Transformation Tracker: David Shedden tracks economic, technological, and historical changes in the news business.

Mosaic was the Web’s first killer app, said 1993 NYT story

The New York Times
Eighteen years ago this month The New York Times introduced its readers to the Web, and its first killer app, the Mosaic browser.

The newspaper didn’t have an online site yet, but you could find… Read more

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Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Flashback to 2005: HuffPost, YouTube launched; Podcasts proliferate; ‘Print Needs Its Own iPod’

New York Times
Six years ago today, on October 10, 2005, New York Times columnist David Carr wrote a story called, “Forget Blogs, Print Needs Its Own iPod.” It is a fascinating reminder of how much media and … Read more

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Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

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Did CBS really invent original reporting on TV?

Romenesko | TVNewser | YouTube
55 years ago today, on August 12, 1956, a group of CBS News journalists appeared on the quiz show, “What’s My Line?

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

What was Rupert Murdoch thinking when he bought Myspace?

BBC | ASNE Speech
Shortly before he bought MySpace in 2005, Rupert Murdoch shared his thoughts on the digital age in a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1982 New York Times story predicts the future of technology, Facebook

New York Times

Here is a look at the future from 29 years ago today.

In a June 14, 1982 story called, “Study Says Technology Could
Transform Society”
the New York Times described a report from the
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

What is the future of mobile advertising?

Business Insider

Business Insider continues its special report on the future of
mobile
with a look at possible trends in mobile advertising.
Dan Frommer writes:

As mobile phones evolve, mobile advertising is evolving, too.

Already, we’ve seen a shift from

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Edward R. Murrow producer dies at 90

CBS News

CBS News reports that another link to the early days of broadcast journalism has passed away:

Veteran TV producer and reporter Joseph Wershba, whose resume includes Edward R. Murrow’sSee It Now” broadcasts exposing Sen. Joseph

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Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011

Looking back at news homepage history

10,000 Words | Vimeo

In his post, “Nostalgia: 11 Retro News Website Homepages,” Ethan
Klapper takes us back in time with old news website homepages.

He writes:

Inspired by a recent Facebook album posted by Jim Brady, the former
washingtonpost.com

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Monday, Apr. 11, 2011

Lessons from Usenet, the “Facebook of the ’80s”

Harvard Business Review Blog Network

There are lessons to be learned from Usenet, the “Facebook of the ’80s.”

Alexandra Samuel writes:

..if you look at the longer history of the social Web, it’s clear that
some principles have been

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Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011

paidContent posts list of most-successful U.S. digital media companies

paidContent

The folks at paidContent have posted their inaugural “paidContent 50.”
They write:

Welcome to the paidContent 50, our inaugural list of the
most-successful digital media companies in the U.S. We examined every
company we cover (and more)

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