The New York Times writes:
In the last year, growth has slowed sharply in major sectors like books, tickets and office supplies.
Growth in online sales has also dropped dramatically in diverse categories like health and beauty products, computer peripherals and pet supplies. Analysts say it is a turning point and growth will continue to slow through the decade.
A series of articles on the WSJ conference that took place recently.
Newsweek writes about Major League Baseball Advanced Media and how it is transforming the economics of ths sport:
Growing at a rate of roughly 30 percent a year, BAM now takes in about $400 million in revenue. Going by its logs, it entertains more than 50 million visitors a month, putting it close to the top 100 sites of any kind. By the end of the season, more than a million subscribers will pay for its media offerings, including video content of all out-of-market games at $99 to $120 a season and audio broadcasts for $20 a season. More than a billion minutes of baseball will flow from its servers. It sells more than $80 million in merchandise, ranging from hats and jerseys to authenticated relics like signed baseballs and bases. (In the 24 hours after Boston became champs in 2004, the site sold $5 million worth of Red Sox gear.) BAM processes a third of the 75 million tickets sold for major-league parks, and resells at premium prices the ducats that season-ticket holders want to offload. It also employs a team of journalists who cover each team”we had to make sure our reporters were independent,” says BAM’s content czar Dinn Mannand hosts hundreds of blogs written by players, celebrities and fans. One of the fastest-growing revenue streams is advertising, now bringing in 15 percent of the total. And more than a million wireless subscribers get mobile updates, ringtones and cell-phone wallpaper.
BAM’s successas well as the egalitarian structure of its ownership schemehas deep implications for the sport’s future.
Think of what can be done with cricket.
Mashable compares the two.
BBC features an article by Dave Winer on technologies he would like to see in existence one day. Among them:
I love podcasting, both listening to podcasts and creating them. But today’s podcast players are too awkward, they weren’t designed to subscribe to shows, instead they were designed to listen to collections of music (which is great too).
In order to really work for podcasting, I think a new kind of player needs to have built-in wi-fi, and when you come within range of a signal, a light comes on and you can press a button to have it automatically connect to the internet and download the latest episodes of shows you’re subscribed to.
It would work much the way a Blackberry gets e-mail, without you having to do anything.
Guy Kawasaki writes how he created a Web 2.0 sites for just over $12,000.
$4,500. The total software development cost was $4,500. The guys at Electric Pulp did the work. Honestly, I wasnt a believer in remote teams trying to work together on version 1 of a product, but Electric Pulp changed my mind.
$4,824.14. The total cost of the legal fees was $4,824.14. I could have used my uncle the divorce lawyer and saved a few bucks, but that would have been short sighted if Truemors ever becomes worth something.
$399. I paid LogoWorks $399 to design the logo. Of course, this was before HP bought the company. Not sure what it would charge now. 🙂
$1,115.05. I spent $1,115.05 registering domains. I could have used GoDaddy and done it a lot cheaper, but I was too stupid and lazy.
WSJ writes: “Numerous companies are making it easier for anyone to send and receive email on their cellphones without splurging on a high-end device or a premium data plan. While the services are generally less sophisticated than the wireless email services offered by BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., Microsoft Corp. and other wireless email providers, they are starting to appeal to those who use email more for fun than business.”
The New York Times writes:
Many technologists contend that the increasingly ponderous PC-bound operating systems that currently power 750 million computers, products like Microsofts Windows Vista and Apples soon-to-be-released Mac OS X Leopard, will fade in importance.
In this view, software will be a modular collection of Web-based services accessible by an array of hand-held consumer devices and computers and will be designed by companies like Google and Yahoo and quick-moving start-ups.
Faced with that changing dynamic, Apple and Microsoft are expected to develop operating systems that will increasingly reflect the influence of the Web.
Library Clips has a link to an article in Collaboration Loop which outlines the differences:
– Moderator controlled
– Topic driven
– User controlled
– Context driven
Read/Write Web does an interesting analysis on the “textual information we consume in a typical day, focusing in particular on blogs, news, email, IMs, Twitter.”
Bokardo addresses the question: why invest in social features? Four reasons:
1. Amplify Customer Opinion
2. Data, Data, and more Data
3. Reduce Support Costs
4. Engender Trust