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BBC Online To Play Like MySpace

The venerable British Broadcasting Company plans to dramatically update its online presence, and the social networking site MySpace has inspired the new design.

An Obituary for Mass Media

The announcement Tuesday by the BBC on their plans to re-invent themselves for the age of participatory media’ makes everything that any mainstream media organization has done to date with blogs, podcasting and other social media just look like tinkering.

EU Domain Takes Off

Europeans have rushed to grab a virtual home in cyberspace, says the BBC.

Engage with bloggers, says the BBC

BBC journalist Paul Reynolds regards the blogosphere as a source of criticism that must be listened to and as a source of information that can be used.

Pricey Freedom of the Press

BBC News: Danish-Swedish dairy giant Arla Foods says the ongoing boycott of Danish products in the Middle East had so far cost it between 40m and 50m.

Disintermediating the News

A thoughtful article on Friday by Richard Sambrook, director of global news at the BBC, on how the internet is disintermediating news:

The Podcasting Opportunity for Mainstream Media

BBC News: Almost two million BBC radio podcasts were downloaded during December, with the corporation’s breakfast programmes the most popular with listeners.

Climbing the RSS Summit

Another RSS conference has sprung up and I’m speaking at it: The RSS Summit at Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, MA.

BBC Opens an Authoritative RSS Primer

Complain all you like about how the bastions of old media don’t get the world of social media.

Yahoo, BBC Take Flight With Boeing

The next in-flight options from Internet provider Connexion by Boeing feature live television options for laptop computer-equipped passengers.

BBC Opens News Archive Online

For a brief time, the BBC will throw open the film vaults online and let UK-based users create mashups of the content.

BBC Getting into Blogging

The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, started a blog last week, called Nick Robinson’s Newslog.

Text Messaging The Classics

A London college professor has compressed the essential parts of classic literature into tidy mobile text messages to help students study for exams. For example, (from my interpretation) a message about Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations might read PipsASissyTheEnd.

Email Might Still Be King …

Whatever the evangelists say about new communication channels like RSS, the reality today is that email as a direct marketing tool still reigns supreme among online media.

BBC Makes Archive Public On Internet

Nearly a hundred snippets of BBC television programming have been made available for “free public use in their own creative works.”

Hey! Leggo My Flickr!

There are some things you don’t mess with. You don’t mess with Texas. You don’t mess with a man’s family, food, wallet, or dog, and recently it has become apparent you don’t mess with a man’s Flickr.

Tragedy Knows No Boundary

Reading and viewing online news coverage of the Katrina hurricane disaster in the US over recent days, I’m just awed by the sheer scale of so many people – thousands according to many news reports – losing their lives, family, and property.

BBC Plans Broadband Broadcasting

Up to seven days of programming from the BBC’s TV channels will be available for download and viewing.

Anti-piracy Measures Now Include Windows Update

This validation process is in place right now as I discovered when I visited the Windows Update site today to install an optional update.

Through the side window with RSS
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A story from the Associated Press has some great sound bites from mainstream media and others about RSS.

UK Premiering BBC Three Comedy Series Online

As broadband usage grows among British users, the medium will start to see comedy programming among its offerings.