5 October

NYT Reaches 1M Digital Subscribers

The New York Times announced today that it reached 1 million digital only subscribers. Combined with it’s 1.2 million traditional subscribers it now has the highest circulation it has ever had. This helps it support a $200 million newsroom payroll and lets the paper continue to grow while very other outlet is shrinking. NYT is profitable, […]

30 September

She’s Just a Dog

Sarah, our beloved Fox Terrier, died yesterday. She was 6. She was chasing a squirrel and was hit by a car. A close friend said life goes on. But it doesn’t. I feel foolish when I tear up explaining Sarah’s death to another friend. I’m 49 years old. She’s just a dog. But she’s not. […]

28 September

Now Hiring Account Manager

Owen Media is looking for an account manager to provide support to PR clients and coordination for a bi-annual technology conference. Compensation up to $50k. Job duties include. Research, writing and presentations to colleagues and clients Client, editor, analyst and colleague outreach by email, phone and in person Attention to detail for client deliverables and […]

17 September

Supercomputing Challenge: Predicting the Weather in the Alps

Accurately predicting the weather in Switzerland is a big challenge. While it’s cool and rainy in one valley, it’s warm and sunny in the next. Rough terrain and a legion of micro climates complicate the ability to run accurate simulations to such a degree, that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) just installed a Cray […]

4 September

Creating the World’s Most Fearsome Fly Swatter

Researchers are using genomics, evolutionary history and the “Magnus” Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to understand and eliminate the whitefly threat — a species complex of at least 34 morphologically indistinguishable species. Recently Dr. Laura Boykin won a TED Fellowship for her whitefly research in East Africa. Whiteflies transmit diseases that can […]

21 August

Over 60% of the World’s Weather Centers Now Rely on Cray Supercomputers

Cray, Inc. – the supercomputer manufacturer – just secured a $6 million contract with the Danish Meteorological Institute to provide a 10-fold improvement over their existing system. The contract marks the first Cray system in Iceland, and over 60% of the world’s weather centers now rely on Cray, including: NOAA UK MET European Centre for Medium-Range […]

17 August

A $300M content marketing budget

NYT reached 1M paid digital subscribers this month. As the Gray Lady competes against Facebook, Twitter and Words With Friends for consumers’ time, journalism continues to seek its market valuation in a world of free “news.” In the tech world, especially among startups, writing is free. So is social media. Unfortunately your customers’ time isn’t free. NYT […]

30 July

Cecil the Lion Eats PR Pro

Jon Austin, Minneapolis crisis management consultant, was eaten by Cecil the Lion. According to today’s NYT, Austin took the money and shilled for Walter Palmer, big game hunter and Internet villain of the moment. Austin woke up to the full-throated roar of the indignant Internet users. He immediately fired his client and retreated. Austin’s name awareness went […]

28 July

Advertising’s Great Reset and Google Analytics

The $600 billion ad industry has been on hold since consumers switched from print and broadcast to web and mobile. Since the 1950s the industry was driven by Nielson, Arbitron and SRDS ratings. Today there are hundreds of analytics tools that measure site and mobile traffic, engagement and conversion. How much free time do you have deploy and learn […]

21 July

Dato, Machine Learning & the Rise of Predictive Apps

Machine learning lets Amazon accurately recommend products in real-time. It also enables Google to learn from your behavior; new smartphone apps can warn if you’re running late for a meeting by analyzing your calendar, location and traffic data. In the next 5 years, most apps – even those created by small companies and independent developers […]