VCs Poo Poo Mashups

From New York Times: Many venture capital firms are loath to finance mash-ups, in part because they are not readily “defensible,” meaning they might be replicated by others. “The current things people are doing with Google Maps are cute but they don’t add value,” said Peter Rip, managing director of Leapfrog Ventures in Menlo Park, […]

Reporters Respected

David Lauderdale writing about the future of newspapers in The Island Packet, a McClatchy media property: There is tremendous value in a small group of accountable, well-guided individuals who hustle to gather defensible, documented information and share it with a large audience. It tells us the need for local news, local knowledge, local leadership and […]

Unoriginal, But Nicely Executed

One Carmichael Lynch creative to another: “Hey, I know…let’s take the Honda cog spot Wieden did, and make it a print campaign for Harley.” [via Adverblog] Share

I Didn’t Know Goodby Was A Harvard Man (But That Explains A Lot)

Business Week’s David Kiley recently interviewed Jeff Goodby. Here are some outtakes from their session: Advertising has a responsibility to act like a thing that is going to be unavoidably in the environment, where we live and breathe. And we have a responsibility to make that work in such a way that it is welcomed […]

Podcasts Are Downloads. Who Cares Where They’re Consumed?

Design Technica: Last year that the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary declared “podcasting” the “Word of the Year” for 2005 and “officially” defined the term as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” But according to a recent […]

New Kids Join Old Boys

From USA TODAY: Google’s stock will be added to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, a long-anticipated rite of passage that lifted the online search engine leader’s recently sagging shares. Google will replace Burlington Resources in the closely watched barometer March 31. The inclusion into the S&P 500 provides Google’s stock with an immediate catalyst […]

Marketers Losing Confidence In TV Ads, Creatives Aren’t

From Ad Age: More than three out of four advertisers — 78% to be exact — said they have less confidence today in the effectiveness of TV advertising than they did two years ago, according to a survey released at today’s Association of National Advertisers TV Ad Forum. Well, read the rest of the article […]

Let The Games Begin

I’m not a gamer. Never have been. Yet, I recognize that many of my peers in this business play games on their lunch hour, and they even stay late to further compete against one another. It seems kind of crazy from where I’m sitting, but what do I know? According to Wired, such activities can […]

Time Ups The Snarky Quotient

From The Media Mob: Ana Marie Cox, the former editor of Wonkette.com and the author of Dog Days, has signed on to be a columnist for Time. She will file a weekly column on politics for the Web site and a monthly column in the magazine. Cox said, “My only regret about selling out to […]

Turning Text Into Dollars

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