Independent: kids, porn & Guantanamo

Some of the best reporting in recent years has appeared in the Sunday pages on the mothership isle on the other side of the Atlantic.

The Independent (on Sunday) takes aim and fires away with “The children of Guantanamo.” A true story purporting to “reveal” that “60 of the detainees of the US camp were under 18 at the time of their capture, some as young as 14.”

Seems like a lead story to me, but really, in context — the cover of this “IoS” is clearly covered with porn! (Even the Nuge made the cover)!

otoh, front page images or not, Sarah Baxter has had a hand in several hq reports as the Sunday Times‘ D.C. – scribe, including today’s column “Revealed: how US marines massacred 24.”


Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad GOOG?

Hard to disagree with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who publicly takes the Yahoo-Ebay partnership in stride. “Its good for everybody on the Internet,” he said, according to eWeek.

Google’s stock still sits pretty, with a 1999-style inflated valuation but with a solid and admirably successful business plan.

The eBay/Yahoo “strategic partnership” is indeed a glowing green light for the internet boom survivors, and it means alot more than say, Google recent investment in 5% of AOL (TWX). eBay needs help with advertising to keep their listing prices from rising (as they have been) and Yahoo! gets to co-brand Skype and Paypal. Add that to Yahoo!’s stable of sky’s-the-limit goodies such as del.icio.us, Flickr, and upcoming, to mention a few outright purchases.

Both companies will reap the benefits of added page views (Yahoo is already #1 and eBay #9, according to Alexa). As the big papers are saying — its a sign of fear or its look out Ma Goog. (see also, Barry’s post @ Content Matters).

Rafat @ Paid Content sums it up from the market analysts perspective. Search Engine Lowdown sums up the tech value. Battelle calls it “Yahoo’s first major syndication win in years.”

kill your television

40 percent of U.S. consumers would rather give up TV than the Internet, according to a new study of Internet and new media usage by Arbitron and Edison Media Research.

Spring may be here, but according to Jeff Jarvis: “The Book is Dead.” Warren Buffet says newspapers are perpetually dying.

Hard to agree with Buffet there, but he tends to always be right in the end. Who needs TV anyway, with so many stations worldwide available on the internet. Check them out via Beeline TV or MediaHopper.

via SeattlePI‘s grab from PaidContent.

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