Chuck Tanowitz, who lives and blogs in Newton and who does public relations and marketing for a living, considers the Gatehouse-vs-Globe issue, concludes there's less to the Globe's efforts than meet the eye and that what's at issue is really GateHouse's survival under an attack from an organization using its own content against it.
This morning on Nonantum Road in Newton, Channel 4 reports.
Wicked Local Newton reports the two students didn't seem to think they'd need permission to dump several gallons of paint all over a Newton park as part of "a film project."
I suppose there's a reason boston.com has posted a GateHouse video about how great the Newton Tab is. Maybe it's the ads they've wrapped around it.
I'll take a closer look after work today, but in the meantime, if you spend any time with it, what do you think? Oops, one immediate comment: Your existing boston.com login doesn't work on the site, you have to create a new account. I understand the technical issues involved, but, still, why?
Jo reports people stood in line for two+ hours today to get the Joker's signature at the Chestnut Hill Mall. Don't worry, she wasn't one of them - she was at the mall to buy a knife:
... Can anyone tell me who would wait in line OVER TWO HOURS to have Rachel Ray sign a cookbook for them???
Please people...tell me why. ...
Allison Shapira explains, in great detail, why she will never buy another thing from Landau Jewelry at the Chestnut Hill Mall.
When building a new Web site from scratch, multiply the amount of time you expect the project to take by four, then add three more days to whatever deadline you come up with. That might explain why boston.com's Micro-nano-quark-sized-hyper-local Newton site is now scheduled to launch on Monday, instead of today.
GateHouse Media honcho Kirk Davis stops just short of threatening a lawsuit, but tells Boston Daily he'll be watching the Globe's impending Mega-micro-hyperlocal Newton site with two eagle eyes, to make sure boston.com doesn't try to stomp on his Wicked Local territory. He even gets off a good crack about the 800-pound gorilla now being more like a 200-pound gorilla, which is kind of funny in an ironic sort of way, coming from a guy whose own employer's stock is now worth like negative 3 cents a share, but whatever.
And here I sit, wondering if the issue is simply one of scale. I link to and quote from Wicked Local sites all the time. While my motives are pure as the driven snow, (of course!), I do make money from this site. But I'm no financial threat to GateHouse, whereas the Globe, yeah, a bit of a different issue. Still, Google makes money from putting ads next to GateHouse content on its pages, too.
Dan Kennedy analyzes the brewing battle in more detail.
Via Marc Stober, who adds:
... I guess if Jews have waited thousands of years for a return to Zion and are still waiting for the Messiah, we can wait a bit longer for a place to buy kosher meat with adequate parking. :)
Chuck Tanowitz reports boston.com is going to be launching a series of city- and town-specific Web sites built atop content from users and links to content from other sites and with lower ad rates in an attempt to bring in local advertisers.
The first one, in Newton, launches next week and "will be an aggregate of news and information from online sources around the city, whether that's from the Newton TAB, this site or any of the other blogs around town." The site will have an editor, responsible for selecting only the finest, choicest Newton items, a Wiki, a Newton specific calendar and forums.
As Chuck notes, there are some interesting intellectual property issues (you post something on the Wiki, who owns the copyright?) as well as some interesting business/community issues (the goal seems to be to offer a site with lower ad rates than boston.com, so what happens if it succeeds in driving Wicked Local out of business?). Also: Will boston.com realize Newton is a city rather than a town before the thing launches?
Won't run for Kerry's Senate seat, thinks voters should get to pick Kerry replacement if Kerry leaves.
Wicked Local Newton: Newton man arrested for assault with intent to murder this morning.
Margalit reports that morning traffic around Newton South High School, normally bad anyway due to the city's decision to put it within a warren of tiny side streets, was a complete disaster this morning:
Wicked Local Newton posts a report and video from their debate.
Channel 4 reports a state trooper investigating a crash on the Newton stretch of the turnpike was hit by a car driven by a suspected drunk and thrown 30 feet into the air early this morning. A Framingham man was arrested; the trooper is at Beth Israel with serious injuries.
... One of the conductors on the 527 was telling some of the refugees (and I was overhearing) the real reason the 519 stopped suddenly: the engineer ran a red flag, which is a no-no anytime but especially recently, with the scandals that have been plaguing train systems, here to California, with distracted engineers at the controls.