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We kick off the show talking about a bit of inside baseball in terms of past investigative reports on the Kos/Leftosphere’s smear jobs on the Rove persona and the Bush campaign. We surmise that you can effectively ignore this news story, and that it likely is an incredible fabrication:

Investigative reporter says he has the 500 missing Rove emails
Mark Frauenfelder: R.U. Sirius says:

Investigative reporter Greg Palast says 4.5 million votes will be shoplifted in 2008, thanks largely to the “Rove-bots” that have been placed in the Justice Department following the U.S. Attorney firings.

… he (Palast) claims to have the 500 emails that the House subpoenaed and Karl Rove claims were deleted forever. They prove definitively, says Palast, that the Justice Department is infested with operatives taking orders from Rove to steal upcoming elections for Republicans and permanently alter the Department.


After the break we come back and talk about some people’s allegations that email is on the way out. Art thinks definitely not, and I couldn’t come up with anything substantial to counter the claim:

Is Email ‘Bankrupt’?
Gary W. Longsine writes “The Washington Post writes about a Venture Capitalist and blogger, Fred Wilson, who recently declared ‘e-mail bankruptcy’, wiping out his inbox and starting over because he couldn’t keep up. Spam is cited as one reason. There have been several public incidents, some cited in the article, where the flow of email is just too much to keep up. ‘If there is a downside to completely turning a back on e-mail, it’s not one many former users notice. Stanford computer science professor Donald E. Knuth started using e-mail in 1975 and stopped using it 15 years later. Knuth said he prefers to concentrate on writing books rather than be distracted by the steady stream of communication.’ Is email just too hectic a communication form for some people? Is email dead?”

Oh, to be there for this one:

Gates and Jobs to Share A Stage
Rob wrote with a link to a Computer Business Review online article, which reports that Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Apple chief Steve Jobs will make a joint appearance at a future technologies conference in Carlsbad, California. The event is expected to last a little more than an hour, and the two computer industry magnates are expected to reflect on their pasts – while theorizing on the future. “[WSJ Tech columnist] Walt Mossberg, a co-producer of the conference who will interview the execs on-stage along with colleague Kara Swisher, said they simply invited Gates and Jobs to do the interview … [Mossberg] declined to give any color about the questions he and Swisher are preparing, or any additional information. Most likely, Gates and Jobs will use the occasion to do some friendly sparring on their polar-opposite philosophies on personal computing. Jobs may bang on about the benefits of a software-hardware approach, while Gates may rattle off the joys of partnering with hardware partners.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Art doesn’t use Google News, I use it minimally, but after this, I will be taking a second look at increased usage of the service:

Google News to Add Videos and Social News Features?
Computerworld has an interview with Nathan Stoll, from Google News. The interviews reveals some of the philosophy of the product and possible future directions.

Google News wants to respect editors’ choices in regards to the importance of a news and only one section from Google News is generated by looking at the popularity of a news. Another important idea behind Google News is showing more than one perspective for a news, and this is partially achieved by clustering related news.

Videos could enhance the way you understand a news. “To the extent that a lot of those [persectives] are in video and becoming available online, we’d certainly love to make those perspectives available and easily discoverable. With the YouTube team, working hard, it’s certainly an area we’d like to make progress in.”

Google also ponders the addition of features from social news sites like Digg. “We offer a most popular section on the front page of many of our editions. That popularity ranking signal is different from how the front page is ranked, which tries to reflect what editors are publishing on their sites. If we introduced a Digg-style feature, it would be more similar to that popularity metric.”

What are you doing on the social news front, along t

he lines of sites like Digg and Slashdot?

Obviously Google has a number of products and services that touch on those types of areas. In News today we offer a number of customization and personalization features. If I was to give you themes about areas that we’re working on, that would be one area in which we’re very interested.

An internal document leaked from Google last year mentioned about a “radically improved [version of Google News that should allow] other news sources, and organizations and individuals mentioned in news stories to debate specific points”. Google also licensed content from AFP and AP to be able to use the full text of a news.

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