is that the New York Times will stop charging for TimesSelect, offering the whole paper free online. They say the subscription program was a success, but that they noticed the potential of advertising growth to be greater than subscription growth (which is what most said two years ago, but whatever – better late than never). The key to this, of course, is that the Times still does reporting, unlike most regional or city newspapers that have largely abdicated this function to the wire services.
a great new interview with Howard Rheingold in AssignmentZero.
Enjackass. John Gruber nails the post-mortem on Engadget’s erroneous report about delays for both iPhone and Leopard. The short version: Engadget was wrong to have posted anything, because the supposed “internal email” referred to a published press release that should have been trivial to find and against which to fact-check.
as well as a great columnist, but unfortunately when Macleans re-launched his blog, Inkless Wells, in a new blogging system that has been integrated with the rest of the magazine’s site, they forgot to turn on the RSS feeds. They still use RSS, but not on a blog-by-blog basis, which betrays a deep lack of understanding of the weblog format and may hurt him and the rest of Macleans’ bloggers. No matter how great Wells is, I won’t monitor an over-large RSS feed just to get my attention that he’s posted something. And, for me, no RSS means that he won’t get my attention. Macleans now has to hope that I remember to check in, despite the fact that I have almost a hundred other media outlets that ARE competing for my attention via feeds and so are almost sure to have it first. I hope they fix this soon – though it has already been a month, so I’m not holding my breath.
Update: I just got an email from Sheldon Sawchuk, the General Manager of Macleans.ca, and they have turned on the feeds for Macleans’ blogs. Good news! I’m happy to be subscribed again. [Update March 6, 2007]