Get Out Your Checkbooks – You Will Be Paying For News

Over at the Financial Times editor Lionel Barber said that most news organizations will be charging for content in the next 12 months. He also stated that he is confident that this will happen. It is also believed that Robert Murdoch and his news group would start charging within a year while the New York Times, could begin charging for online news within three to four weeks.

The article also states that:

Barber made a distinction between “crafted” journalism and blogs “largely based on opinion rather than established fact [and] becoming increasingly influential in setting the news agenda”. “Bloggers have broken important stories and will continue to do so,” he said.

But he said they “do not operate according to the same standards as those who aspire to and practise crafted journalism. They are often happy to report rumour as fact, arguing that readers or fellow networkers can step in to correct those “facts” if they turn out to be wrong. They are rarely engaged in the pursuit of original news: their bread and butter is opinion and comment.”

“I do not wish to sound precious. British journalism has always put a premium on the scoop and it has long blurred the distinction between news and comment,” said Barber.

“The rise of bloggers may simply signal the last gasp of the age of deference, not just in politics but also in general social mores in Britain, America and elsewhere. Nor does it follow that the worldwide web has dumbed down journalism.

Interesting. So what is a journalist? A simple definition would be a writer for newspapers or magazines. So if you are a ‘journalist’ and you constantly reported the story about Microsoft buying Yahoo, day after day, which turned out to be a non event, does that make you a blogger?  If you are a ‘journalist’ and you attack a political organization because they differ in their opinion to what your newspaper or magazine supports, and you use half truths or down right lies, does that make you a blogger? If your newspaper or magazines accepts letters to the editor, are they not just comments? So does that make the editor a blogger?

Hold on for one moment. You ‘journalists’, newspapers and magazines came onto the Internet and have dug yourself into a hole because you were not smart enough to succeed. You came into the back yard of geeks thinking that all you had to do to be successful was to splash your name on a web site. Now that you are having financial troubles you blame the bloggers. You blame Google. You blame everyone else but yourselves.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


Could Private Social Networking Postings Be Used Against You?

Millions of us post on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Geeks and other social networking sites, expecting what we post is private and shared only with those we allow into our site. But all of this could change if a court allows access to a Facebook site to discover if a plaintiff in a court case has incriminated himself by making statements against his best interest.

The case is to be decided in a Canadian court case. According to The Star In Toronto the articles states the following:

Lawyers for Janice Roman, the defendant in the lawsuit, believe information posted on John Leduc’s private Facebook site – normally accessible only to his approved “friends” – may be relevant to his claim an accident in Lindsay in 2004 lessened his enjoyment of life.

As a result of the ruling by Justice David Brown of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, Leduc must now submit to cross-examination by Roman’s lawyers about what his Facebook page contains.

Brown’s Feb. 20 ruling also makes clear that lawyers must now explain to their clients “in appropriate cases” that postings on Facebook or other networking sites – such as MySpace, LinkedIn and even blogs – may be relevant to allegations in a lawsuit, said Tariq Remtulla, a Toronto lawyer who has been following the issue.

This could easily apply in a personal injury case in which a litigant claims his or her quality of life has been affected, Remtulla said.

“If you are alleging that, as a result of an accident, you have not been able to enjoy life the same way and there is a photo taken after the accident showing you skiing or exercising … that could be relevant,” the civil litigation and intellectual property lawyer said in an interview yesterday.

One can see the ramifications if the court allows the private information be made public. What do you think?

Should the information be made public?

Comments welcome.



With the way the economy is, a large number of people are having to look for jobs right now. The problem is that there aren’t as many companies hiring as usual. We’ve almost become used to hearing of companies laying off tens of thousands of people, but when you stop to think about how many people that really is and how many people it affects, you realize how horrible it is. Even if you have a job right now, you may still be keeping your eyes open for other opportunities just in case. When looking for a job, the temptation can be to go to the job boards, but LinkUp offers a more direct service.

Job boards certainly have their purpose, but one of the best ways to find current and legitimate openings is to go the Web sites of the companies. That can be a very time-consuming process, however, LinkUp pulls results from over 17,000 sites into a search engine that helps you to find what you want and leads you directly to the companies that you’re interested in. This is the way searching for a job should be.

Linkup Closes Down Online Backup Service

Some 20,000 customers of the backup service known as The Linkup lost all of their stuff when the service recently closed. It appears that the company was having problems maintaining users data coupled with a lot of finger pointing. But what is known is that on August 8, 2008 Linkup was to delete all of the data on their servers. They also stated in a blog post that all user information, i.e. user names, password, billing info. and so forth would also be deleted. But there is one statement I read that raised my eyebrow:

The Linkup is no longer accepting any uploads or new accounts, and no further charges will be made to your credit card. After August 8, your account will not be accessible, all your personal information will be deleted (username, billing information, history, etc), and your files will be deleted. Please download any files that are in your account that you wish to keep before Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

This part of the statement ‘billing information’. This would indicate that The Linkup has credit card or other payment information on their servers. Is deleting the information enough? What happens to the hardware after the company is done with it? Is their anyway to guarantee that these 20,000 people will not have their information available at a later time?

I know, I know. There is the matter of trust. But how trustful would you be of a company that is going out of business?

I know I would feel better if the word ‘destroyed’ was used in lieu of ‘deleted‘.

Comments welcome.


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