Google radio?

Submitted by yelvington on January 17, 2006 - 12:03pm

For the life of me I can't figure out what AdSense would look like on a radio station, but Cnet is reporting that Google has bought DMarc in a deal that starts out at $102 million but could cost as much as $1.13 billion, depending on performance. DMarc's lines of business include station automation and station business processes, and a 500-station ad network.

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Nostalgia for the New Century Network

Submitted by yelvington on January 16, 2006 - 1:25pm

Last week I heard someone refer to "NCN nostalgia." Just before the dot-boom, a bunch of newspaper companies got together and imagined an online future in which newspapers would be key players through something called New Century Network, which would be the definitive news resource on the Internet.

It all fell apart amid corporate bickering, and the inability of big media companies to cooperate was rightly blamed. But there was something else at work: technology was evolving faster than anyone's business vision.

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Newspaper blogging: Is Austin stumbling out of the gate?

Submitted by yelvington on January 13, 2006 - 10:12am

The alternative weekly Austin Chronicle says its rival daily American-Statesman "blunders with bland blogging" and has failed to engage the public with its public blogs, which it says have "the communal energy of the Yarborough Branch library on free beer nuts night." It's the usual alt-media sniping but there are some points to be found.

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