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19
Fev
09

Is this the future? | Será este o Futuro?

South Orange Patch

South Orange Patch

The South Orange Patch was passing quite unnoticed until a couple of days ago was revealed as property of Google executive Tim Armstrong. This connection stirred the hearts and minds of those who have been asking Google to back journalism ventures, and this seems to be the spearhead of the company’s effort to develop a network of local media digital outlets.

So far the project is restricted to three suburban areas in New Jersey, but the goal is to present a project commercially viable in local markets, from which big companies are stepping out. With the heavy financing from Google this may actually happen.

Looking at it, i enjoyed the layout and especially the Twitter feed on top right corner. I don’t know why, but i felt closer to the people who make the Patch.

O South Orange Patch estava a passar despercebido até há uns dias atrás quando foi revelado que era um investimento do executivo da Google Tim Armstrong. Esta ligação agitou os defensores de que o Goggle devia apoiar projectos jornalísticos, e isto parece ser um avanço nos planos da empresa em desenvolver uma rede de jornais locais digitais.

Até agora o projecto restringe-se a três áreas suburbanas na Nova Jérsia, mas o objectivo é apresentar um projecto comercialmente viável para mercados locais, de onde as grandes empresas de comunicação se estão a afastar. Com os grandes fundos de que o Google dispõe isto pode bem tornar-se realidade.

Olhando para o site, gostei da disposição, em especial do feed do Twitter no canto superior direito. Não sei porquê mas senti-me mais próximo das pessoas que fazem o Patch.

Google executive behind hyperlocal news startup

Patch, which has 20 employees and a plan to hire one journalist in every town it expands to, is now available only in 3 towns in New Jersey: Maplewood, Milburn and South Orange.

Gawker wonders whether Patch could be a Trojan horse for Google to get into the local news business? While it’s unlikely there are explicit plans, the lessons learned by Armstrong and Patch will naturally make their way into the thinking in Google’s local products group. (It’s a larger scale of what MSNBC’s Cory Bergman is doing with his independent newsblog MyBallard.)

Phil Meyer, my former professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Jeff Jarvis are on the editorial advisory board, so the New York City-based team is getting good advice. (More information and players here.)

At Last, Google Funds a Bailout for Reporters

Will this save journalism? A form of it, perhaps. The big-city dailies have been retrenching from the suburbs for years. But Patch is hiring one journalist per town, to cover local news with a heavy emphasis on charities. That’s exactly the kind of starter journalism job desperate grads take straight our of J-school, and work like heck to escape as fast as they can. The difference, in this Google-funded scenario, is that there won’t be anywhere else to go from there.

And why is Google letting Armstrong freelance as a startup investor? Google’s compliance cops have already greenlighted his investment in Associated Content, an ostensibly independent startup which lives off Google ads. Perhaps it’s because his startup experiments may well help his employer.

Could Patch be a Trojan horse for Google to get into the local news business?

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25
Set
08

Google Labs In Quotes

O Google Labs continua a desenvolver novas ferramentas que podem mudar a forma como vamos buscar a informação. Desta vez é com o In Quotes, uma aplicação que permite comparar as citações de McCain e Obama sobre determinados assuntos, a partir de uma palavra chave.

Google Labs continue developing new tools that can change the way we gather information. this time they came up with something called In Quotes, an application that puts face to face McCain and Obama in quotes over some issues, starting from a keeyword.

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09
Set
08

Google: Os jornais vivem para sempre | Newspapers live forever

O Google lançou-se em mais um empreendimento gigantesco. Desta vez o objectivo é digitalizar 200 anos de imprensa e juntá-la num só arquivo ao acesso de todos.

As possibilidades que este arquivo oferece são tremendas: podemos ter uma visão geral dos jornais ou ver notícias e anúncios em pormenor. O mais interessante é que podemos procurar qualquer tema, ou ver que artigos estão relacionados.

Mais do que uma curiosidade o arquivo de notícias do Google é uma ferramenta que coloca não só a história dos últimos 200 anos ao nosso alcance, mas também nos dá uma visão da evolução do jornalismo e dos jornais ao longo dos tempos.

Para já só os jornais da América do Norte estão a ser digitalizados, mas o objectivo é criar um acervo mundial.

Fiz este video manhoso para que possam ver do que estou a falar, devia ter narração mas estou com problemas técnicos.

Google has launched another gigantic endeavour. This time their goal is to digitize 200 years of newspapers and collect them in a massive free access archive.

The possibilities that this project brings are huge: we can have a general overview of the newspapers or see the news and ads in detail. The most interesting is that we can search for any subject or look for related articles.

More than just a curiosity, the Google News Archive is a tool that puts 200 years of history within our reach, but it also gives a perspective on how journalism and newspapers have evolved throughout times.

For now only Canada and USA’s newspapers are being digitized, but the objective is to create a world collection.

I edited this crummy video so you can see what i’m talking about, there should be a voice over but i’m having some technical problems.

For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores. Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions of news pages containing every story ever written. And it’s our goal to help readers find all of them, from the smallest local weekly paper up to the largest national daily.

The problem is that most of these newspapers are not available online. We want to change that.

Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

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09
Jul
08

A Segunda Vida no Google | Google’s Second Life

Eu prefiro a vida real, mas é necessário falar disto: o Google juntou-se à caravana dos mundos virtuais com o Lively , que é a resposta da empresa ao Second Life. Podendo correr a partir de um browser e sem exigir tanto da máquina, este novo mundo pode ter grande sucesso entre os menos literados digitalmente. Ainda em fase beta, o potencial de crescimento do Lively é enorme. Vale a pena dar uma vista de olhos.

I prefer real life, but we have to talk about this: Google joined the virtual world bandwagon with Lively, which is pretty much the company’s answer to Second Life. Being able to run from a web browser and without asking too much from the machinery, this brave new world may turn out to be a great success among the digitally impaired. Still in beta stage, the growth potencial of Lively is huge. It’s worth taking a look.

Lively image
Company: Google
Website: lively.com
Launch Date: July 8, 2008

Lively is a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, as well as interact with other users. Learn More

Second Life image
Company: Linden Research
Website: Secondlife.com
Launch Date: June 30, 2003

Second Life makes possible many things we can only imagine, yet want to see played out: A jet powered dragon dancing on a French Nude Beach for example! To begin making the imaginary real, users begin by choosing an avatar and going through a short… Learn More

Via TechCrunch

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15
Abr
08

Google & NYT : News@Lat , Long

O Google e o New York Times juntaram-se para pôr as notícias no mapa. É preciso ter a última versão do Google Earth e quando clicarmos nos marcos do NYT teremos todas as notícias associadas a esse local. Será o Google Earth o jornal online do futuro?

Google and New York Times teamed up to put the news on the map. All you need is the latest version of Google Earth and when you click a NYT placemark you’ll access all the news regarding that location. Is Google Earth the online news reader of the future?

Google Earth, New York Times Team Up, MediaShift

All the news that’s fit to print on a map: The New York Times in Google Earth, Google

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