This week is the D: All Things Digital conference, which is organized by the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. The conference covers an array of topics in media and technology, and has some great guests. I am working my way through the videos, (still on the Steve Jobs & Bill Gates meeting),… Continue reading D: All Things Digital
The Associated Press is taking steps to monitor how its content is spread online, and protect its copyright: “…the AP will subscribe to a service developed by Attributor Corp. to track how its stories are distributed across thousands of Web sites. The monitoring tools eventually will be expanded so the news cooperative will be able… Continue reading Associated Press: Tracking Content & Protecting Copyright
Google is announcing a new functionality, Google Gears, that will allow users to take their data offline. For example, if you use Google’s RSS Reader, you will be able to push a button, download the content to your computer, and then view and interact with the content without being connected to the internet. Next time… Continue reading Digital Becomes Portable: Google Gears
Microsoft just announced a new product, and a new category for computing: “surface computing.” The idea: “every surface can become an interface for a computer.” Popular Mechanics has a really compelling video explaining surface computing, and how you can integrate it into your life, much like you are used to dealing with paper. I love… Continue reading The Death of Print – the Rebirth of Print
Neil Henry, a former Washington Post correspondent, and a professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley opines the current state of journalism, amid massive cuts at traditional news sources. Some excerpts: “There certainly won’t be any less news or fewer scandals to report, mind you: Only fewer trained watchdogs on hand to… Continue reading Journalism at Risk: Is Professional Reporting in Decline?
The Wall Street Journal looks at the race to create online ad networks: online “exchanges which use automated systems to match buyers with sellers of unsold [ad] space.” To give a sense of scale: “The biggest Internet companies, including Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., are focusing attention and money on the emerging business,… Continue reading The Race to Create Online Ad Networks
Jeremiah Owyang shares an interesting video, in which a few prominent folks chat about the future of media. Robert Scoble’s advice for those just starting out in media & the web: learn how Google works, and how people will find your content.
ChicagoBusiness reports on the state of newsstands in Chicago: “The city Department of Transportation now licenses just 65 sidewalk newsstands — half as many as in 2000 — and visits to licensed locations last week indicate the number in operation is far smaller, around 46. The Chicago Transit Authority also reports a big drop in… Continue reading Newsstands: A Dying Distribution Channel for Print
Gawker gives us some amazing quotes from The New York Times’ Executive Editor Bill Keller. Among the topics: More content: “[Bill] spoke about the “gradual reallocation of resources from print towards digital” and copy editors being moved to the day side, so that there could be a “greater flow of fresh quality edit material.” Less… Continue reading NY Times: Less Editorial Oversight, More Content, Shorter Stories
The Wall Street Journal profiles one of the founders of Facebook, Chris Hughes, who is now helping to build and manage Barack Obama’s website, and growing social network. It is interesting to see these technologies finding new uses, although leveraging social networks to streamline campaign contributions, is vastly different from true social changes. The value… Continue reading Social Networks and Political Campaigning