August 26, 2005

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Friday, August 26, 2005

New efforts by Google to take over the world! Plus, famous authors who auction their characters’ names, for charity. And, a fresh take on the old museum audio guide

Black, White & Read All Over

It might have seemed like a straightforward business proposition, triggered by demographics - a new broadsheet targeted at the sizeable black community of east Gainesville, Florida. But when news got out that the New York Times was the parent company behind the Gainesville Guardian, accusations started flying that the Times ...

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Spoiled Again

Is there a statute of limitations for not revealing movie plot twists? When can a surprise ending finally become part of pop culture conversation? In response to listener letters about our Million Dollar Baby giveaway and last week's attempt at an explanation, Brooke poses the questions to New York Daily ...

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Evolving Debate

This past spring, the Kansas State Board of Education held hearings on a proposal that evolution be taught as a controversial scientific theory. The mainstream science community effectively boycotted the debate, but the mainstream media didn't have that luxury. If it wasn't news already, this month President Bush weighed in. ...

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A Superhighway of One's Own

Earlier this year, Business 2.0 writer Om Malik noticed that Google was buying up surplus fiber optic cable all over the country. It got him to wondering what Google was up to, and whether the company may be quietly building a parallel Internet of its very own. Malik tells Bob ...

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Watching What You Pay

PayPal, the online financier, did what few of its contemporaries were able to do. It weathered the dot-com boom and bust, and become the most popular choice for websites looking to do business with the public. But its success and sale to eBay gave it a newfound muscle that PayPal ...

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Museum Heist

The media revolution is well under way, with new gadgets and software giving amateurs access to production tools and enormous audiences for their journalism, photography, and radio shows. Now, the democratization of media is even being applied to museum audio tours. Brooke speaks with two members of Art Mobs, creator ...

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Price Your Name

What's in a name? Apparently, some cash. Next month, a group of authors, including Steven King, Amy Tan and Michael Chabon, will auction off the right to name characters in their new novels. The profits will go to the First Amendment Project. Bob talks with Chabon, who helped spearhead the ...

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