AP took it to the wire but needs to rethink its role The Associated Press didn't know what it stepped in when it sent a lawyer's letter to the blog Drudge Retort (a Drudge Report parody) demanding that it take down headlines and excerpts from wire-service stories as short as 33 words long. This set off a blogstorm as many bloggers - me included - accused AP of the highest web crime: not getting it. The confrontation ended in a stand-down with no precedents or policies set regarding copyright, fair use and blog excerpts. AP continues to use software called Attributor to find sites that quote its content so it can send such notices. Some bloggers vowed to boycott AP content, but quoting will continue. In the midst of this skirmish, I realised we were witnessing the millennial clash of media models: the content economy v the link economy.
The building block of journalism is no longer the article The old building block of journalism — the article — is proving to be inadequate in the current onslaught of news. I’ll argue here that the new building block is the topic. The story was all we had before — it’s what would fit onto a newspaper page or into a broadcast show. But a discrete and serial series of articles over days cannot adequately cover the complex stories going on now nor can they properly inform the public. There’s too much repetition. Too little explanation.
10 Web Apps To Build The Next Big Thing Without Writing Any Code Ever wished that someone would overlay some data that fascinates you on a Google Map? Ever have an idea for a new desktop widget to take the computing world by storm? Well, no matter what your skill level is, there are tools out there in the world that will help you realize your dreams just by dragging-and-dropping what you need and in the order you want it. Take a look through these ten solutions — which range from common, everyday type of Google Maps mashups to heavy-hitting, enterprise-level applications — and be amazed at how very little work can bring big results. DevHub: A point-and-click solution for developing a site, with monetization in place from the day you open it up. The themes are customizable, so your site needn’t be immediately recognizable as being from DevHub; there is some branding indicating that your site is a DevHub site, but it is pretty unobtrusive.
Helping news be news Google News has just open-sourced its code to create what it calls Living Stories. What this really is, I think, is Google’s attempt to take editors to school on content presentation in our new world. The article, I’ve argued, is outmoded as the building block of news. The new atomic unit(s) of journalism needs to reflect the transition of news from a product to a process. It needs to gather updates and corrections on a story. Free Websites Performance, Availability, Traffic Monitoring Here's what our monitoring tools can do for IT Consultants, ISPs, ISVs, Web Developers and Web Designers Imagine how much you could grow your business if you weren't chained to your desk. Monitor.Us makes this possible.
Forward Vision: Financial Markets That Promote Long-Term Value Despite the lessons of the financial crisis, markets remain focused on the same short-term thinking that helped create the problem in the first place. Shares in U.S. publicly traded companies are held for an average of seven months, down from seven years two generations ago. Alcatel- Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen described this phenomenon to us: “Winners and losers are measured sometimes in a matter of weeks and months.” Even pension fund managers, whose overall charge is to steward assets over decades rather than quarters, are subject to near- term performance pressures that cause them to “churn” increasing portions of their portfolios.
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Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin » TechBubble I have always been fascinated by the visual clarity of the London Underground map. Given the number of cities that have adopted this mapping approach for their own subway systems, clearly this is a popular opinion. At a conference some years back, I saw a poster for the Yahoo! Developer Services. Ease of doing business index The ease of doing business index is an index created by the World Bank. Higher rankings indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights. Empirical research funded by the World Bank to justify their work show that the effect of improving these regulations on economic growth is strong. "Empirical research is needed to establish the optimal level of business regulation—for example, what the duration of court procedures should be and what the optimal degree of social protection is. The indicators compiled in the Doing Business project allow such research to take place. Since the start of the project in November 2001, more than 800 academic papers have used one or more indicators constructed in Doing Business and the related background papers by its authors.