Despite the obvious, long-running decline in circulation penetration, an amazing number of otherwise intelligent newspaper executives have been spending entirely too much time trying to spin audience numbers instead of acting to save what’s left of their rapidly wasting franchises.
FACE-TO-FACE: Combatting the curse of e-mail. [MacWorld]
WAVE BROS: Geniuses behind Google’s Wave. [CNN]
FORBES LAYOFFS: Fewer capitalist tools. [NY Times]
LONDON FREEBEES: Consolidation looms. [Newspaper Innovation]
MICROSOFT’S COLD FEET: Won’t sponsor “Family Guy” special. With video clips. [Gawker]
Variety reports that three days after crowing about its new Seth MacFarlane deal to the world, it pulled the plug after getting a look at the content, which included “riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest,” the company pulled out of the project.
DON’T CRY FOR ME, CUPERTINO: NY Times’ David Pogue sings about Apple’s Jobs, on YouTube: