It will be if you read Le Figaro, according to PaidContent UK as the French newspaper prepares to launch its new content-access service on Monday. [â€¦] instead of hoisting up a paywall around all its news content, Le Fig is going for a freemium model, charging only for extras like newsletters, a digital copy of its printed edition, social media features - and booking you a dinner table. The new features come in three tiers, but spokesperson Antoine Daccord tells paidContent:UK: â€œNews will … [Read more...] about Will news be free forever?
Archives for February 2010
Content summary: Social media for the Bonnaroo Music Festival; special FIR discount for New Communications Forum 2010; FIR Interview with Marc Wright coming; Dan York in Berlin, Germany, reports on Google Buzz, and more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: people leaving social networks to reclaim time and privacy, liveblog, ad agencies in Belgium go on anti-pitch strike, motivations; Eric Schwartzman in Los Angeles on Super Bowl 2010 and cooking chili; FIR Friendfeed … [Read more...] about The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #525: February 11, 2010
The buzz about Google Buzz has been huge since the new service was announced by Google yesterday. Google Buzz gives you a social network built into Gmail, Google's web-based email service (known as Google Mail in some countries including the UK). You can watch a Google video to get a good sense of how it works. Some people say that Google Buzz is a killer service to take on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Others say itâ€™s more of a â€œsocial content aggregatorâ€ and only another milestone … [Read more...] about Google Buzz: it’s all about search and mobile
Content summary: MediaFunnel FIR interview is up; Help A PR Pro Out; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: what Vodafone did when an employee tweeted obscenely, wide and mostly negative reaction to Forrester Research plans to stop analysts from blogging personally; listener comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; news about Thursday's show; music from Antiqcool; and more. Get FIR: Download the MP3 file (26.2Mb, … [Read more...] about The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #524: February 8, 2010
Electing a woman to be your head of state isnâ€™t that big a deal these days. The latest country to join a long list of states with women leaders is Costa Rica: in the presidential election conducted yesterday, the winner by a comfortable margin is Laura Chinchilla Miranda, the first woman to become head of state in this Central American republic. Chinchillaâ€™s victory also vividly demonstrates democracy in action in a country thatâ€™s in a part of the world where such freedom of expression … [Read more...] about Twitter and Facebook part of Costa Rica election