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Study shows regional trends in horticulture
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Three professors at Texas A&M University recently came out with an updated study of U.S. nursery industry sales and marketing practices, which shows an industry heavy on small businesses. More than 3,000 firms answered questions from professors Charlie Hall, Alan Hodges and Marco Palma about their green industry businesses. More

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How Drudge has stayed on top
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For most big news websites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in or The other critical 40 percent comes by referrals, the links that are the source of drive-by traffic, new readers and heat-seekers on a particular story. More

17 Twitter tips from Mashable Connect attendees
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While Twitter users have become more active in the past year, there are only a few who are consistently valuable, engaging and respected. Becoming one of those users is a challenging task, but it's also something that can pay big dividends. That's why we asked the world's leaders in digital for their advice on how to become a master Twitter user. More

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Build an app on any budget
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With newspapers of all sizes scrambling to find new revenue sources, many are considering apps to help bump up the bottom line. The good news is that there are a variety of pricing options from developers, depending on what the news publisher is looking for. The not-so-good news is that apps are fairly new to the industry, so the track record is murky at best. More

Columbia Journalism School to launch The New York World
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Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism is launching an ambitious digital project — The New York World — designed to provide New York City citizens with accountability journalism about government operations that affect their lives. Named after the newspaper published by the school's founder, Joseph Pulitzer, the project will deploy the talents of up to six recent graduates, plus faculty and current students. More - Hosta & Heuchera Retailer and Information Source

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8 things readers want from self-published authors
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Last week's post, The "Self-Pub Is Crap" Debate, has probably generated more comments than any other post on this blog in 2011. Reviewing the comments provides an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors can be taken seriously by readers. More

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The new price of gardening
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As a longtime gardener, Nicki Ward knows how much work it can take to keep flowers blooming. So when she heard about Rain Bird's new high-tech watering system, she was excited to try it even if it did cost $2,200. After all, it promised to give each zone of her garden exactly the right amount of water, automatically adjusted for the weather. But then came the doorstop of a manual. More

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Online readers like to be surprised by what they read
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There is a great enthusiasm among digital pioneers to offer the readers of news websites the chance to personalize their editorial choices. But readers appear, at present anyway, somewhat underwhelmed by the concept. Research by a journalism academic, Neil Thurman, shows a disconnect between the growth of personalized news services in Britain and U.S., and reader response. There is a reluctance among users to customize news websites. More

The rise of "logical punctuation".
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For at least two centuries, it has been standard practice in the United States to place commas and periods inside of quotation marks. This rule still holds for professionally edited prose: what you'll find in Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post. But in copy-editor-free zones — the Web and emails, student papers, business memos — with increasing frequency, commas and periods find themselves on the outside of quotation marks, looking in. More

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