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The Algorithm Has a Thing for Housewives

algorithmlostmind.jpgLooks like that big shake-up at Ask was so violent it muddled the brains of the company’s executive leadership.

This morning the company announced plans to retool itself as a search engine for housewives. Seems Ask.com believes its core demographic is married women living in the American South and Midwest looking for information about health, hobbies, family matters, children’s homework, recipes and entertainment–i.e., married women who already use Google.

“If we can do a better job of understanding who these customers are and answering their questions, we will grow,” newly installed CEO Jim Safka told Reuters. “What this means is everything we do will be put through this strategic filter.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald