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Out of one nation’s catastrophe comes a clarion call for honesty

Iceland’s proposal to create a haven for investigative journalism should be welcomed by all who cherish freedom of expression

Financial Times Goes After Younguns With New Foursquare Deal

The Financial Times is aiming straight for consumers with this one: The FT working with Foursquare on a new partnership that would give free subscriptions to FT.com to users who « check-in » to select spots. We confirmed with the FT that the deal will launch in the coming weeks with an updated version of Foursquare’s social-mobile application

Christian Science Monitor Calls First Web-Only Year a Success

A year after going to a Web-only format, the Christian Science Monitor is reporting increased Web traffic, unique users, page views and revenue for its weekly edition and daily E-newsletter. But, like most other outlets, online ad revenue is not as high as expected, prompting a buyout and a slight reduction in staff, including the shutdown of two news bureaus.

Les enseignements du cas Nestlé – Greenpeace

Greenpeace qui attaque Nestlé sur la question de l’huile de palme, Nestlé qui réagit de travers, la page Facebook du groupe envahie par des commentaires négatifs, un gros buzz sur les médias sociaux, des reprises dans les grands médias et un cours de bourse qui se casse la figure : c’est LE cas de crise web de ce début d’année.

HuffPo Launches Separate ‘Twitter Edition’; More Focus On Real-Time News

The Huffington Post is launching a “Twitter edition” that is intended to serve as an extension and a distinct entity from the main news and opinion site, the company told paidContent. The primary purpose is to harness the social networking aspects of the site to create a real-time news service for each of HuffPo’s 19 sections.

Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users as Lucid Linux Desktop Nears

Ubuntu Linux is gearing up for the debut of its latest release with Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed « the Lucid Lynx » and scheduled for general availability at the end of the month. It’s a release that offers multiple new features on the desktop and a new look to Ubuntu Linux.

« The console is dying » – Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid)

« In the near future, we’ll have games that don’t depend on any platform, » Kojima said at a news conference announcing the latest installment in a game saga that began in 1987. « Gamers should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel — wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience, » he said.

L’information n’a jamais été un produit commercialement viable

Les éditeurs continuent d’assurer que tout irait bien s’ils pouvaient ériger des murs payants autour de l’information en ligne et ils soutiennent que les gouvernements devraient leur fournir une protection juridique de sorte qu’ils puissent faire de l’information un produit numérique économiquement viable. Leur approche est erronée et ignore cette réalité fondamentale: l’information n’a jamais été un produit commercialement viable parce que la majorité du public a été, et demeure, réticente à payer pour l’information. Par conséquent, l’information a toujours été financée par des revenus qui dépendaient de la valeur de cette information pour d’autres activités.

Sarkozy va renoncer à supprimer la pub sur France Télévisions

Poussé par sa majorité et notamment Jean-François Copé, le chef de l’Etat devrait annoncer qu’il abandonne l’interdiction de publicité sur les chaînes publiques.

Yahoo Readies Launch Of iPad Advertising Model

Inspired by video game development, Yahoo has been working on a new advertising model for tablets, such as Apple’s iPad, to provide another option for brands to tap its ad network. The strategy for the new screen moves more toward product placement similar to tactics seen in videos, television and movies, and away from banner and display ads typically used in mobile phones and on PCs.

Analyse de la stratégie web de @ConanOBrien pour promouvoir TeamCoco

“It was expertly done,” said Geof Wills, president of Live Nation Comedy, which is promoting some of the tour dates. Mr. Wills said he was astonished to see how successful the nontraditional communications approach was in selling thousands of tickets. The team relied on no outside advertising. Of course, “a certain amount of this has to do with the fact that he’s a huge star,” Mr. Wills said of Mr. O’Brien. Still, Mr. Wills wondered days later: “Does this take your traditional advertiser campaign and knock it on its ear? It’s going to be a case study.”

Zynga Could Be Worth $5 Billion

Zynga, the leading social-gaming company behind Facebook hits such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, would likely be worth as much as $5 billion if it were publicly traded instead of privately held, according to SecondShares.com. SecondShares based its estimate of Zynga’s value on the number of outstanding shares, estimated revenue per user, growth rate and other metrics, and projected that by 2015 the game-maker could have a theoretical market value as high as $10 billion.

Les communautés en ligne renforcent les liens avec le réseau réel

Les communautés en ligne ne constituent pas un domaine « à part », ou « séparé » du réseau réel qu’entretient un individu avec ses clients, collègues, proches ou amis. Elles viennent au contraire renforcer les liens préexistants, selon deux chercheurs de l’université de l’Illinois. Ceux-ci expliquent que le réseau professionnel d’un individu sur Internet se fonde en fait sur une communauté bien réelle, ancrée localement

InstantAtlas: Tools for Data Professionals, Statisticians, and Data Analysts

InstantAtlas™ enables information analysts and researchers to create highly-interactive online reporting solutions that combine statistics and map data to improve data visualization, enhance communication, and engage people in mor informed decision making

Meet the App Store Millionaires: The Brothers Behind Doodle Jump

Developers are eager to use the iPad as a chance to sell more expensive apps. But you can do just fine selling software at 99 cents a pop. Just ask Igor and Marko Pusenjak.

Twitter 97.3% Accurate in Predicting Opening Weekend Movie Box Office Returns

Two researchers at HP Labs, Sitaram Asur and Bernardo Huberman, have discovered that you can accurately use Twitter mentions to predict how well a movie will perform in its first release weekend. Asur and Huberman monitored movie mentions in 2.9 million tweets from 1.2 million users over three months for 24 movies. They then built a computer model, which looked at two variables: the rate of tweets around the release date, and the number of theaters its released in. Lo and behold, their model was 97.3% accurate in predicting opening weekend box office. By contrast, the Hollywood Stock Exchange, which has been the gold standard for opening box-office predictions, had a 96.5% accuracy.

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