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Hearst’s Irish bullish on newspapers

By Shannon Kinney

LEDYARD, Conn. - Hearst Newspapers CEO George Irish told a group of publishers there's reason for plenty of optimism for newspapers, but they'll need to think and operate very differently to be successful.

"Our local franchises are strong, and while they are being battered by the economy they are stronger than anything Google or Microsoft could put forward," Iris


International holdings boost Dice’s quarter

International holdings boost Dice’s quarter

Dice Holdings Inc., which operates IT-focused Dice.com and finance-jobs EFinancialCareers.com on several continents,  reported Q3 revenues of 4 percent over the same quarter of 2007, or $39.6 million.

Not surprising, Dice's international assets bolstered the quarter. EFinancialCareers.com non-U.S. operations was the big driver, which accounted for 25 percent of Dice Holdings' consol



Media General earnings tripled in Q3

Media General saw earnings nearly triple in Q3 to $6.2 million from $2.5 million in the same period of the previous year, presumably due to the politics-Olympics combo and job cuts and belt tightening that saved the company 10 percent.

Media General’s broadcast profits rose 24.5 percent to $17.7 million while online reve



Yammer is Twitter for business…and it makes money too

Micro-blogging platform Twitter has 3 million users but absolutely no revenue. Now a new copycat site Yammer, which looks nearly the same, thinks its come up with an income generating twist: focus on creating a private micro-blogging network for businesses. So far, the direction seems to be payi



CEO and chairman swap roles at Twitter

Twitter has a new/old CEO. Founder and current chairman of the board Evan Williams is swapping places with co-founder and current CEO Jack Dorsey who will take up Williams old job as chairman.

The two have their work cut out for them. The company still has no business model, despite a recent $15 million financing round. And competing services  such a



BidCal lets EBay buyers track auctions in their calendars

Here’s a cool free tool to help EBay buyers. Calgoo, which offers software to synch calendars including Outlook, Google and iCal, has launched BidCal that lets you monitor EBay auctions from within your calendar.

BidCal is easy to use – you build filters of items you’re interested in, and the relevant items that match



Analyst downgrades Canwest

Canwest is in deep trouble, says TD Newcrest, a Canadian advisory firm. With advertising down at its newspapers and earnings from its Australian TV network slumping, TD analyst Scott Cuthberson downgraded his rating for the company from “speculative buy” to “reduce



TownNews: 2 billion served (per month!)

            Here’s a fun statistic about TownNews.com, a Web hosting company that works with more than 1,500 newspapers in the United States: