Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011

The joys of animated geo data, Angry Birds and the future of mobile testing, and a look inside The Guardian's creative process.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Visualization deconstructed: Why animated geospatial data works
When you plot geographic data onto the scenery of a map and then create a shifting window into that scene through the sequence of time, you create a deep, data-driven story.

Jason Huggins’ Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot
Jason Huggins explains how his Angry Birds-playing robot relates to the larger problems of mobile application testing and cloud-based infrastructure.

Data journalism and “Don Draper moments”
The Guardian’s Alastair Dant discusses the organization’s interactive stories, including its World Cup Twitter replay, along with the steps his team takes when starting a new data project.

Building books for platforms, from the ground up
Open Air Publishing’s Jon Feldman says publishers aren’t truly embracing digital. They’re simply pushing out flat electronic versions of print books.

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops?
What will it take for tablets to equal — or surpass — their laptop cousins? See specific wish lists and weigh in with your own thoughts.

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