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Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2007 at 7:01 am

How To Profit From Local Information

March 20th, 2007

Greg Sterling’s blog Screenwerk offers “Fundamental Questions About Local“. It’s worthwhile reading if you are interested in the economics of building local content.

My favorite line in his post is where he introduces me to the phrase “feature Factories” in one of his conclusions:

Eventually some of the big media companies, online incumbents and traditional publishers are likely to. But much of the money in the near term may be from “liquidity events,” as many of the startups (”feature factories”) are acquired…

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Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Newspapers: Black & White and RED All Over?

March 7th, 2007

Buffett plays bridge with BH shareholders (full deck, of course)Warren Buffett is hardly the stereotypical newspaper tycoon. He’s never said anything crazy like, “You provide the pictures, and I’ll provide the war.” He’s never tried to pass off the New York Post or Fox News as credible journalism. He never bought MySpace.

So, when we find The Washington Post–where Buffett’s majority shareholder–covering his very public proclamation that newspapers are a bad investment, one has to wonder: are traditional publishers reaching a breaking point or a tipping point?

When Charlie [Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's…

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Friday, Mar. 2, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Book Publishers Need a Reality Check

March 2nd, 2007

Courtesy of (and Google Image Search)A Day in the Life of a Persuasion Architect brought back an interesting blog post by “Mike” on Techdirt.

In it, ‘Mike’ argues that:

“Book publishers have been pretty vocal in their dislike for Google’s plan to scan books and make them searchable via a great big electronic card catalog — claiming that this somehow is a misuse of their content.”

“The question, really, is why bother? All these publishers are creating limited, expensive, fragmented searches for books, when Google (and others such as…

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