Big news on the innovation front: Columbia Journalism School and Stanford’s School of Engineering are teaming up to create an Institute for Media Innovation. The Institute hopes to bridge the gap between journalism and technology and encourage collaboration between the two disciplines.

The institute, officially called the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, is made possible by a $30 million gift from former Cosmopolitan magazine editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown in honor of her late husband. The gift will go towards funding two director roles — one in each university — as well as a physical space attached to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism complete with a high-tech newsroom. The money will also help support post-graduate fellowships and “Magic Grants” to further stimulate innovation. It is the single largest donation in the Journalism School’s history.

(via futurejournalismproject

Fast Food founders & longevity


Ray Kroc (McDonald’s) at age 82
Jimmy Dean died at age 81
Taco Bell founder Glen Bell died at 86
Sonic founder Troy Smith died at 87
Hardee’s founder Wilber Hardee died at 89
Baskin-Robbins founder Irvine Robbins died at 90
Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher died at 90
Frozen french fry mogul J.R. Simplot died at 99
Murray Handwerker, credited with making Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs into a well-known national chain, died at 89



We’re excited to announce the new version of RockMelt fresh out of the oven! Here’s what’s new in version

Chromium 13

RockMelt is now better than ever thanks to all the security and performance improvements in the latest stable version of Chromium.

Theme Support on New Tab Pages





In a radical privacy policy shift, Google announced today that it will begin tracking users across all services—email, Search, YouTube and more—sharing information with no option to opt out. The change was announced in a blog post today, and will go into effect March 1.

I have GMail on my Nook Colour, and I went to search something online when I realized it had imported my searches from my computer. That’s right, it had SAVED my searches and then sent them to another device without any permission.

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