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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $10 million project went live this week. Aptly named, it’s a database that tracks where most of your federal, state, and local tax dollars are spent. It also allows you to compare certain data sets and provides high-level summary reports of interest. “I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions,” Mr. Ballmer told the New York Times. You wasted $10 million, Steve.


You can finally throw out your Encarta CD-ROM collection because Google Earth just added a new “Voyager” section and it’s fantastic. It provides you with themed global journeys that feature rich media and insane levels of access (e.g., inside buildings and underwater). Other updates to roll out to Earth include an “I’m feeling lucky” search option, a new 3D button to see places from multiple vantage points, knowledge cards, and a share button.


Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows you to group various posts into collections. It functions like a Pinterest-lite of sorts so surely some people will complain that Facebook/Instagram copied another non-legally-protectable idea from somebody else (or incorrectly conflate this product improvement with the concept of a monopoly). But it seems silly to complain when you can be grouping @arvinsworld posts by degrees of delusion instead.


A study found that Tinder users are more likely to be looking for a committed relationship than folks who date offline. The study was conducted by Tinder so take it with the many grains of salt distilled from the tears of all of your ghosting victims.