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Experimental Projects From The New York Times

Experimental Projects From The New York Times

LiveScribe: World's Smartest Pens Get Social There's no easy way to share handwritten notes in a digital format, but LiveScribe wants to change that with a new shareable web medium called "pencasts." LiveScribe makes pens that record audio in sync with a writer's notes and allow him to play it back at a specific moment by tapping the desired place in his notebook. The company announced free software on Monday, LiveScribe Connect, that makes the resulting pair of recordings — handwriting and audio — compatible with Adobe Reader 10.

The Guardian's Open Platform is open for business Today we're announcing that the Open Platform is officially open for business. We have improved and rebuilt the API, added a new application framework and developed an experimental commercial model around the whole initiative. Go ahead and try the new API now. You can play with it using our new API Explorer.

Righthaven files emergency appeal to block auction - Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 Righthaven LLC, the Las Vegas newspaper copyright lawsuit company, filed an emergency appeal Tuesday to block an auction of its copyrights — an auction Righthaven says is aimed at dismantling the company, even though the copyrights are “allegedly suspect.” A federal judge in Las Vegas last week granted Righthaven defendant Wayne Hoehn’s motion that Righthaven turn its intellectual property — including copyrights — over to a receiver so they could be auctioned. Hoehn wants them auctioned because Righthaven owes him $63,720 for his legal expenses in defeating Righthaven’s copyright infringement lawsuit against him — one of 275 such suits Righthaven filed since March 2010 over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material.

Is the Huffington Post reinventing the art of liveblogging? A few days ago, I clicked on a link to an Associated Press article published at the Huffington Post and reporting on a new AP poll that found widespread support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Like hundreds of other news outlets, HuffPo subscribes to the AP and runs its articles to supplement the original content the AOL-owned company produces on its own. A curious thing happened when I finished the article, however: I didn’t stop reading.

USA Today toys with a side business: selling commercial access to its data One year ago, USA Today opened up its massive database of articles, reviews, census figures, and sports salaries to the public. The newspaper provided open and well-documented APIs to software developers, but access was limited to personal and noncommercial use. Last week the newspaper quietly changed that, offering commercial licensing of its data on a case-by-case basis. Premium licenses would remove rate limits and caps for data-hungry programs, too. California woman swears off mirrors for a year Kjerstin Gruys likes her legs now — and the feel of her cheeks as she applies makeup. Even perfumes smell better, she says, since she stopped looking in mirrors six months ago. Last March, the 28-year-old PhD student embarked on a year-long project, banning herself from gazing at her own reflection — no mirrors, no reflective surface at all. Denied access to her own reflection Gruys says she has become happier with her own appearance.

Is Google's "Survey Wall" Experiment Brilliant or Evil? Paywalls may be working for the New York Times, but other publishers looking for a digital lifeline may not want to rely on them. Still, what’s the alternative? Google has quietly cooked one up that asks online readers to answer one market-research question as a "toll" for accessing content. Nieman Journalism Lab is calling it a "survey wall" model.

The ProPublica Data Store ProPublica is making available the datasets that power our data journalism. The raw data we received as the result of a FOIA request is available for free, and datasets that reflect substantial cleaning and processing by our staff are available for a one-time fee. Journalists and academic researchers can purchase premium datasets, and interested commercial users can contact us for pricing, by clicking the "Purchase" button on any dataset. We also provide a pass-through link when a data download is available on another site. Related Story » Premium Datasets (Purchase)

Who Really Invented Rock n Roll Little Richard once said, "The blues had an illegitimate baby and we named it rock 'n' roll." This is a fair and clever summary of what happened between 1949 and 1954, when black and white musical traditions cross-educated each other, and then disc jockey Alan Freed popularized the phrase "rock and roll," which was black slang for having sex. Now along comes Rolling Stone magazine, huckstering a commercial myth to sell magazines, get advertising, and make a buck. Along the way, they falsify and simplify the history of America's music. The current issue, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of rock 'n' roll and is stuffed with advertisements, declares that Elvis Presley invented the music. This is revisionist history as a marketing gimmick.

Hole-In-Space, 1980 HOLE-IN-SPACE was a Public Communication Sculpture. On a November evening in 1980 the unsuspecting public walking past the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, and "The Broadway" department store located in the open air Shopping Center in Century City (LA), had a surprising counter with each other. Suddenly head-to-toe, life-sized, television images of the people on the opposite coast appeared. They could now see, hear, and speak with each other as if encountering each other on the same sidewalk. No signs, sponsor logos, or credits were posted -- no explanation at all was offered. No self-view video monitors to distract from the phenomena of this life-size encounter.

A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions As I have said previously, the introduction of digital subscriptions is an investment in our future. It will allow us to develop new sources of revenue to strengthen our ability to continue our journalistic mission as well as undertake digital innovations that will enable us to provide you with high-quality journalism on whatever device you choose. As you may know, on March 17, we introduced digital subscriptions in Canada. The Canadian launching allowed us to test our systems and fine-tune the user interface and customer experience.