CAT Trax: August 16, 2012

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Facebook Tests "Normal" Ads

In what is seen as a striking departure from Facebook's modus operandi, the social-networking site will soon begin testing ads in your news feed that aren't based on social context, but are targeted to users in a slightly more traditional way, using age, gender, likes and interests.

Where'd You Get That Burger From?

Peter Thiel's The Thiel Foundation has made a six-figure grant to biotech startups, including one company that 3D-prints meat. Missouri-based Modern Meadow thinks that by layering mixtures of cells, you could create your own meat, in-vitro.

Whither YouTube?

Whether you love YouTube's new direction or miss the time when it was a place to watch baby pandas sneezing, Wired's Matt Honan has a great article about where Google's massive video service is headed (hint: a one-stop multi-channel network) and the problems it faces along the way.

Kids Are Prophetic

In 1995, a PSA featured adorable kids answering the question: "Why should I be on the Internet?" The result was a collection of eerily accurate predictions of what the Internet will be like in the "future" (That's today.) By the time we're in college, said the kids, who are about 27 now, the Internet will be our phone, TV, store and workplace. Ding, ding, ding!

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