Monday, January 31, 2005

News Analysis - Winning Ticker: Yahoo! Takes On Financial Exchange Content - and Major Aggregators

Yahoo!'s move to bypass financial market data vendors and to source market data directly from exchange sources is more than a move to increase the efficiency of content delivery to consumer markets. It's also part of a wider strategy by companies like Yahoo! to provide more originally sourced content across the board - just as major institutions increasingly bypass middle men to create greater content value. For those professionally-oriented publishers and aggregators hoping that this is just a media story, take a look at the needs of your own institutional clients and consider how technology-savvy companies like Yahoo! can outscale many of your abilities to service your core markets with original content. It's more than a ticker that's ticking in this picture.

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Monkey's Uncle: Premium Content Appeals to the Tailed Set, Too

Premium content vendors, there's hope yet for those hoping that the world will come to its senses and understand that content's worth paying for. A recent study by scientists at Duke University Medical Center highlighted in innovations report seems to demonstrate that the value of premium content is fairly hard-wired into our fundamental biology. The fruit monkeys in the study were given the opportunity to "pay" in fruit juice for access to powerful and attractive monkeys or less-powerful monkeys well known to them. The furry folks were glad to pay out handsomely for the powerful and sexy of their set, but required "overpayment" to view folks that were more humdrum. This is probably no news to purveyors of adult content and the National Inquirer, but it also indicates that there's something fundamental about attractive content that plays into the pocketbooks of people more strongly than we may imagine. The question is, what's the payment system? The monkey gives up something that would sustain him or her, which we presume equates to money, but increasingly payment is measured in something more personal: content from or about the individual. Understanding the many dimensions of value transactions such as this are key points to consider for companies weighing how to tune business models in the face of online audiences that interact with content in a wide variety of ways. Statistics gathered from Web sites have probably done more to advance the understanding of many fundamental aspects of the want and how of people's perception of content value than a thousand lab experiments, but the "whys" of what people consider valuable in content are still largely unexplored from a systematic perspective. Perhaps the Med center folks should mosey over to the Communications school at Duke and knock heads a while.

ShoreViews Report - Content Industry Outlook 2005: Models for Success

As the year 2005 rumbles into full view the business models that began to come tumbling down in 2004 are being pushed aside to make room for new business models that span old categories and define highly profitable niches. Shore sees four key areas where the rapidly shifting action will unfold in creating and expanding these new models: cooperation, commercialization, containerization and consolidation. This complimentary ShoreViews report provides an overview of Shore’s major themes for the content industry in 2005 from Shore President John Blossom and other senior analysts in the Shore network.

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In Premium Weblogs: Fitch Lowers Credit Rating on Dow Jones on MarketWatch Acquisition, Dow Jones Disappoints With '04 Results & 1Q05 Outlook

In our Finance premium weblog Shore Analyst Jack McConville provides decisive insights on these and other late-breaking events in the world of financial content.

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Headlines for 31 January 2005

Yahoo to Offer Financial Data Feeds
Lee Enterprises to Buy Pulitzer In a $1.46 Billion Agreement
Monkeys pay per view
Search Sites Play a Game of Constant Catch-Up
The Weblog Question: Ownership
Thomson Financial enhances Datastream service
OverDrive Now Offers Libraries Unlimited Download Audiobook Plan
Stratify Breaks New Ground in Electronic Discovery
Interwoven Takes Web Content Management to a New Level with Introduction of LiveSite
Business Blogger Turns Free Traffic Tips Web Log Into 400 Page Book – Has Giveaway at Site

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Language as Brand: The European eContentplus Initiative Aims to Shore Up Multilingual Content Assets

The lion's share of European languages are not going to disappear anytime soon, but content written in those languages is becoming a threatened commodity in electronic content. Thanks to the Web a handful of major languages are dominating the content that's made available online, predominantly English, but increasingly a wider range of languages that reflect the flow of both online and offline commerce. To counter this trend the European Parliament has voted to spend EUR 149 million according to (in English) on an initiative designed to tackle the fragmentation of the European digital content market and to improve the accessibility and usability of geographical information, cultural content and educational material. This is a politician's dream vote, of course: who can be against native languages and culture disappearing? Yet the sad truth is that the search for relevant content is coalescing languages into smaller pools than ever before. If one is able to find the answers to a question via a search in an easily understood language it's increasingly unlikely that multilingual content will abate the desire to get timely and relevant results regardless of its language source. Language is a key component of content value, but preservation alone will not maintain the value of that content in the eyes and ears of an online audience. Making sure that content is well-translated in global languages as well as local languages and providing easy access to both is the key to good multilingual content, a practice mastered well by major outlets in Korea and Germany but less so in other key markets. Pride of language will not be enough to provide successful content marketing - and global understanding of local cultures via content.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Say Cheese: Databases Go Hollywood

Publishers, hold onto your hats and grab your digital cameras: it's looking like the next big battleground in the directory world is going to be visual.

All of a sudden, photos of businesses and buildings are red hot and getting lots of attention. Several months ago, infoUSA announced it had dusted off its mothballed project to photograph every business in America, and would be adding photos to several of its products, including its beefed-up business credit reports. CoStar, producer of a national commercial real estate databases, has a fleet of trucks running around the country snapping shots of every office building. Now,'s new search engine, A9, is generating big buzz with a yellow pages directory with photos of businesses. And, rising above them all is GlobeXplorer (a 2004 InfoCommerce Model of Excellence), which offers aerial photos of America and which are being integrated into several business database products.

Why pictures? Let's face it: directory and databases are very useful, but very useful is not always the same as very interesting. Adding photos makes a database more interesting. In some applications, a picture may well be worth a thousand words. In fields such as real estate, it's hard to conceive of a product without photos. Even in a credit report product, a photo of the business might provide valuable added insight.

But do photos add much to a yellow pages product? I took a quick spin through the A9 yellow pages to try to answer that question. When you do hit a photo of a business (and A9 only has coverage in selected areas right now), it's impressive. A9 offers you a series of snapshots around the business, so you can get a view of the whole street. In a great case of unintended product placement, more than a few of these photos seemed to be of UPS trucks parked at the curb and obscuring the storefront, but overall the project achieves one of A9's stated objectives, which is coolness.

The big question of course is "why?" Is the user better off for having access to these photos? A9 suggests photos help users more quickly get to stores by providing a visual cue in addition to the address. That's certainly valid (although the cost/benefit ratio seems a bit high), but there is a bigger issue. In many cases I would be staring at a well-composed photos of a business with no clue what it did beyond the general yellow pages category in which it was classified. Therein lies the rub: A9 is layering these neat and glitzy photos on top of a very weak dataset. Photos may distract users from the lack of information about the listed companies, but they don't substitute for basic data.

A search for restaurants in downtown Philadelphia brought me lots of listings, all sporting name, address, phone and photos. Yet the photos, while novel and interesting, still don't tell me about cuisine, menu, hours, credit cards accepted, or any of the more mundane facts that are frankly more useful. When it comes to directories, photos without a strong underlying data record will never offer more than part of the picture.

Headlines for 28 January 2005

U.S. Backs Off Relaxing Rules for Big Media
United Kingdom: Court Judgement Reduces Protection for Databases
Court Throws Out Case Against VNU's ACNielsen Unit
Technology Threats to Advertising Breach Newsroom Walls
Special Report: The State of Analyst Weblogs, Part 1
Blog Overkill:The danger of hyping a good thing into the ground.
Shoptalk: Beware of the Blog
Sad end for BBC journo's health blog
Tribune's Net Falls 36% On Staff-Cuts Charge
ECNext Launches eMarketing Consulting Service to Help Business Publishers Drive Web Revenue
Tekrati Debuts Directory of Industry Analyst Weblogs in Conjunction with New Communications Forum 2005
Compliance Web Portal With Legal Focus Launches to Meet Industry Hunger for Knowledge, Trends and Facts
Discovery Education Introduces Discovery Health Connection

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Headlines for 27 January 2005

Amazon's search pictures your destination
Dow Jones-MarketWatch deal to result in job cuts
EU Parialment Approves eContentplus Programme to Promote Multilingual European Digital Content
C2C Address Freedom of Information Act Data Challenge
Big Wigs From the Blogging & Journalism Conference Say What They Found
Gannett, Knight Ridder Report Robust Q4s on Strong Ad Upticks, but USA Today Down
Germany: Blogs On Their Way To Media "People Search" Provides Access to 24 Million Business Professionals Online
PARC Chooses LexisNexis Collections Solutions For Skip Tracing, Locates Debtors Faster, More Efficiently
Interwoven and Landor Associates Partner to Deliver Superior Brand Management and Marketing Solutions

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Factiva Dips into Sales Support with SalesWorks(TM): Horizontal Works Well, but It's Not the Whole Solution

How does a general aggregator add value in a marketplace swamped with general content? Build a better mousetrap for general business functions is one approach, one that Factiva is now running with via its recently announced SalesWorks product, providing a well-researched interface that promises high usability for sales professionals seeking business information. While Factiva's claim that it is the only sales-oriented source of information from sources such as Reuters Fundamentals, Bureau van Dijk, Standard and Poor's, D&B, and others may be a stretch in the eyes of competitors such as OneSource, It's clear that Factiva is trying to stake out a much more role-focused approach to content integration that will serve them well in the corporate space. Combined with Factiva's integration toolkits and extensive indexing capabilities this approach is likely to provide much more leverage for specific types of users seeking value in content from its context as much as the information itself. Sales integration is an increasingly crowded space, though, so Factiva will do themselves well to work closely with capable integration and service partners in this space such as Siebel and - and to focus also on integration for verticals that are likely to yield a broader account footprint of integration capabilities. Lessons for all, here.

The Web Video Craze: Rich Data Transforms and Integrates Business TV Content Along with Consumer News

I've been wading through a vertitable lagoon of headlines on the recent announcements by Google's new beta providing online searching of consumer video sources, catching up with Yahoo!'s December announcement of a similar service as noted by Reuters and other sources. AOL has been doing this for some time, of course, so to some degree the arrival of Google on the scene is just waking the general news media up to a trend already well under way. What's kind of interesting this time around, though, is how accessible the new Google service makes business-oriented content: AOL is a no-op for most corporate folks at work, of course, so let's scratch them off the list for now. Instead let's look at a search for "dow jones industrials", one on the Google video search service and the other on Yahoo's video search service. Google is clearly going far deeper with its use of transcripts and close-caption text to capture video content in context, with several major TV news sources providing 37 results on the topic versus two results on Yahoo! with no accompanying text and little indexing info. Of course AOL parent Time Warner's content from CNN is not in the loop, nor Microsoft affiliate CNBC's content, but there is still a significant amount of business-oriented content available from this service that should catch people's attention - yet again another march stolen from other aggregator sources. Although the sophistication of this service still doesn't hold a candle to professional journalist sources of video such as The from a production use perspective the accessibility of text transcripts promises to transform the usability of video content as a research source in an online environment from many significant perspectives. Add in the effect of webloggers using this capability to point to significant video events and we now have a whole new layer of content fabric taking shape online. The fun just gets "funner"...

ESPN Unifies Ad Sales Forces Across All Media

One of the panels at next week's SIIA IIS Summit meeting in New York is titled, Walking the Tight Rope: Balancing Online Revenue Channels in the Online Circus. For many publishers, revenues come from two sources: content sales and ad sales. In both areas, separate operations still exist for "traditional" distribution channels and "online" distribution channels. But, to serve the needs of readers and advertisers, publishers are going to have to start offering "media neutral" options. With content sales, customers increasingly want to be able to use the content they download (paid or free) on a number of media platforms. With advertising sales, advertisers are increasingly seeking options for creating and placing integrated campaigns that leverage a number of media outlets. MediaPost reports that ESPN is reorganizing its advertising sales units into unified teams of "'multimedia specialists' who will complete integrated deals and account executives who will execute agreements for a specific medium at a customer's request." Ed Erhardt, president of ESPN ABC Sports Customer Marketing and Sales, goes on to say that "This reconfiguration will...bring even greater value to our customers with our market knowledge, and enhance our position as the leading sports marketing and media entity in the world." The comment may sound a bit self-important, but it certainly reflects the reality that integrating advertising sales groups--and content sales groups--is a required move for publishers who truly want to succeed in the digital age. ESPN's move is a precursor for many more to follow.

Headlines for 26 January 2005

Bloggers tackle the Super Bowl
New York Times Net Slips On Payroll, Print Expenses
Are Sites Revealing Microsoft's Secrets?
Sue different: Apple threatens insider sites after leaks
IBM raises BI ambitions
ALM Launches ALM Research Online
Qpass Buys Up ucp morgen
Stellent Partners With Fast Search & Transfer to Expand Search Technology Suite
LexisNexis RiskWise and Quova Align to Prevent Credit Card Fraud for Global E-Commerce
Nielsen BookData Strikes Data Deal With Askews Library Services

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Headlines for 25 January 2005

Google Steps Into TV Search, Joining Rivals
Bloggers, Traditional Journos Face Off in Harvard Square
Internet searchers are confident, satisfied and trusting – but they are also unaware and naïve
iTunes sell at brisk clip -- a million per day
Legal Music Downloading Up
Top Vendors’ Announcements Reflect Familiar Themes at ALA Midwinter Meeting
At Free Library of Philadelphia, 20 Branches to Operate Without Librarians
The growing market for organizing: Tomorrow's content may be home grown
LexisNexis Launches Chinese Online Service
Factiva Offers Company Information from Leading Global Providers with Unrivalled Global News
Research: Why Has Europe Been Reluctant To Fully Embrace ICTs And Advanced E-Business Tools?
Survey: One out of Four Enterprise Companies Plans to Purchase a Dashboard Solution in 2005

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Monday, January 24, 2005

News Analysis - Ride the Wild Surf: Dow Jones and Premium Publishers Try to Catch the Online Ad Wave

Today marks the official closing of the Dow Jones acquisition of the MarketWatch investment portal, a move that will give Dow Jones lots more pages in which to place ad inventory in a surging marketplace for online advertising. It's better to have a big board than a small one when the surf gets tall and wild, but when you're defining your wave as "real" content it's going to be hard to capture all of the wave that's upon us. Traditional publishers are scrambling to catch up with this powerful new force in their marketing mix, adding weight to the idea that indeed there can be too much of a good thing if your competition gets a hold of it before you do.
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Headlines for 24 January 2005

Internet News Sites Are Back in Vogue
Newspapers Face Antitrust Scrutiny
Blogs: Some Rights Reserved
Rich, Tailored Content
Seeking Better Web Searches
RSS Becoming the Next Standard in Commercial Web-Publishing and Online Information Distribution
Friendster, Love and Money
OneSource Debuts Tool for Small, Midsize Businesses
Reed Elsevier's legal unit LexisNexis buys China's PRCInvestment
ProQuest Extends Factiva Agreements, New Latam Newsstand, Enhances Collection, Federated Search
Stylus Studio and Mark Logic Announce Integrated XQuery Development Support for XML Content Server
Bankrate, Inc. Renews Agreement With The New York Times on the Web
Dow Jones & Company Closes $528 Million MarketWatch Acquisition

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Headlines for 21 January 2005

Media leadership nears changing of the guard
Magazines Gussy Up Web Sites to Court Ad Dollars
Google outgunned?
ALA in Boston: Attendance Bounces Back
When Bloggers Make News
Send 'free' to work: Creative Commons brings copyrights into the digital age
FinancialContent Offers Business News Headlines From
Fasteer: The P2P Digital Store that Rewards its Users
Believe It or Not! Young Reader Defends Newspapers
ALM and Harvard Business School Publishing to Collaborate on Law Exec Management Development

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Factiva Flushes Web Fountain: The End of a Relationship, but Not of a Need

Well, two months ago you heard on this weblog about the impending death of the alliance between Factiva and IBM to promote its Web Fountain product. This week IT Week notes that you may now send flowers officially to the dearly departed. According to the article poor performance was the main sticking point, with content refreshing oftentimes occurring not even on a daily basis. That could get a little sticky with people becoming more intent on monitoring reputation on an increasingly real-time basis. As we noted in our earlier weblog reputation management has become an increasingly competitive field, leaving those late to the game having a difficult time leveraging the untamed content that puts the advantage in aggressive technologists' hands. It also reinforces some original thinking that I had about the Web Fountain/Factiva alliance two years ago: content can help sell iron, but it can't make up for weak software or iron. Doubtless Factiva is not done with this vein of thinking, as the need for effective reputation management is growing and relies increasingly on content sources that have breaking insights well before traditional news outlets, but it will take more than a secondhand I.T. approach to the problem at hand to gain pre-eminence in taming unstructured content for corporate use. See today's item on ChoicePoint for some best practices in this realm of content. A thanks and a tip of the anonymous hat to our source on the earlier weblog entry: I never doubted you.

Required Reading: ChoicePoint Creates Actionable Intelligence

The Washington Post provides an excellent profile of Alpharetta, Georgia-based ChoicePoint Inc., one of the leaders in mining content on individuals' lives into actionable intelligence for law enforcement organizations, political parties, credit bureaus and human resources professionals. With a nearly insatiable thirst for multidimensional analysis of individual habits and lifestyles, most especially in the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, ChoicePoint has grown through acquisitions, intelligent market positioning and creating high content value out of raw information materials into one of the most high-powered content services providers in the content industry. The important thing about ChoicePoint is its emphasis on content services: with much of its collection being public records the emphasis at ChoicePoint is on discovering content value in the contexts that matter most to clients, be it through custom filtering, visualization and content sharing networks for law enforcement. As we emphasize here at Shore, content is not what sits in someone's database with intellectual property rights: content is what happens to information and experiences in the venues that audiences value. While the article notes that the legal definitions surrounding the use of some of its core data may come under more scrutiny in time, for now consider ChoicePoint one of the key suppliers of vContent in the industry - one whose success is certainly worth monitoring.

Mac Mini Madness Goes Mobile: The PC Becomes the Latest Moving Appliance

The initial consumer electronics hubbub surrounding the launch of Apple's new Mac Mini has died down but the rumble from enthusiasts is just beginning to take off, with interesting implications for how content is consumed. As noted in CNET News, a car restoration buff who also is a Mac buff is studying the feasibility of installing the new Mini computer in auto dashboards, providing a wide range of information services. In theory his goal is to provide 21st century content and navigation capabilities, such as digital music (natch), GPS-driven maps and such, but also potentially access to hotspots in a parking lot. To complement the desires of car buffs Slashdot also notes that Mac enthusiasts are already learning how to perform surgery on the new computer to hop up its performance - 21st century hot-rodders, if you will. This all points to an important step for the Mac platform as a device that consumers embrace as a personal device much the way that they embrace an iPod or a PDA - something that Microsoft's multi-headed PC/server/PDA/xBox strategy has yet to achieve with equal consumer enthusiasm. The Mac Mini bridges the gap between desktop paperweight and a content machine on the go that can configure itself into the kind of content appliance that people need at a given moment. The ability to allow enthusiasts to adapt content appliances to their immediate needs will doubtless accelerate the universal acceptance of rights-protected content objects in consumers' minds, allowing both technologists and content creators to consider new ways in which to reach their audiences with high-end content products and services. If you've been ignoring the world of portable content until now, please listen to your alarm clock - the time for taking content objects on the go seriously has arrived officially.

Headlines for 20 January 2005

Putting the Mac Mini in your dashboard
Electronics Firms Form Digital Media Rights Accord
Belo Localizes Interactive Division in Bid to Recapture Classifieds
ChoicePoint finds wealth in information
Australian Content Added To Dialog Newsroom
Seeking Man-on-the-Street Views of Iraq, U.S. Reporters Turn to Bloggers
AOL to Expand Its Capabilities In Web Searches
HandHeld Entertainment Announces Plans to Launch a Digital Content Download System
Farlex, Inc. Adds Houghton Mifflin's American Heritage Dictionary to
Rethink Data Protection or ... Risk Catching Data Protection 'Pneumonia'

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Thomson Acquires Legal Consulting Firm

The Thomson Corporation has announced the acquisition of Hildebrandt International, the largest consulting firm serving the law firm market. Hildebrandt will continue to operate as an independent company, and will become part of the Thomson Legal and Regulatory group.

The combination of publishing and consulting companies is quickly becoming all the rage, but it's a strategy not without risks.

The value of the consultant is as much in objectivity as it is in specific knowledge. For that reason, the brand of the consultant is tightly intertwined with the consultant's independence and integrity. The first time a Hildebrandt consultant ends up recommending, say, a West knowledge management product -- even if for all the right reasons -- the brand takes a hit should the client, however briefly and incorrectly, infer that a conflict may exist. If this happens enough times, the brand can become seriously damaged.

That Hildebrandt will operate as an independent company doesn't so much solve the problem as change it. If Hildebrandt maintains true operational autonomy, many opportunities for leverage and synergy will be lost, so Thomson won't be able to maximize its return on investment.

Am I suggesting that Reed-Elsevier would have been a better home for Hildebrandt? No, because LexisNexis has even more products, initiatives and ventures in the legal market, which would have compounded the issue of conflicts. Actually, I would have seen a company like ALM (formerly American Lawyer Media) as the most likely buyer. They would have brought all the synergy with far, far fewer industry entanglements.

Yahoo! Can Celebrate Success

Yahoo! Inc. will turn ten years old on March 2 of this year. Considering the Q4 2004 results they just reported, Yahoo! will have good reason to celebrate its 10th anniversary. As CNet reports, Yahoo! beat analyst earnings expectations (11 cents a share) with quarterly earnings of 13 cents a share. But, that was before the early birthday present from Google. Yahoo! was an early investor in Google, and was rewarded with an $185 million gain on the sale of Google stock in Q4 2004, which added another 12 cents a share to its quarterly earnings.

Growth in online advertising is the primary factor contributing to Yahoo!'s healthy organic growth. For the year, revenue from the marketing services segment (Yahoo!'s category name for online advertising revenue) more than doubled to surpass $3 billion for 2004, compared to $1.2 billion in 2003. However, Yahoo! is not entirely dependent on online advertising; they also receive fees from paid content. Even though the fraction of revenues from for-fee content is small (less than 12%), it is an important aspect of Yahoo!'s success, since it represents loyal users who find value in the content that is created and packaged on Yahoo!.

Yahoo!'s emphasis on "deeply engaging with users" by providing original content and tools to help users create their own personalized media experiences differentiates them from technology-driven search engine companies or pure online advertising networks. Even though much of their growth in 2005 will depend on duplicating its online advertising success in international markets where the huge surge in growth lags behind the US, longer-term success of Yahoo! will also depend on its ability to present compelling content and entertaining experiences to its targeted user base. The executive team at Yahoo! has an impressive mix of experience in publishing, entertainment, and media companies, along with technology and marketing expertise, which puts them in good stead to continue on a path of success for many more birthdays to come.

Headlines for 19 January 2005

Yahoo beats the Street
'Blame The Readers'
Google's No-Google tag blesses the Balkanized web
Freedom of Information and Blogging: A Potentially Dangerous Mix?
German library allowed to crack copy protection
Why blogging matters to your business and your IT
Wolters Kluwer UK wins FSA approval
Taiwan Encyclopedia opens site to users
LexisNexis Announces New Customizable Start Page, 'My Lexis'; New Features Available in February
On Demand Rich Media Market Will Grow to a Nearly $1 Billion Industry by 2007 Relaunches Autos Section with Larger Dealer Inventory Database and Revved up Search
Verizon SuperPages Delivers 2005 Edition of Boston Yellow Pages With New Health and Wellness Guide
Blackwell's Book Services Makes First Ebook Library Sale in Africa

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Headlines for 18 January 2005

Factiva to drop IBM's WebFountain
Elsevier Announces First-ever Journal of Nanomedicine
Profile: DataStream Content Solutions
Peer-to-peer 'seeders' could be targeted
P2P (peer to peer) Manifesto Has Been Launched
The Boston Globe Joins ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM) Collection
Revere Introduces Supplier Risk Report
HighBeam Research Announces Anniversary Open House, Provides Free Access January 24 - 28
Novelis Inc. Selects ISYS Search Software's Desktop Search Solution to Empower Its Research Scientists
Interwoven Takes Web Content Management to a New Level with Introduction of LiveSite
Thomas Technologies Teams with Authentica for Enterprise Rights Management
Wachovia Selects Verity for Time-Critical Cross-Enterprise Search
Cadmus Communications Upgrades RapidRights(TM) DRM Service for Macintosh(R) Users

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Springer IPO in 2005?

There have been rumors stirring for the past month about a possible Springer IPO in 2005. Yesterday's Sunday Times is the first story I've seen in the mainstream press that acknowledges the rumors. Considering that Springer is currently owned by two European private equity firms, Candover and Cinven, and that annual sales for Springer are somewhere in the ballpark of $1.1 - $1.2 billion, it is not surprising that the exit strategy will involve an IPO. There simply aren't many prospective bidders for a company that size, and the likely prospects would face antitrust concerns.

What is surprising to some is the talk of an IPO as soon as mid-2005. There is some speculation that Springer's top-line and bottom-line results have been better than expected and are driving the early IPO. Surely there have been some efficiency gains as a result of the merger of Springer and Kluwer Academic Publishing to help the bottom-line. But, it's hard to believe that sales growth could be so rosy when academic library budgets are under pressure. Granted, Springer has wisely focused on digitizing its collection of journals and books as quickly as possible and sales via the MetaPress platform are apparently quite healthy. Nonetheless, the primary driver behind the early IPO is more likely the desire by Candover and Cinven to cash out of their investment in Springer while they believe they can get their target rate of return and apply the proceeds to their next big deal.

Note that the Times article mentions the possibility of "bulking it (Springer) up by bolt-on acquisitions ahead of a float". Candover and Cinven have other media properties in their portfolios, such as MediMedia, which could bolster the appeal of Springer in the red-hot medical segment. Watch this space for developments on the Springer IPO.

News Analysis - Opportunity Knocks: Is the Open Access Movement Meeting its Full Potential?

As the enthusiasm for open access publishing in academic and scientific circles is starting to reach a fever pitch, publishers such as the Public Library of Science (PLoS) are adding new journals and getting more support to subsidize authors' contributions. This heady atmosphere is not without clouds on the horizon, though. The headlong rush to embrace open access publishing as a business model has created an anti-profit zeal that may limit its commercial success - a limitation that will give commercial publishers plenty of time to think about how they want to adopt their own business models to this new environment. Nobody has the corner on the market for publishing wisdom these days. Thank goodness.

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Headlines for 17 January 2005

Dispute Puts a Medical Journal Under Fire
Springer Science + Business Media plans £1.4bn float
Craigslist's global expansion could threaten big players
XM eyes TiVo, iTunes functions
Self-learning machines for document interpretation and analysis
Virtual Reference: Alive & Well
Making Databases Work for Clients
Podcasting: A new news outlet
How copyright could be killing culture
Dialog Adds Univentio's German Patent Information

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Forrester: The Magazine

The renewed buzz about tech magazines seems to have been spurred by the forthcoming launch of Forrester Magazine, which the Boston Globe wrote about last November. Of the five magazines covered in today's Mercury News article, Forrester Magazine differs from the other tech publishing ventures in many respects. Forrester will not accept advertising and the publication is intended primarily as a print vehicle for existing clients. Forrester's objective, as their CMO Brian Kardon says, is "to bring in energy and storytelling, but keep the sophistication associated with Forrester's otherwise detailed research." This strategy aligns with Shore's view that professional publishers increasingly have to use a variety of media to reinforce their position as experts in their field, in light of the explosion in citizen publishing where everyone has access to the Web tools and distribution to publish commentary.

Promoting their expertise via an engaging and informative publication that presents a cross-section of the research topics and outlook of their corps of analysts is a smart way for Forrester to reinforce their value to the top executives of their client companies. And, although it may seem counterintuitive, the need for a well-packaged print vehicle for reviewing case-studies and other indepth information is a common theme echoed by busy executives.

It'll be interesting to see if Forrester decides to offer a for-fee subscription to the magazine to non-clients. Given the PR effort behind the magazine's upcoming launch, it wouldn't be a surprising development.

Reed Goes After Tender Data to Cash In on Transaction-Oriented Content

With more bidding for construction services going electronic and online, it should come as no suprise that the increasingly progressive Reed Construction Data group is picking up key content assets to support the bid tender process in the construction industry, as noted by InfoLink. Reed Construction has devised many innovative approaches to providing rich data elements to their databases to add to the multi-dimensional analysis of construction projects and the materials and services that make them happen. The trend towards more competitive bids in construction plays into this strong platform of background informaiton an competitive intelligences. Facilitating commerce through content will become an increasingly important factor in professional content, placing a premium value on having all of the supporting analysis availalble for a given transaction in a well-packaged format that can be transmitted easily to prospective buyers. Financial securities markets have relied on electronic transaction content for years, but it may be markets such as construction that are going to demonstrate new methods of deploying services for transaction-oriented content that can set new standards for value and growth. Each content industry sector has much to learn from one another, with an open mind.

NY Times Brass Considers Fees for Web Readers: Are We Really Going to See This Happen?

Reuters reported on the new BusinesWeek cover story covering The New York Times' increasingly diversified publishing empire, which includes rumblings from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. that he's not happy with a new generation of readers being trained that quality information is free. Some have taken this to mean that there's likely some pressure to get the Times to adopt an online subscription model, but somehow I find that rather unlikely in the short run. With the Wall Street Journal pushing experiments in the opposite direction, premium sites like the Times are likely to remain status quo with their revenue models until they see some reason to choke off the surging ad revenues fed by access via search engines. I assume that at some point we may see online news providers adapt variations on a two-tier model, based not on all-or-none access or delayed access but on feature access, with value-add features such as indexing,integrated reference materials and locally archived versions that can be easily downloaded onto portable devices and printed commanding a premium. This will become more important as general newspapers compete more directly over time with individual sources of news such as weblogs and other news compilers such as news search engines who will begin to excel at feature services. The real premium battle is not going to be won by being between these two extremes of the news business but rather by excelling at these polar opposites with effective monetization strategies. People are always willing to pay for content in the right contexts; it's just a matter of coming up with the right packaging.

PLoS Pilots Expanding List of Open Access Journals, Business Models Still Open to Discussion

As noted in the Library Journal this week the Open Access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS) is readying three new titles for its scientific journal stable: PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Pathogens will debut at unspecified times this year, using the same author-fee model powering the existing medicine and biology offerings. Sites for the Genetics and Computational Biology journals are already up and accepting submissions. This adds some more comprehensive breadth to the PLoS offerings, but it it enough to tip the balance in favor of this particular flavor of Open Access? As much as there's an enormous amount of noise and open movement towards open access this year, there's still a lot of work to do on business models. The recently announced JISC financial support from the UK scientific community will certainly help to underwrite these efforts, and governmental underwriting may help to further seed author-fee publications - if publishing lobbyists don't choke off this vein of support. But there may come a day fairly soon when the cachet of ".org" begins to wear thin and organizations such as PLoS start to look for more substantial commercial models. This will probably mean less than full capitualtion to the full-fee subscription models offered by existing journal publishers, but hopefully far more than the author-fee model, which neglects the inherent value of this content. There's lots of wiggle room to exploit the value of the content and its audience and still have the high sense of independent integrity that PLoS founders are seeking.

Dot Com Redux

It's been a source of much mirth and some dread to me lately that so many discredited names from the dot com era are re-appearing on the scene. Apparently, penance is now complete, and they're back in the thick of things, re-charged and ready to play again with other people's money. Current areas where they are kicking up dust include: blogs, search engines and almost anything to do with online advertising. These once again respectable troublemakers all became household names at the height of the boom, and you can find them largely in the same old places.

There's the Wall Street analyst crowd, directly or indirectly responsible for the gaping holes in most of our401(k)'s, and they're back touting Internet stocks again. The crazy thing: people are listening to them, respectfully.

There's that certain group of venture capitalists who are back telling their investors that they see the future more clearly than anyone else, just like in the old days, only this time they're even more sure they are right.

There are the empire builders, whose strategies typically involve buying everything in sight as quickly as possible. That these characters can continue to find financial backers is remarkable, especially since the amount of funding they have appears to be a multiple of the amount they consumed in their previous failed attempt to do the same thing.

Of course, if your previously high-flying dot com experience left you "burnt out," "re-examining priorities," or unable to resume your former occupation due to a settlement agreement with some regulatory agency, there's always journalism. Yes, some of the same group that shamelessly worked gullible reporters to hype themselves and their various ventures are now ... reporters, presumably far less gullible, although time will tell on that score.

Perhaps the greatest irony is that this group was not wrong in their initial embrace of the Internet. It has changed the world. But those who are now succeeding on the Internet have gotten there by dint of hard work and commitment, building businesses one customer at a time, and slowly and often painfully moving their much-maligned "traditional" businesses to the Web. In the process of doing this, we learned that all the old rules of business still apply. And that's why the "smart money" crowd won't succeed this time around either: they believe that their particular combination of smarts and money allows them to move immediately to the head of the line, shun long term thinking and bend or ignore rules at will. Ultimately, their only success will be in glamorizing failure.

Headlines for 14 January 2004

Mac mini is the future of Apple Computer to Explore 'Strategic Alternatives'
Tsunami Video Alliance Portends Future Distribution for Amateurs
AvantGo Gets a Face-Lift
Why advertising, marketing and PR pros should blog
Blog today, gone tomorrow
Google Settles with SEC on Pre-IPO Options
SunGard Workflow Solutions Introduces Digital Dashboard Application for Octane8
LexisNexis Introduces PatentOptimizer for Intellectual Property Attorneys
SurfNet - New Focus and Direction for Online Media Company and Web Publisher

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Headlines for 13 January 2005

Let a Thousand Googles Bloom
Reuters Expect Sales Decline
Google Shrinks Enterprise Search
Yahoo, Microsoft gaining ground on Google
New and Improved Access to Hoover's Business Data
Contextual Advertising Company To Serve Ads On Weblogs, RSS Feeds
Tender moment for Reed Elsevier
P2P companies face patent threat
eBooks Compiler Has Been Released
Elsevier's "iCONSULT" Puts Clinical Info Directly Into Health Records in Hospitals and Medical Practices
Scripps Networks Launches New Online Network
Wolters Kluwer Reaches an Agreement to Acquire De Agostini Professionale and UTET Professionale in Italy

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Headlines for 12 January 2005

Apple details Mini release
FTC Wins Order to Shut Down Spam From Adult Web Sites
MSN tests new blog, search features
Google critic releases source code for proxy Turning Bloggers Into Your Site’s Citizen Journalists
What's wrong with RSS is also what's right with it
When Worlds Collide
Autonomy Announces Agreement With EidosMedia
Axiom to Sell Retrieve Knowledge Management System
eSignal Adds New European Market Data and News to eSignal 7.8 Release

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Headlines for 11 January 2005

Yahoo joins desktop search fray
PLoS to Launch New Journals
IVillage Acquires Healthology For $17.2 Million
ebrary Announces New Technology, Custom Collections, and Partnerships
Museum-Quality High Resolution Art and Photography Now Comes Into the Home on Flat Panel TVs and PCs
Engineering & Construction Firm, Burns & McDonnell, Selects LexisNexis InterAction for CRM
Elsevier deal with Hellenic Academic Libraries brings scientific and medical information to Greece
Thomson Taps Wilens to Drive Integrated Business, Product Development Strategy for N.A. Legal Business
SAIC's Content Analyst Product Division Sold
New Version of AvantGo Delivers Enhancements for Managing, Exploring and Personalizing Mobile Content
Major U.S. TV Broadcasters Content Added to Rocketinfo Database
The Principal Financial Group Selects Mobular Technologies' mobileCompliance Software Solution

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Monday, January 10, 2005

New Research from Shore - Financial Market Data Industry Sized at USD 7.11 Billion for 2005

In this report Shore Senior Analyst Jack McConville provides a sizing of market data vendor revenue and user accesses for 2004 and the first forecasts for 2005. The industry shows no signs of forcefully breaking out of its malaise that started with the end of the dot com bubble era in April 2000 and the subsequent ongoing retrenchment of the financial services industry. This report provides breakdowns of revenues and data accesses for major financial market data revenues by major geographic regions for the years 2003 and 2004 based on Shore's own research methods and an exclusive forecast of market data revenue performance for the 2005 calendar year, along with an analysis of the overall performance of the financial market data sector, an analysis of why and how each of the major market data vendors is performing and recommendations on what market data vendors will have to do to perform more effectively in the years ahead.

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News Analysis - Market Magic: The Financial Market Data Industry Tries to Tailor Itself for Better Times

O the tales of woe that have bled forth from financial market data vendors these past several years. While the worst of the damage seems to have passed, it leaves many wondering what future this industry - now USD 7.11 in girth according to Shore's latest research - will be as the financial marketplace continues to wrestle with lean and competitive times. Wishing for an uptick in the markets is not enough to stave off the bears at the door of most market data vendors. It will take a fresh look at what really makes a profit in today's financial content marketplace to turn the tide - and some hard-nosed decisions that some may be hesitant to make.

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What's New: NY Times Mulling Fees for Online Readers

It must be news, Reuters ran a story about a Business Week cover story about the New York Times, titled The Future of the New York Times. The Reuters article focuses on the theme of free versus fee for online newspapers, even though the Business Week article covers much more territory. Reuters quotes a newspaper industry consultant, John Morton, as saying that free editions of newspapers on the Web are "quickly falling out of favor" and goes further to say that the Wall St. Journal's model of selling paid subscriptions to both print and online editions have "been very successful".

My goodness, I thought we had got beyond pointing to the Wall St. Journal as the paid subscription success story for other newspapers to follow. With flat subscription levels, the Wall St. Journal is busy creating new revenue streams from vertical editions and other advertising and subscription vehicles. The New York Times, with a broader base of online readers (18.5 million unique monthly visitors vs. 701,000 paid subscribers to the WSJ Online)has abundant opportunities to create advertising vehicles that are targeted to segments of its readers. Part of the problem for the New York Times is their dual role as a regional as well as a national newspapers. But, the answer is not to wall off the content and make it available on a subsription-only basis. They'll turn away too much advertising revenue and lose too many occasional or cost-conscious readers. Rather, the folks at the New York Times have to start thinking about how to create new supplemental online editions, ebooks, traditional books, and other content collections that build on their reputation for quality journalism and can be positioned for distinct audiences. The choice to charge a subscription fee, onetime charge, or have complete ad-supported content should depend on the nature of the content and whether its appeal is broad or exclusive. If the content appeals to a broad audience and sufficient advertising support can be found, then it makes sense to use an open access model. If the content is specialized and appeals to a limited market, then a subscription model or mixed subscription/advertising model makes sense. The bottom line is that a publishing organization that has the journalistic resources and content repository depth of the New York Times should be able to publish a host of products that appeal to a variety of target audiences on any technical platform appropriate for that audience.

Headlines for 10 January 2005

New York Times Mulls Charging Web Readers
Elsevier Upgrades ScienceDirect
HP's Fiorina Sees Innovation as Key
Content and Control: Harvard Law School Paper
Citigroup Unit Buys Real Estate Publications
Report Sizes 2005 Global Financial Market Data Industry at $7.11 Billion
Convergence is the rage, but it's a ways from reality
Apple's Legal Moves May Force Blog Closure
Search engine war spreads to weblogs
MPEG LA unveils patent pool plan for digital rights scheme

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Friday, January 7, 2005

Getting too personal?

The news that the Spy-Act bill (HR 29) is back on the docket for Congress in 2005, backed by Rep. Mary Bono, is sending a shiver down the spines of some online advertising companies. Many pundits have proclaimed 2005 the year of personalization for search engines and ad networks, but the Spy-Act could hamper the growth of companies, such as Tacoda and Revenue Science, that rely on tracking user behavior across web sites to infer profiles of interest. The big search engines also could find their efforts at fine-tuning relevancy of ads placed on their networks based on user behavior across the websites they visit curtailed.

So, are all the pundits that point to more personalization as a key development in online advertising in 2005 off-track? Not necessarily. However, it is more likely that publishers will be the key players in identifying the users who meet specific profiles, using variations of traditional controlled circulation methods. Large diversified publishers can offer a range of "personalized" segments to their advertisers across their networks of websites. Smaller publishers could establish networks with other related publishers. The key difference between the publisher networks and the ad technology companies mentioned above is that customers will voluntarily provide information about themselves to the publishing sites in exchange for high quality content, tools, and other services relevant to their interests. At Shore we've referred to it as the "vertical search solution to personalization" and describe it in more detail in the forthcoming 2005 outlook.

Where Have All The Subscribers Gone?

An article in a recent issue of DM News by Meg Weaver, founder of Wooden Horse Publishing which produces a database covering the magazine industry, concludes that magazine publishers have hit a wall in terms of subscribers, and that the numbers are in significant decline. As she phrases it, this is "... a dirty little secret the magazine industry doesn't want you to know: We have run out of readers in this country."

To document this claim, Weaver cites her analysis of Audit Bureau of Circulation numbers. By looking at cumulative circulations of all audited ABC publications, she notes that the industry grew consistently in terms of circulation until 1990, when things began to plateau at 366 million. The 2003 number? A cumulative circulation of 353 million. Weaver attributes this primarily to uncreative "me too" publishing practices in the magazine industry, which leaves the industry in a position of continuously poaching subscribers from each other rather than creating innovative new magazines that would attract net new subscribers.

But is this the full story? My first concern was reliance on ABC circulation numbers, since ABC is favored mostly by consumer publications. Further, ABC provides circulation numbers only on its membership, and that creates a sample biased towards larger publications that need circulation audits.

My sense is that the story, which probably does begin around 1990, is far more nuanced. What we've seen over the last 15 years is an explosion in the number of increasingly specialized magazine titles, some with circulations in the low thousands. We've also seen increasing amounts of information delivered via the Web, faster, fresher, more accessible and often even more specialized than the most specialized print publications. In short, information is proliferating, and as a result, audiences are fragmenting as they increasingly move to access only the information of most interest to them, shutting out a lot of more general information sources in the process.

We're now in an era of extreme specialization. Subscribers are getting used to mixing, matching and filtering content. And as they read less, and focus most on topics they care most about, guess what? You need to keep up with them editorially, because these empowered readers want depth and substance, and they know immediately when they're not getting it.

This shift has implications for data publishers too, because our businesses are being forced to address the same trends. What was "good enough" in terms of editorial quality isn't good enough any more. The data that our subscribers choose to receive gets scrutinized as never before, by increasingly expert eyes. It's a tough new standard to meet, but there is ample evidence that if you can deliver good quality editorial, there will be an audience willing to pay for it.

Airport Bookstore Chain to Open Times-Branded Outlets: Content's Increasingly About Venues

The New York Times announced its agreement with Paradies Shops, an airport concessionaire with 350 outlets in 61 airports in North America, to open a chain of Times-branded bookstores in airport locations. A reporter called me on this story earlier this week and his clip on the Marketplace radio show (3:32 into audio)emphasized the synergies between the Times bestseller list and potential book sales. That's certainly a starting point for this use of the New York Times brand, a brand that is used in numerous outlets such as cable television and books to emphasize its still-powerful value. But my thought is that this represents a much more important foot in the water. With newspapers and conventional print waning in value and electronic content gaining strength, expect these Times kiosks to become experimental wayports for travelers wanting to download eBooks, eJournals, music and other kinds of content from special "hot spots" in the store, as well as allowing conversion of electronic content into convenient print format for flipping through on the plane. With network providers getting ten bucks a pop for wireless access in many airports the between-flight "share of wallet" will need some more powerful alternatives than conventional analog content to make best use of these footprints in the long run.

Open Access Gains Momentum as Five UK Journals Opt In via JISC Initiative

The Independent reports that the U.K.'s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is announcing funding for five more journals to go the open access route: The New Journal of Physics (published by the Institute of Physics Publishing); Nucleic Acids Research (Oxford University Press); Journal of Medical Genetics (British Medical Journals); the journals of the International Union of Crystallography; and The Journal of Experimental Botany (The Society for Experimental Biology). This again underlines the shifting role of copyright in today's world of professional content: with open access scientific journals the right to copy is generally not as important as the right to cite sources, a different kind of relationship with content than assumed by aggregators who want to continue to make profits off of subscription-based redistribution. Is this going to be the end of journals as we know them or aggregators? Certainly not. The press has moved from skepticism on open access to "Chicken Little" mode, declaring scientific journals as we know them all but dead. There are indeed going to be enormous changes as publishers and distributors search for 2005's "Models for Success," but while perhaps 90 percent of today's journals will not be able to survive as they operate today that does not mean that 90 percent will not survive. Most journals service very discrete communities, and as long as those communities of interest survive, so will the need to provide important content in important contexts. The "how" of delivering scientific content is changing rapidly, but the broader needs are not going away.

Headlines for 7 January 2005

Breaking Free of Cable's Stranglehold
Six Apart Acquires Maker of LiveJournal Weblogs
Blogs' Power Stretches Far Beyond Politics
Investors Should be Open to Open Text
New DRM Scheme Could Make Current DVD Players Obsolete
Apple music store smacked with antitrust suit
LexisNexis Acquires of Key Assets from Rachel Hollingsworth Court Reporting, Inc. for Public Records
Blinkx Brings Desktop Search to Macs
Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for SealedMedia
Mobliss 'Thumbdance' Channel to Deliver Exclusive Made-for-Mobile Video Entertainment

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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Headlines for 6 January 2005

Newspaper 2.0: The Blog Revolution
Who'll conquer the digital home?
Reed Elsevier facing fresh threat to science journal profits
Will Pricing Stall The Mobile Content Industry?
The Federal Web: Content at the Ten-year Mark
Court rejects RIAA request to identify song-swappers
Publishers join SwetsWise online service
Monster Partners with Internet Broadcasting Systems to Target Local Job Seekers and Employers
Handmark(R) Announces Pocket Express(R) Wireless Services For BlackBerry(R) Users
Yahoo! Launches Developer Program in Next Phase of Its Digital Home Strategy, Partners With Microsoft
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Introduces Law Firm Diversity Profiles on

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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Headlines for 5 January 2005

Adobe Policy Server Sets PDF Access Rights
BlogKits BlogMatch Network: World’s First 'Paid to Blog' Network
Times Co. to buy stake in free Boston paper
Book biz website takes on industry mainstay
HP unveils plans for digital home invasion
New 'Scene' for pirates: TV show made for P2P
The Paradies Shops Signs Exclusive Agreement with The New York Times Company
SIIA's Financial Information Services Division Announces New Vice-President
Wolters Kluwer Selects RSA Security Identity and Access Management for Access to Online Services
American Lawyer Media Changes Name To ALM
EarthLink Wireless Introduces Upgraded BlackBerry Browser and Personalized Web Content

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Pew Report Charts Progress of Blogs into World of Mainstream Content : Are Professionals Catching Up or Ahead?

The Pew Internet & American Life Project reeport on "The State of Blogging" dishes up some interesting statistics: blog readership is up 58 percent in 2004, representing 27 percent of all Internet users, and seven percent of U.S. adults - more than 8 million people - have created a weblog or web-based diary. While more than 62 percent of Amercians do not know what a weblog is this represents significant penetration in a very short period of time, similar to the growth of Web usage in the 1990s but accelerated by the in-place availability of high quality data networks. In short, it's officially time to acknowledge that weblogs have become a thoroughly mainstream option for content consumers, in need of some maturity but definitely on the road to maturity and effective monetization. Still, only 5 percent of Internet users have used RSS news feed readers or XML readers to pump weblogs into their personal computers and handhelds: to most people, weblogs are just another form of Web-based content, not yet part of their personal content infrastructure.

XML feeds are one arena in which weblogs may be playing a larger role in professionally-oriented content than with consumer content, delivering both text and data to a wide variety of commercial and academic audiences. A great example that Shore team affiliate Russell Perkins uncovered is at The University of British Columbia (UBC)Bioinformatics Centre, a directory of curated links in an XML-based format that can be subscribed to as a weblog feed to update one's own Web site or databases. Being able to publish, update and deliver content of all kinds is easier than ever, including for those in the thick of professionally-oriented content. Consider weblogs a content medium whose time has come on many levels.

Headlines for 4 January 2005

Google's Billion-Dollar Idea
2005 Ad Outlook: Paging Bill Murray
Topix offers start-up, VC news sites
Commercial Interest in Blogs Booming
Study: Magazines Risk Losing Core CPG Advertisers to Web
Wikipedia Criticised by Its Co-founder
Bacon's pays $8M for Norwalk company
GuruNet Launches Launches - The First Apparel Trim and Packaging Trend and Market Survey Service
Using RSS syndication Pheedz provides eight channels of travel information and specials.
Viyya Technologies: User Feedback and Software Downloads Exceed Expectations

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Monday, January 3, 2005

News Analysis - Models for Success: 2005 Ushers in an Era of Major Shifts in Content Business Models

As the year 2005 rumbles into view the prospect is for a time in which the rubble of old business models that began to come tumbling down in 2004 is pushed aside to make room for new business models that span old categories and define highly profitable niches where profits were never imagined before. Shore sees four key areas in which the rapidly shifting action will unfold in creating and expanding these new models: cooperation, commercialization, containerization and consolidation. There's a model for success for many as this year comes to fruition, but success will go to those who are willing to align themselves with revenues from new models as quickly as possible.

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Headlines for 3 January 2005

Report: The state of blogging
Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate
Wireless Politics May Determine Future of Digital Democracy
Wrapping Up 2004; Looking Forward
Online Groups Brag About Movie Piracy
IM is a must in lots of offices
New Jersey researches ways to find more librarians
New service brings takeout to TiVo
Concord Communications Deploys Verity K2 Enterprise for Corporate Intranet and Internet Successfully Launches Strategic Partner Program for 2005

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