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Links for Sunday, October 17, 2010

  • Yahoo! News: Most Massive Galaxy Cluster of Early Universe Discovered – “The most massive conglomeration of galaxies ever spotted in the early universe has been found, astronomers say. This behemoth galaxy cluster contains about 800 trillion suns packed inside hundreds of galaxies. And it’s not even finished growing.
  • Arxiv: SPT-CL J0546-5345: A Massive z > 1 Galaxy Cluster Selected Via the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect with the South Pole Telescope – “we calculate that SPT-CLJ0546-5345,which at z =1.067 is already almost as massive as the Coma cluster,will increase in mass by a factor of ? 4 over the next 8 Gyr. It should therefore grow in to one of the most massive clusters in the Universe by the present day.
  • 500 Startups: Announcing Twilio Fund for 500 Startups – “Today we’re excited to announce Twilio Fund, a $250,000 micro-fund for investments in startups that are powered by Twilio’s APIs for phone calls and text messages. Via Twilio Fund, we’ll offer investments of $10,000 in up to 10 companies for a 1% stake in the company.
  • Second Life Blogs: Mesh Import Open Beta Starts Today – “As previously blogged, I’m very excited to announce that the Beta for Mesh Import is now open to all Residents. Mesh Import allows you to bring models into Second Life from the many popular 3D tools such as Blender or Maya(t), using the COLLADA file format. We see this as an important step to empower content creators to make the inworld experience an even richer and more creative one than it is today