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Japanese ‘K’ Computer Now Fastest In The World

Published by pratyushkp on June 21st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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The world’s most powerful computer is now in Japan.

According to The New York Times, the computer, called “K,” is three times faster than the next fastest computer, a Chinese computer, Tianhe-1A, that previously held the highest spot.

K, built by Fujitsu, can make 8.2 quadrillion calculations each second. “K” stands for “Kei,” meaning 10 quadrillion, or the number of calculations per second researchers hope K will one day be able to perform per second. K’s abilities are the equivalent of linking one million desktop computers.

K is made out of 672 computer racks, with 68,544 computer processing units (CPUs) but the lab plans to raise that number to 800 racks, a move that will make the machine even speedier and more powerful.

Twitter Announces ‘Strategic Alliance’ With Yahoo Japan

Published by pratyushkp on June 16th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Twitter has just announced a partnership with Yahoo Japan, according to a blog post on the company’s site.

As part of the partnership Twitter says that “Tweets will be integrated into various services on Yahoo Japan, beginning with real-time results pages. This partnership will allow Twitter content to reach even more users in Japan, one of our biggest international markets.”

This is a big deal because not only is there a huge Twitter userbase in Japan, but it is also the country that the service has worked most closely with since their inception.

Twitter also recently struck a deal with NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s largest carrier, to include Tweets and Twitter content in NTT DOCOMO i-mode portal search results.

It’s also important to note that Yahoo was reportedly looking to sell Yahoo Japan to Japanese carrier Softbank, which already controls 42 percent of the subsidiary. If that deal takes place, it would be convenient considering Softbank already has a deal in place with Twitter to include the messaging and communications app pre-installed in Softbank’s cell phones.

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  • Twitter Announces Firehose Partnership With Yahoo Japan (
  • Twitter partners with Yahoo Japan for real-time results (
  • In Japan, Twitter Users ‘Tap to Follow’ Friends Using NFC (
  • In Japan, Twitter Users “Tap to Follow” Friends Using NFC (
  • Japan’s NTT Docomo & Twitter Teaming to Deliver Richer Mobile Search Results (
  • May 2011 Japan IT Links (Part 3) (

Lady Gaga & Zynga Found GagaVille

Published by pratyushkp on May 11th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Two social media heavyweights — Lady Gaga and Zynga — will partner for GagaVille, an offshoot of FarmVille.

GagaVille, a uniquely designed neighboring farm to FarmVille, that sports unicorns and crystals, according to Zynga, launches May 17. GagaVille visitors will get a first listen to unreleased songs from Gaga’s album Born This Way, available May 23. The full album also comes bundled as a free download when you buy a $25 Zynga game card at Best Buy.

The deal also includes a “Words With Gaga” contest in Zynga’s mobile Words With Friends game. Playing the designated Gaga word of the day — which will be announced on Gaga’s Facebook Page each day — will give players the chance to win concert tickets and a signed copy of Born This Way. Zynga is also giving players limited edition Lady Gaga virtual items on RewardVille that can be used across Zynga games.

Such a deal had been predicted after Gaga and Zynga collaborated on an earthquake relief effort for Japan in March. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Zynga and Gaga were in discussions about a tie-in effort.

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  • Lady Gaga & Zynga Found GagaVille (
  • Zynga Bringing Lady Gaga To ‘FarmVille’ with ‘GagaVille’ (
  • Lady Gaga Joins Forces With Zynga (
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  • Zynga, Lady Gaga, bring GagaVille to FarmVille: Clash of the ‘Villes (
  • Zynga, Lady Gaga Launch Massive Cross-Promotion That Spans FarmVille, Words With Friends (
  • Zynga teams up with Lady Gaga through GagaVille (
  • Welcome To GagaVille! (
  • Lady Gaga Teaming up with Farmville for Born This Way | News (
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Bin Laden’s Death Sparks Record 12.4 Million Tweets Per Hour

Published by pratyushkp on May 3rd, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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The death of Osama Bin Laden was one of the most tweeted events in history — and generated the highest sustained rate of tweets ever.

Twitter has released updated statistics on the usage of its platform last night. Previously, the social media company reported that more than 4,000 tweets were sent per second during the beginning and the end of Obama’s speech. It now says the real number of tweets was about 25% higher.

At 11:00 p.m. ET, just before Obama’s speech, users generated 5,106 tweets per second, the highest single volume of tweets during the night. At 11:45 p.m., just when he finished his speech, Twitter users were sending 5,008 tweets per second.

“Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever,” Twitter announced in a tweet. “From 10:45 – 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second.” That equates to a whopping 27,900,000 tweets in just two hours and 35 minutes.

Between 10:45 p.m. ET and 12:30 a.m. ET, the company says its users averaged 3,440 tweets per second. At its peak, Twitter delivered an average of 12,384,000 tweets per hour.

The new numbers offer a glimpse into just how momentous Osama Bin Laden’s demise was. The event surpasses the 3,283 tweets sent per second during Japan’s victory over Denmark in the World Cup, and the 4,064 tweets sent per second during one of the final moments of this year’s Super Bowl.

However, the record for most tweets sent in the same second is still 6,939 — which happened during the most recent New Year in Japan..

Update: Twitter has released a graph depicting Twitter activity last night:

  • Bin Laden’s Death Sparks Record 12.4 Million Tweets Per Hour [STATS] (
  • Twitter hits record on Osama bin Laden story (
  • Bin Laden’s death sparks 12.4 Million tweets an hour (
  • Osama bin Laden’s Death Sets New Record on Twitter (
  • Twitter Sees Highest “Sustained” Activity Ever In Wake Of Osama Bin Laden News (
  • Osama Takedown Sets Twitter Record (
  • Bin Laden’s Death Sets New Twitter Record for Tweets-Per-Second (
  • Obama’s bin Laden Speech Triggers 4,000 Tweets Per Second (
  • The map of how bin Laden news spread through the Twittersphere (
  • Osama bin Laden vs. Michael Jackson: Whose Death Got More Twitter Chatter? (
  • Osama bin Laden death sets Twitter record (
  • Osama bin Laden’s Death Sets New Record on Twitter (
  • Bin Laden Death Sets Twitter Record (Sorry, Super Bowl XLV) (
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