31 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Men are Media Hogs: Media consumption habits of men and women differ, particularly on the Internet. A report from Forrester Research called "Men are from CNET, Women are from iVillage" identifies the divergence in men and women's behavior online, as well as with other forms of media.
In a typical week, men spend 10.2 hours on a PC, 6.7 of which are spent on the Internet. Women spend a total of 8.5 hours using a computer, 5.3 of those are online. Media consumption across all categories, except reading magazines, is higher among men by an average of seven hours per week.

What Blogs, Podcasts, Feeds Mean to Bottom Line: The average consumer of blogs, RSS/XML feeds and Podcasts is male, earns big bucks and, in the case of Podcasts, is a youngster?all good to know if your company is thinking about jumping into the blogosphere, according to new research from Jupiter Research.
That's an elite group to market to, but it's a tiny group.

VITAMEDIAS

More journalists killed in Iraq than Vietnam: More journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003 than during the 20 years of conflict in Vietnam, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Sunday.
Since U.S. forces and its allies launched their campaign in Iraq on March 20, 2003, 66 journalists and their assistants have been killed, RSF said.

TECNOSFERA

Irreplaceable Exuberance: The growth of the Internet has paralleled that of most industries based on revolutionary technology. Canals, railroads, telegraphs, telephones, cars, radios, personal computers - all progressed (or are progressing) through four phases of development: boom, bust, mature growth and decay. [...]
Today, the industry has progressed to the third phase of development, mature growth (which, happily, is usually the longest and most profitable phase of the four). Netscape itself was a casualty of the cycle, but other companies that learned from it are now posting performance that justifies the early Internet hype. A mere seven years into its existence, for example, Google is generating about half as much cash as Time Warner, a global media conglomerate with nearly a century of history and some 85,000 employees.

VITAMEDIAS

Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by Readers: Traffic-Power.com sued Aaron Wall, who maintains a blog on search engine optimization ? tactics companies use to get themselves to appear higher in searches at Google, Yahoo and elsewhere ? alleging defamation and publication of trade secrets. The suit, filed in a Nevada state court earlier this month, also listed as defendants several unnamed users of the blog.

25 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Blogs becoming key sources for journalists: A recent study found 51 per cent of journalists use blogs regularly, with 28 per cent depending on them for daily material. But [Wall Street Journal technology reporter Nick Wingfield] said that sounds conservative.

24 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Newsweek stories get Technorati top ten rating: Newsweek has teamed up with leading index Technorati to share that information. Its Blog Roundup feature is a list of "the most blogged-about articles on Newsweek in the past seven days" that includes a link to each weblog post to cite those stories.

VITAMEDIAS

All 18 Hachette U.S. Magazines Will be Digital by First-quarter 2006

VITAMEDIAS



Reinventing Television: Wake up, television executives of America: Jon Stewart - the wiseacre host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show - knows more about your business than you do. Sure, The Daily Show may just seem like a smart comedy program on basic cable; nothing more than good political satire and a spot-on parody of TV news pieties. But it's also a demonstration of television done right. In the six years since Stewart took over, the audience for The Daily Show has grown almost threefold to 1.4 million viewers a night. It boasts a legion of young, smart fans who are among the most demographically desirable audiences in the industry

23 agosto 2005

CONTAMINANTES

Green over graffiti beats obesity: People living in concrete jungles surrounded by graffiti are more likely to be obese than those from more green and pleasant areas, a study has revealed. [...]
The team, writing on bmj.com, analysed data from a large housing and health survey carried out in 2002-03 in eight European countries - France, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal [Ferreira do Alentejo], Italy, Switzerland and Lithuania.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Para estimular as relações Portugal-China: New Book Presents Evidence Proving Pre-Columbian Chinese Maritime Survey of the World: Author Anatole Andro spent two-and-a-half years evaluating Chinese and European historical documents pertaining to the alleged Ming Chinese circumnavigation of the world one hundred years before the great European explorations. The author found that not only did such evidence exist, historians and investigators had knowledge of it. Many even commented on some of the evidence, then provided tenuous explanations for it, ignored it, or supplanted it.
Such historical records are not common, but neither are they obscure. However, because of the passing of time, their meanings have become blurred. For these the author provides explanations. An example is the reason of Portugal's leadership in Renaissance exploration.
It has been long held that Portugal's motive in going to sea was to seek a trade route to the Orient's spice sources. Through detailed analyses the author convincingly argued that the real cause was simply that the Portuguese learned that it could be done, and the impetus could only have been furnished by the Chinese.
The reason we are mostly ignorant of the Chinese maritime programs, according to the author, is that the events took place at a time when European knowledge of the Orient was scant and imprecise.

VITAMEDIAS

Make your own Magazine Cover!

TECNOSFERA

Mais um Directório de Blogs Em Língua Portuguesa

22 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Da blogosfera (só para quem anda distraído...):
Sobre o texto do Expresso, ler o Abrupto, A peste e o lisbonlab, seguindo-se as respostas do autor do texto.

Sobre "watchdgs" e anonimatos nos blogues, ler Quarta República, Bloguítica e Glória Fácil.

E o guia editorial do BlogReporters...

TECNOSFERA

Eight Masters Of Information: entrepreneurs and companies figuring out how to separate the gold from the gravel on the Web.

TECNOSFERA

Amazon has short-story downloads for 49 cents: For less than the price of a cup of coffee, you can now download short stories from bestselling authors like Danielle Steel or Terry Brooks at Amazon.com.
The Seattle online bookseller on Friday began offering Amazon Shorts, exclusive works for 49 cents a download. Amazon executives say the economics of digital distribution allow it to support a literary form that is popular with both readers and writers.

TECNOSFERA

Internet Advertiser Wakeup Day Petition
To: Internet advertisers
Dear internet advertisers,
We, the undersigned, wish to demonstrate the pointless nature of forced web site registration schemes and the dubious demographic data they collect.

On November 13th we will each register an account using fake details at one or more of these top 10 offending sites:
www.nytimes.com
www.washingtonpost.com
www.latimes.com
www.ajc.com
www.chicagotribune.com
www.dallasnews.com
www.nypost.com
www.baltimoresun.com
www.philly.com
www.mercurynews.com
Sincerely,
The Undersigned

VITAMEDIAS

On Advertising: Blogosphere increasingly international: Some companies that advertise on blogs pay from a few pence up to £1, or $1.80, per click on blog ads, according to Dusan Hamlin, media communications director at Isobar, a British agency involved in online advertising. This is slightly less than what is paid for equivalent clicks on blogs in the United States, where highly specialized sites can charge a premium, he said.
"There is definitely activity out there," Hamlin said, "but people are still approaching blogs with skepticism. If you are concerned about how your brand is perceived, blogs might not be the venue for you."
That may have been the result when L'Oréal, the French cosmetics company, created a blog around a fake character, Claire. The character praised a new anti-aging cream, but was eventually unmasked by bloggers who attacked the cosmetics company with vicious messages online.
Another problem with blogs, Hamlin said, is that there are no controls on what part of the blog your ad might appear next to. "By advertising on a blog, you leave yourself open to both positive and negative impact," he said.
Blogs "do, however, show an interesting shift in the way people are using the Internet."

19 agosto 2005

CONTAMINANTES

Depois disto, estou a tentar lançar uma modesta lista de Blogues de Ciência em Portugal.
As contribuições serão acolhidas. As críticas também.

ECOPOL

Sobre algo que as televisões mostram e não explicam: What Are Those Cubes on the Gaza Settlers' Heads? - Tefillin 101: Detailed rules about how to construct a tefillin and how to wear it are found in the Talmud.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Interesting High-speed Video Clips: The video clips below were filmed with a special high-speed camera.
The super slow-motion playback lets you visualize effects
that cannot be seen with the naked eye or with a standard video camera.

TECNOSFERA

Bucks for blogs: When it comes to blogging, big corporations are turning to twentysomething mavericks for advice. If they can't lick them, they may have to join them. [...]
In an industry where there is notoriously little money being made, there's hope corporations may pay big bucks for help in understanding blogs and in producing their own.
Just how should companies respond to snarky bloggers?
Clam up, or let their employees start their own blogs to respond?

CONTAMINANTES

Aceitam-se mais ligações:
Blogociência: Do total de blogues da blogosfera portuguesa (de portugueses e escrita em português), os de Ciência, contam-se pelos dedos das mãos. Tanto quanto sei, são estes:
Conta Natura (http://contanatura.weblog.com.pt/)
Bioquímica (s)em Rede (http://bioq.weblog.com.pt/)
Ponto Triplo (http://www.pontotriplo.org/)
Dias com árvores (http://dias-com-arvores.blogspot.com/)
Físicos LX (http://fisicoslx.blogspot.com/)
Lusitanicus (http://lusitanicus.blogspot.com/)
Viridarium (http://viridarium.blogspot.com/)
Zoomarine (http://zoomarine.blogdrive.com/)
Perdoem-me se falhei algum, mas já dá para ver que não são muitos. No entanto, o universo do blogue é ideal para a Ciência e a sua divulgação.

VITAMEDIAS

The Rise of the Citizen Editor: I, too, believe that as media evolves to more and more utilize content submitted by non-journalists, the need for professional editors will grow. Will that be a net gain in jobs as a result? I suspect that instead, some editors' jobs will change -- so that they are working with both professional staff and freelance journalists, as well as enthusiastic members of the public. It's a trend journalism schools should be on top of.

Citizen Journalism: What Mainstream Misses Is Most Read: "Readers and potential contributors are not interested in a rehash of events and issues that are already covered by the city's other news media. Rather, they are interested in issues that go largely ignored on the nightly news."

Bloggers as Agenda Setters: After the Chilean government introduced the "My First PC" program to enable Chilean citizens to get a new personal computer (for about US$400), a group of bloggers came out this week with a website displaying a letter to President Ricardo Lagos, in which they showed that there were cheaper alternatives.

ECOPOL

Embassy Row: President Bush continues the tradition of awarding ambassadorships as political favors

Exemplo? PORTUGAL: Al Hoffman: President Bush nominated Florida real estate developer Al Hoffman in July 2005 to serve as ambassador to Portgual. The post had previously been held by Mississippi venture capitalist John Palmer.
The founder and chairman of Watermark Communities, a Bonita Springs-based luxury condo development firm, Hoffman has a long history of helping members of the Bush family win high office. In addition to serving as finance chair of Jeb Bush?s 1994, 1998 and 2002 gubernatorial campaigns, Hoffman headed the Florida fundraising efforts for both of George W. Bush?s presidential campaigns. Hoffman, who owns an island near the Bushes? Kennebunkport estate in Maine, has also served as finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

ECOPOL

A desinvasão espanhola: Portugal, a market for the big players: Some 500 small-scale firms have decided to pull out of Portugal over the past two years
Spanish direct investment in Portugal dropped 61.4 percent last year to ?709 million from ?1.837 billion in 2003, the lowest figure since 2000, according to the Registry of Foreign Investment. At the same time, while Portugal is considered a major destination for expansion by Spanish firms, particularly small to medium-sized ones, Spain's neighbor seems increasingly less attractive to small-scale investors.

VITAMEDIAS

Isto já está ou vai acontecer em Portugal:

Hollywood to Newsosaurs: Drop Dead: In a surprising role reversal, Hollywood is about to deliver bad news to the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times and, to a lesser extent, other big-city dailies around the country. Every major movie studio is rethinking its reliably humongous display ad buys in those papers because those newsosaur readers are, to quote one mogul, ?older and elitist? compared to younger, low-brow filmgoers ? so it makes no sense to waste the dough. [...]
[W]ithout those big movie ads to foot the bill, both newspapers may not be able to justify the increased pages and bigger overhead they?re devoting to arts and entertainment coverage. [...]
According to the Motion Picture Association?s 2004 U.S. movie attendance survey, overall, 12-to 39-year-olds accounted for 57 percent of total moviegoers, 40- to 59-year-olds only 31 percent, and 60-plus-year-olds only 12 percent.
Look at the demographics for newspaper readers and it?s almost exactly the reverse.

Internet Wasn't A Blip, The Recession Was: Report Defines A 'New Media Order': the forces driving change are clear: the expansion of digital media technologies, the shift toward consumer control of media--especially media supported primarily by consumer spending--and a shift toward greater ROI in marketing that is driving advertisers to use greater shares of new media.

Talk on the future of newspapers: Good news for newspapers readers of the future. The medium will still be available, but with a slight twist. You get to print your own paper!
"News on the Net now feed readers with audio and visual clips"

serie de verano sobre plagiadores ilustres

Consumers Want Personalization -- and Privacy: According to the second annual personalization study conducted by personalization vendor Choicestream, 80 percent of consumers in the 2005 survey were interested in receiving personalized content. In 2004, 81 percent said they were interested in it.

Akamai Net News Index is the world's first and only daily Web traffic benchmark that tracks where news is being consumed on a global basis.

ECOPOL

Gas prices around the world (All prices updated March, 2005.)

PHOTO-GRAFIA

Metro Arts and Architecture: about 40 metro cities with remarkable stations

16 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Sobre a cobertura mediática dos incêndios em Portugal, nada como confrontar a prática com o Código Deontológico dos Jornalistas Portugueses:
7.O jornalista deve proibir-se de humilhar as pessoas ou perturbar a sua dor. [...]
9.[...] O jornalista obriga-se, antes de recolher declarações e imagens, a atender às condições de serenidade, liberdade e responsabilidade das pessoas envolvidas.

VITAMEDIAS

To Market a Magazine, Fill It With Celebrity Gossip: Celebrity publications posted strong total paid circulation and newsstand gains in the first six months of the year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations' latest report of publishing estimates. More serious categories - particularly newsweeklies and men's titles - continued to struggle, according to the report.

TECNOSFERA

A Comparision of the Size of the Yahoo and Google Indices

TECNOSFERA

Feedster Top 500: Each month, Feedster brings you a list of 500 of the most interesting and important blogs. Enjoy browsing to see what people are reading, to find feeds that will bring topics of interest to you on a regular basis, and to discover new voices in the Blogosphere.

14 agosto 2005

CONTAMINANTES


blog depression: a 6 page pamphlet meant as a public service to help educate bloggers about this growing problem.

TECNOSFERA


BlogDay 2005: In one long moment In August 31st 2005, bloggers from all over the world will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs (at the same time) - preferably blogs different from their own in culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, all blog surfers will find themselves leaping and discovering new, unknown blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

How to write a novel in 100 days or less What makes a writer? Perhaps it is a single incident ? one that happens early in life and shapes the writer?s sense of wonder and self-awareness.
Take the case of José Saramago, the first Portuguese-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The son of a peasant father and an illiterate mother, brought up in a home with no books, he took almost 40 years to go from metalworker to civil servant to editor in a publishing house to newspaper editor. He was 60 before he earned recognition at home and abroad with Baltasar and Blimunda.
As a child, he spent vacations with his grandparents in a village called Azinhaga. When his grandfather suffered a stroke and was to be taken to Lisbon for treatment, Saramago recalls, "He went into the yard of his house, where there were a few trees, fig trees, olive trees. And he went one by one, embracing the trees and crying, saying good-bye to them because he knew he would not return. To see this, to live this, if that doesn?t mark you for the rest of your life," Saramago says, "you have no feeling."

VITAMEDIAS

Sobre isto, ler:
FASE DE RECESSÃO NA BLOGOSFERA? e o advento do sexto poder, acompanhado deste We Are the Web e se São as batedeiras eléctricas sumo de fruta?

11 agosto 2005

TECNOSFERA

Video Gamers? TV Viewing Down: According to Ziff Davis Media's annual Digital Gaming in America survey, almost 25 percent of video gamers cut their TV watching time last year, and expect to cut it even further this year.

TECNOSFERA

Updated International Patent Information Retrieval System Online: A new, updated edition of an international system designed to facilitate search and retrieval of patent information in all fields of technology is now available in English and French language versions on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

VITAMEDIAS

Citizens do media for themselves: The Asian tsunami and the London terror attacks marked a turning point for the reporting of events.

ECOPOL

Diz o Oeste Bravio: há uma parte da realidade que a gente não vê quando se vive num determinado país, porque não temos termos de comparação, porque estamos ocupados com as nossas vidas e porque, mesmo considerando a internet, há menos informação acessível dentro de Portugal do que fora.

TECNOSFERA

Sexo é expressão mais procurada online pelos internautas portugueses durante o primeiro semestre de 2005 [...]
Emule foi a segunda expressão com mais pesquisas [seguindo-se] Benfica, mulheres, dgci, messenger, irs, sapo, msn e jogos.

09 agosto 2005

.DE!

You blew me up you bastard: We'll store a photo of you, giving it large at the terrorists what done you in, and in the event of your body being blown to bits by a suicide bomber, we'll supply your disgusted image to all news services.

TECNOSFERA

Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space: One day before landing, STS-114 Mission Specialist Steve Robinson transmitted the first podcast from space.

05 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Eu também Não entendo este caso e também não conheço as partes. Mas não é esquisito?

ECOPOL

Goste-se ou não da pessoa, saiba-se ou não dos seus interesses políticos nestas causas, a verdade é que o responsável do ABRUPTO marcou um golaço (para usar a gíria futebolística) na blogosfera: Governo recusa-se a publicitar agora estudos sobre a Ota.
Já não sei onde li/vi mas o governo português não foi obrigado pela UE a divulgar este tipo de estudos no âmbito dos acordos sobre o penoso défice?...
E porque razão este tipo de campanhas não fala do TGV e apenas da Ota?

VITAMEDIAS

Wanted at Google: A few good chefs: Google could not be immediately reached for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.)

04 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Não é a isto que se chama um enorme ego?
VM no Causa Nossa: [...] Nada melhor para um colunista do que a controvérsia que as suas opiniões suscitam. É sinal de que elas contam.

Aqui está o texto de João Pereira Coutinho: [...]
Nono: a crónica é pessoal; a crónica é um prolongamento do ego.
Décimo: a crónica deve ser tão fácil de ler como de esquecer.

VITAMEDIAS

Bloggers dog big media while moving mainstream: more bloggers ? who love to shine a light and heap scorn on the mainstream media's foibles ? are increasingly crossing over mainstream lines, writing opinion pieces for newspapers and media Web sites while cutting partnership deals or even selling their sites to traditional news outlets.
It isn't a case of bloggers "selling out" and losing their feisty character and independence, local and national bloggers say.
It's more a case of a natural convergence in which bloggers break into the mainstream media due to their online popularity ? and the mainstream media experiment with bloggers and blogging in the face of dramatic changes within the media world.

02 agosto 2005

TECNOSFERA

State of the Blogosphere: As of the end of July 2005, Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3 billion links. Interestingly, this is just about double the number of blogs that we were tracking 5 months ago. In March 2005 we were tracking 7.8 million blogs, which means the blogosphere has just about doubled again in the past 5 months, and that the blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months.

VITAMEDIAS

Hieroglyphics, Home Pages, Blogs, Next? Blogs will probably be around online and offline and in mobile apps for many years to come.
But blogs making money will never happen. Why? The numbers do not add up.

VITAMEDIAS

Gore reinvents television with the debut of Current: Current -- Al Gore's cable-TV network for the young and restless -- debuted yesterday, broadcasting stories on sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and "hotties," among other things, in frantic bursts to an initial audience in 20 million homes. [...]
Still, a newscast airs every half hour, with occasional forays into subsections called "Lies" ("What the media is telling you that isn't true") and "Issue" ("Drugs, relationships and political hot topics").

VITAMEDIAS

Media use of amateur bombing pics "irresponsible" and "dangerous": The use of amateur mobile phone images by the media in the aftermath of the London bombings has been condemned as "totally unacceptable" and "bordering on the irresponsible".

01 agosto 2005

VITAMEDIAS

Dois ex-jornais em papel passam a blogue:
O Comércio do Porto
A Capital

VITAMEDIAS

More People Turn to the Web to Watch TV: As Americans grow more comfortable watching programs online, Internet programming is beginning to combine the interactivity and immediacy of the Web with the alluring engagement of television.

VITAMEDIAS

Do we need Newspapers anymore? Newspapers may be forced to adopt the approach of magazines in narrowing their focus, rather than the one-size-fits-all broadsheet approach. This might mean demographically focused papers, and smaller, faster editions.