FORTUNE -- The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism's report, "The State of the News Media 2013" contains plenty of grim news about an industry that appears in some respects to be falling apart at the seams (along with a few rays of hope). But it also offers a few notable tidbits about the state of the online-advertising business:
While there are some signs of hope for the news media, the incursion of digital giants into the ad business -- particularly in local ads -- continues to diminish hopes that local and regional news organizations will see new growth in advertising revenue, which remains anemic at best. "Once again, in key revenue areas, it appears the news industry may have been outflanked by technology giants," the report states.
About 450 newspaper sites have erected paywalls, which have seen some success, but which are still far from proving to be a panacea for the industry. According to the report, the "rise of digital paid content could also have a positive impact on the quality of journalism as news organizations strive to produce unique and high-quality content that the public believes is worth paying for."
Coincidentally providing a case in point, Time magazine -- which like Fortune is owned by Time-Warner (TWX) -- says its March 4 issue featuring a 25,000-word report explaining why health care costs so much appears on track to being the magazine's top-selling issue in nearly two years, selling more than double the magazine's usual. Crucially (and perhaps somewhat surprisingly), the article apparently appealed as much to younger people as to older ones: It was shared 100 times more on social media than Time's average for 2013.
The question now is whether it is sinking in with print-news executives that people are hungry for serious, deeply reported coverage of public affairs, and that journalism aimed at mass audiences, such as celebrity coverage and other fluff, is best left to TV and to publications that specialize in such material.
Print from any web-enabled device including your smartphone.
As promised, Google (GOOG) is starting to roll out its Cloud Print services to its Gmail clients who want to print an email, document or PDF file to their printers through the internet. The process is pretty straight forward on the client side, (which incidentally includes any device that can read Gmail). It gets much more complicated on the printer side.
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While we wait for Google's own web printing standard to materialize, Pogoplug has a Cloud printing solution and Cloud storage available now.
Pogoplug announced two new products today that will help businesses, especially those who do a lot of their work in the Cloud (*ahem Google Apps), operate with traditional file servers and printers.
Pogoplug Print is a device you connect to your USB printer. It is compatible with any HP (HPQ) MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 31, 2010 1:35 PM ET
Printing to the cloud means more than just kissing driver woes goodbye.
Google has a new solution for printing documents in Chrome OS and, by extension, the rest of the web. Instead of installing drivers on your computer for a particular model of printer, Google wants change the way you do your printing with Google Cloud Print.
The service would send print jobs inside the webpage to a Google (GOOG) hosted server where it MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 20, 2010 3:39 PM ET
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