Daily Archives: April 20, 2006

Community News, as you like it

AP says Backfence is buying Bayosphere. 

Susan DeFife, Backfence's chief executive, said that while Gillmor brought the vision, Backfence is able to bring the tools to make it easier for readers to submit items — on local businesses, sports, events and anything else a reader might like to share.

There's a property called  Voic.us in Atlanta, focusing on the political scene, which is demonstrating how big media misses the details needed to draw a picture of the true story.

As an aside, Dan Gillmor is a good writer.  I am glad to hear his dream keeps on living.

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Don’t touch that dial!

Literally, according to this USA Today article TV makers are going to let broadcasters seize control of YOUR television and not allow you to skip commercials by switching channels.

Yes, according to Royal Philips Electronics. A patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says researchers of the Netherland-based consumer electronics company have created a technology that could let broadcasters freeze a channel during a commercial, so viewers wouldn't be able to avoid it.

I suggest we all stop buying Phillips products so that they understand that we don't need producers in Hollywood or New York forcing content into our homes that we may not want.

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