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Taylor Swift: Music Industry Needs ‘Heart and Soul’… and Instagram

Taylor Swift: Music Industry Needs ‘Heart and Soul’… and Instagram

By Pam Wright July 9, 2014

Taylor Swift seems to think she has a clear vision on the future of the music industry. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece penned by the 24-year-old singer/songwriter, Swift spins a positive view of of the industry in a …

Hurricane Sandy Prompts Paywall Takedowns Hurricane Sandy Prompts Paywall Takedowns

As “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast, a few online news sources have decided to make their content freely available to everyone with an internet connection. That means tearing down those paywalls The New York Times is …

News Corp. Splits Publishing and Entertainment News Corp. Splits Publishing and Entertainment

Just two days ago, we reported News Corp., and chairman Rupert Murdoch were contemplating the idea of splitting their news and film assets from their print publication and newspaper divisions. News Corp owns 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast …

Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly. Google followed up the article with its own official response. We weighed in on the topic here. The …

SafeHouse, Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks-Style Site, Launches Today SafeHouse, Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks-Style Site, Launches Today
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The Wall Street Journal is getting into the (non-profit) business of secure, anonymous document submission. Today they launched SafeHouse, their version of the electronic drop box, similar to WikiLeaks. Few issues have elicited a stronger response – on both sides …

News Corp’s Content Aggregation Double Standard
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Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. have long conveyed a disgruntled outlook on news aggregation. It wasn’t that long ago when there were stories everywhere about the company blocking access to its content from news aggregation sites, and the never-ending verbal sparring with Google over the issue. 

Wall Street Journal Launches Pro Edition For Consumers

Dow Jones & Company said today it has launched The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition for consumers.

Google Rumored to Be Working on Apps Store
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According to unnamed sources cited by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Google plans to launch a store where it will sell online business software for use with its own Google Apps products. The Times cites "a person familiar with the project" and the Journal cites "people briefed by the company."

10 Reasons Social Media isn’t Replacing Email
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Update: VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick has written a separate piece adding 10 more reasons.

MySpace And WSJ Sending One User To Davos
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MySpace, The Wall Street Journal, and the World Economic Forum, are giving a MySpace user the chance to be a citizen journalist at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

The MySpace Citizen Journalist winner will be chosen by a panel of experts and will join the Davos press corps using MySpace to report on the conference news and interview world leaders about relevant issues. This year the contest is expanding to include entries from users in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Is it Really Crazy to Block Google?
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After all is said and done Rupert Murdoch may still be seen as the sly old fox that really knew best. Many bloggers and journalists have pounded the insanity of Murdoch’s suggestion that News Corp publications might strike an exclusive indexing deal with Bing and delist itself from Google’s search engine.

Will a Lack of Editors Affect Wikipedia Accuracy?
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Wikipedia is a very useful site for anyone looking to find information on any given topic. Chances are that you have used it for research at one time or another. Even if you don’t start by going directly to Wikipedia, results from the site are often at the top of search results in Google, and you’ll get there anyway.

Google Changes How it Handles Paid Content

Google has made a change to the way it treats its "first click free" option for publishers. The option was designed for legitimate publishers to get around Google’s cloaking policies, which discourage the showing of one web page to a crawler while the user sees something different.

80% of Consumers Would Not Pay For Content
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As you’ve more than likely heard by now, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in an interview last week talked about the possibility of blocking search engines from indexing News Corp. publications’ content. While this may or may not actually happen, it is one of the latest (and biggest) examples of a publisher taking the position of search engines hurting them rather than helping them.

The eBay-Skype Deal Hits Roadblock

Just when eBay thought they had moved Skype, the Wall Street Journal tells us “Not so fast!” A copyright suit has been filed in Northern California by the founders of Skype over the use of a technology by Skype. The license to continue its use ended in March and since then the founders of Skype and the flounders that bought it have been duking it out in a the UK which has already cast doubt on the deal.

Wall Street Journal’s Interesting Take On Embargoes

It’s been eight months since TechCrunch announced that they would no longer honor embargoes, with several other sites jumping on that bandwagon in the interim. One of the issues here was undermining the credibility of the blogosphere at large. As Trisha Lyn Fawver put it,

Big Changes in Google’s Sales Department

Earlier this year, Google laid off about 200 employees in the sales and marketing department. Head of Sales, Tim Armstrong also left the company to become CEO of AOL. Armstrong then got Senior Google sales executive Jeff Levick to go with him.