On the news. There are too many great points in here to quote just one. It’s a beautiful essay by Mandy Brown about what news means to her and what she is willing to pay for.
There was hubbub a couple of days ago when Zite, the new personalized magazine app for iPads, was sent a cease and desist letter by a who’s who of media companies.
Techdirt published a strongly worded condemnation, including this gem:
And, honestly, if creating an app that makes it easier to read your content is a threat to your business, you’re doing business wrong. 1
Part of the problem for the media companies was that Zite was
making content readable removing ads and, thus, cutting off a revenue stream for the content producers.
It’s too bad media companies viewed this as a reason to send a cease and desist letter. Instead they could have read it for what it was: a statement that people hate the ads on news sites. It could have given media some data for improving advertising. Oh well, opportunity lost.
News advertising should take a hint from software developers. Include ads that your users want enabled and will miss when they are gone.
Got a kick out of Dave Winer’s early April Fools’ joke on Scripting News. “In other words, I like money. Pay me. Now. Or else. :-)”