GEERT WILDFERS’ ANTI-ISLAMIC MOVIE

Files under General | Mar 31st

The controversial Geert Wildfers movie starts and ends with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb under his turban, urging Muslims to tear out “hate-filled” verses from the Koran.

Posted on YouTube just four days ago, the film has had more than 800,000 viewers and gotten more than 35,000 comments, an amazing figure which must be a world record.

(Picture by Reuters)


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CASH & BLOGS

Files under General | Mar 31st

Reuters Kenneth Li reports:

24/7 Wall St’s Douglas A. McIntyre takes a stab at guesstimating blog valuations, looking at unique visitors, page views, ad rates and profit margins, among other factors.

McIntyre is the first to admit it’s hardly an exact science: “In short, the task of valuing the largest blogs is impossible. That makes it much more interesting than writing about the P/E at General Electric.”

A handful of the top blogs:

Gawker: $150 million
MacRumors: $85 million
Huffington Post: $70 million
PerezHilton: $48 million
TechCrunch: $36 million
ArsTechnica: $15 milion
Drudge Report: $10 million
Mashable: $10 million
GigaOm: $8.4 million
Boing Boing: $8 million
Silicon Alley Insider: $5.4 million
ReadWriteWeb: $5 million
Paidcontent.org: $3.5 million



GALLUP DIXIT: OBAMA 10 POINTS AHEAD OF CLINTON

Files under WHITE HOUSE | Mar 31st

Gallup reports the end of Hillary Clinton as the inevitable candidate:

The latest results are based on Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 27-29. Obama did particularly well in interviewing conducted on March 29.

This marks the first time either candidate has held a double-digit lead over the other since Feb. 4-6, at which point Clinton led Obama by 11 percentage points.



BE DIFFERENT

Files under General | Mar 31st

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Brilliant!



SOME OF HILLARY CLINTON’S CHECKS ARE NOT IN THE MAIL …

Files under General | Mar 31st

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According to Politico‘s Kenneth P. Vogel:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles….

Some of Clinton’s biggest debts are to pollster and chief strategist Mark Penn, who’s owed $2.5 million; direct mail company MSHC Partners, which is owed $807,000; phone-banking firm Spoken Hub, which is waiting for $771,000; and ad maker Mandy Grunwald, who’s owed $467,000.”



OXFORD BEATS CAMBRIDGE

Files under General | Mar 30th

splash.jpgcp300308-23.jpgThe Official Race Report:

After an epic battle over the first half of the course, with Cambridge stealing a brief lead after Hammersmith, Oxford regained the initiative and moved steadily away to their third boat race victory in five years.

Early forecasts of a south-westerly breeze brought back memories of the Cambridge sinking in 1978, but when the wind backed round to the south-east the towpath talk instead centred on the possibility of a wind-assisted record to the Mile. But neither prediction was fulfilled. Cambridge won the Toss and chose the safe option of the Surrey station, but as the crews powered evenly off the Start it was Oxford who took a narrow lead. Two minutes into the race the Dark Blue cox, Nick Brodie, was warned for his steering by umpire John Garrett as the tips of their blades drifted dangerously close. But the leaders could not use the early Middlesex bend to its full advantage as the Cambridge used their higher rate of striking to good effect and stayed well in touch. Oxford were the first to reach the Mile in 4 min 9 secs, less than a second clear, and then mounted a serious challenge to move ahead and deny Cambridge the advantage of the Hammersmith bend that was about to swing in their favour. But Cambridge, with their stroke Ryan Monaghan still pushing them along at 36 strokes a minute against Oxford at 34, refused to go away, mounting a push of their own which saw them draw level for the first time. The Light Blue momentum was maintained all the way to Hammersmith Bridge which Cambridge reached one second ahead in 7 mins 34 secs. With the Hammersmith bend continuing to unwind in Cambridge’s favour they briefly took a 2/3 length advantage but then Oxford raised their game for what was to prove the killer blow. Raising their rate to 36 strokes a minute, two pips higher than the opposition for the first time in the race, they launched an attack to which the tiring Cambridge men had no response. At Chiswick Steps, where the time was 17 mins 16.5 secs the three second margin equated to a full length in Oxford’s favour. River conditions became unsettled approaching the Crossing, but were nothing compared with pre-race predictions of standing waves. The leading Oxford crew sought the shelter of the Middlesex bank beneath the Bandstand, where they now led by some five lengths. They reached Barnes Bridge in 17 mins 14 secs, a full sixteen seconds clear of Cambridge, and were then able to choose the centre line all the way home.

They crossed the line to win the 154th Boat Race by six lengths in 20 mins 53 secs, the slowest time since 1947.

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Every member of The Boat Race crews trains for approximately two hours for every stroke in the race.

It takes about 600 strokes to complete the course.

The Boat Race attracts a crowd of around 250,000 to the banks of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake.

You can see more pictures on Flickr; more than 350 pictures were posted in less than 24 hours!

(Pictures by Reuters)



CHRIS ANDERSON JOINS THE NEWSPAPER OPTIMISTS CLUB

Files under General | Mar 29th

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The editor of Wired magazine believes in the future of newspapers.

Welcome to the newspaper optimists club!

He reprints a chart from Gawker that:

Shows US newspaper advertising revenue from 1982 to last year, with the dark brown print revenues and the light brown online.

It was headlined “Over the precipice”, and the same news (of a 9.4% fall in print ad revenue and a 7.9% fall overall, including online) elsewhere got similarly apocalyptic coverage about the largest fall in fifty years.

But when you see this chart, what’s the first thing that you notice?

Surprisingly, the industry is just ten percent off its historic highs (much like the stock market) and is still twice as big as it was twenty years ago.

If you’d ask me to describe the state of the newspaper industry based on the scary coverage about it alone, I would have guessed that it had fallen by half and that we were back to 1970s levels.

Instead, it’s a $45 billion business, which is twice as big as Google and Yahoo combined.



MORE ABOUT INSIDE THE TIMES

Files under General | Mar 29th

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As you can see in these three pages, the most important content of the new INSIDE THE TIMES summaries is very expensive advertisements.

Yes, 15 premium ads for luxury brands such as:

Tiffany,

Cartier,

Saks Fifth Avenue,

Bvlgari,

Chanel,

Tourneau,

Gucci,

Louis Vuitton …

Brilliant!

Compare these quality ads on pages 2 to 4 with any other newspaper in the United States, and you must say that this is a smart way to accommodate 15 modular ads.

You can like the INSIDE THE TIMES content or not, but The New York Times needs the financial resources to produce a first-class newspaper that fits the needs of its readers and advertisers.

I would add a box with the daily “specials” by the paper’s “chefs” (like La Vanguardia of Barcelona does since their fabulous redesign by Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard).

And of course, we need these pages in full color and with excellent graphic design.

So …

They get a B+ now.

But in The New York Times, they should be A+.

Why not?

Right now the ads look better than the extended summary.



A BASRA MAP WITH NO CREDIBILITY

Files under General | Mar 29th

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In today’s The Guardian of London.

Nice.

Clean.

But with no sources.

And no credibility.



GOOD-CHEAP-FAST

Files under General | Mar 29th

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(Via Pixdaus)