Apple Keynote Index Fund — Matt Haughey finds out the returns for day trading AAPL during the last ten keynotes
Steal This Film II released — free documentary about history of piracy interviews Pirate Bay, Mininova, EFF, MPAA, and others (via)
Matt Webb wraps up 2007 — massive brain dump that extends beyond tech into sociology, ecology, marketing, drugs, and genetics
Duelity — video art project retells the biblical and scientific creation stories, with the prose and tone reversed
I Waterboard! — Straight Dope member waterboards himself and writes about the experience (via)
The Jingler — turns any MP3 into Christmas music with beat-matched sleigh and jingle bells (and Santa!) (via)
Meta 419 Scam — pretends to reach out to victims of Nigerian scams, with a convenient $1M payment (via)

Exclusive: Yahoo! Brickhouse launches BravoNation

Today, Yahoo! Brickhouse launched BravoNation, the newest release from their San Francisco-based incubator program. Gordon Luk, the leader of the project and my fellow Upcoming founder, graciously offered to give me an exclusive preview of the launch.

BravoNation is an experimental platform for people to send virtual awards and achievements to their friends and family, and a robust set of APIs for developers to build achievements into their own software. It reminds me of a web-native equivalent of XBox Live’s achievement system, abstracted to work with any online community.

From its genesis as a Hack Day project to my departure from Yahoo! last month, I was a close observer of this project and I’m thrilled to be the first to write about it publicly. Gordon gave me access to the “Rough Draft” release of the site this morning, and I’ve included my screenshot-heavy tour below.

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Rails 2.0 released — multiviews, moving towards REST over SOAP, and better native security and performance