Article about my friend Steve DiCesare, the best guitarist I know. He's also mostly deaf. His band WideMouthGrin is amazing, Zappa-quality music.
Twitter can make you a better writer. Here’s how.
"Circulate will address the challenges of how to increase traffic to media-affiliated websites, secure relationships with online users and enhance the value of news. The Associated Press has been cooperating with us and is supportive of the service. We anticipate including a variety of strategic partners — unique investors necessary for continued development after the launch of Circulate.
"Circulate is an outgrowth of research led by Bill Densmore, who was a 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri."
"Rather than comment on these legally-challenged meetings, I’m here to offer some suggestions for charging for news. Let’s assume that newspaper leaders have committed to charging for news. Here are my suggestions for what to do and what to avoid…"
"The U.S. response to the Chinese proposal was revealing. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner initially described himself as open to exploring the idea; his candor quickly caused the dollar to weaken in value—which it needs to do for the good of the U.S. economy. That weakening, however, led Geithner to reverse himself within minutes by underscoring that the U.S. dollar would remain the world’s reserve currency for the foreseeable future."
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"The possible price cut likely reflects the back-and-forth between AT&T and Apple (NasdaqGS:AAPL – News) as they work out whether and under what terms AT&T would remain the sole U.S. iPhone carrier."
DUH!!! Print delivery is an extra service, putting content online for free does not devalue that service!
"Present.ly lets the boss decide how it’s to be used. It can be a stand-alone service cut off from Twitter, or it can be connected to Twitter so employees have the option to retweet interesting updates from Twitter onto the company’s Present.ly network."
"The issue didn't seem to last terribly long, and I was willing to write it off as a fluke. Thursday, however, it happened again — and, from my measurement, the second go-round lasted even longer than the first."
"The mechanics of tweetjacking are dead simple, anyone can do it: select a message to retweet, switch the original link for the one you want to hijack visitors to – then submit. Seeing it as a retweet, you’re piggybacking on the original poster’s authority. Not only will people click those links, they’ll also retweet your stuff again and again without ever checking them – this makes it get viral within seconds. @TweetSpammer is not a “bad boy,” he’s just interested in using a borrowed ladder to success."
"Some of the URI Shortening Services have addressed this through tracking mechanisms which of course requires additional work on your part in monitoring your brand identity. Why bother? You do have some control over what happens to your URI during a Tweet."
"…A new and potentially unreliable middleman now sits between the link and its destination. And the long-term archivability of the hyperlink now depends on the health of a third party. The shortener may decide a link is a Terms Of Service violation and delete it. If the shortener accidentally erases a database, forgets to renew its domain, or just disappears, the link will break. If a top-level domain changes its policy on commercial use, the link will break. If the shortener gets hacked, every link becomes a potential phishing attack.
"We hope the shortener never decides to add interstitials or otherwise "monetize" the link with ads, but we have no guarantee.
An estimated 20,000 children were conceived during the genocide in Rwanda, and many of their mothers contracted HIV during the same encounters that left them pregnant. They feel they have lost their dignity, are alone and utterly powerless.
Intended Consequences chronicles the lives of these women. Their narratives are embodied in portrait photographs, interviews and oral reflections.
"For this student and many others, text is quite literally another language. The simple option to have books read aloud to them—even by a computer—is an enormously powerful asset to those with a whole spectrum of difficulties, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and linguistic impairment. English as a Second Language students (whose immersion is, often, primarily aural, and only later textual) also receive the obvious benefits of word-sound association."
"Select a talk in one of its translated forms, and you’ll get a subtitled video, a translated title and description of the talk. Featured in this description are the two people responsible for translating the talk, the lead translator and the reviewer – like Global Voices, TED is inviting translators to join the community, pairing new translators with trusted reviewers to evaluate the work and to offer any changes or suggestions. Another link on the page leads to an “interactive transcript” – this allows a viewer to select a point in the talk and fast-forward to see the slides and images that accompany the speaker’s words."