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O’Reilly purchases Pearson’s stake in Safari

By Tim O'Reilly
August 4, 2014

I’m pleased to share some exciting news. On Friday, August 1st, O’Reilly purchased Pearson Education’s 50% ownership share of our Safari Books Online joint venture, and Safari is now a wholly owned subsidiary of O’Reilly Media, Inc. O’Reilly believes strongly …

O’Reilly purchases Pearson’s stake in Safari

By Tim O'Reilly
August 4, 2014

I’m pleased to share some exciting news. On Friday, August 1st, O’Reilly purchased Pearson Education’s 50% ownership share of our Safari Books Online joint venture, and Safari is now a wholly owned subsidiary of O’Reilly Media, Inc. O’Reilly believes strongly …

Podcast: news that reaches beyond the screen

By Jon Bruner
December 10, 2013

Reporters, editors and designers are looking for new ways to interact with readers and with the physical world–drawing data in through sensors and expressing it through new immersive formats. In this episode of the Radar podcast, recorded at News Foo …

Four short links: 10 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 9, 2013

6 Technical Things I Learned About Bitcoin (Rusty Russell) — Anonymity is hard, but I was surprised to see blockchain.info’s page about my donation to Unfilter correctly geolocated to my home town! Perhaps it’s a fluke, but I was taken …

Four short links: 22 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 22, 2012

Mark Your Territory — Urine integration for Foursquare. (via Beta Knowledge) TL;DR — news summaries. Finally. Zombie Ideas and Online Instruction — The repeated return of mistaken ideas captures well my experiences with technologies in schools and what I have …

Four short links: 16 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 16, 2012

cir.ca — news app for iPhone, which lets you track updates and further news on a given story. (via Andy Baio) DataWrangler (Stanford) — an interactive tool for data cleaning and transformation. Spend less time formatting and more time analyzing …

Four short links: 2 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 2, 2012

Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides — You guys need to stop thinking like gatekeepers. You need to do it for the sake of your own survival. Because all of us comedians after watching Louis CK revolutionize sitcoms and comedy …

Four short links: 19 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2012

Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which...

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane

By Jenn Webb
March 23, 2012

Airline passengers in the U.S. may soon be allowed to use ereaders and tablets during takeoff and landing. In other news, O'Reilly's Joe Wikert reveals the power of direct sales, and the key phrase for news is "mobile."

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane

Publishing News: Ereading on a landing plane
By Jenn Webb
March 23, 2012

Airline passengers in the U.S. may soon be allowed to use ereaders and tablets during takeoff and landing. In other news, O'Reilly's Joe Wikert reveals the power of direct sales, and the key phrase for news is "mobile."

Four short links: 21 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2012

S0rce -- gorgeous infographics. They purport to let you Think for Yourself which is bald-faced bullshit: the choice of which data to present, and the invisible collection and curation practices behind the data, is the choice of what story to tell and what it will say. That said, it's wonderful to see the numbers (and they are attributed) behind...

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents

By Alex Howard
November 14, 2011

Finalists in the Ashoka Foundation's civic media competition offered honest and perceptive observations about the role of civic media in the expanding information ecosystem.

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents
By Alex Howard
November 14, 2011

Finalists in the Ashoka Foundation's civic media competition offered honest and perceptive observations about the role of civic media in the expanding information ecosystem.

Raw Resource

By Gene McCullagh
August 28, 2011

So you're having some problems opening your raw files? Don't worry. It happens every now and then. Especially if you have one of those fancy new cameras that just hit the stores yesterday! The problem is that new cameras often bring with them new proprietary raw file formats.

If it's important, the news will find me

By Peter Meyers
July 21, 2011

Facing info overload, Peter Meyers ponders more efficient ways to find what’s newsworthy. What works for you?

If it's important, the news will find me

By Peter Meyers
July 21, 2011

Facing info overload, Peter Meyers ponders more efficient ways to find what’s newsworthy. What works for you?

Four short links: 23 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 23, 2011

The Wisdom of Communities -- Luke Wroblewski's notes from Derek Powazek's talk at Event Apart. Wisdom of Crowds theory shows that, in aggregate, crowds are smarter than any single individual in the crowd. See this online in most emailed features, bit torrent, etc. Wise crowds are built on a few key characteristics: diversity (of opinion), independence (of other ideas),...

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation

By Jenn Webb
June 3, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Ben Huh dishes on news organizations moving in the right direction; one year later, the Library of Congress' Twitter Archive is still being built; and the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform launched with some big-name authors.

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation
By Jenn Webb
June 3, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Ben Huh dishes on news organizations moving in the right direction; one year later, the Library of Congress' Twitter Archive is still being built; and the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform launched with some big-name authors.

News organizations still party like it's 1899

By Jenn Webb
May 31, 2011

Ben Huh, the CEO of Cheezburger, Inc., loves his Cheezburger project but is ready to engage in a fling with news. Huh's new Moby Dick project will address the limitations and frustrations of stagnant news presentation. In this short interview, Huh discusses news outlets that are headed in the right direction.

News organizations still party like it's 1899

News organizations still party like it's 1899
By Jenn Webb
May 31, 2011

Ben Huh, the CEO of Cheezburger, Inc., loves his Cheezburger project but is ready to engage in a fling with news. Huh's new Moby Dick project will address the limitations and frustrations of stagnant news presentation. In this short interview, Huh discusses news outlets that are headed in the right direction.

Search Notes: The high cost of search market share

Search Notes: The high cost of search market share
By Vanessa Fox
May 6, 2011

In the latest Search Notes: Bing is going all out to claim more market share, Google News' personalization features could create an echo chamber, and Osama Bin Laden's death creates a search frenzy.

Four short links: 4 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2011

Maqetta -- open source (modified BSD) WYSIWYG HTML5 user interface editor from the Dojo project. (via Hacker News) Hacker News Analysis -- interesting to see relationship between number of posts, median score, and quality over time. Most interesting, though, was the relative popularity of different companies. (via Hacker News) Real Time All The Time (Emily Bell) -- Every news...

Four short links: 22 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2011

Tuffy -- a GPL v3 licensed Markov Logic Network inference engine in Java and PostgreSQL that claims to be more scalable than previous tools. (via Hacker News) Behind news.me -- if you are curious to see what they are reading, if you want to see the world through their eyes, News.me is for you. Many people curate their Twitter...

Drop In Anytime... We're Family!

By Gene McCullagh
April 3, 2011

There's something new over at Adobe! A new feedback site has been launched over at photoshop.com! You can get there directly by going to feedback.photoshop.com. It looks to be a great way for users and the Photoshop Family teams to interact and discover new and exciting ideas for future versions of all the Photoshop Family applications. Whether it's Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw, and yes, Lightroom, there is a way to not only offer up your ideas and suggestions but also interact and elaborate on them.

Super Photo Editing Skills Tutorial Available

By Gene McCullagh
March 17, 2011

Rob and Lauren over at Photography Concentrate were excited to send me their latest Lightroom tutorial Super Photo Editing Skills for review. I was happy to oblige having seen and reviewed some of their prior offerings. Before we get to the review, however, I have to say that Rob and Lauren are among the nicest people you will meet out there in cyberspace! The About section of their site says it all... We are two professional photographers who think this is the best job in the universe. We like it so much, in fact, that we want to help other people do it, so they can be super happy too.

Four short links: 15 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2011

Twitter Numbers -- growing at half a million accounts a day (how many are spammers, d'ya think?), over 140M tweets sent each day. Online vs Newspaper News (Mashable) -- The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers —...

Aggregation apps respond to consumer personalization demands

By Jenn Webb
February 2, 2011

Gathering a flurry of news content into one neat and orderly place is nothing new, but recent app releases and new announcements show developers are embracing the user-specific demands of the consumer. Whether publishers go along with these apps is another matter.

Aggregation apps respond to consumer personalization demands

Aggregation apps respond to consumer personalization demands
By Jenn Webb
February 2, 2011

Gathering a flurry of news content into one neat and orderly place is nothing new, but recent app releases and new announcements show developers are embracing the user-specific demands of the consumer. Whether publishers go along with these apps is another matter.

Four short links: 9 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 9, 2010

Lowersrc -- simple dynamic image placeholders for wireframing. Open source Javascript. (via Lachlan Hardy on Twitter) In Praise of the Long Form (Julie Starr) -- It can be time consuming sifting through the daily wall of news stories and blogposts to find the handful of gems that genuinely interest or move you. These services, which recommend only a handful...

Four short links: 8 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 8, 2010

Send Us Your Thoughts (YouTube) -- from the excellent British comedians Mitchell and Webb comes this take on viewer comments in the news. (via Steve Buttry's News Foo writeup) Amazon proves that REST doesn’t matter for Cloud APIs -- with the death of WS-* and their prolix overbearing complexity, the difference between REST and basic XML RPC is almost...

Four short links: 2 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2010

Brien Lane, Melbourne -- an alleyway painted with statistics about the area. Urban spaces as screens. Check out the other photos. (via Pete Warden) Apps 4 Africa -- from US State Department, The challenge is to build the best digital tools to address community challenges in areas ranging from healthcare to education and government transparency to election monitoring. (via...

Four short links: 9 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 9, 2010

Cooperative Behaviour Spreads Through a Group, But So Does Cheating (Not Exactly Rocket Science) -- Fowler and Christakis suggest that people tend to mimic the actions of those they played with. They could be directly imitating the actions of other players, or they could be looking out for cues that tell them the 'right' or 'normal' way of behaving....

Living Stories can reinvent the article

By Mac Slocum
February 18, 2010

Article-based content is limiting. It's static and can't capture the energy surrounding newsworthy events or interesting topics. That's why Google's Living Stories format -- released this week as an open source project -- holds so much promise. It can reinvent the form in a way that works with the web, not against it.

Feedback and analysis: the missing ingredients in local's recipe

Feedback and analysis: the missing ingredients in local's recipe
By Mac Slocum
February 8, 2010

There's plenty of enthusiasm for local / hyperlocal projects, but the sweepstakes has yet to be won. So many of these local efforts rely on traditional information delivery through news articles or databases. That material has use, no doubt. Yet few projects take the extra step and put that data into context.

When it Comes to News, Why Won't People Eat Their Vegetables?

By James Turner
January 27, 2010

One of the basic questions in journalism these days is the one of what news consumers actually want. Chris Lee believes that today's citizenry is getting too much of what they want, and too little of what they need. With the Tools of Change for Publishing conference approaching, it seemed appropriate to talk to Lee, who has spent his professional life in the trenches of broadcast journalism, about where the industry is going and what the future of news looks like.

Four short links: 21 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2009

A Taxonomy of Social Networking Data (Bruce Schneier) -- he divides information by who gave it, why, and who controls it. Useful to remember that not all social data are equal. Five Ways to Revolutionise Computer Memory (New Scientist) -- the physics and economics of new memory technology. News at Seven -- project to automatically generate news report, complete...

Summer of Flash Episode 11 - Ed Sullivan

By Garth Braithwaite
September 25, 2009

Ed Sullivan from Adobe joins us on this episode to announce the Adobe Cookbooks website upgrade. We also talk about Adobe's recent acquisition announcements (Omniture and Business Catalyst). Panel of Experts: Leif Wells and Zach Stepek. Download this week's...

Stop Giving the Newspapers Your Advice - They Don’t Need It

By Joshua-Michele Ross
September 15, 2009

Speculation about the demise of the news business and advice about what they should do about it is everywhere. It makes for great, self-congratulatory sport but it won’t help the news industry. Why? Because the news industry doesn’t suffer from a shortage of ideas or possible revenue models, it suffers from a different but more acute malady: being an institution...

Four short links: 21 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2009

TwitterMood -- using Twitter as a giant mood sensor for the world (see also temporal correlations, via kellan on delicious). What Will Remain of Us -- The sea that brought trade to Dunwich was not entirely benevolent. The town was losing ground as early as 1086 when the Domesday Book, a survey of all holdings in England, was published;...

Four short links: 18 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 18, 2009

The Making of the NPR News iPhone App -- interesting behind-the-scenes look, with sketches and all. Station streams, however, presented a larger challenge. To begin with, NPR didn't have direct stream links for any of its stations, so we built a Web spider that identified and captured more than 300 iPhone-compatible station streams. After that first pass, we worked...

How NPR is Embracing Open Source and Open APIs

How NPR is Embracing Open Source and Open APIs
By James Turner
July 17, 2009

News providers, like most content providers, are interested in having their content seen by as many people as possible. But unlike many news organizations, whose primary concern may be monetizing their content, National Public Radio is interested in turning it into a resource for people to use in new and novel ways as well. Daniel Jacobson is in charge making that content available to developers and end users in a wide variety of formats, and has been doing so using an Open API that NPR developed specifically for that purpose. Daniel will talk about how the project is going at OSCON next week, here's a preview of what he'll be talking about.

Walking the Censorship Tightrope with Google's Marissa Mayer

Walking the Censorship Tightrope with Google's Marissa Mayer
By James Turner
June 15, 2009

Google sometimes finds itself at an difficult crossroad of wanting to make as much information available to as many people as possible, while still trying to obey the laws of the countries they operate in. I recently had a chance to talk to Marissa Mayer, who started at Google as their first female engineer, and has now risen to the ranks of vice president in charge of some of Google's most critical product areas, such as search, maps and Chrome. We talked about some of Google's future product directions, and also about how Google makes the decision as to when information has to be withheld from the users. Marissa will be delivering a keynote address at the O'Reilly Velocity conference next week.

Four short links: 12 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 12, 2009

Lacie 10TB Storage -- for what used to be the price of a good computer, you can now buy 10TB of storage. Storage on sale goes for less than $100 a terabyte. This obviously promotes collecting, hoarding, packratting, and the search technology necessary to find what you've stashed away. Analogies to be drawn between McMansions full of Chinese-made crap...

Tim O'Reilly - Why Twitter Matters for News

Tim O'Reilly - Why Twitter Matters for News
By James Turner
May 7, 2009

Twitter has been used for a lot of different purposes, and one has been to report breaking news. But there's been some criticism of how Twitter deals with news, such as the Swine Flu outbreak. With that in mind, O'Reilly Week in Review talked to Tim O'Reilly himself, co-author of the new Twitter Book, about the role of Twitter in...

Can the Internet Prevent War?

By Timothy M. O'Brien
December 9, 2008

In his Nobel lecture Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio posited that the Internet might have prevented the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Second World War. In this post, I offer a counterargument: the decade we all lived through demonstrated the power of the Internet as a platform for propaganda.

Knight Foundation Scholarship: Bringing Developers to the Newsroom

Knight Foundation Scholarship: Bringing Developers to the Newsroom
By Timothy M. O'Brien
December 7, 2008

Rich Gordon, Associate Professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, discusses the Knight Foundation Scholarship for working developers to attend a one-year Master's program in Journalism. Gordon discusses the current trends in news and technology, and how developers will play an important role in the continued evolution of "news".

What's the Appeal of the iPhone to Developers?

By chromatic
October 13, 2008

Raven Zachary and Bill Dudney are co-chairs of the one-day iPhone Live conference in San Jose. O'Reilly News recently talked to them to answer the questions "What's interesting about the iPhone to developers?" and "What hints does the iPhone give to Apple's future plans?"


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