Murdoch

Unfortunately for Rupert Murdoch, he can’t make his competitors charge for content

Rupert Murdoch is forging ahead with his plan to charge for all News Corp. digital content. But he revealed this week that he’s not above a little collusion in his industry. During a National Press Club interview at George Washington University, Murdoch explained that consumers will gladly pay for newspaper content:

“When they have got nowhere else to go.”

Too bad for Murdoch that he can’t control the prices of his competitors.

Murdoch CAN charge for content online, but can anyone else?

Commentators have queued up to tell Rupert Murdoch that his plan to
charge for online content is wrong. But I think it’s obvious that he
can charge.

Murdoch’s got the will to charge, access to value-add content, and has
a lot of experience selling subscription products in the UK. The question is not whether he can charge – it’s whether his competitors can match his content and experience.

Site review: Sky Shopping

Launched last week, Sky Shopping is a price comparison site displaying products from retailers including M&S, John Lewis and Comet.

 Sky Shopping homepage

There are already plenty of shopping comparison sites out there, so is this one any different?

MySpace launches MyAds, but will it work?

MySpace has unveiled ‘MyAds’ to the world, an advertising platform aimed at small businesses with small budgets. Display ads can be bought on a cost-per-click basis.

The company wants to increase revenues during the economic downturn / correction / recession, but is this the magic bullet?

As I see it, there are five problems areas for MySpace to overcome (aside from the minor complaints that the site requires the latest version of Flash to work, and doesn’t work in Google Chrome).

Q&A: Daniel Lee of Globrix.com

Globrix is a property search engine that was launched earlier this year, backed by News International.

I looked at the site a few weeks ago, and was impressed by its simple, stripped-down user interface, as well as the number of listings.

Here, we talk to Globrix CEO Daniel Lee about the online property market and where he sees the site heading…

MySpace Music sings a disappointing tune

The unveiling of MySpace Music last week was eagerly anticipated and was notable because the site managed to launch with all four major record labels as joint venture partners.

But as a product, does MySpace Music live up to its promise? I decided to give it a test drive to find out.

Site review: property search engine Globrix

Launched earlier this year, Globrix is a property search engine which claims to have nearly every property on the market in the UK listed on its site.


Globrix

Rather than charging estate agents a fee, as sites like Rightmove do, Globrix scrapes listings from estate agents’ websites, hoping to make the site more comprehensive than its rivals.