This week’s media and tech roundup
Here are some of the weekâ€™s top stories in the media and technology industries:
“Consumers are snapping up gadgets like high-powered cellphones and Apple Inc.’s tablet computer, and the cellphone industry is counting on them to drive its growth. Meanwhile, the list of holes computer researchers are finding in the devices and their software is growing,” reports Spencer E. Ante.
“The era of the Web browserâ€™s dominance is coming to a close. And the Internet’s founding ideologyâ€”that information wants to be free, and that attempts to constrain it are not only hopeless but immoralâ€” suddenly seems naive and stale in the new age of apps, smart phones, and pricing plans. What will this mean for the future of the mediaâ€”and of the Web itself?” says Michael Hirschorn.
“Law firms, particularly those that represent plaintiffs, are increasingly devoting resources to developing a presence online, where consumersâ€”and potential clientsâ€”congregate. And some of those firms are also creating news sites, such as newsinferno.com and consumerwarningnetwork.com, with content created by employees,” writes Nathan Koppel.
“Many coffee shops try to discourage people from buying a cup of coffee and then lingering for hours to use the free Internet access. Starbucks will soon encourage them to stay as long as they want. â€¦ The company said on Monday that as of July 1, its stores in the United States would offer free Wi-Fi, via AT&T, that anyone can reach with a single click,” writes Claire Cain Miller.
“Video games almost took over Tom Bissell’s life, thrusting him into an intoxicating months-long, cocaine-fueled binge playing Grand Theft Auto. But like any good writer, he got a book out of it — and possibly a new career direction,” writes Mark Egan.
“The Federal Trade Commission has set out on the somewhat quixotic journey of trying to identify ways to save journalism as we know it from possible extinction,” writes Jeremy W. Peters.
What email phrases should you not use for your corporate email? Linda Sandler takes a look in this article.