Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Disruption, Aggregation, and Third Parties

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Disruption, Aggregation, and Third Parties

Interesting piece by David Crotty regarding the role that aggregator services play in the publishing and media industries today. From the article: "To create the custom experience your readers demand, you need to be able to deliver all of the products they’re after, not just the ones produced by your own company. Individual silos can’t compete in this environment."

He also points out the problem with using third-party groups to manage these aggregation services: they can then potentially take over the industry, as iTunes has with online music distribution. The solution for publishers and content producers is far from clear, but Crotty suggests that part of the answer may be forming coalitions among traditional competitors.

Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

From Tanzina Vega at the New York Times, an overview of how Flash cookies work, how they can be used, and the privacy concerns that have come up as a result. “The technology, so-called Flash cookies, is bringing an increasing number of federal lawsuits against media and technology companies and growing criticism from some privacy advocates who say the software may also allow the companies to create detailed profiles of consumers without their knowledge.”

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