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  • I'm CEO of Newspeg.com, a social news-sharing platform. I've spent 20 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies. You can read more about me here.

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January 27, 2010

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Ted Mann

At first I cringed when Jobs was doing his demo of Safari -- particularly the parts where he went to the NY Times and Time mag websites, and those big honkin' "Adobe Flash not installed" warnings came up. How on earth could a device as supposedly revolutionary as the iPad not allow you to view what has become one of the most common features of the web ecosystem of today? Insanity!

Then, about 30 minutes later, we got to see the NY Times app demo. Suddenly, it all started to gel. The ideas they were able to cook up for viewing the Times with a touchscreen display (all done in 3 weeks, but a small handful of people) were breathtaking. Despite what the Apple folks may say, this isn't a device well suited to browsing the web. But it may just be the best platform to give fans of the printed newspaper an equivalent digital experience.

The question is: Will the publishing industry see it that way?

OCTwitt

I am sure that the ipad will be better later on. But I couldn't wait. As a book reader...it is fabulous. And has great wifi connection.

Beautiful screen.

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