I hear you, says AT&T

November 16, 2010

speechrecognition

Anybody who’s been at the wrong end of a automated customer service conversation may understandably have doubts about speech recognition technology. Personally I’ve been frustrated by systems that couldn’t understand something as basic as whether I’d answered “yes” or “no.”

Laugh graph: Conan and the ratings race

November 9, 2010

The debut of Conan on TBS won its time slot against more established late-night comedy shows. But can the former Tonight Show host keep up the momentum? Reuters is keeping daily track of how O’Brien performs against his rivals; tune in every day for an update.

from Chrystia Freeland:

Don Graham: For-profit school plan hurts poor kids

By Chrystia Freeland
November 4, 2010

Don Graham, Chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, visited the Reuters studio this morning to chat with Chrystia about the future of the company's Kaplan subsidiary as well as its flagship newspaper. In addition to its popular test preparation courses, Kaplan operates 75 colleges and graduate schools, both online and through brick-and-mortar campuses, that serve 112,000 students. Earlier this year the Department of Education lashed out at for-profit colleges like Kaplan for misleading prospective students about tuition costs and salaries after graduation. The Department proposed new regulations on these institutions that would tie federal aid to the number of students who are repaying their loans.

UPDATE: AOL News hires ABCNews.com guy as new leader

October 28, 2010

AOL_Say_CanvasThere’s been an exodus of reporters and editors leaving AOL News of late but today the company snaggeda new leader. Jonathan Dube has been named senior vice president and general manager of AOL News & Information heading up its news and content division which includes the tech, finance, and sports group.  Dube will report in to David Eun, president of AOL Media & Studios.

Apple iPhone launche$, everybody i$ happy!

June 24, 2010

During these economic and political hard times, it’s nice when people can get together to rejoice about something wonderful. You know: the good times.

Dot-Com: ‘Three Letters and a Punctuation Mark’ That Changed the World

March 15, 2010

DellTwenty five years ago, on March 15, 1985, the first commercial dot-com domain name – Symbolics.com – was born. It was one of only six dot-com domain names registered that year (Among the 15 oldest are Northrop.com, Xerox.com, HP.com, IBM.com, Sun.com, Intel.com, TI.com and ATT.com.)

Digital, Life, Design 2010 Live Coverage

By Reuters Staff
January 22, 2010

DLD (Digital – Life – Design) is a three-day experience gathering 800 entrepreneurs, investors, philantropists, scientists, artists and creative minds from all over the world. With global diversity in attendees and an interdisciplinary perspective of digital, media, design, art, science, brands, consumers and society, the conference is known as the European forum for the “creative class”.

from Felix Salmon:

The devil in the NYT meter’s details

By Felix Salmon
January 21, 2010

One issue which I'm sure has yet to be settled inside NYT headquarters is the status of blogs vis-a-vis the nytimes.com paywall. On the one hand, blogs are a central part of the website's value proposition -- exactly the sort of extra digital content that they want people to pay for. On the other hand, blogs simply don't lend themselves to paywalls in general, or to metering in particular. While newspaper articles are self-contained entities -- visit once, get the information, you're done -- blogs are conversations. As a result, participating in any one conversation -- reading any one blog -- will in and of itself use up whatever pageview quota the NYT might be willing to give you.

from Felix Salmon:

The economics of the NYT paywall

By Felix Salmon
January 20, 2010

Preston Austin has managed to squeeze the economics of a NYT-style paywall into one tweet, but it's compressed, so let me expand it into slightly more than 140 characters.

from FaithWorld:

Malaysia’s “Allah” row spills over into Facebook

January 4, 2010

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The word "Allah" in a Malay-language Catholic newspaper, 29 Dec 2009/Bazuki Muhammad