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Guardian Newspaper offers RSS Reader with Overture Ads

Thread Title: Guardian Offers RSS Newsreader for Download Thread Url: Thread Description:

There's been a lot of speculation and talk of the printed press' future online in recent months, even including this wonderful movie on the future of media in general but little seems to come out of all of this talk. Particularly from the newspapers themselves.

However, whereas im sure this isn't the killer app newspapers need, it's heartening to read that the Guardian will be pushing an RSS reader as download to help users keep abreast of content. The app is currently being offered to a limited number of users for trial.

The reader itself is called Newspoint and was produced by Cosenda. It comes prefilled with a whole bunch of feeds from the newspaper making it ready to go without fuss or thought.

Overture Providing Ads in the Feeds and Newsreader

Overture will be providing the ads both in the app itself and the feeds, with some room for the newspapers that partner with Cosenda to also provide dedicated ad feeds to the system. Cosenda are also working with the LA Times and courting a whole bunch more media companies as part of their strategy.

Seems like a fine idea to me.

Are we all Media?

Thread Title: When everyone is media, no one is Thread Url: Thread Description:

Winer has an uncharacteristically interesting post today on reporters, tech, media and blogs - Interesting in that he's managed to write more than a few sentences on a subject but particularly interesting in that it's one of those increasingly rare moments of lucidity shown about the whole blogs vs journalism thing - let me quote you points 2 and 8 of his 9 bullets.

All media is technology and vice versa. The convergence everyone was buzzing about in the early 90s has happened. It's behind us. There is no separation between media and technology.

Basically reporters can only criticize people who will never employ them. That's why their role is shrinking all the time. Wait until Best Buy buys out Engadget. Eventually reporters will only be able to take shots at bloggers, and probably Microsoft (because they seem to put up with it). Don't try criticizing Steve Jobs, or even talking about him until he's ready for you to.

It's an interesting read, and really not that long to so check it out and then air your views - worthy of the benefit of the doubt IMO and im not so inclined to say that on much of what i read on the whole rather over exuberant blog evangelist sites these days...

One of the Finest Posts on Dmoz - Ever

Thread Title: No sleep 'till DMOZ (- a sorry tale of abuse) Thread Url: Thread Description:

This is one of the finest, most eloquent posts i've ever read on the whole silly dmoz business - these threads come up on a monthly basis, in some places, a daily basis, but the cre8 boys and girls have been having an absolute field day with this one and tucked away back on page 7 or something ridiculous is this gem from Black_knight, aka Ammon Johns.

I've posted most of it, but there's a fair bit more and you should really check out at least this one post if not skim the whole thing for the juicier mayhem contained with in. Get a load of THIS:

It is indeed good to have the input of so many of the 'upper echelons' of DMOZ editing personnel. Thank you.

It could only be better if the discussion was a little more two-way. So far it has mainly seemed that we have on the one hand webmasters (we for whom DMOZ is not) talking about their experiences, and on the other hand the editors (who are in fairness rather limited in what they may say, both due to DMOZ editor communications policies, and by nature of peer pressure within DMOZ) mainly saying that our opinions are not valid because we are webmasters and not the audience, and because it does not come through the proper channels of a form email to staff that bypasses the front-line DMOZ editors entirely.

The 'proper channels' that kctipton007 encourages us to use - the email to staff - is a closed channel that usually ends in the ignore or bin folder. There is absolutely no openness in the correct channels, and if you ask Keith himself honestly, he could not tell you whether this whole matter has already been sent to staff a thousand times in the last month and binned.

The staff email is much like contacting any other editor. They won't usually deign to reply, not even to confirm receipt. Hard to believe that they invite your email and then just ignore it? Not at all. That is the DMOZ way of doing things.

They invite submissions that they apparently do not want. Invite email they definitely have no intention of dealing with. You're missing the point. They make the invitation only to be polite. They don't want you to actually use it. It is only there so they can continue to claim to be open. In fact, the Free Masons are far more open to outsiders than DMOZ.

Google Priming for Content Buys

Thread Title: Google: Manager, Strategic Partner Development - Multimedia Thread Url: Thread Description:

See the job listing posted on craigslist above for what would appear to be a fancy term for "content negotiator".

Google is looking for a Strategic Partner Development individual who can bring their excellent partner/business development experience to assist us in obtaining and negotiating significant and complex relationships in the new area of multimedia search.

This high-visibility role requires someone who will be responsible for identifying, structuring and negotiating licensing relationships with some of Google’s largest and most strategic partners to acquire and monetize a wide range of video and audio content.

These individuals will need to establish and drive very senior level relationships with a range of content companies. In addition, these individuals will be responsible for negotiating and closing contracts. Ideal candidates must be extremely partner-focused, proactive, have a strong media background, be technically savvy, work effectively within a team environment and be comfortable presenting to Google and partner C-level management.

With recent video search (well, kinda..) moves and Yahoo, a much more media oriented company growing at a much faster rate it would come as little surprise to learn that Google would be tying a lot of these incessant beta's up and positioning themselves likewise...

thanks svw

Mobile Content and it's Risk for Verizon

Thread Title: Verizon takes mobile TV prime time Thread Url: Thread Description:

There's a great piece threadlinked above from telephonyonline detailing Verizon's moves into Mobile "mobisodes" with the launch of it's VCast service tomorrow:

Verizon and News Corp. claim the mobisode is a milestone in mobile content, which may not be over-stating it. It shows that major entertainment companies are willing to devote resources, money and talent toward creating something solely for the mobile format. The studios are willing to bet that the tiny screen of a handset can be an entertainment medium in its own right — a so-called “fourth screen” on par with the movie, TV and PC screens — not just an adjunct to wireless.

“We certainly believe that wireless is becoming a new medium for entertainment,” said Paul Palmieri, executive director of business development for Verizon Wireless. “We're targeting mainstream media and bringing it directly to subscribers. These mobisodes are a signal of what's to come.”

But the industry is also taking a risk. Video streaming is barely in its nascent phases. The repurposed sports, news and entertainment video streams currently available have limited audiences. The format of the short video clips optimized for a tiny screen may seem a bit arcane to consumers bred on living room TV. News Corp. and Verizon are gambling that they can spur the market for multimedia by creating an entirely new format of wireless entertainment. And while industry observers laud both companies for taking the plunge into these unknown waters, many of them expressed doubts as to whether the mobisode will be a success.

Risk or not, the potential of the handset is too great to ignore, said Lucy Hood, senior vice president of content for News Corp. She pointed out that there are 1.3 billion mobile subscribers in the world today, compared with 1.1 billion TV homes — and the growth in handset purchases is far outpacing that of TVs. “This is a growth market that we want to be a first mover in,” Hood said.

Hyperlinkage - a Budding Competitor to Bloglines?

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Hyperlinkage is a little like Bloglines only it has less cool features but a much smarter interface - it's very young though - apparently still under development.

Certainly worth keeping an eye on but some questions that immediately spring to mind:

It gathers feeds when you want them, not every hour like bloglines - if it gets popular that'd be a big bandwidth/load balance concern im guessing. Where's the biz model?

Im not sure if this is just "someones site" or a funded project but it does look like it has potential and i love the way you can simply get all your feeds in order but mixed.. er what i mean is, i subscribed to the threadwatch feed and the library stuff feed and all the stories came up at once but in timestamped order - neat. You can also get them individually.

Content Discovery - New Models for Revenue

Thread Title: 10 Predictions for the Year Thread Url: Thread Description:

Some interesting predictions for content revenue, no.2 particularly caught my eye in light of Googles recent moves with Scholar and Library - it's clear as day when you read it but i'd certainly not given it much thought so i think some of you will find it interesting aswell:

To achieve much broader penetration, the information industry needs to change the process by which people find and buy the information they need. Two conditions are necessary and both will start to take hold in earnest this year. First, premium content will become discoverable though the major search engines. In seeking information, users often do not know the likely sources and therefore rely on search engines. While search engines are relatively effective in finding relevant content on the free web, they have as yet little content indexed from premium collections. As a result, search engines currently do not find relevant articles from The New York Times archive, Thomson’s Investext library of Wall Street research reports, Hoover’s company reports, or reports from market research firms, among other premium sources. An important example of change, however, is Google’s plan to index content from hundreds of academic journal publishers (with their permission). This move will enable users to discover content that previously was not visible to search engines. The second condition for broadening content sales is the packaging of information for pay-per-view purchasing as an alternative to subscriptions, so that users can purchase content once they find it. Pay-per-view packaging is not new. A variety of publishers and distributors, ranging from The New York Times to Factiva to Forrester Research, have been selling content “by the drink” as a complement to subscriptions. Now, however, the combination of discovery and pay-per-view packaging will set the stage for a much larger content market.

There's much more at the threadlinked post above so check it out.

Schafer Gets it - The danger of hyping a good thing into the ground

Thread Title: Blog Overkill - The danger of hyping a good thing into the ground. Thread Url: Thread Description:

Well, im happy at least, half the blogosphincter want his blood for pointing out the patently obvious but it's made my day to see that someone actually sees through all the ridiculous hype and ego preening nonsense about blogs out there.

Dont get me wrong, i do think blogs are important, it's just that they are NOT going to overthrow regular media and they are NOT going to give "power to the people" in the ways that some self aggrandizing, preening peacocks think they will.

I's an amazing read if you've been following the citizen journalism marlarky, the post is based on the recent blogging and journalism credibility conference.

In language only slightly less fervent than Shamberg's, conference participants declared blogs the destroyers of mainstream media. (See this page and this page for a real-time transcription of the conference.) Others prescribed blogs as the medicine the newspaper industry should take to reclaim its lost readers: Publishers should support reader blogs and encourage their reporters to blog in addition to writing stories. Podcasts would undermine the radio network empires. "Open source" journalism, in which readers and bloggers help set the news agenda for newspapers, was promoted as a tonic for what ails the press. Reporters were encouraged to regain the lost trust of readers by blogging drafts of their stories, their notes, and even their taped interviews so other bloggers could dissect and analyze them for fairness.

Winer discounted any chance that the clueless media would adapt to the blogofuture, saying publishers were as blind as the mainframe computer manufacturers of early 1980s who refused to believe PCs would replace their big iron.

Folksonomies and Tagging hit the Mainstream Press

Thread Title: Tagging the Internet Thread Url: Thread Description:

Earlier this week i wrote a "folksonomies 101": Tags & Folksonomies - What they are and why should you care? - now the WSJ have picked up on this fast moving trend in grass roots classification. Jermemy Wagstaff again uses Flickr and as examples - he has too, there's not much else out there right now, but i did list a few more in above linked post.

Now, all this remains small-scale, and fragile. First off, how can we be sure everyone is adding the same tags to things -- marzipan, and not almond paste, say? Second: This is just two Web sites, a tiny fraction of the whole Web. True, but this is just the beginning. This month, a search engine called Technorati started using tags from Flickr and to categorize the millions of blogs, or online journals, that it indexes. That turns Technorati into a kind of homepage of every conceivable topic you can imagine people writing about: Check out, for example, its Web page on the notebooks I wrote about in the "Loose Wire" column a few weeks back, at

Most important, this social tagging thing, if it takes off, could make finding information much easier. Instead of relying on search engines, we can rely on other surfers submitting interesting sites as they find them. A bit like having some seriously fast, smart speed-readers running around the Internet on our behalf armed with piles of index cards.

Lloyd Bruan - Yahoo! Media Chief on the Future of Y! Content

Thread Title: TV vet Braun reveals what's next for content at Yahoo! Thread Url: Thread Description:

In the wake of Yahoo goes to Hollywood here's a hhort but sweet interview with Lloyd Braun, Yahoo's new Head of Media over at the Hollywood Reporter - Yahoo's media model is exciting, and this interview puts some good perspective on what we may see coming from Y! over the next year or two.

On being pitched by Terry Semel (Y! CEO) for the job..

After 20 minutes, every bone in my body started to scream out, "I have to do this job." I didn't know what the job was -- all I knew was this sounded unbelievable.

Putting Yahoo! content on the map..

"The Sopranos" put HBO on the map. Milton Berle -- defining moment that showed what television can do. "I Love Lucy" -- defining moment of what a situation comedy could be. We haven't really had our defining moment yet as to the big breakout event that really shows the world and the consumer, oh my god, look what this can be. But we will.

and on the competition...

Google is now for me NBC, CBS and Fox all rolled into one. But the competition can be our friends. We have alliances with SBC, Verizon. We're going to have so many roles as this all evolves. It's an amazing opportunity to be involved in so many different businesses in a productive way.

RSS meets Social Networking - Social Feed Aggregation

Thread Title: So what are you reading these days? Thread Url: Thread Description:

Interesting piece in Tech Review on Rojo Networks (hmm.. nice site..), a year and half old startup headed by Chris Alden who founded Red Herring that plans to use it's Rojo aggregator tech to link feeds in a social networking environment.

San Francisco’s Rojo is one of dozens of RSS aggregator companies. Like some of its competitors, Rojo has an RSS feed search function and gives readers the ability to flag stories they find important or interesting. But in enabling users to draw on the insights of friends, family, colleagues, and others in their social networks, Rojo departs from most of the competition. Rojo users can invite others to sign up for Rojo accounts; those accounts are linked, much like the accounts on the popular website Friendster. Rojo users can see what RSS feeds the members of their networks are reading and which stories they are flagging. Network popularity also affects the ranking of results when the user searches RSS feeds. “We all depend on our community for content discovery,” says Chris Alden, Rojo’s cofounder and CEO. “Any successful media service has to tap into that.” [Disclosure: Technology Review’s editor in chief worked for Alden when he was CEO of Red Herring.]

As rafat notes, the important question is if users will start new social networks to discover feeds when they probably already maintain networks at places like Friendster...

PubSub Now Monitoring 8 Million Blogs

Thread Title: Over 8 Million Blogs Served... Thread Url: Thread Description:

PubSub are now monitoring over 8M blogs according to the threadlinked post at CEO Bob Wyman's site.

Over the weekend, the number of blogs we monitor at passed over 8 million. As of a moment ago, we were monitoring 8,049,578 blogs, of which we consider 4,591,573 to be "active." (Currrent numbers are always shown on our home page.) I believe that 8 million is the largest number of blogs being monitored by any of the various search engines, directories, etc. that provide coverage of the blogosphere.

For those that dont know, pubsub provides a monitoring service - you stick in your keywords - maybe a product, company name or whatever then pick up the results on RSS and subscribe via your newsreader.

Why is this good? Think about it: You publish stuff on certain topics right? Being first to the news or first to interestng posts gives you a massive advantage over less savvy competition and even being among the first to report on something cool within your niche can generate a whole lotta link love :)

Trouble Brewing over Search Engines, Aggregators and Copyrights

Thread Title: Why I Have Asked Bloglines To Remove My Site From Its 'Service' Thread Url: Thread Description:

Scoble points out a row brewing over RSS aggregator Bloglines and Russ Beattie widens the debate into search engines aswell.

Lawyer gets Shirty over Bloglines

Martin Schwimmer, a lawyer who runs Trademark Blog said on Friday:

It was brought to my attention that a website named Bloglines was reproducing the Trademark Blog, surrounding it with its own frame, stripping the page of my contact info. It identifies itself as a news aggregator. It is not authorized to reproduce my content nor to change the appearance of my pages, which it does.

I create content in part to promote my law firm, which I cannot do effectively if my contact info is removed. I do not participate in targeted advertising programs because the majority of advertisers that target the keyword 'trademark' are competitors. I cannot prevent such advertising when my page is reproduced and 'framed' by a third party.

Martins site was (it does not say this now) licensed under the Creative Commons which essentially means that you can quote from it or copy the posts for non commercial use provided attribution is given.

This to me seems like a fair point. Not one I'd feel necessary to follow or support but a fair point nonetheless. Russ Beattie disagrees:

So yeah, I think this guy Martin Schwimmer is a anal-retentive pinhead

How can Newspapers Survive Online?

There are about 35 Newspapers in the US that currently charge for their content - among them the Wall Street Journal. This strikes me, and from what i read around the web, many many others as a fundamentally wrong approach. The WSJ is a no go zone for me, i wont link to it becuase not everyone here will have a paid subscription and i can find good stuff elsewhere. Follow the title link above for the full post.

RSS Market Share - Feedster's Top 20 Aggregators

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Bloglines comes out on top of the newley released stats from Feedburner with a whopping 32.86% of the market share. The poll has many caveats and the figures can only be taken as a rough guide at best but, they're very interesting nonetheless - Particlularly in light of talk about a Bloglines business model rumoured to be put into play later this year.

With an estimated 2 million users, Bloglines looks to have a clear advantage over it's nearest competitor, NetNewsWire who currently corner 16.95% on Feedburners poll of their top 800 feeds.

Here are the figures as they stand... Bloglines (32.86%) NetNewsWire (16.95%) Firefox Live Bookmarks (7.78%) Pluck (7.20%) NewsGator Online(4.45%) (not identified) (4.07%) FeedDemon (3.83%) SharpReader (3.27%) My Yahoo (2.58%) iPodder (2.42%) NewsGator (2.23%) Thunderbird (2.13%) RSS Bandit (1.12%) NewsFire (1.05%) iPodderX (1.02%) Sage (0.71%) FeedReader (0.67%) RssReader (0.54%) LiveJournal (0.46%) Opera RSS Reader (0.45%)

Makes for an interesting list doesn't it?

TIME Magazine New Online Archive spans back to 1923

Thread Title: TIME Archive - 1923 to the Present Thread Url: Thread Description:

News comes in via ni that TIME magazine have published a complete archive of all articles (over 266.000) and covers spanning back to 1923 when the US magazine launched. See the threadlink above.


The archive is organized into a series of collections including health and people all neatly sub-categorized. Also all of the TIME covers (also by category aswell as date) are available and although you can't copy this stuff, if you can't find a "fair use" benefit from this little gem then there's probably no hope for you :)

So, if you're writing articles or researching topics then i'd make that a top priority for the toolbox - have fun!

Watch your backs - the Press are starting to Get It..

Thread Title: The Importance of Being Permanent Thread Url: Thread Description:

Simon Waldman of the Guardian is talking about a lot of the things that SEO's and web devs in general have been doing for years, and thought, untill now(ish) that maybe they were onto a good thing as most of the big players clearly didn't get it.

You might scoff a little, i know i did, but then why? The press are allowed to bee n00bs aswell and Simon is a good chap, i've been reading his blog since he started it and like what he has to say on many things.

He's talking about some concepts many of you will be very familiar with, such as:

Authority sites Long term Search rankings Getting other sites to link to you (oh my...)

It's a long read, but a good one. Here are a few snippets:

Why should you want today's news to be read in 12 months time when everyone will be focused on the next disaster, explosion or election?

It's important for a number of reasons, but they all move in the same direction: permanence is about ensuring you have a real presence on the Net. It is a critical part of having a distinctive identity in an increasingly homogenous landscape. It is about becoming an authority and a point of reference for debate.

Here's another example. Think of all the millions of words written by news organizations around the world about Abu Ghraib during 2004. Now go to Google and search (as suggested in the Wired article above) for Abu Ghraib, and you will find only a handful of traditional media outlets mentioned in the first few pages (fortunately, the Guardian is one). This isn't just a quirk in Google's search algorithm; this is about traditional media ceding responsibility for providing the definitive, permanent record of major events.

All that reporting effort, all that insight and expertise, all those contacts: now completely invisible to the millions who decide to use Google as their first and final tool for researching.

Why Podcasts SUCK

There has been some interesting talk over the last couple of days about Podcasting - Notably from Tim Bray and Jeremy Zawodny which is where i put my 2pence worth in on the subject.

A couple of hours ago Stephen O'Grady joined his voice to the choir and now im adding mine. Follow the title link above for the full post.

Finally, a Sensible Look at Blogging and Beyond

Thread Title: Blogs are not the only fruit Thread Url: Thread Description:

Is it only me that's becoming mind numbingly bored with all the daft posts about blogging over the last few months? Half of the chatter out there is just ridiculous, from bloggers thinking that they have special rights and can operate outside of normal law to frivolous posts that just squeal with nauseating excitement everytime somebody publishes a damn website - ack, dont get me started! Probably good fodder for another post eh? :-)

Well, i just read a truly enlightened post that i've threadlinked above by Lee at Headshift on well, pretty much the entire field of blogging, social interaction, wikis and folksonomy based collaborative publishing and social networking. I've never been to the site before and have never heard of headshift but if you have an interest in this kind of thing i think you'll find it refreshing and exciting - i did...

thanks david

MSN Launch Video Download Service

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News comes in that MSN have launched a preview version of it's new video download service that was briefly mentioned in Gates' Q&A with Cnet.

Geekzone report that the following partner channels are available:

CNBC MSNBC FOX Sports COOKIE JAR Home and Garden Television DIY Network Food Network FINE LIVING IFILM Corp Want Media Headliners Entertainment Group BreakTV TotalVid

Membership is $20 a year though you can get it on a trial basis and focus is on portable devices with mobile coming later in the year - i'll admit to a little confusion on that, but that's the way i heard it :)