This Digg memo has six paragraphs. The bit about layoffs — really, the only important part — appears in paragraph No. 4. I understand the memo is geared toward the people who will remain, but that’s no excuse to bury the lead. Layoffs suck. Get on with it.
Wired’s iPad expectations have come back to earth. In July, the magazine posted 31,000 single copy sales for the digital replica, compared to 67,000 for the magazine, according to ABC’s Rapid Report. By August, the latest month tracked, Wired generated 28,000 single copy sales for the digital replica, versus 91,000 single copy sales for the magazine.
This is a good thing. Publishers need to understand the baseline so they can adapt and iterate based on reality. And while the iPad may not be the utopia so many hoped for (because utopia doesn’t exist … ahem), the iPad and its ilk are certainly viable distribution mechanisms. Now we need to get down to business. We need to learn how audiences consume content through these devices, what works and what doesn’t. I’m more excited by the prospects now then when the iPad was still a unicorn-and-rainbows dream.
Annoying to Google, no doubt, but still very funny:
For example, Mr. Oberbeck said, fans of Schalke 04, a soccer team based in the city of Gelsenkirchen, began a campaign to have the stadium of their archrival, Borussia Dortmund, removed from Street View.
Look at that. I mean it. Look at that gorgeous interface up there
If this is the future of multimedia reporting, we’re in good hands. This report elegantly combines video interviews, annotated information (that appears as you watch the clips), metadata, related links — including Twitter handles for interview subjects — and a variety of common sharing tools. It is the best merging of web-based reporting and information I’ve seen to date.