Yell has a plan: is it enough?

Yell is a textbook case of the current times in publishing.  Its poor results this week are a combination of risky acquisitions, mountains of debt and, yes, the flood of free information on the Internet. As long as yellow pages contained the only source of information for that plumber, that pizza joint and that dentist, Read More

US Congress moves against “pirates”: Wikipedia protests

The US Congress is taking ”piracy” of US intellectual property seriously by proposing to attack the financial basis of foreign sites running copyright material without permission.  Two acts are in Congress to let media owners force search engines to stop linking to “pirate” sites and stop US advertisers advertising. Wikipedia offline in protest The opposition Read More

Two fingers hover over the master switch

Google’s takeover of Motorola’s mobile phone operations may strengthen its hold on the master switch of the Internet, to the detriment of all users. The Cycle: Open then closed Communications technologies before the Internet have gone through an open founding phase and then become closed.  One company or a select few have been then able to have Read More

Google goes to paper for magazine; YouTube to generate content

Google and its subsidiary YouTube are taking steps to generate their own content.  Until now both have relied on the content of others. The move by YouTube to generate its own high-quality original content has got the most coverage.  It wants to complete with Internet-based TV.  It has signed up sporting coverage already. The move Read More

The words flow like water…

I was captivated as a child by the idea that the planet is an entirely closed system. I hadn’t yet encountered the brilliant James Lovelock or his elegant, totally sensible Gaia theory, but could see that something very clever was going on. If literally nothing escaped our atmosphere – ever – then water, for example, was a Read More

Is one channel enough?

Flicking through the news headlines, I noted that MySpace has again cut jobs. They’ve now lost two-thirds of their workers over the last 18 months , as part of their “refocused” business strategy. With the might of News Corporation behind them, of course they should stand a decent chance of survival. Prosperity is another matter, especially in such a crowded – and polarised – social media space. Read More

Surfing the endless wave

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a headache from the pace of change in media…? Touchingly, mobile phones now seem rather mature and traditional in technical terms, even though they are only just reaching the point (25 years old) of being handed down from one generation to the next.  And now they are merely one Read More

It’s imagination Jim, just not as we need it.

So, Eric Schmidt of google reveals how we are finally catching up with the future, as immortalised by Star Trek!! He’s telling us that in a few months time, users of Android (google) smartphones will “…be able to speak into the phone in one language, and have the phone read back the translation aloud in another language.” [remember Read More