• Exclusive: An Early Look At, The New York Times' Answer To The Daily

    Exclusive: An Early Look At, The New York Times' Answer To The Daily

    Tomorrow, all eyes will be on the launch of News Corp’s iPad newspaper The Daily, but huddled away in a downtown loft in New York City’s meatpacking district a team from betaworks and the New York Times are busy putting together their answer to what an iPad news app should be. The collaboration will be called, and it won’t look anything like The Daily. I know… Read More

  • The Myth Of Serendipity

    Editor’s note: Henry “Hank” Nothhaft, Jr. is the co-founder and CMO of Trapit, a virtual personal assistant for Web content still in private beta that was incubated out of SRI and the CALO project (as was Siri, the conversational search engine bought by Apple). One of the most interesting concepts to emerge in media and tech lately is that of… Read More

  • New York Times To License "DNA" Of Its Mobile Apps To Other Publishers

    As one of the world’s leading media publishers, it’s critical for The New York Times Company to stay ahead of the curve in the digital space, or die trying. Hence, its efforts on the desktop with Times Reader 2.0, as well as its mobile website and multi-platform applications. But the company has now come up with an additional way of deriving (sorely needed) revenues from its… Read More

  • Pinning Down Zynga's Revenues Is Like Playing Pin The Tail On The Bullet Train

    Pinning Down Zynga's Revenues Is Like Playing Pin The Tail On The Bullet Train

    One of the most exciting things to watch in tech these days is various groups’ estimates for Zynga’s revenues. Depending on what you read and on what day, they are all over the map. It’s been that way for a long time too, because the social gaming service is simply growing so fast and monetizing the hell out of their properties. Now that we’re more than halfway into… Read More

  • The New York Times' Net Income Falls 18% As Advertising Slide Halts

    In the first quarter of the year, The New York Times Company announced upbeat earnings results, reporting a profit and growing digital advertising sales, albeit after significantly scaling down costs last year. Earlier this morning, the media company released earnings for the second quarter, and things aren’t looking terrible for them – but not stellar either. The company’s… Read More

  • Wait, Google Is Responding To Algorithm Criticism Behind A Wall?

    The New York Times ran a controversial op-ed piece yesterday entitled “The Google Algorithm.” Basically, the piece wonders if the government shouldn’t step in to control the way Google tweaks its search engine results. Obviously, Google is going to want to respond to that. And now they have. Bizarrely. Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Product and… Read More

  • NYT Bans The Word Tweet “Outside Of Ornithological Contexts”

    Too funny. According to The Awl, The New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett yesterday reportedly sent out a memo (below) to NYT writers asking them to severely cut down on the use of the word ‘tweet’ outside of “orrnithological contexts”. It appears to be a myth, but a funny one at least. Corbett has been overseeing language issues for the paper’s newsroom… Read More

  • BanxCorp Files Antitrust Complaint Against The NYT, Fox, CNN, Dow Jones, Others

    BanxCorp this morning announced that it has filed a federal antitrust complaint against nine firms, including Dow Jones & Co, Fox News, The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC. The company alleges (PDF) that the nine companies engage in “unlawful per se horizontal market division, customer allocation, and price fixing agreements” with its competitors in the market for bank rate… Read More

  • New York Times Reports Q1 Profit, Digital Ad Revenues Now 26% Of Total

    After significantly scaling down costs, The New York Times Company this morning announced upbeat Q1 2010 results, reporting a profit and growing digital advertising sales. NYT’s operating profit grew more than fivefold in the first quarter of 2010, to $83.3 million compared with $16.4 million in the first quarter of 2009. Total revenues were down 3.2% in Q1, to $587.9 million from… Read More

  • The New York Times Launches Free iPad App (For Real Now), Paid App On The Way

    We had some fun yesterday for April Fools day, fake-covering the launch of the New York Times iPad app by replacing some words of an article in the paper published back in 1996 upon the launch of its first Website. Now, the company has introduced its iPad app for real. It’s free and both advertiser-sponsored and advertising-supported, but there’s also a “full, paid app”… Read More

  • The New York Times Introduces An iPad App

    The New York Times will begin publishing daily on the iPad, offering readers around the world immediate access to most of the daily newspaper’s contents. The New York Times on the iPad, as the electronic publication is known, contains most of the news and feature articles from the current day’s printed newspaper, classified advertising, reporting that does not appear in the… Read More

  • New York Times Content May Be Coming To A Screen Near You

    The New York Times Company has teamed up with RMG Networks to have some of its digital content displayed on part of the latter’s network of out-of-home screens. The partnership is said to bring NYTimes content to some 850 screens, located in district cafés and eateries in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco markets. The new initiative, dubbed… Read More

  • The New York Times Announces Paid Content Plans For 2011

    The New York Times Company announced this morning that it will be introducing a paid, metered model for at the beginning of 2011. The publisher will offer users free access to an unspecified set number of articles per month and then charge users once they exceed that number. The New York Times says this will enable to create a second revenue stream while still… Read More

  • Sony Reader Daily Edition adds The New York Times, other newspapers to its back pocket

    Should Santa leave a Sony Reader Daily Edition e-reader under your Christmas tree (or maybe you just like to buy fancy things on your own), you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll have a few more sources of content to choose from. Sony has agreed to deals bringing The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, and The Baltimore Sun (among others) to the device. And there was much… Read More

  • Sneak Peek At NYT's Latest Online News Reader Prototype

    The New York Times Company is considering the launch of a brand new online news reader that would let people experience the consumption of content in an entirely new and fairly innovative way. The publisher has reached out to members of its Insight Lab to get some rudimentary feedback on the new reader prototype and to help settle the naming issue. Insight Labs members can test out… Read More

  • As The NYT Shrinks, The Internet Now Brings Nearly A Quarter Of Its Advertising Revenues

    It was another bleak quarter for the New York Times, which keeps on shrinking. The New York Times announced third quarter earnings this morning. Total revenues were down 17 percent to $571 million. Of that advertising revenues decreased 27 percent to $291 million, and the online advertising portion was down 8.2 percent to $68 million. The earnings report follows yet more newsroom cuts of… Read More

  • Should Journalists Be On Twitter? Three Quarters Of NYTimes Readers Don't Think So.

    Apparently, the New York Times is still unsure whether its reporters should be allowed to Tweet or not. Intrigued by this tweet from writer and consultant Stowe Boyd, I registered for the New York Times’ Insight Lab, an online community / focus group made up of Times readers interested in providing the media company with direct feedback. The homepage features a quick poll asking members… Read More

  • TimesReader 2.0: Is it time to stop killing trees?

    There are two interesting things about the new New York Times Reader application. First, the company has abandoned SilverLight for Adobe Air, thereby ensuring cross-platform compatibility without that nasty Microsoft aftertaste. Second, the application is great. Full disclosure: I’m a regular contributor to the NYT but I’m not employed by them full-time and act as a freelancer. But… Read More

  • New York Times Sees Intensifying Advertiser Pullback In First Quarter

    The advertising outlook for newspapers is going from awful to horrendous. The New York Times announced first quarter earnings today, revealing that total advertising revenues for its news media group (which includes the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other regional newspapers) declined 28.4 percent, versus an 18.4 percent declinelast quarter. So the rate of decline for is… Read More

  • Now Even The New York Times Is Entering The URL Shortening Arena … Kinda

    Earlier today I covered two new URL shortening services, UnHub and, the latest additions to the plethora of basic web applications that many people are growing accustomed to for sharing links on micro-sharing services and social networking sites. And just when I thought I’d had it with that type of service for a while, we caught wind of one that made me raise my eyebrows. Read More