links for 2010-05-24

  • Museum in paoli, PA i'd like to visit
    (tags: museum)
  • Available for Kindle soon.

    "For people living paycheck to paycheck and sometimes falling behind with rent, car payments, and grocery bills, fringe financing and the ubiquitous Rent-A-Centers, Jackson Hewitt, payday lenders, pawnshops, and check cashers—may seem like their only safety net. These businesses may tout themselves as a necessary service and force for economic development in low-income communities, but Rivlin reveals their dark underbelly: punishing rates of interest and customer service reps explicitly trained to mislead customers who appear gullible. He delves into the effect of financial deregulation on fringe financing, predatory subprime lending, and the major players in this unsavory world, including Allan Jones, a debt collector, worth $200 million, and the activists and advocates like Bill Brennan who've faced them down in the courts. A timely, important, and deeply disturbing look at the cycle of debt of the nation's most vulnerable. (June)"

  • Stunning podcast on the economics of payday lenders, and how they fit into social niches.
  • "News briefs via Foursquare may not immediately sell papers, but New York readers are going to read the paper that they feel is most pertinent to them, and this is an easy way to provide utility."
  • "Here’s how it works: if you’re a friend of Wall Street Journal on Foursquare (they have 2,600 of them) and you’re in New York, you’ll see WSJ’s “check-ins”, which are really news alerts tied to a place. Or if you’re not a friend and check in at a location that WSJ just published from, you’ll see it there, as well. Separately, the Journal has been posting tips at restaurants around the New York area.

    “That idea that you want to be informed about what’s around you is the fundamental principle that Foursquare is operating on,” Zach Seward, the WSJ’s outreach editor, told the Nieman Lab, which has a great write-up on the Journal’s efforts here."

  • "Tech-savvy journalists usually go where the crowds are, and were quick to jump on Facebook (Facebook), LinkedIn (LinkedIn), and Twitter (Twitter). As Foursquare (Foursquare) climbs toward critical mass, with over one million users, 40 million checkins, and counting, it’s also becoming a hot new tool for the digital journalist.

    Last week, for example, a single checkin on Foursquare by The Wall Street Journal pushed notifications to approximately 2,600 phones during the Times Square evacuation scare. Clearly, Foursquare can no longer be considered just a game.

    "With all the recent hype, journalists and media companies are itching to find their own ways to use location-sharing apps to bolster their trade. You can get started with the following seven tips, then share your own ideas in the comments."

  • "Lost Remote’s Steve Safran sees three main ways to harness the power of Foursquare:

    * Find sources and tips in specific locations during breaking news
    * Distribute content or information about specific locations where people are
    * Establish new connections between the audience and your news team

    Yes, you can use Twitter to find sources during breaking news, but Foursquare provides another option. And it offers a new angle, as well. On Foursquare, the person who has checked in to a location most often is given the title of “mayor” and is likely to be an expert. So, for example, when the Staten Island Ferry crashes into a dock, you might want to interview the “mayor.”

  • Worth a look occasionally to check out what Google knows about you, and all your settings on all the google services you use.

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