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One of Google's long-time strategic advantages in everything they do, has been their proprietary data center design and their use of easily replaceable low-end PCs as servers. Though Google has kept most details secret, you'll find some interesting facts revealed in +Steven Levy's new book In The Plex (which, by the way, I highly recommend: http://amzn.to/eBSr6Y). In short, the "world" (and world of competitors) knows that Google is doing something unique and powerful, but no one quite knows what it is.

How is Facebook fighting back? Facebook is leading something called the "open compute" project, which is an "open-source" / Linux-type attitude applied towards hardware and data center design. Facebook and other members of the group share notes on the designs used by some of the biggest online companies in the world, including Tencent, Baidu and Microsoft. Members (including Dell, ASUS and Intel) are completely open their "wins" and "losses" in terms of energy efficiency & hardware design.

As Quentin Hardy notes in his NYT article on Open Compute (http://nyti.ms/uGpKiy), " By creating Open Compute, Facebook most likely hopes to neutralize some of Google’s advantage in data-center design, by putting Google in competition with brains from around the world working on a common standard."

With the introduction of Open Compute in April, the battle between Facebook & Google has gone beyond the software and consumer-facing feature level... The battle has moved to an area that we consumers don't think about much, but is incredibly important for issues like data integrity, speed, and economic efficiency.

As users, we don't think about these things a lot, but of course it can have huge impact on the quality of service (think of Twitter's constant fail-whale), and can you imagine how devastating it'd be if a large social network ever lost a significant amount of user data? Doubling or tripling your infrastructure for backups and potential outages is not cheap nor is it easy.

I've mentioned before that Facebook has a history of making smart moves to leverage the power of platforms & crowd-sourcing (http://tcrn.ch/r7Izoh) This is another smart move and because Google is secretive about their own data center design, we can only speculate on what reaction they may have to Open Compute, and wonder how far ahead of the world Google is in their current infrastructure. Man I'd love to spend a few hours in one of Google's data centers. :-)
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Finland at its best!

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"Since 2009 the numbers of people who download music illegally has decreased by more than 25 percent, and over the last year alone it dropped by 9 percent. The data further suggests that this downward trend is caused by the availability of improved legal services such as Spotify."

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Wanna test new Youtube UI?

4 days | 118 hours | 7131 minutes | 427897 seconds before interrail!

this is a text formatting test! Will it work?

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Little bit of background music :D

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