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Archive: April, 2006

POSTED: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 9:24 AM
Filed Under: Web, Tech

Logo_sm When you bank on people's shortening attention span and need to be seen, you can become rich and famous - a profile of the two twenty-somethings who cooked up YouTube in their garage. They've risen to an office over a pizzeria.

Questions of copyrights hang over the business, which has attracted $11.5 million in venture capital and a couple dozen employees.

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Posted 04/12/2006 01:15:10 PM
POSTED: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 7:14 AM
Filed Under: Sports

RoncortesphotoTim Panaccio has written the most alluring lede of the hockey season:

He wasn't just skating. He was going full bore.

He wasn't avoiding contact. He was hitting people.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6:44 AM
Filed Under: Web, Tech

Dragonfire_1_1 Philly's got a survivor in the Webby Awards. Drexel's Dragonfire is one of five finalists in the digital magazine category. Pretty good for an operation that isn't even a year old.

The Webbies were established in 1996 to honor design, functionality and creativity among international Internet sites. There are five finalists in more than 65 categories. There's even a Webby statuette. Here are the nominees.

"I don't know that we're doing digital journalism 100% right, but something must be working..." editor Amy L. Webb wrote this morning in an email to members of a newsgroup I belong to.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6:12 AM
Filed Under: Media

Jaredpaulstern_1With each day bringing a fresh angle to the juicy gotcha involving a New York Post gossip columnist - we'd call it the fop and the billionaire - the Columbia Journalism Review goes back in time and mines a Philadelphia connection to the scandal.

They call their post, "Where's Harry Karafin when you need him?"

The fop is Jared Paul Stern, the Philly-born, Bennington-educated, fedora-and-fob wearing freelance gossiper, who is on FBI video asking California businessman Ron Burkle for $220,000 to assure no more troubling mentions on Page Six of the Post. Burkle is managing partner of The Yucaipa Companies, which, among other things, has teamed with the newspaper union to bid for the Inquirer and 11 other Knight Ridder orphans not wanted by the McClatchy newspapers.

POSTED: Monday, April 10, 2006, 11:11 AM
Filed Under: Media

This just came in, marked "High Importance:"

Good Morning:

POSTED: Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:04 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Photobyap What better moment to write a new feature - The Monday Morning Sports Blog Roundup - than a crisp Sunday afternoon when the Phillies have finally something to show in the winning column, and my right calf is elevated and hugged in heat-wrap from possibly the worst slide-into-third I've made since Little League. It is a good thing the Philly Sport & Social Club softball league isn't on cable. Blinq sailed along the base path like a garbage scow.

So Phils win! A newish Philadelphia blog, called I Made a Huge Tiny Mistake, modified a Gatorade logo for his post - it says Haterade now. And pours some kindness on Bobby Abreu, who launched a ninth-inning, opposite-field, walk-off, three-run tater to end the game and the team's 0 and 4 start.

Never mind they dropped the second game of the afternoon doubleheader against the Dodgers.

POSTED: Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:02 AM
Filed Under: Weblogs

Talking_lips A Forrester research report shows that while your parents have probably heard the word Podcast, they are definitely not downloading those audio files and running around with them. Neither are your neighbors. Or you. Or me. Only one percent of us download and listen to these Podcasts regularly, slightly more than the percentage who still use curb feelers. DayPop lists a Forrester's post on this as the seventh most-read piece of bloggery as of Sunday.

The summary: "Podcasts have hit the mainstream consciousness but have not yet seen widespread use. One-quarter of on line consumers express interest in podcasts, with most interested in time-shifting existing radio and Internet radio channels.  Companies that are interested in using Podcasts for their audio should focus not only on downloads but also on streaming  audio as a means to get their content and ads to consumers."

Here's a personal story - I get the technology. I listened to home-grown movie critics and dirty-talking Dawn and Drew while researching an article in late 2004. My iTunes lets me subscribe to different Podcasts, and I have from time to time grabbed radio programs from WXPN and KCRW to-go. But I'd rather listen to other things. I would love to hear from anyone who is an active Podcaster. What's worth the time?

POSTED: Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Media

Robertby_afp The New York Times most emailed piece Sunday?  Garry Willis's essay on how Jesus wouldn't have picked between the Democrats and the Republicans, and shouldn't be used by either.

The Los Angeles Times piece passed around most is staffer Catherine Saillant's feature on how no murder, gruesome accident, natural or political disaster opened her eyes as much as her 13-year-old daughter's activities on MySpace.com.

The Boston Globe's most popular article delves into how attitudes toward gay couples is dividing the Conservative movement in Judaism.

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