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August 5th, 2011 by in Images, Links

6 Hilarious Ways Al-Qaeda Is Going Corporate[Cracked]

How Cocaine Use Is Blowing Up (Infographic) – [GOOD]

Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Opposition – [The Onion]

According to White House officials, Obama attempted to work with Republicans right up until the Aug. 4 deadline, but was ultimately left with no choice except to turn a year older.

New York Times Trying To Become The Pandora Of Newspapers[Poynter]

The New York Times’ 6-month-old recommendations feature, which uses an algorithm to suggest stories readers might like, is “really exceeding our expectations in terms of usage and clickthroughs,” says Marc Frons, Times chief technology officer for digital operations.

“What is new about what we’ve done is how it figures out what to give you next based on what you’ve read. A lot of recommendation engines work kind of like the Amazon recommendation model — you bought a toaster, therefore maybe you’re interested in more toasters. …Our algorithm tries to figure out complementary or even disparate matches that will help expose you to what we think are things you would be interested in, rather than just topics.”

How LinkedIn Makes Money[The Atlantic Wire]

LinkedIn makes money a little differently than other social media sites. There are basically three revenue streams: Hiring Solutions, Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions. All three of these products thrive at time when lots of people are looking for work and even more so when companies are hiring and willing to pay for help with the process.

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