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Links 1 through 10 of 1254 by Amy Gahran tagged business

By helping to free our local data, by re-inventing themselves as local data hubs, and by working with local businesses and local voluntary organizations, city newspapers could be part of the new conversation. They could then face the future a little more optimistically. 
Let’s be honest. They don’t have much left to lose. 

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"A medium has a niche. A sitcom works better on TV than in a newspaper, but a 10,000 word investigative piece about a civic issue works better in a newspaper.
When it arrived the web seemed to fill all of those niches at once. The web was surprisingly good at emulating a TV, a newspaper, a book, or a radio. Which meant that people expected it to answer the questions of each medium, and with the promise of advertising revenue as incentive, web developers set out to provide those answers. As a result, people in the newspaper industry saw the web as a newspaper. People in TV saw the web as TV, and people in book publishing saw it as a weird kind of potential book. But the web is not just some kind of magic all-absorbing meta-medium. It's its own thing. And like other media it has a question that it answers better than any other. That question is:
Why wasn't I consulted?"

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"This phenomenon of private equity and bank owners asserting their controlling stakes in news companies has been little discussed publicly. In part, that’s because the new owners have been largely silent; one journalist expressed dismay today when he went to the Alden site, and found a single page. To get into the site, you need a client log-on.

Several years into their new ownership, we’re seeing increasing impatience among the new owners with the old leadership. A growing conventional wisdom among them: too many newspaper CEOs just aren’t moving faster enough to grasp the mostly digital, multi-platform future. In fact, some of the new owners are meeting directly, without company leadership, with technology players who are offering shortcuts to the digital future. That’s one sign of the impatience.Another is the replacement of leadership, today Singleton and Lodovic, with new talent.

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fascinating podcast on the evolution of a new way for people to transfer money where they don't have good access to banking.

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I'm glad to hear this, since SoundCloud is the closest thing we have for YouTube for audio.

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"While it was wink-wink cute when Spanky, Alfalfa and Buckwheat huffed and puffed about keeping out Darla–which they never ever could–back in the last century, it’s not quite as adorkable when it comes to the boards of all the major Web 2.0 hotshots these days.
That would be Twitter, Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and Foursquare, none of which have any women as directors.
As in zero."

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"She may be in the best possible place to do it. With a team of experienced editors, a new program called Groupon Academy, and a vigorous -- but rewarding -- recruiting process, the Web-based coupon company is investing significant time into teaching and training its writers.
"Forty percent of Groupon's writers have prior journalism experience."

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"Five years ago, Chris Batty, until this week Gawker’s vice president of sales and marketing, was looking to fill un-purchased ad space on the site. He wanted to forgo the “horrendous creative” of ad networks that litter sites with penny stocks and would keep his sales teams pushing buttons instead of building relationships. Batty sought something prettier, more intimate, more unique for the company’s growing real estate. She didn’t act on Batty’s inspiration, but he did — bringing images of artists’ work to stand alongside Gawker’s blog posts.
"The result was a workaround that gave Gawker full control over its pages’ aesthetics. Born as a stopgap to complement blog posts, Gawker Artists is now taking on an unexpected life of its own — it became a standalone site in 2006 — in large part by thinking of art not merely as a pretty placeholder for text but as something that could survive on its own."

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"The deal would also be Google’s boldest foray in local business online advertising, a large and untapped market it has been trying to get into, most recently by promoting Marissa Mayer to oversee the local business and attempting to buy Yelp, the local review site, last year."

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This is from 2002, a useful definition of "white box mfrs":

"White box manufacturers generally assemble, sell, and ship PCs without a well-known brand name, usually to small businesses, educational, or government customers served by the small IT service providers Dell is targeting.

Most white box manufacturers focus on a specific region, but together they form the largest block of PC shipment market share, as tracked by IDC. In fact, IDC had to revise its estimates of the worldwide PC market earlier this year because it had undercounted shipments from white-box manufacturers.

Examples of large well-known white-box manufacturers include Brazil's TropCom, and Mexico's Alaska, a subsidiary of distributor Mexmal Mayorista."

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