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Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

The lede: “Tax changes, better copyright protection and fees imposed on Facebook and Google are among the solutions being touted to help rescue Canada’s ailing news industry, internal reports show.”

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Wed, January 11 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

Google may start ranking sites on truthfulness, not popularity

From New Scientist (“Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links“): The Internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.

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Mon, March 2 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Google may start ranking sites on truthfulness, not popularity

Google to offer one-stop shopping for its journalistic tools

Google Media Tools offers a  single page to act as a “starting point to tap into Google’s suite of digital tools that can enhance newsgathering and exposure across television, radio, print and online.” They are grouped into six sections: Gather and organize Engage Visualize Publish Develop Additional resources “In total 27 tools feature in the […]

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Thu, October 17 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Google to offer one-stop shopping for its journalistic tools

Canadian newspaper revenue trend looks bleak, report says

From The Globe and Mail: Canada’s newspaper industry will see advertising and circulation revenue decline by almost 20 per cent over the next four years, according to a global study that suggests the market was worth $2.1-billion in 2012.

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Wed, June 5 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Canadian newspaper revenue trend looks bleak, report says

Project Glass

Google has offered a taste of its augmented reality project: Here’s the Google Plus page for Project Glass. For those of you who don’t like glasses, from the NYT’s Bits blog:

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Wed, April 4 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Project Glass

Coming soon from Google: Smart glasses

Google plans to bring augmented-reality glasses to market, eyewear that will function as a smartphone.

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Thu, February 23 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Coming soon from Google: Smart glasses

Social media tools for journalists

Saw this tweet from Mark Hamilton: Great (exhaustive) list of social media tools for journalists, by@macloo Here’s the post: Best social media tools for journalists

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Sat, February 18 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Social media tools for journalists

Ngramed yet?

If you’re a data visualization geek, you unquestionably have. Google Labs has released its Ngram Viewer. Succinctly put, it maps word or phrase use in books over time and plots it on graph (Read Google’s About Ngram page for details). In a way, it’s a more sophisticated version of Google Fight. :) An example from […]

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Mon, December 20 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ngramed yet?

The tyranny of algorithms – Is news next?

CBC contributor Ira Basen had a major feature published in the Nov. 27 Globe and Mail about the growing power of algorithms in the human decision-making process. I pull out an excerpt that’s journalism-related:

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Mon, November 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

Disappeared

Once upon a time, I followed someone on Twitter. This wasn’t someone I knew in real life, just a fellow Torontonian. We had conversed a few times around the Twitter water cooler, but that was about it. I struck me late Sunday that I hadn’t seen any tweets from this person for some time. I […]

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Mon, November 1 2010 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » 3 Comments