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Fork in the road for Node.js

Agita in Node.js land

Node.js, the popular server-side JavaScript environment, may be heading for a fork as a group outside of Joyent has posted its own project…

Kindle is big in Japan — some lessons for hardware’s future

The future of hardware is a tight symbiosis of hardware, software and connectivity and content as a service. Whether it is apps, books, movies or anything else — the more you engage with a platform, the more likely it will beat rivals. Amazon is a good example.

7 stories to read this weekend

Nomads, death of used book stores, clothing factories in American South, Time Warner and CBS fight, music discovery (or not), making love like a movie star and fighting cancer are some of the stories on the weekend reading menu this week.

40daysofdating: An awesome new kind of long-form story telling

40daysofdating is a website that combines text, photos and video to tell the story of two friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman who after failing at finding love, are dating each other and sharing the experience. It is like reality television, except for the web.

7 stories to read this weekend

Costa Rica’s killer bull, fear in Cyprus, crimes of Ranbaxy and BitCoin bubble — that along with basketball uber coach Phil Jackson are part of this week’s reading material. Of course, question to ponder: briefs or boxers, how did they get into men’s pants.

7 stories for the weekend

A 101-year-old marathoner, who U.S. gets weather forecasts wrong, what does 212 have to do with rotary dial, India’s rice revolution, Armed Forces and their treatment of women, rise and fall of Alex Rodriguez and amazing chef Curtis Duffy. Read on …

News and the new amplification reality

The media outlets apart from bringing readers news and information now have to embrace a new role: become amplifiers of the right kind of news including that directly shared by sources. Here is why I think so.

7 stories to read this weekend

Drugs, baseball and Alex Rodriguez, yeah nothing new here, except new allegations; John Cheever, unplugged; Steven Cohen, the art collector; a family lost in time; Frenchman who knows too much; and hanging out in West Bank.

The social network where we’re all just a number

Do you ever wish you were just a number on a social network, and didn’t have to reveal your true identity to the people you chat with online? Meet Social Number, where all your social interactions can take place among numbers.

Twitter switches up top executives in COO, CFO roles

Twitter has switched up two top executive positions, moving the company’s former chief financial officer to become chief operating officer, and implementing the former Zynga chief financial officer into that role at Twitter. The changes come as Twitter works to monetize and solidify its growth.

What we’ll see in 2013 in digital media

What does next year have in store for the digital content business? Our media team offers some predictions, from cord cutting and apps to self publishing and paywalls.

If data is the new oil, don’t end up being BP

The US presidential election was further proof that 2012 has been a good year to be a quant — and being a data scientist has never been sexier. But data is nothing without trust, says former Last.fm executive Matthew Hawn.

Why the NYT announced Obama’s win 49 minutes after Obama did

Last night, as the results of the 2012 election rolled in, millions of Americans were glued to their TVs, computers and smartphones. But those who had relied on Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight throughout the campaign had to turn to TV networks and Twitter at the end.

Bad things: Martha Stewart Living announces layoffs, fewer magazines

Facing declining advertising pages and the need to emphasize digital as audiences turn away from print, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced it will stop selling “Everyday Food” as a standalone monthly magazine and will sell off “Whole Living.” It is also laying off 70 employees.

Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: October 26, 2012

This weekly feature (back after a brief hiatus) looks at the books that are selling better in digital format than in print. This week’s picks: Two books from self-published author Michelle Leighton, who’s just signed a deal with traditional publisher Penguin.

Three questions for the New York Times Co

Each quarter, the New York Times Company tells a familiar story about digital revenue on the horizon that will one day offset its print declines. Here are three questions that can reveal whether the company’s digital promises will come true.

News.me says goodbye, places blame on Twitter

The folks at News.me closed their doors to future iOS downloads on Wednesday, saying they would no longer attempt to compete with Twitter in the curation space as the social network closes down on third-party requirements. In other words, another Twitter app bites the dust.

Commutist interview: Joy of X author Steven Strogatz

Math classes may have bored you in high school, but math concepts are increasingly important for today’s entrepreneur. Prof. Steven Strogatz talks on the podcast with us about what math business leaders need to know in an increasingly data-driven world.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo: “Twitter is a city company”

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo talked with advocates for the city of San Francisco Thursday, talking about how Twitter’s move into office space in the city has helped the company keep options for growing larger and allowed employees to be flexible.

7 must read stories from around the web

Facebook’s Chinese ambitions, the falling price of flash storage, a chat with Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee, rise of the swarm robots and why do people continue to reject science are some of the topics in this bonus back-to-work installment of Om Says reading list.

What newspapers and other media could learn from Reddit

Reddit has grown to become one of the most high-profile online communities, one that has even played a journalistic role in some recent cases. Among the things that newspapers and other media entities could learn from Reddit are the benefits of a strong and engaged community.

First they came for WikiLeaks, then the New York Times

There are signs that the U.S. government wants to target mainstream journalists and media outlets for the same kind of investigation that WikiLeaks has been subjected to for publishing classified information, which makes it even more important to defend WikiLeaks’ status as a media entity.

Zite adds LA Times, Chicago Tribune, others to its publishers program

Personalized reading app Zite is adding additional publishers to its three-month-old publisher program. New additions include The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hearst’s “Harper’s Bazaar,” the International Business Times and others. All will have their own sections within Zite.

Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times

Beneath the furor over Twitter’s clampdown on its API is the same dilemma that many traditional media companies like the New York Times are also confronting — namely, how much should you be an open platform, and how much should you be a destination?

Jonah Lehrer, self-borrowing and the problem with “big ideas”

Newly appointed New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer — author of the bestselling books “Imagine,” “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist” and a former editor at Wired — has been discovered recycling his own material for different publications. It isn’t that surprising.

Kleiner Perkins files response to lawsuit, ‘vigorously denies’ discrimination

Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed a response in California state court on Wednesday, “vigorously” denying partner Ellen Pao’s allegations of sexual discrimination by the company, and requesting Pao’s lawsuit be dismissed. The company said Pao’s failure to advance in the company wasn’t gender discrimination.

Twitter’s expanded tweets are a double-edged sword

Twitter’s new feature, which shows enhanced content for certain media partners such as the New York Times, is another example of how the service can be both a partner and a competitor for media companies in the ongoing battle for users’ attention.

Twitter’s role in delivering media grows with expanded Tweets

Twitter announced today that it will partner with a variety of online media companies to provide enhanced versions of “expanded Tweets,” giving users more in-depth previews of content without leaving Twitter’s site. The change comes as Twitter blurs the line between content provider and producer.

Print dies a little more as Postmedia announces cuts

Just days after U.S.-based media chain Advance Publications announced printing cutbacks and layoffs at its New Orleans and Alabama papers, a national newspaper chain in Canada said it is cutting back, laying off more staff and looking to erect paywalls at several of its papers.

Why newspapers need to lose the ‘view from nowhere’

Newspapers are suffering from a number of problems, but one is the nature of the product that many still produce — the monolithic, ruthlessly objective, single-voiced editorial style most have grown accustomed to doesn’t work in a world where anyone and everyone can be a publisher.

Why Jeff Bezos’ latest plan should scare fashion retailers

Amazon.com (s AMZN) is making a move into high fashion business, the New York Times reports. And in order to get profits from this high margin business, the company is willing to lose a ton of money. And that is bad news for the traditional retailers.

Cisco memo: We can’t build anything

Cisco in an internal memo outlined its plans for the changing nature of networking. It also acknowledged a $100 million investment in Insieme, a company started by three Cisco executives and that it can buy it for upto $750 million. Read the memo & what it means.

Why digital-native media will (almost) always win

Although the writing has been on the wall for traditional print-based media for some time, few companies have made any dramatic steps to try and adapt because they are too busy running their existing businesses. That’s why digital-native entities will almost always win.

Repeat after me: business is always about the customer

If you are in business, it is always about the customer. Simple as that message is, it is something of a forgotten lesson in modern times. Companies keep confusing who they serve and why they are in business, as an outgoing Goldman Sachs banker reminds us.

People don’t care about scoops, they care about trust

A new survey funded by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark looked at public attitudes toward the news media and found that only a tiny fraction of those surveyed care whether a news source is the first to report something. The most important quality by far was trustworthiness.

The NYT needs a lot more than just a paywall

The New York Times has signed up over 300,000 people to its digital subscription plan, but that doesn’t even come close to making up for continued declines in ad revenue. A new CEO is going to have to think creatively about where the paper goes now.

How the Huffington Post became a new-media behemoth

In addition to some eye-popping figures for page views and unique visitors, the latest Huffington Post statistics show that if there’s one thing the site knows how to do, it’s how to get reader engagement that other news sites and publishers can only dream of.

Memo to media: Supply and demand are out of your hands

Too many media giants are happy to have a little disruption, provided it doesn’t change the supply-demand equation they have always relied on. But the reality is that this equation has already been blown to smithereens, and they had better figure out how to adapt.

Looks like there’s no Pulitzer for Twitter reporting

A spokesman for the board that oversees the Pulitzer Prize awards for journalism says live reporting of a news event using Twitter would not qualify for a Pulitzer unless it also appeared on a traditional news website. But does that definition fit how journalism works now?

Martin Nisenholtz, Senior VP of Digital, leaving New York Times

Martin Nisenholtz, one of the most respected executives in the online media is leaving the New York Times, where he has been senior vice president of digital operations for quite a while and has helped oversee the Times digital efforts move into new directions.

The Future of Media: Brands Are Publishers Now Too

The publishing world continues to expand, with high-end group shopping service Gilt Groupe launching its own cooking magazine and the New York Times Library releasing a magazine-style iPad app. As the tools to publish become cheaper and cheaper, brands are becoming publishers in their own right.

Quarterly Wrap-up

Mobile Q1: All Eyes on Tablets, T-Mobile and AT&T

But while Android’s momentum is undeniable, it is increasingly hindered by the growing threat of malware and the very real problem of fragmentation. Google is moving aggressively to address both challenges, but the vulnerabilities of an opensource platform have never been more apparent for the Internet search giant.

Will iPad & Tablets Be Our Sunday Paper?

From Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, it seems more and more newspapers are turning to tablets in an effort to capture a fraction of our daily attention. As this graphic illustrates, iPad is well on its way.