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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pay for Online News? Gasp!

The news is full of news about the news business these days. The news "wires" are snippy about bloggers using their hard-earned news for free. Newspapers are trying to reinvent themselves with the reality that print ads are down and insufficient to support the paper, which is further eroded by their own online editions. This is complicated by the opinion by many or most that anything that's online should be free.

Rupert Murdoch of News Corp has the clout to be the first to start charging for online content. According to PR Week, he'll begin this experiment with premium news across the board of his various holdings, this following losing $3.4B last here. For more details, go here.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Social Networks/Real-Time Web: Solution Looking for a Problem

Media Bistro has an article about entrepreneurs and the "real-time web," the constant twittering, updating and general busyness on social networks. Since readers and writers are early adopters of these technologies, they might be interested in the attempts to make a buck from them. A graph in a sidebar in the article shows twitter.com traffic rising from about zero in February 2008 to 45 million visitors per month in June 2009.

Ron Conway anticipates making large investments in the real-time web:

He thinks there is at least $5 billion to be made on the real-time Web, from retailers providing instant discounts on Twitter to marketers targeting ads to people based on products or services they mention in tweets.

For the rest of the article, go here.

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