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Over the last six months or so, I’ve got deeper and deeper into the world of Reddit. While this may not seem the most revelatory thing to say, or indeed, undertake, I’ve been completely fascinated with it’s community powers such diverse and seemingly random subject matters into one cohesive brain and identity. While Reddit is well known for it’s adoption of memes (try r/adviceanimals for more of that). It’s also increasingly focussing it’s eye on the business of news, and how news is consumed and disseminated. It’s also started to make it’s own news with the extraordinary coup of getting President Obama to undertake a AMA session on the site.

So it’s good to see people doing cool things with the Reddit API. Such as this example (via Big Spaceship) of developer Benji Lanyado using the API to skim for the best news content coming out of Reddit at this moment. It’s a cool thing to do, dead simple, and shows how much great stuff is out there in such a vast, and somewhat daunting site.

Check out Redditedit.com 

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Excellent use of reclaimed devices to create new media platforms. Sort of tech meets visual art. And pretty damn cool with it. As ever with these sort of things MIT has it’s smart little mits on this one…

(Via Michael Leibowitz)

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Internet Explorer saw it’s Beta release this week. I think many of us would groan at the merest mention of Microsoft’s blighted browser, (As the ongoing Ban IE6 campaign so ably illustrates), so you’d have to create something special to make people consider a swap over to IE9. Enter Big Spaceship. They have created a wonderful browser experience (built with HTML5…) Always Beautiful letting you create your own SVG (highlighting the browsers own SVG capabilities) wallpaper, accompanied by a rather lovely tune from Ming. This really is a cracking bit of interactivity, using some great retro graphics to augment the lovely tune and the intuitive flowing animations. The even neater trick, is that to see the ‘full’ experience, you have to download the browser… we’ll see about that. Brilliant.

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