see in the “Latest News” area – for example, they can now choose to see only stories relating to social media and mobile as opposed to the full feed. Readers will also notice that CNN is doing a lot of aggregation here – content from Mashable, Wired, CNET and a variety of other sources is featured.

This is your brain on computers.

Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.

These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.

The resulting distractions can have deadly consequences, as when cellphone-wielding drivers and train engineers cause wrecks. And for millions of people like Mr. Campbell, these urges can inflict nicks and cuts on creativity and deep thought, interrupting work and family life.

Picks of the Week


Did you know there’s a new iPhone coming out this month? Yeah, we thought so. Well, if you’ve had it up to here (holds hand somewhere near crown of head) with Apple-related news, you might want to check out this iPhone commercial parody, starring Jane Lynch (a.k.a. Glee’s Sue Sylvester).

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