"The model goes something like this: Find a vertical with an audience attractive to advertisers, brand it (Daily Finance, Asylum, Lemondrop, Politics Daily), hire five to seven people to run it and plug in AOL's traffic fire hose. Repeat. They're the antithesis of the kind of quality standards Time Inc. and Condé Nast tout, relying largely on aggregation, blogging and traffic-goosing tricks such as provocative slide shows. But unlike the print publications trying to port their cost structure to the web, these publications can be cash-positive from the start."
"Despite the [recent acquisition of Patch Media and Going Inc], AOL has mostly grown its publishing business organically, rapidly launching and ramping up sites like Politics Daily and Daily Finance in a matter of a few months. (The company is now regularly hiring high-end journalists, such as its recent hire of ex-Portfolio.com media writer Jeff Bercovici for Daily Finance.) Meanwhile, TMZ, its home-brewed entertainment news site, has been a hit, too, recently breaking the news (and leading coverage) of Michael Jackson's death."
"AOL UK has appointed independent agency Media-Link to boost its advertising sales outside of London and increase its geo-targeting."
"[A] next big thing—web-mail then, social networking now—can indeed quickly become something that consumers expect from their favourite web portal. The non sequitur is to assume that the new service will be a revenue-generating business in its own rig
"The midday spike in Web traffic is not a new phenomenon, but media companies have started responding in a meaningful way over the last year. They are creating new shows, timing the posts to coincide with hunger pangs."
"Google Finance, launched in March last year, has failed to put a dent in Yahoo Finance’s lead as the most popular web source of financial news and data."
Jon Fine: "There’s now a case to be made for Google (and, for that matter, Google’s competitors) to buy up content players. Or, rather, there will, be, once their monumental growth slows down and the competition for traffic becomes more costly than it
"Just over a year ago, AOL unveiled a radical plan to remake itself into a business built on advertising from one driven by Internet access subscriptions. ... A] precipitous slowdown in advertising growth has raised new questions about AOL’s transformat
A look at the redesigns of three-recently relaunched news web sites: AOL, CNN and USA Today.
The BBC’s much-delayed on-demand broadband service is to launch on 27 July, the Corporation announced this morning. The iPlayer software, which is currently being beta-tested by 15,000 people, will be available for download from the BBC site, and will allow UK-based viewers to download a programme. Once downloadeed, they will be available to watch for up [...]
AOL is rebuilding its US news site in a blog-style format, Reuters reports. A look at the public beta
"Angst over how to best work with Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and America Online has become the hot-button issue in the newspaper business..."