Bookmarks for November 12th through November 15th

Links for November 12th through November 15th:

  • Would Anyone Pay for MySpace Music? – But even if the freemium model does work for music — and I’m far from convinced that it does — MySpace is so far behind in terms of user interface and experience that it’s hard to imagine the company launching a compelling paid product. (dead on re WTF are these people talking about freemium music model has anyone been paying attention to the last decade… Giga is right about being skeptical and unconvinced)
  • Jeff Jonas: Your Movements Speak for Themselves: Space-Time Travel Data is Analytic Super-Food! – However, without a feedback loop consumers may never fully appreciate what can be gleaned from their space-time-travel trail. Therefore, one way to enlighten the consumer would involve holders of space-time-travel data to permit an owner of a mobile device the ability to also see what they can see:

    (a) The top 10 places you spend the most time (e.g., 1. a home address, 2. a work address, 3. a secondary work facility address, 4. your kids school address, 5. your gym address, and so on);

    (b) The top three most predictable places you will be at a specific time when on the move (e.g., Vegas on the 215 freeway passing the Rainbow exit on Thursdays 6:07 – 6:21pm — 57% of the time);

    (c) The first name and first letter of the last name of the top 20 people that you regularly meet-up with (turns out to be wife, kids, best friends, and co-workers – and hopefully in that order!)

    (d) The best three predictions of where you will be for more than one hour (in one place)

  • FT.com / Technology – Authors win Google book concession – Under the new settlement, works will only be included in the ambitious digital project if they have been registered in the US, or come from the UK, Australia and Canada – countries which have “contributed the largest number of English-language works to American libraries,” according to the parties to the settlement. The similarities in their legal systems and the structure of their publishing industries made it appropriate for these countries to be included, according to the backers of the settlement.

    The changes will mean that 95 per cent of all foreign works will no longer be included in Google’s digital book archive, said Richard Sarnoff, chairman of the Association of American Publishers.

  • Bruce W. Sanford and Bruce D. Brown: Google and the Copyright Wars – WSJ.com – The answer has importance far beyond the book-scanning project—it involves the very legality of how search engines operate on the Internet. If search engines cannot make full copies of books and Web sites without permission from copyright holders, their own business model would be jeopardized. When leading publishers and authors sued Google for violations of copyright, it appeared that the first serious test case was at hand.
  • How CEOs Can Rebuild Media Companies – BusinessWeek – CEO Lesson Two: Get your company through media meltdown as fast as possible. Rupert Murdoch is clearly not there yet — he spent the week threatening to sue the BBC and Google for “…stealing content.” You might be able to replicate your old model for a time, but, as the Forrester reports states, “…you do so under a sun that is gradually sinking on the horizon.” The more time you spend in the meltdown stage, the fewer resources you’ll have to work with during your recovery — cf. Gourmet.

    CEO Lesson Three: Use your leadership to prod, push, cajole your company into Stage Three. No, it won’t be easy and you could very well lose your job in the process — note that Reed Elsevier’s Ian Smith left the company this week after spending nine months on the job. Your executives may only know the old way. Your board may only know the old way. You see lower operating margins ahead. You don’t have a clear pricing model.

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