"Regardless of what happens over the next few months, NYT is destined for significant and traumatic change. At some point soonâ€”sooner than most of us thinkâ€”the print edition, and with it The Times as we know it, will no longer exist. And it will likely have plenty of company. In December, the Fitch Ratings service, which monitors the health of media companies, predicted a widespread newspaper die-off: â€œFitch believes more newspapers and newsÂpaper groups will default, be shut down and be liquidated in 2009 and several cities could go without a daily print newspaper by 2010.â€
Hard times at LiveJournal. Interesting angle: "The company's Moscow-based management has told employees it blames the 'global economic downturn' â€” the kind of pat excuse every boss is giving for layoffs, even when mismanagement or a bad business plan is really to blame."
A thoughtful, constructive reflection on the current discussion about polyamory stirred up by Steve Pavlina's announcement that he is venturing into this unconventional approach to intimate relationships.
A rundown of cruelty in the name of research.
"The Semantic Web has the power to transform the way readers find what they are looking for online — whether they know they are looking for it or not. For journalists, advances in the Semantic Web will dramatically change digital news. Youâ€™ll have the power to go beyond simple â€œtaggingâ€ and build rich connections among all your content: articles, images, motion and audio. But how can online journalists consistently and comprehensively semantically tag and, more importantly, semantically associate assets? How can you thrive in the Semantic Web?
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