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Seed.com’s Saul Hansell at SXSW 2010

by Allen Weiner  |  March 13, 2010  |  Comments Off

Saul Hansell made headlines when he left The New York Times to try his hand at creating an editorial business for AOL in the form of seed.com. Seed is one of the many “content factories” each with a different approach to creating text, images and videos that is then distributed to content providers. In this [...]

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Amazon’s First Response to the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

Amazon has plans to change its royalty schedule for publishers beginning this summer, doing a 180 on its 70-30 split. There are rules a’plenty, but it’s a clear pre-emptive move in the face of Apple’s possible launch of a tablet-based device. Apple is said to be willing to offer publishers a split that more resembles [...]

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HotJobs’ Sale Could End Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium

by Allen Weiner  |  December 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

According to this report from Reuters, Yahoo is open to selling HotJobs fir the right price. If this report is true, then I suspect Yahoo’s newspaper consortium will lose much of its momentum if not outright come to an end; there are more than 600 newspapers in the consortium and HotJobs is one of the [...]

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Google to Offer “Real Books,” Putting Amazon in Its Crosshairs

by Allen Weiner  |  September 17, 2009  |  2 Comments

I met a few folks on my recent European travel who scoffed at the pervasive power of e-books as a replacement for the touchy-feely experience of holding a print book in their hands. “You can’t read an e-book in the bath,” one naysayer told me a few weeks back. To that romantic reader, I say, [...]

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Microsoft, Yahoo! Ink Search Deal

by Allen Weiner  |  July 29, 2009  |  Comments Off

After walking halfway down the aisle with Google in 2008 in a proposed (and then scrapped) search-advertising pact, Yahoo! has inked a 10 year deal in which Microsoft will power Yahoo! search and sell self-service keywords through AdCenter while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. The [...]

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Did Twitter Nuke Bruno at the Box Office?

by Allen Weiner  |  July 14, 2009  |  3 Comments

The cognoscente’s meme of the day is whether or not harsh words on Twitter cut off Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno’s” U.S. box office hopes at the knees. Time’s noted film critic Richard Corliss believes that a decline in opening day revenue to the following day was due in part to bad cyberword of mouth. That [...]

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The Kindle is Great, But…

by Allen Weiner  |  April 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

A few weeks into my ownership of a Kindle 2, I must report that the Amazon e-reader holds great promise as it delivers a very intuitive experience for those who want portability and a virtual library at their fingertips. Adding books (from both Amazon and other sources) to the Kindle 2 is straightforward with the [...]

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Podcast: Is There A Role for A Content Creation Device?

by Allen Weiner  |  March 26, 2009  |  2 Comments

In this podcast, I talk briefly about a concept that I have been pondering (and talking about) regarding the notion of a mobile content creation device to facilitate content and audience immediacy. What should it be? What sort of functionality should it have? How much would it cost? Who are the buyers for such a [...]

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Brand Thunder, Browser Brander @ SXSW

by Allen Weiner  |  March 19, 2009  |  1 Comment

Mike Kaply of Brand Thunder talks about his company’s solution to help recording artists (and soon sports teams) create personalized, branded browsers to promote themselves and their products.

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The Mikey: Recording With Your iPod at SXSW

by Allen Weiner  |  March 19, 2009  |  Comments Off

Tyler Barth, director of marketing for Blue Microphones, demos the new Mikey, a cool gadget that attaches to your iPod, iPhone, etc.. and facilitates amazing .wav recording.

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