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Thursday, March 02, 2021

Interesting assessment amid the news from Lloyd Braun that Yahoo! is drastically scaling back plans for originally-produced content:

Jordan Rohan, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said Yahoo’s shift in strategy was sound. “Embracing things like blogs and sharing of content between individuals” is at least as important as “coming up with the next mega-online event,” he said. “The Internet is such a niche content environment that the broadcast model does not really work.”

Which means the future may hold fewer Web TV series, and more viral videos accompanied by blog buzz. In this sense, online media consumption patterns will continue to resemble grazing rather than must-see/appointment viewing.

Yahoo!’s new thinking in this area also signifies a recognition of how various media content is populating the Web. User-created stuff can be added and disseminated more quickly than a super-trafficked portal can. The best bet for Yahoo!, Google and other would be to keep pace by simply pointing to the various sources, and sell revenue-producing components (i.e., advertising) from their end.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/02/2021 11:06:05 PM
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Everyone’s breathlessly waiting for the nation’s housing bubble to finally pop. But rather than dreading it, we ought to be welcoming it.

The premise: Residential real estate valuations are mainly theoretical for the average American family, since they’re not going to resell their house without a compelling reason (i.e., job relocation). And even if they do, an inflated market means they’d have to downsize in order to avoid sinking whatever profit they make on a sale right back into a new dwelling.

By contrast, a declining housing market brings opportunity:

So there is a good argument that society has a compelling interest in keeping house prices from getting too high. Reasonable prices allow young, middle-class families to buy a house without going into too much debt. They also let people live where they want. Right now, there are a growing number of workers making long commutes from places like Hagerstown, Md., and Stockton, Calif., solely because they cannot afford a decent-size house in a close-in suburb.

Speculators who are counting on rising prices for their livelihood are in the distinct minority, and aren’t driving the general economy. While the inevitable bubble burst will kill them, it won’t have the ripple effect everyone assumes.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/02/2021 10:28:37 PM
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Ever try describing your blog to someone whose concept of the Web extends no further than their inbox and maybe eBay?

Maybe it would help to give physical form to those words. Blurb offers a Blog Book service which will grab all your entries and format them into a hardcover-bound book. It costs around $30 for up to 80 pages.

It’d make a heck of a coffee table book, if nothing else.

I imagine that would cover the average, once-in-a-while blogger. As for me, considering a long-ago print experiment with just my index page yielded 27 pages, I have a feeling I’d have to commission an encyclopedia set to cover all the archives. And you just know updating it would be a bitch.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/02/2021 04:10:53 PM
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Announced nearly a year and a half ago, the city of Philadelphia’s ambitious municipal-wide wi-fi network is finally coming into focus. Earthlink going to install the hardware, building on the existing power grid infrastructure, and hopes to have it all set within a couple of years.

It won’t be free; monthly access will cost $20 per month, with low-income subscribers eligible to pay half that. That’s still a bargain, considering cable and DSL typically costs a lot more. I imagine this competition would lead to lower costs regardless of the provider, with reliablity and security being the key product differentiators. The decision to not offer access for free is key: It allows telcos and cable providers to stay in the game without them crying foul at being undercut by government.

As other big metros, notably Chicago, implement their own wi-fi blankets, they’ll undoubtedly look to Philadelphia’s implementation for pointers.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/02/2021 03:30:28 PM
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