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Surface

Here’s what I know about the Surface. It’s widescreen. It has colorful covers. Ballmer is excited. Everything else is confusing. Coverage on The Verge or Engadget quickly blurs into different pricing levels ($1,000?!), chip sets, operating system versions, keyboard-or-not covers blah blah. Tablets are at their best when the entire experience is intuitive. Instead of […]

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Newspapers and Draw Something

Today the Philly papers sold for $55 million. In 2006 the same group was purchased by investors for $515 million and later rescued from bankruptcy in 2010 for $139 million. For comparison’s sake, Draw Something, worth nothing six weeks ago, was just purchased for $200 million. I don’t need to labor the point, but one […]

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Paywalls for the unwashed

When a tech blog like TechCrunch mentions a paywall, it generally reads “XX newspaper has announced a paywall. How backward thinking. Here are five ways around it.” So a post this afternoon makes me wonder if the internet is headed for a major change of mind. TC wrote about MediaPass, a paywall management software, and […]

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9 days in Jacksonville

It’s been a helluva few weeks around here. Bad news – lots of it – good people leaving the paper, close friends moving away. A lot of distracting stuff, frankly, and it’s taken it’s toll on me and I know Diana hasn’t been immune. So last week’s visit by our Ukrainian journalists was a welcome […]

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A benefit for Lucas

Hello dear readers. You’ve stuck with me through years of deep thoughts, drunken ramblings and the occasional “wtf was he thinking.” In order to repay you, I’ve giving you the opportunity to make one helluva impact on a wonderful 3-year-old and his terrific family. If you haven’t already, I’ll wait while you read the above […]

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Accolades

With the din of bad news flying about lately, good news inherits an extra coat or two of gloss, so allow me to brag for a moment. The Times-Union, Jacksonville.com and our primary Twitter feed, @jaxdotcom, won this year’s Folio Best Of awards for local news website and local twitter account. Not a meaningless distinction […]

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