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Jason Howell (raygun01)69,463*1pm PT at http://live.twit.tv* First the bad news. @101261243957067319422 is out tomorrow, a fallen soldier to the stomach flu. May he feast his eyes on a never-ending Netflix stream all day whilst sipping chicken noodle soup.  Now the good news. I'm hosting This Week in Google, along with @113612142759476883204 @105076678694475690385 and @113217924531763968801. Talkin' Google, the Cloud, Search, and whatever else we can find.  And no, the picture associated with this invitation has nothing to do with TWiG. But boy does that fireplace look cozy.This Week in Google with myself, Gina, Jeff and Danny2014-12-03 22:00:0056  
Best Buy604,469Of course you haven’t completed all of your holiday shopping!  That's a given.  But what’s the latest and greatest in techie and electronic gifts? How do you get them and what are our *best deals?* Come hang out with a group of passionate, tuned-in (and self-admitted techno-nerd) consumer electronics enthusiasts as they check out the coolest gifts for the holidays. Join +Caroline McCarthy  -- author, speaker, former CNETer, former CBSer, and former Googler (‘course) as she leads a Hangout focused on plugged-in fun.  Riffing with her are +Austin Evans (tech reviewer extraordinaire), +Marques Brownlee  (MKBHD), +Machinima, +Mark Watson (Soldier Knows Best), Dan Duvalian (Best Buy Blue Shirt guy), and…..+you!  Join the party by asking questions at #UltimateShowroom – and find great gift insight and in-the-know info. See you Tuesday, December 17that 8 PM EST / 7 PM CST!Last Minute Deals : Best Buy Shoppable Hangout2013-12-18 02:00:00627  
Google Chrome Developers142,869We will be streaming all Chrome Dev Summit sessions live on YouTube. For more information about the event, check out the website and join the Chrome Dev Summit community.Chrome Dev Summit Live Stream2013-11-20 18:30:001812  
Daria Musk3,765,863Friday, Oct 11th is The UN's Official Day Of The Girl Child. This year's theme is "Innovate To Educate" and in celebration I (+Daria Musk) will be hosting a special Hangout On Air with some wonderful organizations and amazing young girls around the world! We'll be joined by representatives from +The School Fund and a few young female students from Tanzania who will tell us how the opportunity to get educated has impacted their lives and inspired their dreams!  We'll also have a representative from +She's the First another great program that gets girls into schools worldwide! We'll also be joined by a classroom of girls from The Fraser-Woods School in Newtown, Connecticut who have been raising money to send girls their age to school through The School Fund! We'll share stories, learn about the extraordinary benefits of girls education and I'll even close things out with a song or two ;) Hooray for #TheDayOfTheGirl !DAY OF THE GIRL - HANGOUT2013-10-11 15:00:00130  
MediaShift650,409Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests +Tim Pool of Vice, +Robert Scoble of Rackspace, +Sarah Hill of Veterans United, +Jeff Jarvis of CUNY and +Robert Hernandez of USC will join our roundtable. They are all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, and will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for the future of journalism. MediaShift’s +Mark Glaser hosts, along with +Ana Marie Cox  from the Guardian and +Andrew Lih of American University. Mediatwits #89: Google Glass: Revolutionizing News or Public Annoyance?2013-08-02 19:30:0021  
Google Play9,312,113Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, two of film’s biggest comedy stars, are now its most unexpected interns in their new movie, “The Internship.” Join Vince and Owen in a live Google+ hangout hosted by Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, February 13 at 11am PT to get the inside story about their latest comedy and be the first to view the trailer.  For a sneak peek at what’s in store, check out Vince and Owen in the video, and submit your questions for the comedy duo using #TheInternshipHangout with Google Interns Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as they debut “The Internship” trailer, hosted by Conan O’Brien2013-02-13 20:00:0010921  
Google Local New York1,067,879Want to meet some fun people and try a great new restaurant at the same time? Join your New York City community team for a casual lunch at LT Burger (http://goo.gl/iiqI4). Be sure to leave a *comment* if you’re going to join us so we can be sure to save you a seat, and swag. Friends and co-workers are welcome!  *Lunch is on your own tab, but we'll be handing out Google+ swag to all the friendly users who check in with our team to upload photos and review this new burger spot on Google+ Local:* http://goo.gl/I4LOA.  Want a peek at the menu? Visit: http://goo.gl/j0Gaz. Community Lunch at LT Burger2012-12-19 12:30:0019  
Big Tent800,655Join author, blogger and all around social media evangelist Jeff Jarvis for our first virtual Big Tent event. We'll be discussing the latest developments in global copyright reform, looking at issues like ancillary copyright in Germany and Jeff's proposal for a creditright.  The Hangout will take place at 1:30 PM London time. Post any questions, including where you're from, that you'd like Jeff to answer during the Hangout.Hangout with Jeff Jarvis on copyright2012-10-04 14:30:00163  

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2015-12-07 23:28:48 (65 comments; 14 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

Republicans: It is time that you disavow Donald Trump and assure your sane friends that you will not support him should he win the nomination. We Americans expect every Muslim to repudiate every violent act by a Muslim. Well, now we expect every Republican to repudiate bigoted, demagogic acts by this Republican.


Most reshares: 121

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2015-08-11 00:02:00 (38 comments; 121 reshares; 524 +1s)Open 

You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean thatGoogle has for a long ... more »

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2015-08-11 00:02:00 (38 comments; 121 reshares; 524 +1s)Open 

You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean thatGoogle has for a long ... more »

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2015-12-12 22:08:03 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Tangible evidence of #EuroTechnoPanic: an attack on Facebook's Hamburg headquarters with stones, paint, and smoke bombs. 

http://www.mopo.de/hamburg/polizei/steine--farbe--rauchbomben-anschlag-auf-hamburger-facebook-zentrale-23229728

Tangible evidence of #EuroTechnoPanic: an attack on Facebook's Hamburg headquarters with stones, paint, and smoke bombs. 

http://www.mopo.de/hamburg/polizei/steine--farbe--rauchbomben-anschlag-auf-hamburger-facebook-zentrale-23229728___

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2015-12-12 20:15:19 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

This makes a lot of sense. I'd love to see a future Pixel C running a tablet version of Chrome OS. I'd definitely want to buy that. 

This makes a lot of sense. I'd love to see a future Pixel C running a tablet version of Chrome OS. I'd definitely want to buy that. ___

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2015-12-12 20:11:35 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

Yup. Pixel C aims for productivity and Chrome is by miles the better productivity OS.

I honestly think the Pixel C running Chrome OS for $500 dollars, would've been a lot more exciting than running Android.
How in the world people is going to buy one, if you can buy the iPad Air 2 64GB for $475 on Best Buy right now, which has split screen and lots of tablet optimized apps??
Touch in small screens (Smartphones) is essential. Touch on big screens (laptops) not at all. Not even Apple knows what to do with its iPad, and more and more people are not interested on Tablets. Google, again you're way late to the party.___Yup. Pixel C aims for productivity and Chrome is by miles the better productivity OS.

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2015-12-07 23:28:48 (65 comments; 14 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

Republicans: It is time that you disavow Donald Trump and assure your sane friends that you will not support him should he win the nomination. We Americans expect every Muslim to repudiate every violent act by a Muslim. Well, now we expect every Republican to repudiate bigoted, demagogic acts by this Republican.


Republicans: It is time that you disavow Donald Trump and assure your sane friends that you will not support him should he win the nomination. We Americans expect every Muslim to repudiate every violent act by a Muslim. Well, now we expect every Republican to repudiate bigoted, demagogic acts by this Republican.
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2015-12-04 18:42:07 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

I have seen the possible United Airlines. And it is good. 

I have seen the possible United Airlines. And it is good. ___

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2015-12-03 15:23:34 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

A very interesting debate on TWIT about Google's AMP push with +Richard Gingras and +Matt Cutts and +Jeff Jarvis and +Leo Laporte and more!  So interesting to watch.

A very interesting debate on TWIT about Google's AMP push with +Richard Gingras and +Matt Cutts and +Jeff Jarvis and +Leo Laporte and more!  So interesting to watch.___

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2015-11-28 16:21:21 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

After all these years, The Times gives a hand-job to Werner Erhard. Spare us the resurgence. I covered his celebrity many years ago in San Francisco (oh, if only the Examiner archives had been digitized), pissing him off a few times by ridiculing his quotes that said nothing. One from today: “Maybe life is not about the self but about self-transcendence! You got a problem with that?” 
He is the father of so much that is nonsense and narcissistic about California culture. Reading his quotes makes me mindful of the road to TED, where everybody has their 18 minutes of being Werner Erhard.

After all these years, The Times gives a hand-job to Werner Erhard. Spare us the resurgence. I covered his celebrity many years ago in San Francisco (oh, if only the Examiner archives had been digitized), pissing him off a few times by ridiculing his quotes that said nothing. One from today: “Maybe life is not about the self but about self-transcendence! You got a problem with that?” 
He is the father of so much that is nonsense and narcissistic about California culture. Reading his quotes makes me mindful of the road to TED, where everybody has their 18 minutes of being Werner Erhard.___

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2015-11-27 20:40:16 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

My latest column comes from the Google Newsgeist event last weekend, in which -- true to form -- I saw some journalists acting as a herd of Eeyores. I wish for the journalists and technologists to start seeing that many of their goals are aligned. 

http://observer.com/2015/11/lessons-learned-from-a-gathering-of-hacks-and-geeks-progress-is-possible/

My latest column comes from the Google Newsgeist event last weekend, in which -- true to form -- I saw some journalists acting as a herd of Eeyores. I wish for the journalists and technologists to start seeing that many of their goals are aligned. 

http://observer.com/2015/11/lessons-learned-from-a-gathering-of-hacks-and-geeks-progress-is-possible/___

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2015-11-27 14:37:00 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Haunting rendition of Brel's "Quand on a que l'amour" at Paris memorial: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMbwXCJPOk

Haunting rendition of Brel's "Quand on a que l'amour" at Paris memorial: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMbwXCJPOk___

2015-11-24 21:04:50 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

Yo, Google: What's the deal with the Pixel C? Santa's packing the sleigh already.....

Yo, Google: What's the deal with the Pixel C? Santa's packing the sleigh already.....___

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2015-11-24 21:01:41 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

+Dave Besbris reports much progress with AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages).

I'll be writing a bit about that in my Observer column later this week after attending Google's Newsgeist this weekend. I also have been evangelizing AMP like crazy during my visits to Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, and Colombia -- 3G markets where much faster pages will have a much bigger impact on media businesses in mobile.

I'm glad to see that Bes says they are getting interest from "thousands of publishers." Advertising and analytics companies want to play. (My only smartass reaction is that AMP alone will not cure Outbrain's sins!) Developers are showing interest -- and that is the key to making an open-source project work.

I believe this is an important shift in how we will think of distribution and the web experience. You'll use an application like Nuzzel, click... more »

+Dave Besbris reports much progress with AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages).

I'll be writing a bit about that in my Observer column later this week after attending Google's Newsgeist this weekend. I also have been evangelizing AMP like crazy during my visits to Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, and Colombia -- 3G markets where much faster pages will have a much bigger impact on media businesses in mobile.

I'm glad to see that Bes says they are getting interest from "thousands of publishers." Advertising and analytics companies want to play. (My only smartass reaction is that AMP alone will not cure Outbrain's sins!) Developers are showing interest -- and that is the key to making an open-source project work.

I believe this is an important shift in how we will think of distribution and the web experience. You'll use an application like Nuzzel, click on links, and it will feel as if you've never left. My real hope is that media companies will spend less effort on copying each other and more on linking -- but that will also require a shift in business models from volume to value. One step at a time....

https://amphtml.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/bringing-you-up-to-speed-on-amp/___

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2015-11-24 14:00:45 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

Big news from CUNY and +TWiT: We are going to become TWiT's East Coast outpost and start a weekly podcast on the New York tech scene. We are looking for a producer to get everything in shape, make pilots, and then become the ongoing producer. Great gig -- pass it on!

http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/2015/11/job-opportunity-seeking-producer-for-a-live-weekly-webcast-about-nys-tech-sector/

Big news from CUNY and +TWiT: We are going to become TWiT's East Coast outpost and start a weekly podcast on the New York tech scene. We are looking for a producer to get everything in shape, make pilots, and then become the ongoing producer. Great gig -- pass it on!

http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/2015/11/job-opportunity-seeking-producer-for-a-live-weekly-webcast-about-nys-tech-sector/___

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2015-11-24 13:33:09 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Hoo-boy. A prime specimen of technopanic & paranoia out of Orange County. To quote:

"These and other tech applications could give the oligarchs a reach beyond that which the likes of Joseph Pulitzer, Horace Greeley or even Rupert Murdoch could imagine. With media consumers constantly on their phones, looking at their smart watches or logging onto their tablets, the flow of media messaging could become ubiquitous to a degree imagined before only in dystopian science fiction, or in how North Korea attempts to convince its impoverished, often-malnourished citizens through incessant propaganda that they live in an evolving socialist fairyland."

Yup. That's just what Silicon Valley wants to be: media. Heh.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/media-693109-news-tech.html

Hoo-boy. A prime specimen of technopanic & paranoia out of Orange County. To quote:

"These and other tech applications could give the oligarchs a reach beyond that which the likes of Joseph Pulitzer, Horace Greeley or even Rupert Murdoch could imagine. With media consumers constantly on their phones, looking at their smart watches or logging onto their tablets, the flow of media messaging could become ubiquitous to a degree imagined before only in dystopian science fiction, or in how North Korea attempts to convince its impoverished, often-malnourished citizens through incessant propaganda that they live in an evolving socialist fairyland."

Yup. That's just what Silicon Valley wants to be: media. Heh.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/media-693109-news-tech.html___

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2015-11-24 12:28:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Big appointment.

Alex MacCallum named head of video at +The New York Times ___Big appointment.

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2015-10-17 14:43:58 (14 comments; 16 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

Hey +Neil De Grasse Tyson fans, here is my complete interview with him -- about journalism and Superman's farts and more -- at the CUNY Knight Innovation Awards. Much fun. 

Hey +Neil De Grasse Tyson fans, here is my complete interview with him -- about journalism and Superman's farts and more -- at the CUNY Knight Innovation Awards. Much fun. ___

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2015-10-14 11:50:42 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

The top 8 best technology podcasts.

Here's a great list if you love tech and also podcasts!: http://goo.gl/rwoXDC

#technology  #podcast

The top 8 best technology podcasts.

Here's a great list if you love tech and also podcasts!: http://goo.gl/rwoXDC

#technology  #podcast___

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2015-09-28 15:19:37 (32 comments; 13 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

REFORM ADVERTISING …before it is too late

Advertising is broken and we in journalism and media must take responsibility for reinventing it — because advertisers and their agencies will not and because our very survival depends upon it.

The moral of the story of adblockers’ success is that the public has taken charge of its next industry — advertising. They have finally had it with irritating, irrelevant, invasive, repetitive, ugly, stupid, creepy, slow advertising and its threat to privacy. They now have the tools to fight back. Their allies are Apple, which wants to ruin the ad business for everyone else, and racketeering adblocking companies.

But nevermind whining about their moral hazards. The answer is not to block the blockers. The answer is to improve advertising, to make it consensual, and then to reconsider the fundamental business model of massmedia. That’s w... more »

REFORM ADVERTISING …before it is too late

Advertising is broken and we in journalism and media must take responsibility for reinventing it — because advertisers and their agencies will not and because our very survival depends upon it.

The moral of the story of adblockers’ success is that the public has taken charge of its next industry — advertising. They have finally had it with irritating, irrelevant, invasive, repetitive, ugly, stupid, creepy, slow advertising and its threat to privacy. They now have the tools to fight back. Their allies are Apple, which wants to ruin the ad business for everyone else, and racketeering adblocking companies.

But nevermind whining about their moral hazards. The answer is not to block the blockers. The answer is to improve advertising, to make it consensual, and then to reconsider the fundamental business model of mass media. That’s what I will start to do here.

Advertisers and agencies are doing exactly what they inevitably do: cheat and sneak and try to get away with something as they convince and sometimes con customers into giving them money. We in media have been complicit in their crime of irritating our own users, the people whom we promise to serve and whose trust we rely upon. Shame on us.

Some have all but given up on advertising. I have not — not only because we cannot afford to lose its support and see journalism and other media shrink or retreat behind paywalls. I have not given up because I believe reform is possible and I even see a business opportunity in it, with decent advertising rising above the marketplace of drek. We can indeed create a new scarcity in advertising by accepting and thus anointing only the best — and having the courage at last to reject and fire the worst.

We in media and especially in journalism must define and demand quality in advertising.

Out with the bad air

What is quality? In his Advertising Age manifesto calling for reform, Interactive Advertising Bureau CEO Randall Rothenberg — like the heads of two other trade organizations in their own manifesto — begins by defining the negative, what advertising should not be: disruptive, irritating autoplay videos and blinking, flashing, intrusive units (and I will add once and for all popups of every possible sneaky, shitty variety). Fine. I would hope that is a only a starting point for this discussion. They define the crime of bad advertising, not the qualities of good advertising.

At a minimum, advertising must not annoy and must, must, must also be transparent. The reader can never be confused about the source of content. We cannot help advertisers convince the public that their content is the same as ours or else the public will see what we do through that lens: We become shills.

We cannot continue to delude ourselves into believing that readers understand our purposefully and conspiratorially obtuse labels: WTF is promoted, sponsored, native, brand voice? Let us stop trying to fool the people we serve. We must conduct serious research into when our users are confused about our labels and how to make absolutely sure they are never confused again. To do anything less is to prostitute ourselves. And for God’s sake, let us rise up as one and reject the heretical, oxymoronic, dangerous notion of “brand journalism.”

In with the good air

But let’s not dwell on the negative. Let us next define quality. In my view, quality advertising must exhibit at least two of these three characteristics. It must be:

* Relevant — Advertising like journalism itself need no longer simply issue messages that are intended for and are uninvited by the masses. The net enables media to directly serve individuals and communities, to be relevant not only to the media environment — car ads next to car news — but to the specific user and her needs and desires. That relevance cannot come at the price of privacy or creepy surveillance (more on the topic of data, below). In a transaction of mutual trust, advertising can actually suit a current need: I am looking for a car with Android Auto, so tell me what you have. But don’t overstay your welcome: When I’ve bought my car, go away. More relevance in advertising will mean less noise for the customer and less waste for the advertiser.

* Useful — A cousin of relevant. This might sound silly, but advertising is too often brand-centric when it should be customer-centric. It should think like the customer, be respectful of the customer, and try to deliver value to the customer. A commercial that tells me how nice your company is is of no use to me. Advertising should be informative. We now live in an information ecology in which original sources — from brands to government agencies — are expected to contribute complete and credible information. The link enables them to answer more questions. Back to my car: I’m driven nuts trying to find simple, essential information in this decision. The brands are doing a terrible job informing me. (Car salesman will only do worse.) Again, think like a customer: Have answers for every question a customer could have.

* Engaging — There is a place for entertaining advertising. The IAB’s Rothenberg laments the “grade-school creativity” of too much of his industry. It’s also true that — sad as it may be — some impressive creative minds work in advertising. They can and do earn our attention, just not often enough.

Relationships with data

Now let me address the critical matter of data and privacy. I have been arguing that journalism must shift to understand that it is in the relationship business, serving individuals and communities — no longer the mass — with relevance and value. That requires knowing people and knowing what they need and want. The path to do that is data.

News organizations must set the highest standards for gathering data consensually; for being clear and transparent about what we do with that information for the benefit of the user; for explaining the benefit to our news organizations, supporting our work; for giving users visibility into their own data; and for enabling users to correct that data (which, by the way, improves the data we have).

People will not and should not give us data because we ask for or require it. They will allow us to have it only if they know they receive value in return. Thus we must create new products and services that by their nature give people better, more targeted, and more valuable service — services for communities of people with cancer more than merely stories about cancer. I call that internally vs externally focused journalism. We must judge our success not by the attention we receive but by the value the public receives. These skills of service and relationship- and trust-building must become our core competence.

We must hold our advertisers to the same standards, verifying that they do all that I describe above and, what’s more, requiring that they not gather extraneous data for data’s sake. We should set a test of customer benefit: Is this data point one you can use to better serve the customer? If not, why gather it? Don’t gather it. Don’t creep out our people.

But wait … there’s more!

So far, I have described only ways to assure greater quality in advertising as it already exists: less irritating, more useful, more relevant, more respectful. But advertising, like media, must stop merely trying to transfer old models into a new reality. Both must fundamentally reinvent themselves. We must ask what each can and should be.

Seth Godin has for years been selling the idea of permission marketing. At its highest level, advertising isn’t advertising at all; it is a relationship of consent, trust, and value between a customer and a company built on quality. As I have been arguing that journalism must become a relationship business, so must marketing. Both must start with customers’ needs and desires and respect their limits. Both must deliver value. And that value will be judged by customers, not by us.

If brands ever succeeded at building their own true relationships with customers, I fear that media could be left out of the equation. But happily for media — if sadly for customers — we’re a long way from ever reaching a world without advertising. To paraphrase the old Woody Allen joke, they need the eggs; so do media. But advertising will not become effective by becoming ever worse: ever-more intrusive and awful. So can we in media say goodbye to the old ways and help raise advertising to new and better ways?

Advertising by consent

Imagine consensual advertising: “Listen,” the media company says, “unless you want to pay for what you’re now enjoying for free — and let’s both be honest, we know you won’t — we need to serve you advertising. Sorry about that. But we will give you considerable choice and control over that advertising so you can improve your experience and keep us and our advertisers honest. Willing to try?”

Imagine what such a system of customer control would do for the quality of advertising — if customers themselves fire bad advertisers and reward good ones with their consent and perhaps attention and business. Advertisers will be motivated to improve their quality and they will also know who is willing to connect with them. Media could enable that.

That would mean that media would have to have the cojones to tell, say, Volkswagen: “Our users reject your ads. They don’t believe your confessional cant. They want real information about what you’re doing to fix what you’ve done to the earth. You have to try again. We will show your next try to a jury of our users — and charge you for the privilege and give them benefits for the effort. They will decide whether you are good enough to show.”

Trust and quality become the new scarcity in media. It’s abundance that is killing the media business, creating no end of new competition, driving the price of both content and advertising toward zero, motivating ever-more-desperate advertisers and digital publishers into creating and serving ever-more-desperate and horrendous advertising. Media dreams of regaining a scarcity to control, of regaining pricing power. Media can do that if they make access to their users a privilege to earn.

Setting standards

So let’s say that quality publishers and platforms — from The New York Times to Google, from the Guardian to Facebook, from Vox to Mode — join together not to shut themselves behind a Trump-sized huuuuge paywall (good luck with that). Let’s say they join to set standards for quality advertising relating to experience, aesthetics, speed, privacy, credibility, and trust. They also establish procedures for reviewing ads and certifying advertisers.

This leads to an intriguing opportunity or perhaps a necessity: The quality publishers and platforms should establish their own independent ad blocker. Now Apple, Ad Block Plus, and their gang might argue they are doing this now; they say they set standards and they charge for access to their white lists and users, reputedly to cover the cost of reviewing ads. Yeah, and a horse head in the bed is a birthday present.

If there are to be ad blockers — and we now know that advertisers and media have made that an inevitability; they have made said bed and now must lie in it — then there should be an independent, not-for-profit ad-blocker and agency that does not suffer the conflicts of interest of the incumbents. Advertisers and media will need to endorse this and subsidize it and give up control of it. This ad-blocker and certifying agency needs to be run by representatives of users.

In short: The way to defeat the ad-blockers we have is not to create the blocker-blocker: to meet Imodium with Ex-lax. The answer, in the end, is first to invent better advertising and then to invent the better ad-blocker. Or to put it in the obverse: to invent quality advertising and the means to certify that quality.

Will some users continue to use ad-blockers of the old variety and block every ad everywhere? Yes. But today, we in media, advertising, and technology have no legs left on our high horse when we try to scold users or seek their empathy, explaining our need for advertising.

If, however, we finally — finally! — do what we in journalism are supposed to do and represent the public’s interests first, if we gain their trust and understanding, if we demonstrate our determination to fight for quality, then we can speak from higher ground. Then generous users will consider our pleas and our value and might just allow us to allow advertisers to speak to them.

And — here’s the beautiful part — we will then serve advertisers far better than we do today, as we heap their ads onto the junk piles we have made of our web pages. And let’s not even get started on click fraud.

Death to mass media — death to the mass

But all that won’t be enough. We will not fix advertising and media until we give up on the idea of the mass. So long as we sell volume over value; so long as we price advertising by the CPM — eyeballs sold by the ton and measured not as people but as anonymous abstractions of “reach” and “frequency;” so long as prices fall thanks to abundance and we try to make it up by manufacturing more pageviews with cats and Kardashians and headlines that manipulate and lie, then we will be doomed to a future of media and advertising that keep getting worse and worse until the public blocks not only advertising but the content it once wanted and helped to support.

We in media invented the mass. Aided by the steam-powered press and the advent of mass production and mass marketing, we made many a fortune with the mass. It was nice (for us) while it lasted. But the internet kills the mass and the business model of mass media. We must stop trying to save what we knew. That is what got us all into this mess.

When we begin to serve people as individuals and members of communities, not as a mass, when we deliver them relevance and utility, we can finally earn their trust. We will then have the courage to find out how much they truly value us and what we give them.

That is a new standard for journalism, for media, for marketing and advertising. It should be a new standard of relevance, trust, respect, and value for other institutions we helped ruin with our mass worldview: government, politics, education, culture, arts.

This is our mess to fix

It may be heretical (but it wouldn’t be my first heresy) to suggest that we in journalism schools should be the ones to start this process of fixing advertising. And no, I don’t mean we do that by teaching integrated mass marketing communications and other such abominations of the craft and the language — not advertising as story-telling, certainly not fucking “brand journalism.”

No, I mean that we in journalism schools should be the ones to stand up for quality and to convene the discussion of setting standards for what it means to truly serve our communities, not merely feed them messages, ours or advertisers’. It is our job to reconsider and reinvent the very business model of journalism and its support. For who else will do it? Advertisers and their agencies will not. Desperate-unto-dying media companies will not. Technology companies could — but beware, for then we’d only be ceding more of what we used to do to them.

No, if journalists are not going to stand up for serving the public with honest and quality, who will?

So, right here, I would like to begin to convene conversations with the interested parties: customers first, journalists, media proprietors, brands, media agencies, creative agencies, measurement companies, platforms, and academics. And then, if it will be useful, I will convene events on the topic at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

What say you?___

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2015-09-07 13:39:57 (20 comments; 15 reshares; 101 +1s)Open 

From my Observer column:

Advertising sucks, let us listicle the ways: 

1. Advertising is almost always irrelevant.

2. Advertising is oppressively repetitive. That is only worse now that so-called retargeting advertising will note when you look at a pair of pants online so those pants can stalk you across the web for months.

3. Even with all its newfound data and artificial intelligence, advertising is still stupid. It doesn’t know that you already bought those damned pants and keeps selling them to you.

4. Advertising interrupts—first radio, then TV, and now our Facebook streams.

5. Advertising is intrusive of privacy. I will argue that the humble cookie has been unjustly demonized by the Wall Street Journal, for cookies do useful things like reducing the frequency with which ads are served to you (see complaint No. 2). Still it’s truethat t... more »

From my Observer column:

Advertising sucks, let us listicle the ways: 

1. Advertising is almost always irrelevant.

2. Advertising is oppressively repetitive. That is only worse now that so-called retargeting advertising will note when you look at a pair of pants online so those pants can stalk you across the web for months.

3. Even with all its newfound data and artificial intelligence, advertising is still stupid. It doesn’t know that you already bought those damned pants and keeps selling them to you.

4. Advertising interrupts—first radio, then TV, and now our Facebook streams.

5. Advertising is intrusive of privacy. I will argue that the humble cookie has been unjustly demonized by the Wall Street Journal, for cookies do useful things like reducing the frequency with which ads are served to you (see complaint No. 2). Still it’s true that the advertising, media, and technology industries gather much data without giving their users any control or transparency into the reasons and consequences.

6. Advertising is irritating. It always has been. Go to anyone over the age of 50 and whine, “More Parks Sausages, Mom,” then watch them cringe.

7. Advertising is tacky, a glaring, blaring blight on the visual and auditory landscape. On most sites, there is just too much of it.

8. Advertising in inefficient. The only advance on the net is that marketers now have a better chance of determining which half of their dollars is wasted.

9. Advertising lies.

So how do we fix it? Not with native advertising. That is just another lie, designed to make us think an ad is not an ad. But we’re not as stupid as advertisers—and media companies—take us to be. As online metrics company Chartbeat has learned, users engage with a web page—that is, they scroll through it—71 percent of the time when the page contains real content but only 24 percent of the time when it carries so-called native advertising. And that leads me to one more complaint to fill out this listicle:

10. Advertising is an insult to our intelligence.

The rest at the link: http://observer.com/2015/09/advertising-doesnt-have-to-irritate-intrude-lie-cheat-and-generally-suck-2/___

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2015-09-06 02:57:46 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 171 +1s)Open 

Yeah - that happened yesterday! +Leo Laporte

Yeah - that happened yesterday! +Leo Laporte___

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2015-09-03 19:57:34 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

The start of my Observer column arguing that we have to entirely rethink advertising instead of arguing about blocking/unblocking it: 

Let us be gentle as we deliver this message to the good companies that pay for you to enjoy (I hope) this page—as well as most content across all media—for free: Your advertising sucks. 

Then let us try to help them fix that, or else their generous subsidy could disappear and with it much of the media we enjoy—the rest retreating behind pay walls for the edification and entertainment of only those who can afford it. 

That their advertising sucks in the view of the customers they want to reach is apparent with the news that online users will block $21 billion worth of advertising globally this year, according to PageFair and Adobe. 

The situation for advertisers and the media they feed will only grow worse as Appleintroduce... more »

The start of my Observer column arguing that we have to entirely rethink advertising instead of arguing about blocking/unblocking it: 

Let us be gentle as we deliver this message to the good companies that pay for you to enjoy (I hope) this page—as well as most content across all media—for free: Your advertising sucks. 

Then let us try to help them fix that, or else their generous subsidy could disappear and with it much of the media we enjoy—the rest retreating behind pay walls for the edification and entertainment of only those who can afford it. 

That their advertising sucks in the view of the customers they want to reach is apparent with the news that online users will block $21 billion worth of advertising globally this year, according to PageFair and Adobe. 

The situation for advertisers and the media they feed will only grow worse as Apple introduces adblocking into the heart of its next operating system, iOS9 and OS X El Capitan. Apple won’t just enable the blocking of ads but of “cookies, images, resources, pop-ups, and other content.” (“Content blocking” sounds more like the goal of tyrannies from Iran to China, but I digress.) 

Yet I digress again. The point here is that advertising sucks. Ad-blocking has become an industry aimed at killing an industry (advertising) that supports an industry (media), leading to yet another industry aimed at unblocking the blocked. Advertising is trapped in a vicious Imodium/Ex-lax downward spiral. 

The rest at the link below....

http://observer.com/2015/09/advertising-doesnt-have-to-irritate-intrude-lie-cheat-and-generally-suck-2/___

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2015-08-16 20:53:33 (23 comments; 15 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

The start of my reaction to the New York Times attempted exposé of working conditions at Amazon:

The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and — I can’t quite believe I’m saying this — balance.

Like everyone in my feeds, I read the story with something verging on horror. Since then, I’ve seen many tweets presenting another perspective and just read a point-by-point rebuttal by an Amazonian.

Where’s the truth? in the mix. Except as a reader, I had to go search for that mix.

The rest at the link....

http://buzzmachine.com/2015/08/16/hacking-amazons-jungle-coverage/

The start of my reaction to the New York Times attempted exposé of working conditions at Amazon:

The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and — I can’t quite believe I’m saying this — balance.

Like everyone in my feeds, I read the story with something verging on horror. Since then, I’ve seen many tweets presenting another perspective and just read a point-by-point rebuttal by an Amazonian.

Where’s the truth? in the mix. Except as a reader, I had to go search for that mix.

The rest at the link....

http://buzzmachine.com/2015/08/16/hacking-amazons-jungle-coverage/___

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2015-08-15 02:16:10 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 73 +1s)Open 

I could not resist annotating News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson's latest screed against Google, Facebook, and now -- bonus! -- LinkedIn. 

http://genius.it/mumbrella.com.au/news-corp-ceo-lashes-google-for-piracy-zealotry-and-kleptocracy-at-lowy-institute-event-312252

I could not resist annotating News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson's latest screed against Google, Facebook, and now -- bonus! -- LinkedIn. 

http://genius.it/mumbrella.com.au/news-corp-ceo-lashes-google-for-piracy-zealotry-and-kleptocracy-at-lowy-institute-event-312252___

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2015-08-12 19:27:10 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

I've just started a media column for the Observer (the New York one). Here is the first outing. A snippet from the start:

Journalists, understandably, will tell you there are too few of their kind left in the world. But considering how much they repeat each others’ work, perhaps the truth is that we have too many of them.

Every day on Google News, you can find hundreds, often thousands of versions of the same news, sometimes when it’s not even new. Why did the world need countless reports on the recent blue moon when the event — merely a calendrical oddity — is perfectly well-explained on Wikipedia? Did every media outlet on earth really have to write its own version of the story of that mysteriously colored dress? Editors send 15,000 journalists to each of the political conventions where nothing unexpected happens (well, unless Donald Trump shows up).
After... more »

I've just started a media column for the Observer (the New York one). Here is the first outing. A snippet from the start:

Journalists, understandably, will tell you there are too few of their kind left in the world. But considering how much they repeat each others’ work, perhaps the truth is that we have too many of them.

Every day on Google News, you can find hundreds, often thousands of versions of the same news, sometimes when it’s not even new. Why did the world need countless reports on the recent blue moon when the event — merely a calendrical oddity — is perfectly well-explained on Wikipedia? Did every media outlet on earth really have to write its own version of the story of that mysteriously colored dress? Editors send 15,000 journalists to each of the political conventions where nothing unexpected happens (well, unless Donald Trump shows up).

After newspaper newsrooms shrank by another 10.4% last year over the year before — the total workforce cratering to 32,900 from a 1990 high of 56,900 — how can we still afford such inefficiency? Why does the industry produce so much duplication?

The answer, of course, is economic. The problem is the old, mass-media business model, which still sells advertisers volume: a thousand pairs of eyes at a time. As a result, every news organization thinks it needs its own take on any story so it can fill its own page and have a place for its own ad and get its own page view and earn its own pennies for each one....

The rest at the link below....

http://observer.com/2015/08/amid-constant-layoff-journalists-should-stop-parroting-each-other/___

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2015-08-11 00:02:38 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Journalists can be better at knowing a lot about the users in their communities. 

Journalists can be better at knowing a lot about the users in their communities. ___

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2015-08-11 00:02:00 (38 comments; 121 reshares; 524 +1s)Open 

You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean thatGoogle has for a long ... more »

You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean that Google has for a long time really been the powerhouse advertising company.

No, Google long ago became a personal services company, the post-mass-market company that treats every user as a customer it knows individually. That is the heart of Google. When they say they “focus on the user and all else will follow,” they mean it.

But Google was also a technology company, working on projects that didn’t fit with that mission.

So this move lets Page and Brin move up to the strategic stratosphere where they are most comfortable. It lets them recognize the tremendous job +Sundar Pichai has been doing running the company that is now “just” Google. It lets them invest in new experiments and new lines of business — cars, medical technology, automated homes, and energy so far, and then WTF they can imagine and whatever problems they yearn to solve. It lets them tell Wall Street not to freak at a blip in the ad market — though, of course, the vast majority of the parent company’s revenue will still come from Google’s advertising business.

A journalist asked me a few minutes ago whether there was any risk to the change. I couldn’t think of any then. I suppose one risk is that this will only freak out especially European media and regulatory technopanickers, who will now go on a rampage warning that — SEE! — Google does want to rule the world. But what the hell. They were going to do that anyway.

A few weeks ago at Google I/O, I had the privilege of meeting Page. To introduce myself, I said that I wrote a book called What Would Google Do?. “Oh, I remember,” he said with impish grin and then he asked: “What would Google do? I want to know.”

See, I don’t think even Larry Page knows what Google — er, Alphabet — will do. He is now setting himself up for discoveries, surprises, exploration, experimentation, and a magnificently uncertain future. Who wants a certain future? That’d be so damned boring. So horribly conventional.

Disclosure: I own Google — er, Alphabet — stock. And I now lust after Alphabet swag.___

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2015-07-31 12:44:46 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 73 +1s)Open 

Bravo: The episode of Star Talk in which I got to chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson about journalism and media is now entirely on YouTube. Enjoy (I hope): 

Bravo: The episode of Star Talk in which I got to chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson about journalism and media is now entirely on YouTube. Enjoy (I hope): ___

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2015-07-31 12:42:37 (14 comments; 7 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

Hillary Clinton's campaign gives The New York Times a badly needed lesson in journalism, the danger of scoop-thinking, the danger of unnamed sources, and the need especially today to just get it right. Damnit. 

Hillary Clinton's campaign gives The New York Times a badly needed lesson in journalism, the danger of scoop-thinking, the danger of unnamed sources, and the need especially today to just get it right. Damnit. ___

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2015-07-17 21:59:23 (9 comments; 9 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

Find the real pigeon. 

Find the real pigeon. ___

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2015-07-13 14:18:33 (33 comments; 14 reshares; 222 +1s)Open 

Poor +Sundar Pichai. He sat down for an interview with a New York Times technology reporter, only to find himself bombarded with the same question a half-dozen ways: Aren't mobile phones bad for us? I hate it when reporters do that. Sometimes, I just tell them: No matter how often you ask me that, I will not be giving you the answer you want. 

First question: "Do you see mobile phones heading down a path of social unacceptability? Do we have a problem of overuse?" 

After acknowledging that phones can do good things -- goddamned miracles, I'd say -- the reporter comes back to his plaint: "But then people start doing things like checking their email at dinner. Are there things Google is doing to return people to where they are and reduce the temptation to look at their phone?" Like everything else, isn't this your fault, Google? 

Sundar triedto... more »

Poor +Sundar Pichai. He sat down for an interview with a New York Times technology reporter, only to find himself bombarded with the same question a half-dozen ways: Aren't mobile phones bad for us? I hate it when reporters do that. Sometimes, I just tell them: No matter how often you ask me that, I will not be giving you the answer you want. 

First question: "Do you see mobile phones heading down a path of social unacceptability? Do we have a problem of overuse?" 

After acknowledging that phones can do good things -- goddamned miracles, I'd say -- the reporter comes back to his plaint: "But then people start doing things like checking their email at dinner. Are there things Google is doing to return people to where they are and reduce the temptation to look at their phone?" Like everything else, isn't this your fault, Google? 

Sundar tried to politely deflect: "You’re asking questions that have nothing to do with technology. Should kids check phones at dinner? I don’t know. To me that’s a parenting choice."

The reporter tries again. And then again: "As you have risen in the ranks at Google, have you noticed that people use their phones less in meetings with you?"

And again: "Have you done anything to ease back? I have a policy that I’m not allowed to walk around the house with my phone. It has to stay in one room."

Oh, jeesh. I imagine the reporter getting Grandma's telephone table from the front hall and tying an iPhone to it. Some of us would say that eliminating the need for wires was progress. ___

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2015-07-12 21:55:40 (23 comments; 7 reshares; 190 +1s)Open 

Taylor Swift in action last night in NJ. She does put on a helluva show. (I was there in my daughter's posse.)

Taylor Swift in action last night in NJ. She does put on a helluva show. (I was there in my daughter's posse.)___

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2015-07-12 21:55:01 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

Weird vision of Taylor Swift on stage last night caused by harsh spotlight and bad camera phone ... or proof that she is an apparition. 

Weird vision of Taylor Swift on stage last night caused by harsh spotlight and bad camera phone ... or proof that she is an apparition. ___

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2015-07-04 21:04:13 (43 comments; 11 reshares; 420 +1s)Open 

Shwag at war. 

Shwag at war. ___

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2015-06-27 01:54:21 (25 comments; 15 reshares; 342 +1s)Open 

Auto awesome indeed. 

Auto awesome indeed. ___

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2015-06-26 20:56:58 (21 comments; 24 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

If, like me, you did not see President Obama's eulogy for the late Rev. Pinckney, here it is in full. Drop everything. Watch. It is a moment of amazing leadership. 

If, like me, you did not see President Obama's eulogy for the late Rev. Pinckney, here it is in full. Drop everything. Watch. It is a moment of amazing leadership. ___

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2015-06-18 13:54:47 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

Talk to the finger. 

+Jeff Jarvis doing his +EminemVEVO impersonation on TWiG. with +Leo Laporte and +Mike Elgan. Only Google in this show and +Pizza Hut latest Hot Dog crust Pizza.   ___Talk to the finger. 

2015-06-13 14:37:24 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

I'm delighted to see +Larry Page, Google, and +Daniel Doctoroff working on improving the lives of communities in cities using technology. As journalists, we should collaborate with such efforts as this. Our work in social journalism and news ecosystems at CUNY (not to mention entrepreneurial journalism) is my starting point....

Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!___I'm delighted to see +Larry Page, Google, and +Daniel Doctoroff working on improving the lives of communities in cities using technology. As journalists, we should collaborate with such efforts as this. Our work in social journalism and news ecosystems at CUNY (not to mention entrepreneurial journalism) is my starting point....

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2015-05-31 18:45:55 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 246 +1s)Open 

I wish they had been singing "It's a Small, Small World After All." 

I wish they had been singing "It's a Small, Small World After All." ___

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2015-05-31 18:45:05 (27 comments; 21 reshares; 389 +1s)Open 

I want it and I want it NOW. 

I want it and I want it NOW. ___

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2015-05-31 18:44:10 (4 comments; 13 reshares; 154 +1s)Open 

Cool design of the space at #io15. Cardboard was the theme. 

Cool design of the space at #io15. Cardboard was the theme. ___

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2015-05-29 16:04:05 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 136 +1s)Open 

What the hell was this at the #io15 party? I have no idea. But I think I found the creepy line. 

What the hell was this at the #io15 party? I have no idea. But I think I found the creepy line. ___

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2015-05-29 16:01:05 (11 comments; 15 reshares; 263 +1s)Open 

I have seen the future. But it can't see me. #io15

I have seen the future. But it can't see me. #io15___

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2015-05-29 15:56:48 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

This from Google I/O. Can you imagine a playground at a journalism conference? Oh, no, we're much too serious for that. 

This from Google I/O. Can you imagine a playground at a journalism conference? Oh, no, we're much too serious for that. ___

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2015-05-28 20:17:42 (42 comments; 9 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

Anybody know what this is? Saw it at Google #io15  before the show began. 

Anybody know what this is? Saw it at Google #io15  before the show began. ___

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2015-05-28 20:16:58 (16 comments; 16 reshares; 200 +1s)Open 

GoPro's VR video rig at #io15. 

GoPro's VR video rig at #io15. ___

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2015-05-23 17:32:34 (24 comments; 36 reshares; 415 +1s)Open 

#WazeWin

#WazeWin___

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2015-05-20 13:47:31 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 186 +1s)Open 

These are my most prized possessions from my days as a TV critic (even more than my hatemail from Bill Cosby): letters from Dave. I will miss his voice. 

These are my most prized possessions from my days as a TV critic (even more than my hatemail from Bill Cosby): letters from Dave. I will miss his voice. ___

2015-05-17 23:20:16 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 195 +1s)Open 

Great job, Google, of putting together a slideshow of my 36 hours in Helsinki and Stockholm. The herring is at Sturehof. Wonderful. 

Great job, Google, of putting together a slideshow of my 36 hours in Helsinki and Stockholm. The herring is at Sturehof. Wonderful. ___

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2015-05-17 18:10:25 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

I just returned from a great event Google convened for European news publishers (and a few American interlopers). The timing couldn't have been better: looking at how Google can now one-up Facebook with its Instant Articles. This is a critical time for the relationship between journalism and technology. Now much progress can be made, much mutual benefit found, many new services for citizens created.I hope we don't blow it. 

I just returned from a great event Google convened for European news publishers (and a few American interlopers). The timing couldn't have been better: looking at how Google can now one-up Facebook with its Instant Articles. This is a critical time for the relationship between journalism and technology. Now much progress can be made, much mutual benefit found, many new services for citizens created.I hope we don't blow it. ___

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2015-05-17 17:11:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Olive?

Olive?___

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2015-05-17 17:10:59 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

Happy Jazz Club. Helsinki. 

Happy Jazz Club. Helsinki. ___

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