Pandering journalism

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Rob Runett, duct tape

Rob Runett has announced his departure from the Newspaper Association of America to become new product development manager for the Motley Fool. In the world of newspaper new-media efforts, Rob is duct tape, the universal put-it-together guy, and he'll be sorely missed. He created and mostly wrote the Online Publishing Update newsletter, drove the Connections conference planning process, and wrote countless reports.

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Travel madness

For me, travel always comes in inconveniently packed bunches. There must be some such travel corollary to Murphy's Law. My next three weeks look like this:

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Picking targets -- and nontargets -- for news SEO

I took some vacation last week and missed Steve Lohr's email asking me for comment on search optimization. Looking over the resulting New York Times story, "This boring headline is written for Google," a couple of things come to mind:

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Forever connected

This spring's graduating class will be part of America's first generation to be forever connected. The story of America is largely one of individual and family migration, and the end of the school experience often was the end of relationships for many as they moved away for jobs and new lives.

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Media Guy rants against slo-mo newspaper suicide

"Platform agnostic" is one of those phrases that makes me crazy. Apparently it makes AdAge's Simon Dumenco crazy, too. This week's rant is a must-read, especially for people from the editorial side who may not be tempted to read a journal that focuses on the ad side.

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Everything that can be a commodity, will be a commodity

Greg Stein, chairman of the Apache Foundation, says the era of packaged commercial software is coming to an end, because open-source alternatives are wiping out the market: "All of your software will be free. It means that, over time, you aren't going to be paying for software anymore but will instead pay for assistance with it."

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