Judge demands web blackout

 Oh dear, her honour is clearly living in another era – 1984
springs to mind. Sure, let’s just scour the media for all references to
a person, and delete them. Not surprisingly, more informed pundits have
rightly consigned her honour to the silly bin.

A SUPREME Court judge has called for the
internet to be purged of any material likely to prejudice a trial, to
prevent jurors conducting their own investigations into cases they are
sitting on.

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Software is too expensive to build cheaply…: If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers…

If you’re a web designer you’ll love this:


Dear Mr. Architect:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I
need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere
between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such
that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the
blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also,
bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can
arbitrarily pick one.

The Three-Screen Problem

Business 2.0 :: Online Article :: Converge Sense :: The Three-Screen Problem

Walk into any Silicon Valley gathering and all you’ll hear is one
person after another pontificating on “the three screens that dominate
our digital lives.” The three screens, of course, are television, the
personal computer, and the cell phone, which these same people then
posit will merge.

Interesting article, I hadn’t heard the phrase about 3 screens
before. But more interesting is the conclusion regarding content, that
many players have got it all the wrong way round, when they talk about
streaming existing tv content to mobile phones:

It’s the completely wrong way to treat the wireless platform. Brian
Levin, president of Seattle-based Mobliss, believes that wireless
networks need content that’s made specifically for mobile platforms. I
couldn’t agree more. Want people to watch TV on tiny screens? Think of
new types of content — funny shorts, quick news clips, movie trailers,
the JibJab video, and, of course, Barry Bonds’s 800th home run.

The Rise of a New News Network

Business 2.0 :: Online Article :: Converge Sense :: The Rise of a New News Network

I think what we are seeing is the rise of a new kind of news network,
thanks in large part to technology. Average Joes and Janes are now
armed to the teeth with technology that can capture and distribute news
almost anywhere. A smartphone like the Nokia 6630 has more processing
power and is more connected to the Internet than a circa-1995 PC. The
high-speed connections, coupled with easy-to-use newsreader software
from startups like FeedDemon maker Bradbury Software, Ranchero
Software, and Videora, make it a breeze to gather and read all the news
in real time.
Already 32 million Americans are reading weblogs. That’s a large enough
number to make even the biggest skeptic believe that this is a real
revolution. How much of an impact will this have on the media giants?
It’s too early to tell. But as my colleagues over at Fortune suggest,
one thing’s for sure: This trend is too big to ignore.

If the BBC can do it….

If the BBC can do it, why can’t the ABC? I’m getting tired of these
old arguements ‘we don’t have the budget’, ‘we can’t justify it in a
marketplace this size’.

These are both exactly the types of conditions where innovation should thrive.

It is one of the many successes of the BBC Radio Player, which
will be re-launched tomorrow to make around 95% of the corporation’s
radio output available after it is transmitted, at any time of the day.


Friendster, Love and Money

Friendster has been the big boy of the social networking world, looks
like they’re on the way out. Shows how quick fads come and go, with
myspace.com moving up the hit parade, according to this article from

“I think Friendster really missed their big opportunity,” said Mark J.
Pincus, who is an investor in Friendster and the founder of Tribe
Networks, a budding social networking Web site that hopes to capture
some of the print classified advertising market. “They weren’t quick to
turn on new functionality, where a company like MySpace kept innovating
and adding new features.”

Friendster, Love and Money

Spotlight on… bloggers

Web logs, or blogs, are being described
as one of the biggest threats facing mainstream news organisations. An
alternative media universe has formed around these online diaries,
numbering in the thousands, some of which attract many readers.

Yes, but Channel 9, 7 et al probably won’t get the point for years
to come. Channel 7’s idea of a blog is putting a video camera in a
shopping centre and inviting story ideas and feedback. Yet in the USA
bloggers were responsible for Dan Rather, the leading news anchor,

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