Postal strike “real threat” to online retail

The Story:

The postal strike is putting the tremblers into anyone who uses the Royal Mail to send their goods. Spent today and yesterday doing an article with a few colourful quotes. Even managed to get the gumtree crew to give a statement: check it

Analysis:

Royal Mail and the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) seem hell-bent on a course of self-destruction. Meanwhile, the good people at Fed-Ex, UPS, et cetera, are probably rubbing their hands with glee, watching as their well-funded rival descends into the abyss. In a word, it’s grim.

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Postal disruption puts Royal Mail future at risk

The Story:

Did an amazingly quick interview today between newswire stories on the Royal Mail UK shutdown and the trouble it might cause for online retailers: check it

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Denver hires doobie reviewer

The Story:

That’s right, a US newspaper is to hire a medicinal-marijuana reviewer.

Analysis:

Simple, really; why, for the love of all that is remotely smart in this world, have the dudes over at high-times not offered Denver some sort of syndicated column…?

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Google tune-up for a music showdown

The Story:

Great bit of (seemingly) reputable investigalism over on cnet: “Google to blend search, music in One Box”

Analysis:

If the mountain view chocolate factory is getting into the music game, then people in the Apple office are (probably) standing in deathly silence.

Why would they be doing this?

The answer is one figure: 70 per cent.

What’s 70 per cent? It’s a ballpark estimate, based on a number of sources, of Google’s share of the web-search market.

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that I’m part of this 70 per cent and I search for Bruce Springsteen on Google. Up pops a helpful Google box with a link to a full, coherent information page about the boss and a little link to a site where I can buy his music. It’s a Google box, so it comes with their reputation.

Now, once this has happened, what are the chances that my click converts to a sale? Well, that’s up to me, but because of Google’s sheer mass (once again, 70 per cent…) if this scheme is for real, then it poses a legitimate threat to the Cupertino fashionista’s lock on e-music.

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Anger-junkies

Journoland is full of bitter, cynical pedants. Many of these are also extremely angry. Hot off the Outlook Express came this gem, from a particularly bitter colleague.

My colleague tells me: “My favourite blogger has google news alerts set up for phrases like ‘more women than men…’ and ‘I don’t mean to be sexist, but…'”

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