Google Living Stories – Just Snazzy Topic Pages or is Google onto Something?

Google Living Stories

Today Google unveiled its Living Stories prototype, showcasing its vision of a new format for presenting news stories online. Essentially the idea is that for ongoing stories news organizations would maintain a single, consistent “living” URL that is continually updated with the latest developments. Google has been collaborating with The New York Times and The […]

I Hope News Corp Does Block its Content from Google

Rupert Murdoch

More developments in the Rupert Murdoch vs. Google saga today, as the Financial Times reports that discussions have taken place between News Corp and Microsoft on an exclusive deal with Bing that would lead to News Corp blocking its news sites (such as The Wall Street Journal) from Google.

Smart Move from Condé Nast: GQ and DETAILS Should Have Their Own Websites

There’s been a lot of coverage this week of Condé Nast bringing in McKinsey & Company to help them restructure the business which hopefully will work out for them. Props to Silicon Alley Insider for including a photo of the consultants from Office Space in their write-up. Tuesday’s announcement that GQ and DETAILS will get […]

The Daily Show Visits The New York Times

I couldn’t resist sharing this great video from The Daily Show of Jason Jones visiting The New York Times. The back-and-forth with Assistant Managing Editor Rick Burke about “aged news” is my favorite part.

So Far so Good for

Hearst released some numbers this week on how things are going with two months after moving to an online-only model. From their statement: Two months after becoming the nation’s largest newspaper to move to an all-digital news model,’s year over year numbers show that it has more users this April than last April, […]

Hitwise Reports News and Media’s Share of Search-Referred Traffic Declining

Hitwise Share of Search-Referred Traffic by Industry April 2009

According to data released by Hitwise a few days ago News & Media is one of the few categories showing a YoY decline in share of search-referred traffic: Fortunately the majority of sites we work with in this category are bucking the trend, as most are seeing strong improvements in YoY search engine referral traffic […]

New York Times Plans to Implement Permanent Redirects on URLs

For anyone who’s been following the story of the shutting down of and the migration of International Herald Tribune content to the New York Times Global Edition, there has certainly been criticism over the lack of permanent redirects from the old URLs to the corresponding new URLs on It’s understandable that people […]