Saturday, May 07, 2005


Computers Now Grading Students'Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off— to a computer.

Google yanks two political ads attacking Reps. Pelosi and DeLay (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A complaint this week by a conservative advocacy group over a political attack ad it tried to place on Google's Web site has again raised questions about the company's restrictive advertising policies and whether it can effectively police them.

Bloggers'Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term"the mainstream media."One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism (AP)
AP - The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year— a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

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