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May 19, 2007



Great set of points here Mark. One of the reason I think this is so is that many of the newspaper company see firms like DoubleClick or aQuantive as being, well, 'technology' companies. They don't see them as be fundamental core businesses. Instead they're stuck in the 'tech silo'.

I'd argue that most media companies today have technological base. Television? It's elaborate cameras and editorial suites. That's technology.

That's why I always seem to hear that are in online advertising are "into computers".

Mary Specht

To be fair, they didn't *totally* miss the boat--several newspaper companies thought far enough ahead to buy CareerBuilder, Apartments. com and Cars.com.

But I agree with you, Mark, that they're not being as smart about display and text-based ads as they are about classified ads.

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