Microsoft agreed to pay Universal Music over a dollar for each Zune it sells — and that's all the bloggers and commentators will report. But the New York Times, which broke this news, explains the payment is part of a deal in which Universal will license its music to Microsoft's new music download service.
The New York Times wanted to illustrate how hard it would be for MySpace to catch on in other countries, now that the company's going international. So they pulled out an obviously typical MySpace user: a 40-year-old man. He "became frustrated by unwanted messages and he did not care for the flashy pages."
After Tuesday's frenzy of industry news (Wired buys Reddit, Google buys JotSpot, Fortune picks a new editor, a video site goes public, Monday's looking quiet for the industry (apart from that bomb at eBay HQ). The New York Times tech page, for example, is all gadget stories with punny titles. Hell, the top story is gizmo columnist David Pogue's "look back" at a year that's only 5/6 over. Has anyone bought something bigger than a frickin' iPod today?
Anyone can report that YouTube deleted loads of clips from Comedy Central, including South Park and the Daily Show.
As reported early this morning on Valleywag, the NY Times did a half-ass job covering Google bombing of GOP candidates by liberal blog, MyDD (Direct Democracy). WebProNews writer Jason Miller emailed Valleywag to tell us he had covered this story almost 4 days ago. NY Times reporter Tom Zeller, Jr. did not cite WebProNews in his article with the standard "As first reported in...". Perhaps bloogers should Google bomb NY Times with the phrase 'Thieving Hack*'?
NY Times files a scattershot report on liberal blogs 'Google bombing' GOP candidates for the upcoming elections. Reporter Tom Zeller Jr. does piss poor job explaining to readers what Google bombing is and why liberal blog myDD.com (my Direct Democracy) is guilty of gaming the search engine's algorythm.
The NY Times took a break from glad handling Google to report after 10 years in business, the massive server farm Internap Network Services finally posted two whole quarters of profit. Congrats on not getting delisted from NASDAQ!