MasterCard’s MasterPass Aims To Sidestep The Mobile Payments Mess – ReadWrite

The hype around mobile payments sometimes obscures the fact that not only aren’t there yet any clear winners – there’s not even a clear market for services that have a lot of potential, but which most ordinary consumers seem reluctant to embrace.On the corporate side, everybody wants a slice of the potential multi-billion dollar pie. That’s cluttered the mobile payments landscape with so many products and solutions – and no real infrastructure and platforms – that it has actually slowed down the potential acceptance of paying for goods with your smartphone.

via MasterCard’s MasterPass Aims To Sidestep The Mobile Payments Mess – ReadWrite.

Seth’s Blog: Dripping and syncing the buzz

Buzz is a function of both interest and timing. If 100 people talk about something over the course of a week, it pales in comparison to 100 people talking about something right now. Conversations beget conversations. The next big thing, the it girl, the one of the moment–most buzz is meta-buzz, talk about the talk. Think about it… Superbowl buzz is almost entirely about the buzz, not about the game. It’s the sync that matters.

via Seth’s Blog: Dripping and syncing the buzz.

International credit fraud scheme ‘stole $200m’

Eighteen people have been charged with stealing at least $200m (£127m) in a credit card fraud ring, possibly one of the largest in US history.

“The defendants and their conspirators stole hundreds of millions of dollars through a scheme repeated thousands of times to create more than 7,000 false identities and fraudulently obtain tens of thousands of credit cards (the “Fraud Cards”). The scheme involved a three-step process in which the defendants would:

  • “Make up” a false identity by creating fraudulent identification documents and a fraudulent credit profile with the major credit bureaus.
  • “Pump up” the credit of the false identity by providing false information about that identity’s creditworthiness to the credit bureaus. Believing the furnished information to be accurate, the credit bureaus would incorporate this material into the false identity’s credit report, making it appear that the false identity had excellent credit.
  • “Run up” large loans using the false identity. The higher the fraudulent credit score, the larger the loans that the defendants could obtain. These loans were never repaid, and the defendants reaped the profits.”

via BBC News – International credit fraud scheme ‘stole $200m’.

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Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less | Surprising Science

No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it’s estimated that there are more than 14 billion. Recently, though, Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási discovered something surprising about this massive number: Like actors in Hollywood connected by Kevin Bacon, from every single one of these pages you can navigate to any other in 19 clicks or less.

via Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less | Surprising Science.

The First-Ever Footage of a Giant Squid in its Natural Habitat | Mental Floss

After centuries of hearing sailors’ sea monster tales and finding tentacle-y masses of flesh washed up on shores, scientists have finally managed to capture video of Architeuthis, the elusive giant squid.

It took a three-man team more than 400 hours and 100 sessions in a tiny submarine to finally score footage of the creature in the deep—the really deep. The crew took the video at a depth of nearly a third of a mile beneath the surface of the Pacific just off the coast of Japan.

via The First-Ever Footage of a Giant Squid in its Natural Habitat | Mental Floss.

Italian Food Forever » Authentic Ragù alla Bolognese

600gm (21 Ounces) Coarsely Ground Lean Beef

400gm (14 Ounces) Coarsely Ground Lean Pork

200gm (7 Ounces) Pancetta Diced or Chopped

100gm (3.5 Ounces) Chopped Onion

100gm (3.5 Ounces) Carrot Diced

100gm (3.5 Ounces) Celery Diced

1kg (2.2 Pounds) Peeled Canned Tomatoes (San Marzano Are Best)

300ml (10 Ounces) Dry White Wine

500ml (17 Ounces) Fresh Milk

3 Pieces Bay Leaves

Salt & Pepper

via Italian Food Forever » Authentic Ragù alla Bolognese.

ANTONIO CARLUCCIO: The secret of perfect Spag Bol? Don’t let a Brit cook it | Mail Online

55g (1.9oz) butter

55g (1.9oz) minced prosciutto fat or pancetta

1 large carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

100g (3.5oz) minced lean veal or beef

100g (3.5oz) minced lean pork

1 glass of dry white wine

A little beef or chicken stock

3 tbsp tomato paste salt and pepper

via ANTONIO CARLUCCIO: The secret of perfect Spag Bol? Don’t let a Brit cook it | Mail Online.

Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out | Danger Room | Wired.com

How did the Galactic Empire ever cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe? The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by Darth Vader is a spectacularly bad fighting force, as evidenced by all of the pieces of Death Star littering space. But of all the Empire’s failures, none is a more spectacular military fiasco than the Battle of Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

via Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out | Danger Room | Wired.com.