• The New York Times Relaunches On Android With Support For More Tablet Sizes, New Text-To-Speech Feature

    The New York Times Relaunches On Android With Support For More Tablet Sizes, New Text-To-Speech Feature

    The New York Times this afternoon relaunched its Android application with an improved, more responsive design. It also added support for text-to-speech functionality, allowing readers to listen to the Times’ articles and blogs using Google’s built-in voice engine or another of their choice. Originally, the Times had experimented with a limited tablet application geared toward… 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

  • NYTimes and Wikipedia Save Reporter's Life By NOT Reporting On His Capture

    Earlier last week, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from a Taliban prison. He had been a Taliban hostage for the last seven months, but the general public had absolutely no clue. In a joint effort by The New York Times and Wikipedia, the story was kept quiet until his daring escape. In November 2008, Rohde was captured and held hostage by the Taliban, along with a local reporter… 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 LNK.by, 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

  • The Canary At The New York Times Grows Larger As Internet Advertising Keeps Dropping

    The advertising situation at the New York Times is not getting any better. Today, the company released its fourth quarter earnings. Total advertising revenues were down 13.1 percent in the quarter to $1.8 billion. Of that, its total Internet advertising revenues (from NYTimes.com, Boston.com, and About.com primarily) was only $$81.9 million, down 3.5 percent. Internet advertising only… Read More

  • Canary In The Coalmine: NYT Sees First Decline In Online Ad Revenues

    In what may be an early indicator of broader Web advertising trends, the New York Times announced today that it saw total Internet advertising revenues decline 3.8 percent in November. This compares to a total decrease of 21.2 percent for all advertising at media company, most of which is print advertising. The New York Times releases financial data on a monthly basis, and this was the… Read More

  • The NYTimes.com Prepares For HD Video; Drops the FeedRoom For Brightcove

    The New York Times is hurting financially these days, and its online business doesn’t seem to be helping much, but at least it keeps pushing forward. One area where the NYTimes.com has put a lot of effort is in video, and it has just redesigned its video page around the new Brightcove 3 player. Previously, the NYTimes was using the FeedRoom as its main video platform. (This swap… Read More

  • Google Tops Website Customer Satisfaction Index

    The University of Michigan’s quarterly customer satisfaction index came out today, and in the Website category Google came out on top with a score of 86 out of 100 (up 10 percent from last year). Yahoo slipped 3 percent to a score of 77. MSN’s score was flat at 75, and tied with NYTimes.com and ABCNews.com. AOL came in at 69, and that is 3 percent better than last year. Here… Read More

  • The NYTimes Is Conflicted And Wrong About The A.P. And Needs To Stop Defending Them

    The New York Times’ Saul Hansell has now written three articles defending the Associated Press and their attempts to broaden content rights beyond what copyright laws allow. The A.P., in short, doesn’t want anyone quoting more than four words from their articles without paying, and they’ve been threatening to sue (and actually suing) parties who do quote articles. Hansell… Read More

  • NYTimes launches MyTimes, a weak RSS play

    NYTimes.com has launched a limited beta of a personalized news site called MyTimes.com (screenshots via PaidContent), an RSS play that looks more like MyYahoo than it does the recent Newsgator partnerships with MyUSAToday and MyNewsweek. Unlike in those services, it does not appear that users can add sources from outside the recommended feeds to their MyTimes page. If that’s the case… Read More

  • New York Times Redesign

    The New York Times launched a redesigned website a few minutes ago. Many of the changes are subtle, but they’ve added a few new features which I really appreciate. First, they now have a dedicated area of the site to show video clips. And more importantly, they have a “most popular” area that includes most emailed, most blogged, and most searched articles. I like the… Read More