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j_philipp (803945) writes "Manyland is an html5/ JS-based MMO universe created by a community and two indie developers from Europe. Everything in the world can be freely drawn and placed: From the cars, animals, plants, houses, bridges, to everyone's own bodies. Like Wikipedia, by default areas are editable by everyone (and removing a block leaves dust which can be used to undo the removal). Since the opening a year ago, over 100,000 different creations have been made, and now, over 8 million blocks placed." Link to Original Source top
j_philipp (803945) writes "As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like." Link to Original Source top
Philipp Lenssen writes "Discovered earlier today, the Google Translation Center is Google's service to "request, provide, and review translations." (You likely won't be able to sign in, and parts of the program are already removed again.) This site is not directly connected to Google's machine translation efforts — at least not on the surface, though it does utilize some of Google's existing translation tools — but seems to be a marketplace in the making to connect those looking for translations with those offering translations. However, several people in blog posts and comments argued that one of the motivations for Google to offer this service may be to feed their statistical machine translation system more input... to achieve better automated results in the future." top
Philipp Lenssen (803945) writes "Google News now allows individuals or organizations who are mentioned in news stories to add comments. (I've posted some screenshots.) "Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as 'comments' so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report," Google writes in the official Google News blog. Comments (for the US version of Google News only, right now) need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will then be manually approved to verify that the sender is indeed who they claim they are. You can check out a live example at Google News."