Monthly Archives: August 2007

Don’t like how a reporter treated you? Tell Google

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is allowing newsmakers to comment on stories that appear in Google News. Google says it allows people who are quoted in articles or affiliated with organizations in them to comment, as well as … Continue reading

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Writing news for search engines and blogs

One of the reasons I love blogging is that it gives me the opportunity to see things at a micro level. I can see patterns and analyze data in a way that I couldn’t in a typical work role. When … Continue reading

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Video from MN-DOT of Interstate 35W bridge collapse

MN-DOT has finally released the video from last week’s collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River. The video appears to be from camera 628. Unfortunately, the camera was turned the other direction at the moment the bridge … Continue reading

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The New York Times to set content free?

The New York Post is reporting that rival The New York Times is about to set its TimesSelect content free. TimesSelect has kept key parts of behind a subscription firewall since 2005. The pay content includes Times op-ed columnists, … Continue reading

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Mmmm…. McCarrots and McMilk

The AP reports on a study of 63 poor children that found the kids preferred food in McDonald’s wrappers over identical unmarked food. The golden arches cast a golden halo over even healthy items such as carrots and milk. The … Continue reading

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Old media strikes back

The New York Times killed the fake Steve Jobs. Brad Stone identified Daniel Lyons as the blogger who has been writing the fake Secret Diary of Steve “Dude, I friggin invented the iPhone” Jobs. Lyons is himself an old media … Continue reading

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Status from Minneapolis: we’re fine

During weeks like this, I’m reminded that wireless and long distance networks that we take for granted aren’t designed for major emergencies. They’re engineered for average peak usage and can quickly become overloaded when tragedy strikes. After this week’s 35W … Continue reading

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The Barry Bonds home run premium

Update 2: Bonds hit 756 on Aug. 7 off the Washington Nationals’ Mike Bacsik to right-center field. The ball was caught by a 22 year old from Queens, New York named Matt Murphy. He just walked up and bought a … Continue reading

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Can an airline really be this inept?

Every couple of months, U.S. Airways sends out an email describing the progress on their computer systems. As with most large-scale systems projects, they’re behind. The self-effacing emails try to reassure customers that the airline really cares. Here’s an excerpt … Continue reading

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Using the Web to cover breaking events

After the crash of ComAir Flight 5191, about a year ago, I wrote a piece criticizing the lackluster way news sites use Web resources in covering breaking news. When the news broke of the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis last … Continue reading

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