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The focus of the site will shift toward reference, education and learning content, and away from topical features and they laid off 68 of 220 employees
\"Frankly, I was surprised that the company launched as a free site. Britannica.com has killer content and a tremendous brand with a value that is already established,\"
While, Salon has A Story that says the rush to bury Yahoo! prematurely is the latest sign of a manic-depressive marketplace.
Clay Shirkey\'s Take is a bit less gloomy, he says the Internet itself is still a growing force in the business world, and TK stepping down from Yahoo! is a good sign.
Personally, I love Yahoo!, it always helps me avoid Search Rage
Slashdot has a double interview with Michael Hart of the Project Gutenberg and Jimmy Wales of the Nupedia open content encyclopedia project. There\'s alot of talk on on the nature of copyright and online publishing, interesting stuff.
Martin Stone writes... \"Abilene, a high-speed nationwide Internet2 network, said today that state education networks in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia and Washington will connect to the backbone under a new policy allowing expanded access.
Partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking organizations will provide institutions such as elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, museums and libraries access to the national high-performance network...\" [more...] from NewsBytes
Mary Musgrave sent along This One from Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. The story covers databases that produce a list of citations to scientific literature.
It\'s a great list if you are are the hunt for good science info.
Brian writes \"Transforming information retrieval on the Web: a new direction\" is a KM World article which discusses a couple models of Web organization and suggests an AI approach to information retrieval. The Web Version of the article doesn\'t include the print edition\'s diagrams, which could have been done better anyway.\"
Here\'s a Sad Story from Yahoo! on web advertising. The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)says we need bigger ads on web pages!I guess since Consumers Want Online Content for Free, what else are they to do?
It\'s funny that they think if they make the ad bigger I\'ll pay attention to it!The ads are already so disgusting on News.com stories I don\'t even go there any more. I really do not mind small ads, but they took it way to far. It just stinks they can track so much of your movements on the web.
\"There\'s a widespread understanding in the industry that we need bigger sizes to help the advertisers, clients and marketers get a better message across and use the capability of interactivity in the medium,\" said Richy Glassberg, vice chairman of the IAB and chief executive of Phase2Media.
It includes an overall strengths and
weaknesses section that covers all the bases.
If this kind of thing interests you, be sure to check out
From CNet News... According to a recent Nielsen/NetRatings report, there has been a significant drop in online usage, both at home and work, during the last quarter of 2000. Surfers seem to be getting bored with time often spent at the expense of other leisure activities like reading, watching television or hanging out with real rather than virtual acquaintences. [more...]
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Bill Lucey writes:
\"The New York Times and Newstand Inc. have agreed to provide an online
version of the New York Times print edition beginning this spring. The online
version will include all the advertisements, photos and graphics found in the
print edition. Copies will be sold on a single-copy or subscription basis.
According the New York Times, the new online version will be available at
NYTimes.com in the second quarter of the year; by the fourth
quarter it\'s expected to be available at NewsStand.com, which will
also include other major newspapers nationwide.
For more information, see: ``Times to announce Deals With Newstand, an