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Archives: May 2012

Under the new deal, you’ll soon be able to find videos from the Times next to your favorite episodes of Alf.
A quick-and-dirty look seems to indicate around 1 in 5 tweets to a news organization comes from those Tweet Buttons. Joshua Benton
Advertising once paid the bills at American newspapers. As that shifts — rapidly — how will it change the way news companies operate?
Customer Parking Drive In
Our startup correspondent, building Worldcrunch in Paris, reports on the twin temptations of building a business around serving consumers or other businesses. Or…both.
A 404 error on Sina Weibo
An MIT student is working to detect patterns in the disappearance of thousands of weibos from the Chinese Internet.
In the start of a regular column for Nieman Lab, Jonathan Stray argues that a too-narrow definition of the work of journalism limits the field’s potential.
Keys on computer keyboard spelling "geek"
Adding metadata to hyperlinks, finding stories in ordinary datasets, providing context for impossibly big numbers.
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Instant Articles get shared more than old-fashioned links, plus more details from Facebook’s news push
“That’s what we can do, as a platform: be really responsive to what publishers want out of us.” Also coming up: A major move into international markets.
616How one blog helped spark The New York Times’ digital evolution
“I certainly had editors tell me that I shouldn’t be wasting my time on Bird Week. But that was the best part of City Room…We were like unsupervised children.”
572News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology
Among those experimenting is The Wall Street Journal, which plans to open source its 360-degree mobile video and VR technology and hopes to turn VR into more of a mainstay of its storytelling.
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