Arik Hesseldahl

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Jon Stewart Wants a Shot At IBM's Watson, but What About SNL?

When I first started paying attention to the whole man vs. computer matchup on “Jeopardy,” I wondered if the whole thing would penetrate the popular culture. Obviously I was wrong to wonder. Of course it did. Jon Stewart devoted part of his opening monologue to Watson on “The Daily Show” last night. Some laughter ensued.

Not bad, but I’m certain I’m not the only one hoping that somehow “Saturday Night Live” gets in on the action by reviving its old “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch from a few seasons back. Perhaps Sean Connery could hack Watson’s programming? You know what would happen.

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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