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The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton

The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton.... the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.

“#OnThisDay in 1897, The New York Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" Print".”

Here Might Be Why Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post- I'd guess that Jeff Bezos thinks that there are some similarities between the digital news business & his business (ecommerce) that no one in the news business has really capitalized on yet. What similarities? Well, for one thing, digital news & ecommerce businesses can be something that no traditional competitor can be: Infinitely broad & infinitely deep.

Human evolution: The Neanderthal in the family - New techniques for recovering DNA from ancient samples make it only a matter of time before the first million-year-old genome is sequenced. : Nature News & Comment

The robot journalist: an apocalypse for the news industry? A set of algorithms which take data & turn it into words began as an experimental lab, but now appear on

What Everyone Is Missing About the Decline of Newspapers and the Rise of the Internet - This chart from Pew highlights the big conceptual error in most coverage I see of the decline of newspapers & the rise of the Internet: Television. Television, not newspapers or the Internet, is people's main source of news.

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism - Facebook uses mathematical formulas to predict what its users might want to read on the site, from which, a study says, about 30% of adults in America get their news.

DOESN’T ANYONE READ THE NEWS? If analysts at Microsoft Research are correct, a startling number of American Web users are no longer paying attention to the news as it is traditionally defined.