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  • uranaishi 9:04 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google news,   

    Some numbers and facts. . . 

    So here is some hard data on Google and Google news, courtesy of the eminent Timothy Jordan. . .

    Some numbers,
    -We send news publishers more than 4 billion clicks each month: 1
    billion clicks from Google News and an additional 3 billion from
    services like web search and iGoogle. That’s about 100,000 business
    opportunities we provide publishers per minute.
    -Google News now includes articles from more than 25,000 news sources
    in about 30 languages and more than 70 editions. Among these, more
    than 5,000 are English language news sources. Users find the news
    they’re looking for, discover new editorial voices and try out news
    sites they may never have seen otherwise.
    -A survey in December 2008 showed that 40% of American Internet users
    get most of their national/international news from the Internet, vs.
    35% for newspapers — the first time the Internet has overtaken
    newspapers. [Pew Research 2008]
    -28% of European Internet users surveyed admitted to reading
    newspapers less frequently as a result of the availability of news
    online. 62% said they are now turning to the Internet as a main source
    of news instead of traditional media. [EIAA Mediascope]

    Some common corrections,
    -We don’t show entire articles from newspapers. Rather, we show just
    enough for users to identify the stories they’re interested in — a
    headline, short snippet and a link to the publisher’s site — and we
    direct users to those news sites to read the stories
    -For Google News, the primary goal is not to generate revenue but to
    help users find high-quality information produced by journalists.
    While connecting users to news is an important service, the money we
    make from ads that accompany search queries related to news and
    current events accounts for only a tiny fraction of our overall search
    -Newspapers have been suffering from both declining circulation and
    declining ad revenue. Paid circulation as a fraction of the population
    is now about half what it was in 1960, and advertisers are finding
    lots of other ways — including TV and the Internet — to find
    targeted audiences. So far, online advertising hasn’t come close to
    offsetting the plunging revenue from newspapers’ print business; in
    the U.S., it still comprises only 5% of their revenue. It’s a painful
    transition period, but we’re working with newspapers and news
    publishers of all kinds on ways to ensure that journalism thrives on
    the web.

  • uranaishi 8:56 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Ray Kurzweil speaks to us! 

    So on Wednesday I sent out e-mail invitations to the real-life people in our show. . .a couple of hours later, Ray Kurzweill (!) e-mailed me back with this response:

    Thanks, Jocelyn and Kimberly,

    It sounds very interesting and I’m flattered to be included in the way you describe. Unfortunately my travel schedule won’t allow me to be there but if there is a video or web archive of these events I would be interested.

    Best of luck with the performances!


    Followed a few minutes later by:

    If you can send me a land address I’ll be happy to send inscribed copies of my recent books. Best, Ray


    • kimberlymj 9:03 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yay us!

      Did Kurz really use an emoticon?

  • uranaishi 4:14 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Photos, Stumble-through   


    An album of all the pictures I took at the stumble-through!


  • uranaishi 3:29 am on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Steve Jobs   

    Steve Jobs hates Google! (Kinda maybe. . .) 

    An anonymous Apple employee reports on Steve Job’s comments about Eric Schmidt and Google


    Meanwhile, both Kurz AND Joy love Google. . .

  • uranaishi 5:11 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fortune telling, silicon valley   

    Silicon Valley Tarot! 

    Have your fortune read online with cards such as “The Hacker” or “The Five of Cubicles.” Also available as a physical tarot deck.


  • uranaishi 4:26 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , SST   

    “Where’s my SST?!” 

    SST, standing for SuperSonic Transport, seen during the 1960’s as the next logical step for civilian avian transportation. The most well-known prototype of which was the Concorde.


  • uranaishi 3:33 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cisco, hologram, , Teleportec, TelePresence   

    Kurzweil Hologram! But really, look at the bottom link. . . 

    Brief video of Kurzweil appearing via hologram at a conference:

    Video advertisement for the technology, called “Teleportec” with super creepy futurism narration!

    BUT, even COOLER is actually Cisco’s live virtual presentation of their “Telepresence” technology!


  • uranaishi 3:17 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Star Trek   

    Star Trek, within its copious vault of ideas and visions for the future, already thought up the iPad and tablet computing before Apple:


  • uranaishi 5:03 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Working at Google 

    Various people giving soundbytes about working at Google – all very positive of course.

  • uranaishi 4:39 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fortune telling machines,   

    Fortune telling machines 

    A list of historical fortune telling machines, with links to images:


    A webpage on old school arcade machines, with a brief section on fortune telling machines about halfway down:


    A brief web page dedicated to a summary of the history of fortune telling machines:


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