Liz Gannes

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No Joke: Pandora Adds Comedy

Internet radio service Pandora has added 10,000 short sketches from more than 700 different comics to its library. Even though the best way to ruin a joke is to explain it, Pandora enlisted a “team of working comedians” to identify traits such as “basic themes (ethnicity, family) and styles of delivery (dry, self-deprecating) to broader categorizations of how comedians toy with logic and language (spoonerisms, juxtaposition, misdirection)” so it can make comedy recommendations.


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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