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"One Wednesday, Luke Fretwell had an idea to aggregate official U.S. Government news all in one place to serve as his own personal news service.
"Thursday, he designed a simple prototype and created groups within FriendFeed related to various government departments and agencies.
"Friday, he met with Ryan Waggoner, and they discussed a simple way to execute the idea. Ryan set up the site in WordPress and customized it to Lukeâ€™s design. Ryan then did some custom coding to integrate the FriendFeed groups into the WordPress site. GovFresh launched that day, Friday, May 1, 2009.
Intriguing initiative that journos and news orgs should support: "Making government accessible, reliable, and transparent with advanced permalinks."
"The Problem: Government websites are ever changing and cannot be cited. Content changes without notice or accountability."
Excellent podcast that explains the pros and cons of various strategies for gaining or keeping political power.
"Paul Collier of Oxford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his new book, Wars, Guns, and Votes, a study of democracy and violence. Collier lays out the incentives facing a dictator who is considering the seductive appeal of holding an election. He defends his empirical work that forms the basis for many of the policy ideas in the book. Collier then makes the case for international military intervention to support democracies in poor countries."
Blogger Dan Kennedy notes that the Boston Globe's mobile site was inexplicably and inexcusably slow today in reporting the news of Ted Kennedy's death. Perfect example of why mobile whould be at the forefront — not an afterthoughts — for news.
In every test, students who spent less time simultaneously reading e-mail, surfing the web, talking on the phone and watching TV performed best.
â€œThese are all very standard tasks in psychology,â€ said Nass. â€œIn the first, thereâ€™s lots of evidence that if people do poorly, they have trouble ignoring irrelevant information. For the second task, there are many demonstrations that this is a good reflection of peopleâ€™s ability to organize things in their working memory. The third task shows how fast and readily people switch from doing one thing to another.â€
As for what caused the differences â€” whether people with a predisposition to multitask happen to be mentally disorganized, or if multitasking feeds the condition â€” â€œthatâ€™s the million dollar question, and we donâ€™t have a million dollar answer,â€ said Nass.