Maybe Prince was on to something when he recently [URL="http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/07/05/prince-world-exclusive-interview-peter-willis-goes-inside-the-star-s-secret-world-115875-22382552/"]proclaimed the Internet is dead[/URL]. Steve Rubel, in an [URL="http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=144867"]Advertising Age article this week[/URL], suggests we prepare for "the end of the web as we know it." "It's hard to believe but soon, if not already the web is going to become a lot less interesting to consumers -- and just as it approaches its 20th birthday," Rubel wrote. It's taken those 20 years for the Internet to mature from a mostly PC-based application to now going mobile, which Rubel says means consumers' use of the web becomes more "mission-oriented."[ATTACH]15820[/ATTACH]Content producers …

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You can always count on Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous News Corp. chairman, for a good laugh and he didn't disappoint this week during [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7GkJqRv3BI&feature=player_embedded#"]an interview on Sky News Australia[/URL] in which he boldly stated his sites would pull out of Google Search. In fact, he once again accused search engines of outright stealing his content. [B]Let's Examine The Facts, Shall We[/B] Here's what Murdoch has to say about search engines: [QUOTE][B]Sky News[/B]: You've been particularly critical of what you call 'the content kleptomaniacs' and the plagiarists. Are you particularly talking about Google here? [B]Murdoch[/B]: Well, the people who simply pick …

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Years ago [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message"]Marshall McLuhan[/URL] uttered the famous phrase, "The medium is the message." He said this long before the World Wide Web. If he were alive today, he might have said something else: "He who controls the distribution method, controls the money." When you look at the Web's influence on media companies over the last 15 years, it's clear, whether we are talking about news, music or television programs, as the distribution channel has shifted to the web, these media companies have struggled mightily to adapt. [B]Newspapers[/B] Newspapers [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4481.html"]as I've written in past[/URL] have been notoriously bad at this. When …

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In a wide-ranging [URL="http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,644229,00.html"]interview with the German Magazine Der Spiegel [/URL]recently, the Head of Google Europe, Philipp Schindler, defended his company against the latest round of attacks from publishers who claim that Google is siphoning profits without creating content. Truth be told, this argument is getting old and it suggests that the publishers themselves have abdicated any responsibility for their own lack of vision. The fact is that the newspaper industry has had years and years to deal with the internet and they never made any real attempt to rest control from Google, Craigslist or any of the other successful …

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In the final days of a failing model, old media made one last futile attempt to save its fading way of life by trying to expand copyright law to exclude fair use and linking. Just this morning, my DaniWeb colleague, Sharon Fisher wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4479.html"]This Blog Post Could Be Illegal[/URL]. Seems Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has written a [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog post[/URL] of his own (note the irony here) that copyright should be expanded to bar access to any copyrighted material without the copyright holders express consent …

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[I]Video killed the radio star. Pictures came and broke your heart. ~Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star[/I] It turns out the old song was wrong. Video didn't kill the radio star and the internet didn't kill the newspaper industry. It was a failure to embrace new technology, to believe they could continue to do things the old way while the world changed, a steadfast refusal to understand the new ways of doing business. What happened to the news business was a combination of myopia and intransigence, a complete lack of vision and leadership and buying into to the whole decade …

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The End.