OBAMA: LET’S HAVE A (LIGHT) BEER

Files under General | Jul 31st

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This Getty picture shows an unexpected kind of meeting in the White House.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the man who arrested him, Sergeant James Crowley, to have a beer.

What the photo captions don’t say is that Obama had a Bud Light (American, 4.2% alcohol), Biden a Bucklers (Netherlands, 0.5% alcohol), Gates a Sam Adams Light (American, 4.2% alcohol), and Crowley a Blue Moon (Canadian, 3.2% alcohol).


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THE FRONT PAGES OF “i” POSTED ON FLICKR

Files under General | Jul 30th

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Here you can see all the front ages of “i”, the new Portuguese national quality newspaper, now posted on Flickr.

You can see also a few pictures of the state-of-the-art integrated multimedia newsroom designed by our partners Calau&Riera, and from the street sampling done during the first days of the launch.

Nick Mrozowski, art director of “i”, and his design team are doing a great job, and these front pages are a good example.

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THE ANN ARBOR NEWS GOES OUT BUSINESS, BUT IT WAS DEAD LONG BEFORE

Files under General | Jul 24th

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Another newspaper casualty in Michigan, this time in Ann Arbor, the lively college town near Detroit.

I know this area very well as I was a resident of Detroit for more than six years, and Ann Arbor was one of my favorite places.

The University of Michigan is a first-class educational center.

But the local paper, The Ann Arbor News, was not.

At all.

And I am very sorry that its owners have decided to end its life after 174 years in business.

But, please, don’t sell me the idea that this a newspaper that died because of the internet, and that young people don’t read newspapers.

This paper died because it was dead.

It was obsolete.

It was unnecessary.

Period.

It is being replaced by AnnArbor.com, an online news site that will produce a print edition twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday.

Charles Eisendrath, who runs a fellowship program for journalists at the University of Michigan, said a mainly online news operation with staffers receiving smaller salaries “looks like something on the cheap.”

Aha, aha!


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INNOVATIONS IN MULTIMEDIA CLASSIFIEDS

Files under General | Jul 24th

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Print classifieds are here to stay.

But in order to survive, you must change, innovate and be very pro-active.

This is the big lesson that INNOVATION has learned in the last few years from our fantastic CRD partners.

Oscar Colominas and Enrique A. Rothkopf, the founders of CRD, are now expanding their famous and successful services to other platforms.

You can read here (in Spanish) the latest developments about RBM Web Solutions.



ZOOMING ON THE NEWS

Files under General | Jul 23rd

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INNOVATION’s latest project in Portugal, the new “i” national, quality paper, has an interesting front page today.

As you know, “i” has a central macro-section devoted to the cover-stories of each day.

It’s called ZOOM.

So, why not tell the readers: look, these are our main stories, go inside if you want to know more.

This is zooming on the news.

Well done!


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AMAZON BUYS ZAPPOS

Files under General | Jul 22nd

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Ten minutes ago, Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, announced on his Twitter (one million followers!) that Amazon bought his company.

Here is the letter sent to all of his employees.

Watch here the 8 minute video clip made by Jeff Bezzos, the founder of Amazon, for this occasion.

He sumarizes the secrets of Amazon in these three basic rules:

Be obsessed with clients.

Invent on their behalf.

And think long-term.

What a difference between these innovative cultures and our media companies!


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REDIFF.COM: ONLINE DESIGN CAVIAR

Files under General | Jul 22nd

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India’s news, views and e-commerce portal, rediff.com, has a brand-new homepage.

See the diference from the busy, old one.

I like this clean, fresh, easy to navegate online design.

This is online design caviar.

(Via the great san serif blog)


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ANALYZING THE APPLE ANALYSTS

Files under General | Jul 22nd

More about the fantastic Apple results.

Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes with more than a little irony that yesterday “was not a good day for professional analysts as a class — and Merrill Lynch’s in particular” as “the men and women who track the company for banks and brokerage houses were bested once again by a bunch of bloggers, day traders and amateur analysts.”

In the color-coded chart you can see the estimates that were closest to the mark highlighted in green and the worst highlighted in red.

Note, says Philip, the number of green rectangles at the top, in the amateur’s portion of the chart, and the number of reds scattered below, among the pros.

UPDATE: from an Apple forum, this gem about smart analysts:

“The Royal Bank of Canada cut its price target on shares of Apple friday (January 16 , 2009) to $70 from $125 and also downgraded the stock to ‘Underperform’ on concerns of reduced earnings growth as well as uncertainty about the company’s leadership.”

Oh boy, you better find another job.


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SARAH PALIN NEEDS BETTER SPEECHWRITERS

Files under General | Jul 22nd

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Vanity Fair, in another kind of “show, don’t tell” way, edited Sarah Palin’s recent resignation speech.

A brutal exercise for a politician who, at the very least, needs better speechwriters.

Enjoy it here.



APPLE DELIVERS FANTASTIC RESULTS

Files under General | Jul 21st

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Apple announced just a few minutes ago the best results for a non-holiday quarter in Apple’s history, posting a 12 percent jump in revenue and a 15 percent boost in profit.

Apple had revenue of $8.34 billion and quarterly profit of $1.23 billion or $1.35 per diluted share in the quarter that ended on June 27.

Apple issued its usual conservative guidance but the shares went up almost 5% in the after-hours trading.

Apple announced that for the fourth quarter of 2009, it expects revenue to be in the range of about $8.7 billion to $8.9 billion. According to Reuters Estimates, analysts on an average were expecting revenues of $9.1 billion.

• Gross margin was up to 36.3 percent from 34.8 percent a year ago.• Mac computer sales hit 2.6 million units, a 4 percent increase over a year ago.• Apple sold 5.2 million iPhones, a 626 percent jump over the same period last year.• The iPhone sales were bolstered by the June 19 release of the iPhone 3G S, which sold 1 million units in its first weekend.• You can buy now iPhones in 81 countries and 50,000 storefronts.• The iPod sales dropped 7 percent to 10.2 million units, but sold over 8 billion iTunes songs as of last week.

“We’re making our most innovative products ever and our customers are responding,” said Steve Jobs.

“We’re thrilled to have sold over 5.2 million iPhones during the quarter and users have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications from our App Store in its first year.”

These stellar results blew away the most optimistic analyst estimates.

More details here.