Archive for March, 2009



Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch its service for iPhone users on Tuesday and for BlackBerry in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.

Skype has been pushing to make its service work on the most popular advanced phones with an aim to expending its more than 400 million users who were mostly lured by the promise of cheap and sometimes free calls made using its computer application.

Skype Chief Operating Officer Scott Durchslag said he has high hopes for the application’s success on Apple Inc’s popular iPhone as he expects Skype’s most feature-rich mobile offering to appeal to new and existing customers.

“The No. 1 request we get from customers is to make Skype available on iPhone. There’s a pent-up demand,” Durchslag said in an interview before the CTIA annual mobile showcase in Las Vegas, where Skype plans to launch the service on Tuesday.

In May it will launch Skype for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices, which popularized mobile email. It has already announced Skype for Nokia phones and for phones based on Android, Google Inc’s mobile system, and Windows Mobile, from Microsoft Corp.

CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said the new applications give Skype a chance to boost its mobile phone position, which has been weaker than that of social sites such as Facebook, Twitter or News Corp’s MySpace.

One of Skype’s unusual iPhone features is the fact that it allows subscribers use to the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book so they do not need duplicate lists.

“Whether you’re Twitter, MySpace or Facebook you want to be embedded in the address book,” said Wood. “This puts Skype firmly into the game.”

Skype’s iPhone application will be free to download and will allow free calls between Skype users. As with Skype on the desktop, fees will be charged for calls to traditional phones.

The service will also work on later versions of Apple’s latest iPod Touch device, which has Wi-Fi links but no cellular connection. The iPod Touch launched September 2008 has a microphone, unlike the first iPod Touch launched in 2007.

SOURCE: Reuters

This. Is. Brilliant!!!! 


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Campus Progress is currently looking for its first-ever writing fellow. The fellow will be responsible for writing/creating at least one piece a week, attending our weekly editorial meetings (in person or over the phone), and executing other various editorial and organizational tasks. The writing fellow will be asked to create written and multimedia pieces for our website. He or she will be required to work on at least two in-depth reported features during his/her time at Campus Progress.
After completing the program, fellows should have developed the clips, experience, and relationships to launch a career in journalism. The ideal candidate will be able to spend at least one day a week in our Washington, D.C. office (but this is not mandatory) and will have some experience working and/or interning at a college or professional publication. He or she should be self motivated, eager to report stories, and comfortable working at a rapidly changing new-media outlet. Because this position is new, the candidate should be flexible and open to direction and change.

The fellow will be asked to make a one-year commitment. He or she will receive a $6,000 stipend over the course of the year for his/her work. Because this is a part-time, contract position, hours will be very flexible.

To apply, please send resume and clips to Rob Anderson atranderson@americanprogress.org. Please also answer the following questions:

-What interests you about this opportunity? (500 words max)

-Why are you uniquely qualified for this position? (500 words max)

-Please provide three ideas for long-form reported pieces for our website. For each, please explain how your idea is new/important, who you would interview, and why you believe this would interest Campus Progress’ audience.

-Please provide two ideas for a non-traditional feature (i.e., not an article, but a slideshow, interactive graph/timeline, video, etc.) that you could create with the help of our multimedia team. You can find some examples here.

SOURCE: Campus Progress

This is a wonderful opportunity for any young person who is serious about journalism and/or progressive policy.  The only information that I have about this fellowship is what I posted above, so if you want any additional details (i.e. eligibility, deadlines, etc.) you should contact Rob Anderson at the email address listed above.

And as always, if you’re not interested, pass this info on to someone who might be.

Good luck!


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We are looking for women to appear in ESSENCE magazine’s annual denim makeover fashion feature.

If you have a problem finding the perfect pair of jeans to fit your body we want to see you.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TIME: 6 PM to 9 PM

135 West 50th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenue)
4th Floor
New York, City

AGES: 18 to 35

SIZES: 0 to 18

HEIGHT: 4″11 TO 6′

If this sounds like you, and you live in NYC (or can get here by tomorrow evening)—-RUN, DON’T WALK!

If not, as always, pass the link on to someone else who does want to get their Top Model on.

Good luck!


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I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Dr. John Hope Franklin, a great American historian.  The following is a brief, but fitting obituary via Gawker:

John Hope Franklin, the author of From Slavery to Freedom and possibly the greatest historian of the black American experience, died Wednesday at the age of 94. He lived well.

Franklin grew up in Oklahoma, and eventually made his way to Harvard and around the world as one of the leading scholars of America’s racial history. He wrote nearly 20 books, the most famous being the epic black history chronicle From Slavery to Freedom, called by one scholar “a landmark in the interpretation of American civilization.” If you go to college and take an African-American history class, you will read it.

He helped win the Brown v. Board of Education case. He went on to win the Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton, and taught at Duke up to the end. RIP, John Hope.

Rest in peace, indeed.

For a more thorough obituary, CLICK HERE to read the one from The New York Times.


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If your childhood took place any time between 1963 and 2009, it’s very likely that you are familiar with the story of Max, the mischevious little boy who dawns a wolf costume and travels to the land of the monstrous “Wild Things”—eventually becoming their king.  Where the Wild Things Are was among my favorite picture books as a child, and I must admit that my heart started beating a little faster after reading on Lateboots that there is a movie version coming out in October. 



This book is the source of so many warm memories for me.  To this day, just the sight of the Where the Wild Things Are cover INSTANTLY makes my day a little better…as any great piece of literature should.

“Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore
But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again”—Ahmad


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“On AIG why did you wait days to express that outrage…it took you days to come public with Secretary Geithner and say ‘look, we’re outraged’—why did it take you so long?”—Ed Henry, CNN journalist

“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”—President Barack Obama

This was, by far, the highlight of last night’s press conference for me.  Ed Henry got owned.


I’m taking bets now, though, that we’ll start noticing CNN’s news coverage of Obama become steadily—oh, how shall I put it—less “friendly.”  We’ll see.

Nevertheless, I think we should all follow the President’s lead on this one.


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MTV is searching for hosts / VJs for our on-campus college network: mtvU. Knowledge of music trivia, music’s major players, music history and the industry is desired. A background in journalism, communications or music is ideal. Must be willing to live in NYC.

We’re seeking fun, outgoing, articulate, spirited people who are either in college or recent college graduates. Candidates must possess bold personalities and have the ability to think quickly on their feet in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to conduct interviews at a moment’s notice. People that exude a lot of enthusiasm, have a distinct style and possess a unique charm on tape should apply ASAP.

It is an amazing opportunity for the right talent, so email us at mtvu-vj-castingcall@mtvnmix.com with a picture, brief bio/resume, any links of your on-camera work AND a quick paragraph letting us know why you’d be the perfect host. Television credits are not necessary, but an ability to remain calm, cool and collected on camera is necessary.

This sounds like a great opportunity for all of you college students and recent grads who love music, journalism, television, or all of the above.  As always, if you’re not interested forward this link on to someone who may be.

Good luck!


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