Morning Buzz — May 4, 2010

The Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is now available in Europe.

Interesting: Amazon lets you see the most highlighted passages/books on Kindle. at the moment: “…three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.” That’s from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

Some quotes from Carol Bartz. The quote that made me spray tea across the room (and which Business Insider did not include) was “Yahoo! has been here for fifteen years. We are the Internet.” Um, didn’t Yahoo launch in 1994? Still at Stanford? And if you’re going by age, then hey, I guess AltaVista IS the Internet! HotBot is the Internet! The WWW Worm is the Internet! Whee!

“Introducing Google’s 2010 Anita Borg Scholars & Finalists”

Exactly HOW old-school are you? Gmail v. Pine. Apparently Pine is no longer in development, but you can get Alpine.

Not about searching, but very cool: Two Rice University undergraduates have figured out how to modify a “Salad Spinner” to act as a basic blood-separating centrifuge for use with developing countries’ medical needs. “The centrifuge, assembled using plastic lids, cut-up combs, yogurt containers and a hot-glue gun, costs about $30 in parts, including the spinner.” Good morning, Internet…

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