Thursday, May 31, 2007

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Free Article - "CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Among the many barbs that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have traded over the years, perhaps none was as cutting as when the Apple Inc. CEO said that Microsoft Corp. had 'no taste' in a 1990s documentary. Embedded in that short remark were the vast differences between the two men and between their companies. Though they worked closely together in the early days of the personal computer industry, they soon diverged. Mr. Jobs built his fame as the father of elegant and tasteful consumer products such as the Macintosh computer and iPod music player. Mr. Gates earned a fortune building software for the general-purpose utility PC for businesses and homes, functional but arguably unexciting by comparison.
So it was especially significant that in a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference here this week, Mr. Gates said he'd 'give a lot to have Steve's taste.... The way he does things is just different, and I think it's magical.' In an exchange marked more by respect than rivalry, Mr. Jobs acknowledged Mr. Gates's role as a software pioneer and pointed to the deep history the two men have as the catalysts of an industry revolution that brought cheap, easy-to-use computers to the masses."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

MediaPost Publications - MySpace Launching Premium Video Channels - 05/16/2007

MediaPost Publications - MySpace Launching Premium Video Channels - 05/16/2007: "NEWS OUTLETS INCLUDING THE NEW York Times and Reuters, and lifestyle brands like LX.TV and IGN Entertainment have partnered with MySpace to launch premium channels on the social networking site's growing video platform.

As a separate section of MySpace Video, these channels will feature content such as breaking news, original series, and animated short films. There will be no pre- or post-roll ads, product placement or corporate sponsorship of content as part of the current agreement, but the standard MySpace display advertising will run on each page.

We saw a channel on MySpace Video as an alternative way to reach people interested in the luxury lifestyle content we offer," said Joseph Varet, CEO, LX.TV. "MySpace has become a community for anyone who has a digital life online, not just young adults."

An eMarketer Social Network Marketing report found that in March, while some 40% of MySpace users were between the ages of 18 and 24, an almost equal percentage (39%) were between the ages of 25 and 44.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Move to 'e-paper' not a P-I plan

"Someday, Seattle P-I readers may be able to carry around their news in a bendable, electronic paper device -- but not any time soon.

The Hearst Corp., which owns the Seattle P-I, has no plans to use the Seattle daily newspaper to test a newly announced e-paper gadget, Kenneth Bronfin, president of Hearst Interactive Media, said Friday in response to a media report that said the P-I had plans to do so within two years.

A story published on the Seattle news site was incorrect, Bronfin said.
'There is no doubt that we care a lot about this topic,' Bronfin said. 'We have not set any plans forward to do something in the Seattle market.'
The Crosscut story said that 'Hearst is planning to field test a version of the long-promised e-paper here in Seattle.'

The publication stands by its story, Crosscut Editor Chuck Taylor said Friday." Read More:

Comment Posted by billrichards at 5/18/07 3:03 p.m.

Since the P-I did not have the professionalism or courtesy to talk to me before running Andrea James article on its website today, I'd like to set the record straight here.

I interviewed Ken Bronfin, head of Hearst Interactive, by phone on Tues., May 15, because I had seen a June 12, 2006 article by the Reuters news service which quoted Bronfin as saying Hearst planned to test out its e-paper device on its newspapers in Houston and San Francisco later that year. I took the precaution of taping our interview (with Bronfin's approval) last Tuesday when I asked him whether Hearst planned to also field-test its e-paper in Seattle. Here is his answer:

"I'd love to do that if possible, if we can live within the restrictions of the JOA. The answer is yes, it would make a lot of sense. It's a great market for trying this out. We've significantly improved our relationship with the Times Co. I would imagine if we did this, assuming good relations with the Times Co., they would be involved as well. Assuming relations were good, the more the merrier."

Mr. Bronfin then told me he had been back and forth between NY and Seattle a number of times. I asked how long before Hearst would be testing out its e-paper in Seattle. His answer:

"If we did something, it's still nine to 12 months away. There's still a lot of hard work to do."

A Hearst public relations man called me later to say Bronfin misspoke about the time frame and it could be up to two years before the device was tested out here in Seattle.

I also interviewed P-I Publisher Roger Oglesby about the e-paper project. He said: "The P-I has no present plans to test this device." Oglesby also added: "Anything can change. It's a technology that has potential." I then called Hearst's pr man and asked about Oglesby's statement. He said Oglesby might not be aware of all the things Bronfin's division was planning to do.

Bill Richards

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

CNN to launch user-generated video show on-air - - Online News Association - Convergence Chronicle

CNN to launch user-generated video show on-air - - Online News Association - Convergence Chronicle: "CNN will launch a new program built on user-generated video on Headline News on May 19.

The BBC is among the other networks with similar programs.

PRESS RELEASE — News To Me, the first cable news program comprised of user-generated video, will debut on Headline News on Saturday, May 19, at 12:30 p.m., it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president, CNN Worldwide. The program, hosted by award-winning actor/producer Eric Lanford, will showcase the most compelling videos, pictures and stories traversing the Internet. The program will air on Headline News each Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). "