New York Times taps head of BBC as new CEO

The New York Times finally has a new CEO. Mark Thompson comes from the BBC and the Times is hoping that his deep background in multi-media will help it complete its transition to a primarily-digital company.

How the Daily Mail became the web’s biggest newspaper

Britain’s Daily Mail has eclipsed rivals including the New York Times to become the web’s biggest newspaper. But other media companies hoping to emulate its success will have their work cut out — unless they’re prepared to play fast and loose with the normal rules of journalism.

The NYT Needs to Learn the Value of the Link

In the wake of the plagiarism case involving New York Times writer Zachary Kouwe, blame has been placed on the high-speed nature of blogging. But the real issue lies with the paper’s failure to understand the culture of the web and the value of the link.

The NYT “Meter” Model: Required Reading

The New York Times announced yesterday that it is planning to launch a “metered access” system for its web site next year. Here are a few of the smart people writing about the topic that you should read (apart from us).

Nokia Revs Mail for Exchange to v2.9.158

screenshot0010Nokia actually outed a new MfE version about eight days ago, but I just got wind of it from the E-Series blog. I did upgrade the version on the loaner E63 over the weekend and there’s plenty of changes in the new software. The full release notes are right here (PDF) if you want take a nap get up to speed, but here are some highlights that stood out to me:

  • Mail for Exchange can now actively switch between WiFi and GPRS connections automatically if your phone supports Destinations.
  • Much better battery life in adverse network conditions. If the Mail for Exchange client can’t maintain a connection to the Exchange Server, it automatically switches to polling every 15 minutes. The client will switch back to Always on at the next scheduled period.
  • Mail for Exchange setting tabs are no longer dynamically displayed, instead all tabs are always displayed.
  • Pictures in contacts are now synchronized.
  • Synchronization issues with Exchange 2007 servers: Some events were causing the calendar synchronization to stop working. These have been corrected.
  • Guatemalan Daylight Savings Time calendar events were ‘off’ by 1 hour: Calendar events in Guatemalan Daylight Savings time are now correct. [Proving that there’s something for everybody in the new release! 😉 ]

Mail for Exchange is part of a pretty convoluted — but free — setup that I’m using with the E63. I use the client for my GigaOM work mail on Gmail (s GOOG). To keep things separate between work and personal, I’m actually using the Google Mobile Gmail client for my personal Gmail. Contacts are coming in through the Google Sync application while I have three calendars in sync by using the previously mentioned NuevaSync beta. Told you it was convoluted! GooSync is likely a far better approach, but I really don’t want to buy an annual service for a loaner phone.

The NYT API: Newspaper as Platform

There’s been a lot of chatter about the newspaper industry in recent weeks — about whether newspaper companies should find something like iTunes (s aapl), or use micropayments as a way to charge people for the news, or sue Google (s goog), or all of the above — and how journalism is at risk because newspapers are dying. But there’s been very little discussion about something that has the potential to fundamentally change the way that newspapers function (or at least one newspaper in particular), and that is the release of the New York Times’ (s nyt) open API for news stories. The Times has talked about this project since last year sometime, and it has finally happened; as developer Derek Gottfrid describes on the Open blog, programmers and developers can now easily access 2.8 million news articles going back to 1981 (although they are only free back to 1987) and sort them based on 28 different tags, keywords and fields.

It’s possible that this kind of thing escapes the notice of traditional journalists because it involves programming, and terms like API (which stands for “application programming interface”), and is therefore not really journalism-related or even media-related, and can be understood only by nerds and geeks. But if there’s one thing that people like Adrian Holovaty (lead developer of Django and founder of Everyblock) have shown us, it is that broadly speaking, content — including the news — is just data, and if it is properly parsed and indexed it can become something quite incredible: a kind of proto-journalism, that can be formed and shaped in dozens or even hundreds of different ways. Read More about The NYT API: Newspaper as Platform

Yahoo Should Buy the New York Times? Puh-lease

As everyone waits to find out how new Yahoo (s yhoo) CEO Carol Bartz plans to resuscitate the struggling Internet giant, in the meantime, the stress of watching Yahoo bungle one thing after another — such as coming within inches of a merger with Microsoft (s msft), only to blow the deal at the 11th hour — seems to have taken its toll on some otherwise perceptive stock analysts. Take Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray, for example. As described by Barron’s blogger Eric Savitz, Munster recently wrote yet another “open letter” to Bartz (man, she must be getting sick of those) in which he suggested that Yahoo buy the New York Times (s nyt). And maybe Gawker Media as well. Oh yes, and Twitter too. And maybe FriendFeed.

Is this a strategy, or a laundry list? Read More about Yahoo Should Buy the New York Times? Puh-lease

How the WSJ Failed the Web 2.0 Test

Traditional media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have begun to use some of the tools of social media — blogs, Facebook pages, even Twitter accounts. But they seem a lot less eager to adopt some of social media’s core principles, including a commitment to the two-way nature of the medium and all that it represents. This means a lot more than just talking about “the conversation” and how great it is to get links or comments. It’s about taking those comments seriously, responding to them regardless of whether they are positive or negative, and incorporating that approach into the way you do your job. It’s about looking at “journalism,” broadly-speaking, as a process rather than an artifact. Read More about How the WSJ Failed the Web 2.0 Test