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January 2011’s Posts.

  1. Printing a "green" newspaper

    An infographic showing how The Globe and Mail is printed in a more environmentally-friendly way

  2. A deep look at Ongo

    The suscription-based breaking news service launched by some newspapers has a intriguing strategy

  3. The economics of The Daily

    A look at what Rupert Murdoch's iPad-based newspaper's revenue and expenses could actually be

  4. 25 commandments for journalists

    A Guardian editor shares a "manifesto for the simple scribe" which includes some excellent advice

  5. Nothing queued, Netflix

    Canada feeds of American culture — the history of Canadian media can be read, in part, as a nationalistic defence against American influence (which in turn can be explained by the events 199 years ago). In the digital age however, with geo-fencing thriving, access to Hollywood is being limited in the Great White North. No Pandora. No Hulu. And until recently, no Netflix. As a recent American resident, I became a immediate Netflix junkie. In less than three years, I watched more than 500 movies (and rated another 2,020 and had 3,573 suggestions). There were nearly 400 more in my DVD and Instant Viewing queue. My move back to Canada coincided, coincidentally, with Netflix unveiling a Canadian streaming-only service. And the results have suggested it is struggling to understand their customer base. Laying aside an unnecessarily astroturfed launch, there is no way to import U.S. account history into a Canadian account. This despite the fact many Canadians retain U.S. residency for part of the year and others pretend to do so. More bizarrely, there is no way to queue movies.Each time a Canadian wants to view a movie on Netflix, he needs to search for it and hit play — and that is a powerful disincentive. In the U.S., my curated list of movies was the reason I returned to the site. That queue made it so easy to find those movies I'd discovered by using Netflix. In turn, it was the reason I renewed my service month in and month out.Netflix allegedly thinks queuing isn’ for streaming movies. The lack of the feature in Canada suggests similar changes may be coming to the U.S. as well. (Already, the add to DVD queue functionality was removed from the connected devices on the U.S. service.)For a company famous for iterative improvements to its user experience, I still am having a hard-time understanding the business justification for removing a tool that justified for customers a reason to keeping watching movies

  6. Lessons from designing an app

    A Teehan & Lax presentation about creating the @tweetmag app for the iPad

  7. WaSP vs. W3C

    The WaSP speaks up about the creation of the HTML5 logo and branding campaign

  8. Shadow DOM

    Playing with some dark magic to manipulate the unmanipulatable aspects of a web page

  9. Measuring Canada's digital media workforce

    Take this survey - it's a first attempt to map the industry, and there's a promise to freely share the data

  10. Making the same mistakes

    Some newspapers' mobile strategy reflects the same problems of their Web strategy in the '90s

  11. Time-shifting our reading

    An analysis of when people use Read it Later shows some new peak times for mobile reading

  12. Recording HTML5-friendly Skype calls

    Not one-step simple, but this is a very easy way to make HTML-5 friendly video recordings

  13. Post-Intelligencer follow-up

    What's life like now for journalists laid-off when one of Seattle's newspapers shutdown 18 months ago

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