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Presidential Debates Go Online Only



Charlie Rose

Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate Magazine will host two online-only presidential debates during the 2008 campaign. The debates will stream from all three Web sites and voters will be able to ask candidates questions directly, in real time. PBS host Charlie Rose will moderate the events, which are scheduled to take place after Labor Day. There will be one online debate for Democrats and one for Republicans. Invitations will be extended to candidates who have formally announced their bids for the presidency.

We intend for these debates to be a groundbreaking mix of old and new traditions in politics, says Rose. 2008 will be a momentous year for the electoral process in America, thanks in large part to technology and politics connecting like never before.


E-Mail Harmony

More than 90 eHarmony members get married every day and, who knows, maybe that number will increase now that the online match-up site has chosen StrongMail as its new e-mail platform. Getting e-mail to members is essential to our business, says Greg Steiner, president and COO of eHarmony. Thats for sure. The company claims more than 14 million users with up to 15,000 more signing up every day in more than 200 countries. StrongMail is known for its bounce management system. So if you send a message to a certain guy or gal and it comes back to you sorry.


OVERHEARD…

Local content has come a long way from Waynes World.

Kurt Scherf, Park Associates vice president and principal analyst, speaking at the April National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas on Verizons FiOS 1 the RBOCs take on public access programming, which features a much higher level of professionalism and skill than the Saturday Night Live spoof on locally produced shows.

Links
eHarmony www.eharmony.com
Slate Magazine www.slate.com
StrongMail www.strongmail.com
The Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com
Yahoo! www.yahoo.com


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