Scripting News for 10/9/2006

Google acquires YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. 

TechCrunch: “Fox is the owner of much of the copyrighted material contained on YouTube.” 

Andy Rhinehart at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal came through on the feed I was looking for. It’s a flow of medium-resolution AP wire photos. For a clue about the application, mouse around the picture of the RSS Couch. Also check out the pictures I took of my screen saver a few months back. You have to scroll down a bit to get the idea. And don’t forget Andy’s screen saver, which I saw when I visited him in SC last year. Finally think about FlickrRivr, but don’t download it, a new version is coming soon. BTW, this kind of collaboration, which is nothing new, is why I get pissed when bloggers take shots at the online people inside news organizations. A lot of the good stuff we’ve been able to accomplish has been in collaboration with guys like Andy, and with people at AP, believe it or not. And the Times helped in no small way to drive the adoption of RSS, without which, I kind of doubt that TechCrunch would even exist. I think that explains why the online news people got pissed at Mike, he’s the latest whiz kid for sure, but he stands on their shoulders. So a little humility would be appropriate, even a little curiosity. Condemnation? Who is he to condemn them? 

I agree with Jarvis that nothing is accomplished by prolonging the animosity between bloggers and pros. There was a time when the bloggers wouldn’t throw any punches, I’m sorry that this time, apparently (I wasn’t there) it was a blogger that provoked a fight. We all can do better, that is inclusive of both pros and amateurs.  

Steve Gillmor: “The New York Times is a great publication on its good days, a lying pack of self-protective weasels on others. Same for every one of us in the blogosphere.” 

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Phil Thompson on October 10, 2006 at 9:04 am

    where is the link on the feed that Andy Rhinehart “came through on” ?

    I’m assuming there is a magical RSS feed with links to AP wire photos. Where is the feed? I read your post above but can’t find it – thanks.


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