Eyes East

feed icon Subscribe / Latest posts / Latest links / Get in touch / About

What Business is HuffPo In?

February 13, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company. Whether the content is paid or unpaid, the site is able to generate a comparatively large amount of revenue from it because of things like search engine optimization, and the way that its editors use their page space: a poorly-performing article will all but disappear from the site almost as soon as it is posted, while a strong one can hold its ...

Read more...

Google.cn Goes Dark

March 22, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.

In January, Google revealed that hackers had launched ambitious attacks on the company and its properties. The attacks came from China, it said, and some targeted the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

At the time, it said this:

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next ...

Read more...

Lessons from Spot.us

January 24, 2009 at 9:25 p.m.

I'm about to leave the warm embrace of the Bay Area and in doing so, take myself out of the jurisdiction of Spot.us. I was lucky enough to meet David Cohn when the San Jose Mercury News opened its newsroom for CopyCamp last year, and he suggested I pitch something in his alpha phase. At that point it was just a simple wiki, The Point and David's seemingly-infinite energy.

In December, when Spot.us launched officially with its new site and its own mechanisms for handling donations, my story was published and republished and spread farther than ...

Read more...

Everything and nothing

May 26, 2008 at 3:02 a.m.

Ryan Sholin asks in this month's Carnival of Journalism:

What should news organizations stop doing, today, immediately, to make more time for innovation?

A scene from the Grey's Anatomy season finale I saw last night comes to mind:

A young man is trapped in quick-dry concrete, which he jumped into because he thought it would impress a girl. While he's moaning in ER--the cement is leaching water from his body, burning his skin, crushing him slowly--the team of doctors, who are all highly gifted and well-trained, is arguing over what has to be done first.

Finally, the ...

Read more...