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Top Stories: May 7-11, 2012

Benefits of a Velocity diet, data journalism's history, it's evolution time for booksellers.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Giving the Velocity website a performance makeover
Learn how producers slimmed down the Velocity conference site, cutting the site’s load time by 3.5 seconds and dropping 49% of the page weight.

A brief history of data journalism
In this excerpt from “The Data Journalism Handbook,” Liliana Bounegru connects the dots between the earliest forms of data journalism, the rise of computer-assisted reporting, and today’s data-driven media efforts.

The reinvention of the bookseller
Once booksellers accept the reality they can no longer just sell books, they can begin evolving into something dynamic and unique.

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston’s book marketing
Make it easy for people to help you — that’s a simple but oft-overlooked concept that author Baratunde Thurston says is essential to book marketing. He shares additional marketing tips and tools in this interview.

You’ll be live in 3 … 2 … 1 …
The introduction of Google+ Hangouts On Air marks the beginning of live video’s disruption. Here’s two reasons why this is a big deal.


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