US: Los Angeles Times converges

US: Los Angeles Times converges: ”Online content producers at The Los Angeles Times will be moving to ‘regular newsroom departments’ such as national, foreign, or business, reports Frank Barnako of Market Watch in his newsletter. Additionally, Joel Sapell, executive editor/interactive at the paper, announced that the paper’s online department will be putting a focus on delivering more to the reader: ‘We need to create a different kind of online news operation, one that recognises the changing expectations of readers who consume news on the Internet.’ To achieve these aims, web reporters will have to: ‘think creatively every day about the extras we can give online visitors so they can stick around our site longer.’Source: Market Watch ‘”

(Via Editors Weblog – all postings.)

Bloggies: Sixth Annual Weblog Awards

Bloggies >> Sixth Annual Weblog Awards: ”It’s now the sixth year of the world’s most established weblog awards, the Bloggies™. Personal Web publishing never stops growing, and that means this year the public will have more contenders than ever to select from when choosing the year’s best weblogs. 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 have their champions; now it’s time for you to do your part for 2006. Read on.”

Sweden: newspaper group buys 8 blogs

Sweden: newspaper group buys 8 blogs: ”Sweden’s largest newspaper publisher, Bonnier Newspapers, has purchased 8 theme blogs, which focus on gadgets, games, cars, bike and advertising. Founders of the blogs Roger Åberg and Andreas Wilhelmsson ‘will continue to work with the blogs which will co-operate with Bonnier’s dailies.’ It is understood that none of the blogs has a substantial income from advertising. Source: Media Culpa ‘”

(Via Editors Weblog – all postings.)

Guardian: Google Pack is an embarrassing mess

Over at WinSupersite, Paul Thurrott has reviewed the Google Pack software bundle (Windows only), and is not impressed. It’s obviously a ragbag of applications, but some of them are out of date, and it doesn’t deliver the claimed convenience. He concludes: ”Google Pack is still in beta, so the more glaring issues can be fixed by a final release, if there is one. But this initial version of Google Pack is an embarrassment to the company. It’s just a mess.”

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Writers Block Live: Adobe Releases Public Beta of Lightroom!

Turns out the rumors were true. Today Adobe released a public beta for Lightroom, their new Aperture-like application for photographers. I spent an hour or so playing with it, and am quite impressed. There are some features missing, but I expect Adobe will correct that before release. Overall it seems quite useable; and snappy.

The Lightroom interface has something vaguely familiar about it.

You can get the beta here.

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