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Archives for February, 2009


Sad Prediction Coming True

by Allen Weiner  |  February 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

In December 2008, in the document “Predicts 2009: The Media Industry Looks for Equilibrium” we stated: By year-end 2009, at least three iconic daily newspapers located in the U.S. and Europe will cease print publication. It’s the end of February, and the The Rocky Mountain News in Denver has gone dark. (see below). Who will [...]

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Yahoo’s Bartz: Reorg Will Allow Us to “Kick Ass” Again

by Allen Weiner  |  February 26, 2009  |  Comments Off

As Yahoo enters the command and control part of its evolution, new CEO Carol Bartz sums up on the company’s blog the reason for a new, more centralized corporate structure: “Mention Yahoo! practically anywhere in the world, and people yodel. But in the past few years, we haven’t been as clear in showing the world [...]

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Headed for South by Southwest (SXSW)

by Allen Weiner  |  February 24, 2009  |  Comments Off

As a part-time resident of Austin, Texas and music/movie/interactive sort of guy, it’s fairly obvious I will be at SXSW. It will be my first time at this megaevent, so as a conference veteran, I know somewhat to expect, but in Austin “weird happens” (which is why we love it), so it could hold many [...]

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Philadelphia Inquirer Files for Bankruptcy

by Allen Weiner  |  February 23, 2009  |  Comments Off

This one hurts. I grew up in Philadelphia when it was a two newspaper town–actually three if you include the Daily News which had the best sports section in a brutal sports town (who did not love/hate Stan Hochman). In fact, when I was in graduate school, I did freelance work for the non-defunct Philadelphia [...]

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Review of Kodak Zi6

by Allen Weiner  |  February 21, 2009  |  2 Comments

For a few months now, I have been putting my Kodak Zi6 videocamera loaner through its paces, and the verdict is quite positive. Slightly larger than the Flip Mino pocket-sized HD camera, Kodak’s version-one that has been in market for quite while—has received far less fanfare but is comparable in many ways to the Flip [...]

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Charlie Rose TV Series: The Future of Newspapers

by Allen Weiner  |  February 17, 2009  |  Comments Off

If you have 25 minutes to spare, check out the first in what could be a thought-provoking series from PBS’ Charlie Rose on The Future of Newspapers.

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My TV 2.0 Project

by Allen Weiner  |  February 16, 2009  |  Comments Off

Thanks to some reliable technology, I am finally prepared to embark on my TV 2.0 project. After five years of faithful service, our Pioneer HDTV landed us a rebate of $350 from the original warranty we purchased with the set. The store gave us until the end of February to use the credit against any [...]

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The E-Reader Trifecta: Amazon, Google and Apple

by Allen Weiner  |  February 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

In the research that led to our report, “Publishers Explore Digital Editions, Devices as New Channel Opportunities,” Mike McGuire and I debated/handicapped the merits of various e-reader devices and their chances of becoming the go-to gadgets for reading books, magazines and newspapers. Our conclusions were, well…inconclusive. With recent events, those inconclusive conclusions are even more…well… [...]

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Kudos to Six Apart for Bailing Out Journalists

by Allen Weiner  |  February 6, 2009  |  Comments Off

I just read that Six Apart is offering a program called “Typepad for Journalists” (formerly called the TypePad Journalist Bailout program) which offers free blogging services for qualified, out-of-work journalists, giving them the tools and advice to launch their own commercial web sites/blogs (actually businesses). If approved, bloggers can be part of an ad network [...]

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Harper Collins Launches Video Books: A Retreat from Web 2.0 Thinking

by Allen Weiner  |  February 5, 2009  |  Comments Off

As reported on its home page, Harper Collins announced its will offering a video edition of Jeff Jarvis’ new book, “What Would Google Do?” The video book amounts to 20 minutes of the author standing in front of a white screen talking about his book. The video retails for the low, low price of $9.99 [...]

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