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Real time and the data society

May 16, 2009

The Times has gone all Twitterish - a new feature called Times Wire displays stories as they are published. It is the latest effort to cash in on the growing phenomenon of "real time search." The new Times page implies very simply that recency = importance, which just isn't the case, but somehow our need for […]

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Signs of the times

April 5, 2009

The top two most-emailed stories on right now are "I Hate My iPhone" and "The iPhone Gold Rush". The first is written by a woman who blames her poor spelling and lack of dexterity on her phone (you may remember this argument from such debates as "CDS killed the economy").  The second is about […]

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Superbowl Tweeting

March 27, 2009

I know I'm really late on this one, but the NYTimes put together an excellent timelapse visualization of Twitter comments across the US during the Superbowl.  It's especially cool to see player names jump out as plays take place, or ad campaigns taking hold as commercials air.  Check it out here.

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YouTube > Yahoo?

January 18, 2009

An article in yesterday's NYTimes describes YouTube as the next great search engine.  As its primary evidence, it presents a 9 year old boy who used YouTube to do research for a paper on the platypus insetad of Google or Yahoo.  Key quote: “When they don’t have really good results on YouTube, then I use […]

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Let them eat matzah

March 28, 2008

From what has to be one of the strangest (and yes, saddest) stories in today's NYTimes: Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers — or at least the last 68 of them? No Tam Tams. It’s true. Manischewitz, which manufactures the bite-size matzos, says it has temporarily stopped making them at its plant […]

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