Newspapers soon to become obselete

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Breaking news Oct 9th, 2025 :

“The government has requested the National Museum of india to collect all the known popular newspapers print publications and officially archive them for generations to come!”

Very much possible. India added 18.18 million mobile subscriptions according to a report from TRAI. Rural broadband is under implementation from BSNL ( i assume they are going to take some time ) and others will soon consider. If you look at the global scenario, in  2009, US newspaper industry was badly hit.  When it went down, it took the classifieds, the advertising, the circulation which is literally all of it, down with it. No part was left. Hence all the news paper publishers concentrating more on revenue models on the internet.

“Total advertising revenues (both print and online) declined 16.6 percent to $37.85 billion, according to the latest figures from the Newspaper Association of America.  That is $7.5 billion less than in 2007.  Print advertising alone declined 17.7.  Classifieds were down 29.7 percent. And even online advertising was down 1.8 percent to $3.1 billion.” – Tech Crunch

There are even more concerns raised. Will journalism take a turn and become something else the world has never seen ? That is a question only a Chief Information Officer or the guardian CEO can answer. The second big question is differentiating in the world of internet. If you ask me if there is a times.com, hindu.com and other news papers have an online version of the website, i will personally choose to use Google News which instead gives me all the news in one shot. There is no way to differentiate. Moreover, it is very hard to say what is the difference between popular-newspaper.com and news.rediff.com in days to come.

It is very likely that everybody blames google, but in the interview the Google CEO mentioned that its company’s core business is  pointing users to the quality content and not making content themselves. While newspapers hold the respectable backend notion of journalism, advertisers are who kept the industry going. Lot of them started moving into internet based advertising models since the news paper industry is going for a radical shift. While the picture is not all that bad, there is still some +ve side to it.

” Likewise, they are more inclined to spend money on what they already pay for, rather than on what they currently get for free.”

Percent of global online consumers who have paid OR would consider paying for various types of content online – Fall 2009
Content
Music 57%
Theatrical movies 57%
Games 51%
Professional produced video (including current television shows) 50%
Magazines 49%
Newspapers 42%
Internet-only news sources 36%
Radio (Music) 32%
Podcasts 28%
Social communities 28%
Radio (News/Talk) 26%
Consumer-generated video 24%
Blogs 20%
Source: The Nielsen Company.  n=27,548

42% of the online paid consumption is still with the newspapers. Online advertising and paid subscription model are the way out. Magazines and news papers are already taking that route. Almost all the newspapers are giving it for a minimal fee though it does not match with the print publication.

While online advertising looks like a promising option, RSS feed readers are a night mare for the newspaper companies. User does not visit the site to monetize the revenue. May be they should put ads in the RSS feed as well.  Lets hope creative destruction pays off in the end and journalism is not disturbed. in times to come 🙂

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Inbound GPS systems – really !!

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I read a new article in NewScientist that they are trying to create new innovations around Inbound navigation systems. While the concept does not seem so attractive it has its own merits. For a usual technologist,, it would look strikingly similar to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or for that matter any of the short range communication systems. I would not deny that.

If i understand it right, it might be something like this, when you are talking about the GPS systems you get the co-ordinates. In the same way, you restrict yourself to a sphere of lets say 10 mts radius and then

Like a lot of fantasy ideas i have seen in the past couple of years, this one also includes bringing lot of players to the table and then convincing each one of them that it would profitable for ‘them’ and then create an end-end product.

Lets take a typical example, how do i use inbound navigational systems in my home ?

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As the example seems ironical, how can my refrigerator move over time ? It is in the same place since the last 4 years. Right, your refrigerator is still but you are not. The controller for this GPS systems can be your watch or your mobile phone for example. Then as your watch / mobile phone moves out of the range of the GPS systems, the temperature is kept moderate in the room / refrigerator. If you walk into the perimeter, it will start to make ice.

One more example is that, you can configure your system such that as long as the remote control of the TV is not in 1 meter radius from the TV it is assumed that your watching it. Put the Remote 1 meter closer to it to switch it off. Not a very good use case.

These are couple of examples. It may go well with Stadiums, Theaters, Music Shows, parking lots etc etc.

MBA no longer Most Wanted ??

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via http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14742624.

“The Economist !”, you put me in jeopardy !

‘Nexus One’

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With the Advent of more and more ways of selling mobiles that make a difference in the everyday life of the consumer, Industry analysts say that there is a possible power shift in the Handset market from Operators to the Handset, Applications Manufacturers. Not sure how much of that is true as in a lot of geographical locations Handsets are tightly coupled with the operator plan.  

The launch of ‘much awaited’ Google phone ‘Nexus One’ did make the analysts put their thinking caps on !  

Despite the fact that the large investments in the industry are from the operators ( Licenses & Network Infrastructure ), can this be really shifted towards a !Telecom Operators centric Market ?  

And as the report in the link says, Nokia is up against the Apple and Google devices that are coming into the market. Anything around these brands customers are very interested. If there is a shift i think it is going to be cataclysmic in the money that is coming into these new areas that are being created. Worth Watching !  

There is story in the link below, good information is there around Nokia and Apple and Google and intensely growing competition for the market share.  

http://www.economist.com/businessfinance/displayStory.cfm?story_id=15213843.  

  

They call it the HTC GOOGLE NEXUS ONE. 🙂  

I kinda like it, but its very expensive to use an unlocked version.  

The features are good but looks handicapped towards the Multimedia side.  

Sound  

  • Vibration,
  • MP3 ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • 3.5 mm audio jack

Phone book  

  • Practically unlimited entries and fields,
  • Photocall
  • Call records Practically unlimited
  • Internal 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Card slot microSD up to 32GB, 4GB included, buy memory
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
  • Infrared port No
  • USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

Google Innovation Strategy .. from late 2007 news

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Being the most innovative and successful organization, their innovative strategy is something most organizations would like to implement so that they get the same results. But i wonder why they just gave it off to the public.

Here is the link, Just in case if that dies out !

  • Innovation, not instant perfection
  • Share everything you can
  • You’re brilliant, we’re hiring
  • Allow employees to pursue their dreams
  • Ideas come from everywhere
  • Don’t politic – use data
  • Creativity loves restraint
  • Get users and usage – the money will follow
  • Don’t kill projects, morph them

Google Maps,  AdSense … Ofcourse the search engine itself, they are amazing. But what is the probability that using the same strategy by anyother industry will help useful for em ?

i like the tech talks channel on you tube better. They talk over almost everything.

http://www.youtube.com/user/googletechtalks?blend=3&ob=4


Indian Telecom price war ..

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Per-Second + MNP + Media + Stock Prices + Regulators = Mess .. 🙂

Complete story in Knowledge @ Wharton

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/india/article.cfm?articleid=4433

Marcus Brigstocke rocks !

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Stand up Comedian but some of this works rock. Using his interface with the public over media to discuss problems related to the government and others he seems to have made a difference ..

check this out, quiet old but it did work.

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