Here is Sondra Russell's latest New Media News Digest. She works for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and writes the following News Digest on an almost weekly basis. Used here with permission. Her email address is srussell [at] cpb [dot] org. --Dennis
> The top story this time is that the MacArthur foundation is exploring virtual worlds. Why is this story top news for public broadcasters? Because the MacArthur foundation is a major supporter of public broadcasting, and the foundation’s interest in Second Life might inspire a forward-thinking station to try something in the virtual world space as well.
> The key theme this time is that internet radio is really getting the squeeze. The U.S. Court of Appeals has declined to delay the increase in royalties that will likely kill off many small streaming radio sites – the ruling is due to kick in on Sunday. SoundExchange offered a cap on some annual payments for large webcasters, but only through 2008. In related news, Lala.com has stopped its Beta version of a free music streaming service, despite a promise to pay royalties to participating record companies.
> The think piece this time is that it’s time for some “summer reading” . As things slow down at the office this month and next, I invite you to spend a little time exploring sites that are getting lots of media attention but that aren’t necessarily on your list of frequently visited. Two good sources: the 50 best web sites according to Time Magazine, and the Compete Attention 200. The former is an annual collection of outstanding sites in five different categories, ranging from Arts & Leisure to Web Services. The latter is a list of the top 200 sites that U. S. users are paying the most attention to this month. In the “no surprises here” category, they both feature a lot of social networking sites.
. As things slow down at the office this month and next, I invite you to spend a little time exploring sites that are getting lots of media attention but that aren’t necessarily on your list of frequently visited. Two good sources: the 50 best web sites according to Time Magazine, and the Compete Attention 200. The former is an annual collection of outstanding sites in five different categories, ranging from Arts & Leisure to Web Services. The latter is a list of the top 200 sites that U. S. users are paying the most attention to this month. In the “no surprises here” category, they both feature a lot of social networking sites.
New Media News Digest, June 19th – July 12th, 2007
Foundation With Real Money Ventures Into Virtual World
From the NYT: "For the first time, one of the nation’s largest foundations [The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation] is venturing into virtual worlds to play host to activities and discussions and explore the role that philanthropy might play.”
The Compete Attention 200 for June 2007: Where DO we spend our time online?
From Compete, a ranking of the sites getting the largest share of attention among US Internet users: "The web continues to socialize: media and networking sites gain attention across the board."
This special feature categorizes interesting sites into “Arts & Leisure”, “Audio & Video”, “News & Information”, “Social Networks”, and “Web Services”.
The Next Net: NBBC Becomes National Bye-Bye Company
From Business 2.0: "The short-lived National Broadband Company (NBBC), NBC-Universal's attempt to create a TV syndication network for the Web is now being sucked into the NBC-Fox joint venture to create a YouTube competitor.Â Thus NBBC joins the deadpool
Sony Airs Paired-down Versions of Classic Shows
from ClickZNews: "Sony Pictures Television is airing paired-down versions of its classic shows on MySpace. The name reflects the three- to five-minute length of each Web episode, which is edited down from half-hour and one-hour shows."
TiVo, Amazon to sell movies straight to TV sets
From Reuters: "TiVo Inc. on Tuesday said many of its customers can now order pay-per-view movies and television shows from Amazon.com's download service directly from their TV, without a personal computer."
Judges clear way for higher Internet radio royalties
From the LA Times: "A federal appeals court panel has declined to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations owe for playing music, clearing the way for the hike to begin on Sunday."
SoundExchange offers compromise to large webcasters
SoundExchange, the group set up to collect royalties for performers and record companies, said it has reached out to the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and proposed a voluntary cap on the minimum fees for music played over the Web.
Lala's Free Streaming Goes Dark
At first, the new service was slow but workable, and I gave Wilco's new Sky Blue Sky a spin. Very slick. Then came the day the music died. Users notices the disappearance first."