links for 2010-09-07

  • Every design has it’s literary inspiration printed on the inside neck. So every time you step out, you’re primed for chatting about something other than the weather.
  • or decades, journalists in mainstream news organizations were shielded from the revenue side of the operation. Many argued their lack of knowledge helped avoid even the appearance of commercial influence in the editorial well. But with increased stress in the news industry and new disruptive technologies giving even entry-level reporters an understanding of audience behaviors and income streams, things have started to shift.
  • It’s an attempt to open the doors of the The Times to developers, technologists, designers, and entrepreneurs, who can use Times tools to help answer some of the field’s big questions. This iteration of TimesOpen is a five-event series this fall, each focusing on a different topic: mobile/geolocation, open government, the real-time web, “big data,” and finally a hack day in early December.
    (tags: data community)
  • Some of the most striking of Nass’s experiments involved testing the best way to get people to reveal information or do you a favor. Participants in one experiment interacted with a program that said something like “Most PCs these days have at 2MB of memory. Being an older model I only have 1MB. What do you feel inadequate about?” Participants were much more likely to reveal personal information in this case then when the program simply stated the specs of the machine.

    The same was true when a search program was configured to be “helpful” or “unhelpful”  in some search tasks participants performed. When people were then asked to help optimize the screen resolution on a computer where the program had been “helpful”, they were much more likely to do so than with the less helpful version.

    (tags: behaviour)
  • Online infrastructure for your small business doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. By leveraging many of the free and inexpensive products offered by Google, you can create a website, a domain-branded e-mail system, and a document collaboration platform, all unified under one master login and password.
  • Users can now enter news stories into the Facebook search field and any article which relates to the text inputted – and which has been 'liked' by a person within the user's network – will then appear in the results and link out to the original article.
  • On the upside, content farms expose journalists and amateur bloggers to an audience; on the downside, they often pay less than minimum wage.
  • If there’s any interest, I’ll add more features to it, but for now, it’s just a the simplest of things, a web application with a unique URL for every charity based on its charity number, and with the  basic information for each charity is available as data (XML, JSON and RDF). It’s also searchable, and sortable by most recent income and spending, and for linked data people there are dereferenceable Resource URIs.

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