The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (6/29)

Ff_nicholas_carr_f The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains

A 2007 scholarly review of hypertext experiments concluded that jumping between digital documents impedes understanding. And if links are bad for concentration and comprehension, it shouldn’t be surprising that more recent research suggests that links surrounded by images, videos, and advertisements could be even worse.

Iphone4_2a Apple Sells 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Handsets in Opening Weekend

Apple has sold an almost ridiculous 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets in its opening weekend, running Thursday through Saturday. This breaks every prediction we saw last week, and almost triples the 600,000 pre-orders reported by Apple just a week before the new iPhone went on sale. “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs in an Apple press release. Even so, pre-ordering glitches and flat-out supply shortages kept Apple from selling even more. Jobs again: “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

Facebook1 Google to Launch a Facebook Competitor? Silicon Valley Rumors Fly!

Over the weekend, Kevin Rose (of Digg and extensive rumormongering fame) let loose with a tweet involving two of our favorite companies, Google and Facebook. The complete tweet is above: It alleges that Google is to launch a Facebook competitor "very soon" under the name "Google Me." This all comes from a "very credible source." Google's constantly experimenting with new services, including social networking and other forms of communication. Some haven't been so successful–Buzz never achieved mainstream success due to a privacy scandal and a lack of consumer interest, and Wave failed due to a lack of consumer comprehension–but some, like Google Voice and Google Talk, have done very well. Buzz may not have toppled Twitter, but Google is a very capable company and could come up with a killer networking product. SFWeekly guesses that Google Me, if it exists, could be an expansion of Google Profiles, which is totally reasonable. Google Profiles gathers information about you from your use of Google services–with some communication and livestream additions, it could turn into a service much like Facebook.

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