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Monday 29 December 2008

Data costs threaten social networking sites

Recently I wrote about the closure of free video-hosting services at both AOL and Brightcove. I suggested that no free hosting service can be relied on to be around forever, or even a year from now in the current economic crisis.

Today the Daily Telegraph reports that social networking sites, such as Facebook, face a ‘data cost crisis’, as advertising revenue declines from a position that wasn’t exactly lucrative in the first place.

Research by the consultants Deloitte suggests that the cost of storing electronic data ‘has soared to more than $100m (£68m) a year for larger sites, as users increasingly want to upload memory-hungry photos and videos’.


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 3:47 pm
Tuesday 18 November 2008

AOL pulls the plug on its user-generated content site

AOL is to close its user-generated content site on 18 December.

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Filed under: Net & technology,Video-making — GS @ 10:51 am
Wednesday 12 November 2008

Brightcove plugs the plug — the first of many?

Video hosting company Brightcove has pulled the plug on its free service. Users who don’t want to cough up for paid video hosting have until 17 December before their videos disappear.

I believe this is just the beginning. In the current economic climate, many free services will close. (more…)


Filed under: Net & technology,Video-making — GS @ 7:23 am
Tuesday 5 August 2008

King Street: from Starbucks to no bucks

If you want an example of how the current economic situation is hitting retailers, take a walk along Manchester’s King Street.

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Filed under: consumer,Manchester,Shopping — GS @ 5:22 am

Manchester’s luxury apartments

The property crisis continues, with Manchester one of the cities that stands to be most severely affected (along with Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield), in part due to over-supply. And it seems to me that many of the ‘luxury’ apartments in the city centre are anything but.

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Filed under: Buildings,Manchester — GS @ 1:42 am
Tuesday 25 March 2008

Urban hipsters face repossession and negative equity

As marketeers, estate agents and other vested interests continue to talk up property in Britain’s city centres, the reality begins to emerge in newspaper articles.

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Filed under: Buildings,Politics — GS @ 6:56 pm
Friday 22 February 2008

How will Manchester fare if there’s a recession?

Walking around Ancoats recently I noticed how many of the buildings (many old cotton mills) are still empty. Some are semi-derelict, in other cases the shell has been tarted up a little, but not much done inside. It’s hard to know how many apartments in the converted and newly-built blocks are occupied. If it hasn’t been possible to ‘regenerate’ this area completely during the property boom of the last few years the question is: will it ever happen now?

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Filed under: Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:58 pm
 
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