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The enduring allure of conspiracies
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May 22, 2009, 7:47 a.m.

Links on Twitter: Web design, exploding pie, Stephen Colbert

You must read this if you care about web design: How @A_L remade the Talking Points Memo homepage »

Know your AJAX from your schema? Very useful glossary of web-design jargon »

1998: “Nando also recently requested that certain sites pay a $100 monthly fee for the right to link to Nando stories” »

Hearst executive calls Yahoo’s newspaper advertising group “our largest strategic partner” »

Section front in today’s NY Times features an exploding pie. How it was done: (via @drewvigal»

Stephen Colbert defends newspapers: “When you’re moving, you can’t wrap your dishes in a blog” »

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The enduring allure of conspiracies
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