Going from video production to the video aggregation, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron has launched Mag.ma for "exploring, discovering, collecting, sharing, and tracking videos" online. The site, which aggregates what it deems to be the best videos from YouTube, Hulu, Twitter, Digg, Vimeo, Delicious, Dailymotion, and other video sites, presently seems to support every point of view imaginable except those of paying advertisers.
Jim Spanfeller, the outgoing president and CEO of Forbes.com, argues that there is "fundamentally" no difference between online and offline ad pricing, and the notion that there is "has grown out of a variety of misconceptions that have worked to radically slow the eventual migration of ever-larger advertising budgets online." Spanfeller also makes the case that the rampant rise of remnant ad units is crippling the industry, and publishers -- online and off -- need to make better use of research that shows that almost all positions in magazines and newspapers have a similar influence on readers.
The moment Rupert Murdoch fixed his pit bull-like grip on the idea that ad revenue alone can't support newspapers, free Web content seemed doomed. Last week's news that his cronies are meeting with top publishers to create something of a pay-wall consortium ostensibly sealed the deal. Yet, plenty of behavioral data exists to indicate that the vast majority of non-specialized news consumers don't have destination-seeking in their DNA. Indeed, new analysis from the Newspaper Association of America, based on Nielsen Online data, finds that less than 1% of time spent online is spent on newspaper sites, and that newspaper …
Security technology firm McAfee reports that searches for actress Jessica Biel are more likely to result in online threats like spyware and viruses than searches for any other celebrity.
Yahoo says it's refurbished its search service to better compete against Microsoft's Bing, despite the fact that it now relies on Microsoft to power its search queries.
With an eye on credibility, Wikipedia will soon require volunteer editors to sign off on changes made by the public to articles about living people.
Apple's Steve Jobs is back at the helm of the company, and ready to transform the world of mobile computing once again with a tablet device.
Despite its remarkable ability to upset publishers and dominate the classifieds business, Craigslist couldn't be further from a perfect service. Is that it's secret?
of Yahoo's decision to buy Maktoob, the Arab world's largest Web community, has portal watchers everywhere asking, "What does it all mean?" First and foremost, the deal will provide a huge boost to online advertising in the region, company executives tell The Financial Times
. For Yahoo's direct rivals like Google and Microsoft, it means serious competition in a market ripe for a boom given that Web penetration across the Middle East is less than 25% compared to more than 70% in the Western World, according to InternetWorldStats.com.