Demand for mobile web grows

Most mobile users now want to access the web on their phones reports OJB (Online Journalism Blog). Citing the first annual US mobile phone user survey by Azuki Systems, OJB reports that:

Almost 80% of those surveyed said they wished it were easier to access information from the Internet on their mobile phones, and an equal percentage stated they wished it were easier to access rich media on their mobile phones.

62% of respondents indicating they either own or will own [a smart phone] in the next 12 months.

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Calling time on the NYT

Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, calls time on the New York Times in an interview with Conde Nast’s When asked what he would do if he was in charge of the paper he answered:

Shut off the print edition right now. You’ve got to play offense. You’ve got to do what Intel did in ’85 when it was getting killed by the Japanese in memory chips, which was its dominant business. And it famously killed the business—shut it off and focused on its much smaller business, microprocessors, because that was going to be the market of the future. And the minute Intel got out of playing defense and into playing offense, its future was secure. The newspaper companies have to do exactly the same thing.

The financial markets have discounted forward to the terminal conclusion for newspapers, which is basically bankruptcy. So at this point, if you’re one of these major newspapers and you shut off the printing press, your stock price would probably go up, despite the fact that you would lose 90 percent of your revenue. Then you play offense. And guess what? You’re an internet company.

I wonder who’s listening.


Online Tsar promises quick decisions

The Guardian carries what it says is the first interview with the newly-appointed minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, Stephen Carter.


His job, according to The Guardian, is to "draw together work in existing areas of government". He has promised to deliver swift conclusions on a number of pressing issues, the paper says, including the future of digital radio, the questions surrounding the next generation of broadband access and mobile phone networks, and the future funding of public-service broadcasting.

The Guardian says his report, Digital Britain, will also consider issues around the digital divide and look into whether there should be a guarantee of universal access to broadband for all consumers. He has promised to deliver a set of recommendations by January, says the paper.


Pay per story

The Online Journalism Blog has an extended piece about Dave Cohn, founder of Dave’s idea is simple:

a journalist, a citizen, a community – pitches a subject to be investigated journalistically; the story is then open for funding, and whoever wants can contribute with a small sum; if the target amount is reached, a journalist takes the story on; finally it gets published.

So far it has worked quite well, too –

“We’ve raised 3000 dollars from about 100 donors, about an average of 33 dollars each.

“It’s like digital poetry”


Words of advice

Marshal Goldsmith, who writes the “Ask the Coach” blog for the Harvard Business Review, has some words of advice for those just starting out on their careers: “In this new era of uncertainty, we all need to think like entrepreneurs.”

He starts his thoughtful post on the pressures of globalisation with the following reality-check:

  • It is tough out there, and it’s only going to get tougher.
  • Forget about security.
  • Like it or not, even if you start out with a large corporation, you need to think like an entrepreneur.
  • Make peace with this reality, and your life is going to be a lot better.

Read the whole post for the whole dose of reality….