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  1. New York Times Apologizes for Racist India Space Program Cartoon

    "Knock Knock." "Who's there?" "Prejudice."

    Recently, India became only the first country ever to put a spacecraft in Mars orbit on the first try with their Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). While Mars needs MOM, no one needed the New York Times cartoon about India's maturing space program.

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  2. Spray This Bacteria on Your Face and Never Need to Take a Shower Again, Says Start-Up Company

    Watch. In five years, Jamie Lee Curtis will be doing commercials about it.

    It's pretty common knowledge that the amount of soap we use is probably bad for us. Sure, there's the "antibacterial products breed stronger bacteria" argument, but there's also a contingent of cosmetologists who say too much soap can strip the skin and hair of necessary bacteria. AOBiome's solution? Spray that bacteria right back on your face.

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  3. Your Pumpkin Spice Latte Probably Doesn’t Contain Any Actual Pumpkin, According to the NYT and Science

    So that makes it just like everything else we eat!

    This shouldn't surprise you, but you know that pumpkin-flavored processed food you've been eating all season? The pumpkin flavor is also processed. Michael Moss, an NYT writer, recently visited a food flavor manufacturer to figure out just how it is that the flavor we attribute to "pumpkin" came to be, and the science of it is actually pretty cool.

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  4. Did The New York Times Just Get Hacked? Here’s What We Know So Far

    All the news that's fit to Http:/1.1 Service Unavailable.

    If you tried to access the New York Time website over the past two hours, you might have encountered a very unusual error message saying that the site was down. It's back up now, but what happened? Hackers happened, an unnamed source at Fox Business claims. Uh oh.

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  5. Truman Capote’s Not Dead After All, So Says Google News

    Good news, everyone! It turns out Truman Capote isn't dead after all! It seems the Breakfast at Tiffany's author is alive and well, and writing articles about abortion for The New York Times, or at least that's what Google would have you believe. Google News credited the 2010 article "The New Abortion Providers" to Truman Capote, who has actually been dead since 1984. It says so right on the plaque. So what's the deal, Google? Why you trying to get my hopes up about zombie Capote coming back to life?

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  6. Internet Declares NYT Pollster Nate Silver Most Likely A Witch, Further Tests To Come

    NYT poll-meister and knower of dark secrets Nate Silver took some flack last week for making bets on the outcome of the presidential election with Fox News personality Joe Scarborough. Silver was vindicated last night as his predictions for the election, on a state by state basis, turned out to be eerily accurate...almost too accurate, some might say. So as the nation looks to put a contentious presidential election behind us and move forward as a country, we can all turn to the most important question of the morning after the big night: Is Nate Silver a witch?

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  7. NY Times, ProPublica Join Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, Dragged Into 21st Century

    It's no surprise that newspapers and other outlets of old-school journalism have struggled in the digital space. However, a collaboration between the Mozilla and the Knight Foundation called OpenNews has aimed to remedy that, by bringing developers and journalists together. Perhaps most importantly, it aims to bring the fruit of this work to the world. Now, the New York Times and other major news operations have joined the project, hoping to make their content even more relevant in the digital space.

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  8. New York Times Corrects Obituary 112 Years Later

    The New York Times' City Room blog has a fascinating post about an obituary that the paper corrected 112 years after publication. When the Times received a letter from the great-nephew of Lt. M.K. Schwenk informing the paper that his great-uncle's name had been Milton, not Melton, as the Times wrote in an obituary published in 1899. The paper hastened to correct the error, and in looking into Schwenk's life, discovered several other errors in the obituary: For instance, his hometown and graduation date from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis were both incorrect not just in the Times' article, but in other New York-area publications from the same era. This raised, for the contemporary Times writer looking into these issues, the question of how accurate we can presume primary sources to be, even supposedly reputable ones:

    It is never too late to set the record straight. If journalism is indeed the first rough draft of history, there is always time to revise, polish and perfect, even if pinning down the details about Lieutenant Schwenk after so many years turned out to be less than straightforward.
    (NYT via Romenesko)

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  9. New York Times Issues Wonderfully Geeky Sports Section Correction

    Following an article on a baseball bat humorously named for Orcrist the Goblin-Cleaver, a sword from The Hobbit that was owned by Thorin Oakenshield -- and not Bilbo Baggins, duh-- the New York Times learned the #1 lesson about writing articles about swords in Tolkien books: Be sure that you get every detail about the Tolkienian sword right, or you will hear very quickly from Tolkien fans that you did not get every detail about the Tolkienian sword right, dangit. (Related: Baseball fans are probably geekier than most other sports fans.)

    (via Reddit)

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  10. New York Times Has 100,000 Digital Subscribers Despite Paywall

    Remember when the New York Times announced its paywall? That thing that caused outrage by making most of their digital offerings hidden behind a subscription service, but then people figured out a multitude of ways to avoid having to actually subscribe and the paywall went from being totally obnoxious, to somewhat silly?

    Well, turns out the paywall actually worked, and the New York Times has already managed to snag 100,000 subscribers in less than a month of the paywall's implementation. Though the number seems fairly large for something people were so opposed to--as well as figured out how to bypass in a variety of ways--that pretty 100,000 number actually includes a $0.99 four week trial, so maybe all isn't wrong with the digital world.

    (Business Insider via Gizmodo)

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  11. A Google a Day: New Daily Trivia Puzzle From Google

    Google has announced a new daily puzzle, dubbed A Google a Day, in which they pose a question with an answer that is supposed to be a tad difficult to search for using the wondrous powers of search engines. Questions will be posted every day on agoogleaday.com, as well as above the New York Times crossword puzzle on weekdays, with the answers being posted in both venues the following day, along with search tips and whatever features were used to find the answer.

    The difficulty of the questions will increase over the course of the week, and Google has made a special version of their search engine that puzzlers can use over on A Google a Day that excludes features that may contain spoilers, such as Google's real-time updates. Players can follow @agoogleaday on Twitter, or email the team at agoogleaday@google.com.

    (via Official Google Blog)

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  12. NYT Paywall Details Announced

    New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. provided some information about the media giant's new subscription service that will place much of the newspaper's digital content behind a paywall. The new rules go into effect today in Canada, in order to test the system, and on March 28 globally. The new subscription plan is being offered in a tiered system, with limitations being placed on the paper's popular smartphone and tablet apps. The highest level, $35 per month,  grants users full site access on all devices and on all apps. The cheapest plan will cost $15, giving users full access to the site, and full access through smartphone apps. E-reader subscriptions, like those offered for the Kindle, are not currently included in the plan and must be purchased separately. The Apple iPad will also be the only tablet supported at launch. But mooching, nonpaying users will not be left out in the cold.

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  13. How Does the U.S. Compare to Other Countries? Not Too Well, According to Some Metrics

    The USA may still lead the world in GDP and rank highly in such stats as population and human development index, but its lag in other key categories is alarming. You've heard about the education gap, but did you know that U.S. students' math scores are among the lowest in the developed world? Charles M. Blow and the New York Times put together this infographic comparing the U.S. to other countries by 9 key metrics: The U.S. comes in at "worst of the worst" in four categories and "worst" in two more, with zero "best" rankings

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  14. It Doesn’t Take That Many Emails to Break the New York Times’ Most Emailed List

    The "most e-mailed list" seems like an increasingly weird metric of popularity in this age of Facebook likes and Tweets and Stumbles and reblogs and what have you, but it's still a staple on newspaper websites with older readerships. As an experiment cleverly orchestrated by The Daily Beast illustrates, e-mail is just as subject to gaming as other measurements of popularity: It took writer Thomas E. Weber and a set of compatriots just 1,270 e-mails from different accounts to push a three-week-old story on a museum exhibition featuring Sumerian mathematical tablets to the #3 spot on the New York Times' "Most E-Mailed" list.

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  15. Think You’re Smart? Balance the National Budget

    If you like math puzzles, here's one for you: The New York Times has put together an interactive puzzle wherein you can attempt to balance the national budget and keep the deficit from ballooning even further.

    Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online.
    If you want to play on Expert mode, consider that 1) As a politician, a lot of people and lobbies would be very, very angry if you tried to implement many of these changes (just try implementing a national sales tax) and 2) this is just the budget shortfall over the next five to twenty years; the total national debt is $13.723 trillion dollars. >>>You fix the budget. (NYT via FlowingData)

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  16. Do Google and Verizon Want to Axe Net Neutrality? [Update]

    File under 'scary if true': Today's New York Times has it that Google and Verizon are close to reaching an agreement that would strike a major blow to net neutrality. They're reportedly working towards an arrangement that would allow some large companies -- or at least Google -- to pay more money in exchange for faster delivery of their online content.

    If the Times' "people close to the negotiations" are right, an agreement could be reached as soon as next week.

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  17. Tumblr Completes The Holy Trinity of Social Media [Essay]

    There is a corner of the Internet where actors, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, bloggers, directors, people from all walks of life are creating over 2 million posts per day, and are often meeting each other in person in over 50 different places around the world, from New York to London to Berlin to Tokyo. The place is Tumblr and it is quickly becoming the third member of the holy trinity of social media, along with Twitter and Facebook. Today, the New York Times makes it official with this headline: “Facebook and Twitter’s New Rival.” Here’s the gist of Tumblr: a dead-simple way to get out your ideas or inspirations, what you’re doing, what you like or hate, whatever snip of culture or sub-culture is engaging you at the moment, across any form of media – photo, text, quip, video, audio clip, chat transcript. The sum total contributes to a unique online identity through sharing what you gather on the web with  your followers, usually with your own two cents (even if it’s as simple as “LOL”). >>>Read the whole essay at Mediaite.

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  18. WikiLeaks Posts Thousands Of Classified Docs On War in Afghanistan

    In what's being called “one of the biggest leaks in US military history,” whistleblower site WikiLeaks today posted tens of thousands of classified “military field reports” about the Afghan war. According to the New York Times, the Times, the Guardian, and the German newspaper Der Spiegel were “given access to the voluminous records several weeks ago on the condition that they not report on the material before Sunday.”

    Based on that access and reporting, which WikiLeaks was not involved in, the New York Times has published a series of articles today which are too lengthy to go through here in detail but, broadly speaking, conclude that the Afghan war is not going as well as official reports might lead the public to believe. And the White House isn't happy:

    >>>Get the full scoop at Mediaite.

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  19. New York Times’ Interview With A Robot Gets Awkward, Stays Awkward [Video]

    The New York Times recently chose to investigate a new innovation in the remarkably cool world of artificial intelligence, and somehow manage to make it painfully awkward and really grating on the brain. Amy Harmon, New York Times national correspondent who lost some street cred over the course of this segment, sat down with Bina48 to have a little chat. Bina48 is a robot project of the Terasem Movement Foundation. Situated in a quaint Vermont home, Bina48 is a robot implanted with the thoughts and memories of real person Bina Rothblatt. She is a new step forward in the science of artificial intelligence, though there's obviously a long way to go.

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  20. Stunning Reversal: New York Times Bans Use of the Word “Tweet”

    The New York Times, like many print publications, is at a weird crossroads with respect to new tech: On the one hand, they've got a great digital operation and a lot of tech-savvy reporters; on the other hand, they try to maintain old standards which by definition conflict with newer terms and practices that weren't around when those standards were established. Throw Twitter into the pot, and kaboom! Confusion.

    A memo from New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett obtained by The Awl's Choire Sicha puts some of that confusion to rest, although some folks may disagree with its conclusion: The Times is banning the Twitter-centric use of the word "tweet" as a noun or a verb.

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