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The Wrap: 12 February

Internet explorer

At first glance Martin Vargic and Jay Simons’ map resembles any other guide to the possibilities of world travel. But this version is actually a navigation of the ‘net. The destinations are tantalising: there’s the Ocean of Information, the South Datastream, Developer Sea and the Land of Indexes. Around the side you’ll find the most visited sites, the largest internet companies, most used browers and a history of the internet. 

Image: jaysimons.deviantart.com

LinkedIn puts eggs in smaller basket

LinkedIn is confining some offerings to the scrapheap soon, saying it wants to focus on doing fewer things and doing those things better. Among those to get the boot is Intro, the service that showed you LinkedIn profiles in your Apple mail app. It debuted late last year after LinkedIn acquired company Rapportive. The company is also purging Slidecast, which let members upload presentations with audio.

Let the games begin

The potentially nauseating Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is getting its first game title, Eve: Valkyrie http://evevalkyrie.com/, under a co-publishing deal between Oculus and CCP Games.

The game was made specially for the device and demo-ed during CES earlier this year. Oculus says it will officially launch this year, but hasn’t set a date. It also says it’s looking for other co-publishing deals.

Space Olympics

You can watch the Olympics from a stadium or the TV in your lounge, and now NASA is letting fans gaze down on host cities from space. A recent Image of the Day gallery, sourced from its satellite feed, shows the skiing and snowboarding sites for the Sochi Games. They were taken last month by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer.


Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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