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Links 1 through 10 of 277 by Amy Gahran tagged business+models

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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"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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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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"Mobile has broken through to reach the mainstream of digital advertising in 2010, according to US ad spending estimates by eMarketer.

This year, US mobile ad spending will be up 79% to reach $743 million, eMarketer forecasts. That growth will slow somewhat to still-dramatic double-digit rates as spending hits over $1.1 billion in 2011 and more than $2.5 billion by 2014."

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"Mobile advertising revenue -- driven by adoption of Google's open-source Android smartphone operating system -- is at $1 billion a year, extropolating from the most recent quarter's results."

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175 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in September for an average of 14.4 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in more than 5.2 billion viewing sessions during the course of the month.

Americans viewed more than 4.3 billion video ads in September...  Video ads reached 45 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 32 times during the month.

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"In summation, I don't see how being a non-profit shields a journalist from conflicts of interest, ethical dilemmas or even outright advocacy on the behalf of key donors."

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Why Groupon needs to work carefully with advertisers to craft deals that are not only good deals for all, but feasible. Things like limiting the max number that can be sold is a good idea.

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