Watercooler: After the lost week, a new week

Here's a peek at some of the stories that kept us chattering over the last two weeks.

+ Check out the relationship between pedestrian volumes and tweets. via Eric Fischer

+ Nokia's new mapping application is, uh, HERE. 2012 is really shaping up to be the year of excellent new smartphone mapping tools, we'll look back to realize how lucky we were to be beta-testers pigs for half baked large scale attacks on Google Maps. via Nokia

+ 100 Urban Trends from BMW Guggenheim Lab: click through to read about “innovations” like  “Happy City”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Non-expert” via BMW Guggenheim Lab

+ How do your favorite tech companies make money? Royalties? Freemiums? Advertising? Subscriptions? Selling your personal data??? Here's a glance at how some of the most popular do it. via Seer Interactive

+ A Romney presidency campaign could have proven that small, nimble organizations are just as ineffectual as the big, clumsy windmills he was jousting for. Read about the Romney campaign's Project ORCA, used by polling and campaign volunteers to assist in getting people out to vote.  via Ace of Spades

+ Remember that neat map animation demo we launched as an overlay to cibi.me? We've released it as an opensource leaflet plugin available on Github. Now you can animate your map markers just how we animate our map markers. available on Github

+ Check out the 20 cities selected to have projects funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The cities proposed projects that will employ technology in new and exciting ways to improve how cities work and the lives of people in them. via Wall Street Journal

+ Replace email? One word, huge message board plus crazy filters. via Fast Company

+ Facebook kept track of when its users voted. Then tooted its own horn about how important it, Facebook – not voting, is. via facebook

+ Chop 'em and stack 'em sideways  via Radio Lab