Archive for February, 2007

Private FM radio stations will be allowed to air sports commentary

February 23, 2007

February 23: FM radio stations can now breathe in some fresh air: they will be soon allowed to air sports commentary. It is seen as a first step towards giving radio stations greater freedom, including the ability to broadcast news. However, news broadcast will take considerable time to finally hit the airwaves, said Information & Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi.

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This is about Fleck.com

February 21, 2007

I noticed  interesting features under Fleck.com. I placed this post from Fleck tool bar in our page that is oneindia.in. Click on the link below and see the features served by fleck.com. Usually it takes the title of the page as the link. But in this case I edited that later.

OneIndia.in – Online Portal

Malayalam bloggers against Yahoo Malayalam

February 20, 2007

Yahoo Malayalam published content taken from different Malayalam Blogs. They had copied recipes from ‘Kariveppila‘ a blog run by ‘Suryagayathri’.

See the post by the blogger and read the comments [in Malayalam] on it “Malayalam bloggers are united, they say.”

It has taken content from Malayalam Web magazine Puzha.com too.

Interestingly the content updation of Yahoo Indian language sites are done by Webdunia, an Indore based Indian company. After this issue Yahoo started giving credit to Webdunia for its content in Yahoo Indian Language site pages.

But Kariveppila is raising the issue, that recipes from that site is copied. How can any body write the recipe of Dosa, or Iddali in a different way. If that is copying Suryagayathri’s this post ‘How to prepare Wheat Laddu‘ is stolen from Manoramaonline.com [link]

My point is that, on recipes the concept is owned by any one. But owned by the community. If Yahoo Malayalam is using the same word string [same word syntax] which Suryagayatri used in Kariveppila that is not correct. But the content what I read in Yahoo Malayalam recipes section is having different word string.

China: relaxing grip on its press?

February 15, 2007

The previous manager of a reformist South Chinese newspaper was granted an early release from prison, according to press freedom organization Reporters Sans Frontières. China recently opened its borders to foreign journalists, in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, while keeping a close eye on its own reporters. Is this a good sign or a decoy?

Li Minying, manager of Nanfang Dushi Bao, and former director Yu Huafeng, were condemned to eleven and twelve year sentences respectively in March 2004. They were found guilty of corruption after, according to them, using part of revenues to give a bonus to their employees.

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Govt creates online database of 1.8 million manuscripts

February 15, 2007

The National Mission for Manuscripts has created Kritisampada, an online database of 1.8 million manuscripts. The database provides information, in Hindi and English, on individual manuscripts, manuscript collections and printed catalogues on science, philosophy, scripture, history and the arts. The database will be hosted at Namami.org,

Source: zeenews.com

Belgian Court Deals Copyright Blow to Google News

February 15, 2007

February 13, 2007: A court in Belgium ruled on Tuesday that the search giant must refrain from publishing copyrighted content on Google News without prior approval. The case, which has moved in stops and starts since last summer, may open an expensive can of worms for the company if content owners see the possibility of licensing content directly to Google.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Latest News about Google suffered a legal setback Tuesday as a Belgian court ruled that the search giant violated copyright law by publishing portions of a newspaper’s stories on Google News without prior authorization.

In a closely watched case that has moved in stops and starts since last summer, a higher court upheld an earlier ruling requiring Google to remove snippets of copyrighted news stories from the Google News version available in Belgium.
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“The honeymoon period is over for Google when it comes to content owners,” search engine expert John Battelle told the E-Commerce Times. As it brings in billions a year in revenue, “every step it takes now is viewed in a different light by media companies.”

Source: ecommercetimes.com

DTH rates set to tumble

February 15, 2007

New Delhi February 07, 2007: After years of suffering capricious cable operators, cable and satellite households will finally enjoy the upper hand.

With three more direct-to-home (DTH) operators set to enter the market by the year-end, subscribers can expect services at even cheaper rates.

Jawahar Goel, who heads Zee TV’s DTH operations, Dish TV, reckons that prices will be down 20 to 30 per cent once Bharti, Reliance and Sun TV join the fray.

That’s great news for the 25 lakh DTH homes in major cities but not so for the two existing players, Dish TV and Tata-Sky, the latter a joint venture between the Tata group and Star TV.

Source: Business Standard

Citizen Media: Fad or the Future of News?

February 12, 2007

The rise and prospects of hyperlocal journalism

You can read the complete research report on Citizen Media By Jan Schaffer, J-Lab Executive Director.

“J-Lab has been funding citizen media start-ups with micro-grants for two years now. We’ve seen how quickly committed founders can build momentum and gain traction in their communities. The findings in this report were less of a surprise and more of an affirmation of what we had started to see.”

Source: kcnn.org

Future of Newspaper

February 12, 2007

Editor & Publisher’s Steve Outing collected a series of opinions from newspaper industry specialists, trying to figure out theoretically and practically where newspapers are going, and how to get there.

He says,

” Where News Consumption Is Heading : I quizzed an assortment of people who I think have a good handle on where media and news habits are heading. I hope that folks running newspaper companies right now will listen to them, because they’re telling you what sorts of things you should be investing in to survive as viable media companies. ”

Source: editorandpublisher.com

US: New York Times doesn’t care about print anymore!

February 12, 2007

This isn’t news anymore: it’s an injunction. Newspapers must transition into the digital revolution, primarily through online, for their own sake. The New York Times Co.’s chairman, Arthur Sulzberger, reaffirmed the immediacy of this necessity: he doesn’t care about print anymore.

“I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care either,” said Sulzberger at Davos’ World Economic Forum.

“The Internet is a wonderful place to be, and we’re leading there.”

The words may be blunt, but they’re the sincere assessment made by one of the world newspaper industry’s most prominent figures.

Source: editorsweblog.org