Author Archives: Mike Butcher

Facebook’s new keyword ad system

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Share this post Facebook has quietly launched a keyword advertising system to rival Google’s AdSense. Disguised as a simple upgrade to Flyers, its system for selling cheap ads on a self-service basis, the new system charges per click and lets … Continue reading

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House style killing US newspapers?

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Share this post When I wrote for a US-owned magazine (The Industry Standard), the house style on almost any story, for example about a company closing, was like this: “John Smith looked at his watch. As the seconds slowly passed, … Continue reading

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Is The Standard coming back?

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Share this post The Industry Standard, my former magazine, appears to be considering re-launching. Its six years since the death of the “newsmagazine of the Internet Economyâ€?, but at least it left a good looking corpse. Many people still respect … Continue reading

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Digital design event

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Share this post If you are interested in current digital technology and creativity developments, or have something to contribute about the importance of good design principles in interactive media, then check out iDesign: design for life on September 18th, at … Continue reading

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Standard coming back?

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Share this post The Industry Standard, my former magazine, appears to be considering re-launching. Its six years since the death of the “newsmagazine of the Internet Economy”, but at least it left a good looking corpse. Many people still respect … Continue reading

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New-ish pastures

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Share this post You may have picked this up elsewhere, but here’s a brief announcement for mbites readers. I am the new Editor of TechCrunch UK & Ireland. Some may know that I helped launch the site for the first … Continue reading

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My talk at PSFK London

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Share this postLast May, at the PSFK Conference London 2007 I gave a talk on how media owners are on a race for survival against technology companies that put the power to publish in the hands of the ‘audience.’ Here … Continue reading

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This week I am mostly at…

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Share this post I HATE blog posts that apologise for the lack of updates. Like, who cares?! Either blog or don’t blog. Just don’t apologise. However, I do find that these days I update my Twitter microblog more than this … Continue reading

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Mashup Demo in October

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Share this post mashup, which runs ‘digital’ events, is launching Mashup Demo on Oct 2nd. It’s been put together to provide startups and growing companies in the digital sector with a platform from which to demo their services to an … Continue reading

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Notes from Edinburgh TV Unfestival 2007

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Share this post On the weekend I went to the TV Unfestival, an “unconference” about TV, which is a sort of Fringe even to the Media Guardian TV Festival. Although the event was typical of a tech/geek gathering in the … Continue reading

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