Category Archives: Newspapers

The Largest Computer Hardware Business on the Planet

Mr. Hurd will bring his expertise running the largest computer hardware  business on the planet to Oracle, where he may be able to revive the fortunes of Sun’s products at H.P.’s expense.

Who do you think wrote that statement? It sure sounds like a press release from Oracle. But it comes from the pen of Ashlee Vance at the New York Times. Does Ashlee even read what he copies and pastes?

Rushing Spies, or just middle-class Americans? The News Media Falls Short on Analysis (Again)

The New York Times, and essentially all the other media, have assumed the 11 middle-class people arrested are spies. This, even though there is insufficient evidence to even charge them for espionage.

Experts, on the other hand, wonder why such an elaborate spy ring would be so unfocused, ineffective, and unprofessional. Unfocused, because these 11 people lived middle-class lives, working in regular jobs, with no efforts made to obtain government positions or decision-making ability, or any type of access to anything. Ineffective because the most accurate source of news for a real estate agent in suburban New England was probably the New York Times (haha!). And unprofessional because some of the 11 admitted to having Russian ties, whereas true sleeper spies would have blended in completely.

So if these people are doing none of the stuff that we think of as actually espionage, why has the media labeled them as spies? It’s time for their friends, classmates, coworkers, employers, and universities to stand up for them and at least ensure they’re not tarred and feathered by the unthinking media.

They might, indeed, be spies after all. But let’s not assume so just because the government arrests them on trumped up money laundering charges.

Coincidence, or what? Twittering at the alter, etc.

Reuters article on a wedding where the groom paused at the alter to update his twitter AND facebook status. It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Nothing too surprising, move along, move along.

Meanwhile, a few coincidences in the article make reading rather dense. Here are a few details to sort out the confusion:

  • The groom works at a pet store.
  • The groom’s job title at the pet store (according to LinkedIn) is “architect”
  • The groom is not an architect – even when not getting married, he remains, professionally, a groom.
  • The groom’s name is Dana Hanna. He is a male.
  • Mentions of “Dana” refer to the groom – Dana Hanna
  • Mentions of “Hanna” refer to the groom as well – Dana Hanna

The bride, @TracyPage, is also busy on twitter, describing anxiety over so much publicity. Forget the publicity – just try to clear up the confusion! – Industry Analytics and Research has released 2009 research reports on over a thousand industries providing instantaneous access to market size, typical financials (e.g., income statement, balance sheet), salary benchmarks, etc etc.

The goal is to shed light on  small businesses in “main street” industries by providing accurate and detailed statistics.


A new fad: hyperlocal journalism

The latest efforts to revive traditional media involves hyperlocal journalism – i.e., local community news targeted at community members.

The Washington Post recently announced a foray into this space. The Tampa Tribune is cutting 70 jobs (of 1,200 total employees) in order to refocus on online hyperlocal content.

Venture-backed startups, such as NowPublic, a citizen journalism website, have been raising capital at an increasingly fast pace.