FC: More on Newsbytes R.I.P.

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 14:32:25 PDT

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    [Newsbytes.com now redirects to the Washington Post tech section. It looks 
    like not only are the old newsbytes.com links dead, but that as Brian says 
    below, the content is not searchable on washingtonpost.com.
     From a former Newsbytesian: "There are no Newsbytes reporters left. The DC 
    crew that was with Newsbytes moved over to Washtech about a month ago, and 
    the rest of us were laid off. Newsbytes is not only offline, it is 
    effectively dead. Its only remnant will be in name only, as I understand 
    it, and that will be only as a brand for whatever WPNI does with its online 
    syndication products from here on out." --Declan]
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 16:37:45 -0400
    To: declanat_private
    From: Brian McWilliams <brian@pc-radio.com>
    Subject: Re: FC: Newsbytes, R.I.P.
    Hi Declan,
    I'm biased, but I think it's a loss for the Net that *nearly two decades* 
    of Newsbytes articles will be inaccessible once the site is shut down 
    (sometime tonight I'm told).
    As I understand it, the Newsbytes content will only be available from 
    Google currently has a lot of Newsbytes pages in its cache, but Archive.org 
    reports that it was kept out by a robots.txt file.
    My memory may be faulty, but I can't recall a comparable destruction of 
    Internet-based information.
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 16:32:53 -0400
    To: declanat_private
    From: Doug Isenberg <disenbergat_private>
    Subject: Re: FC: Newsbytes, R.I.P.
             A burning question: Will The Washington Post now archive the 
    previously published Newsbytes articles, as IDG did when it bought some of 
    The Industry Standard's assets (and resurrected 
    http://www.thestandard.com)?  It'd be a shame to lose so much wonderful 
    tech news history.  Newsbytes may be gone, but its excellent and 
    comprehensive reporting should not be forgotten.
             A little more background to add to the story you shared, from The 
    Wall Street Journal on May 17 
    "WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of the 
    Washington Post Co., is consolidating its online technology news operations 
    under the TechNews.com (www.technews.com) Web site, a strategy shift that 
    comes amid an advertising recession that has forced many new media 
    operations to cut costs....
    "The company is de-emphasizing existing Washington Post.Newsweek 
    Interactive sites WashTech.com and NewsBytes.com in favor of TechNews.com, 
    which will include technology news and policy reports from Washington Post 
    reporters, original content from online writers and content from other 
    Washington Post Co. sources....
    "...NewsBytes stories will continue to be syndicated to newspapers and Web 
    sites, but the NewsByte.com [sic] Web site will shut down."
    Doug Isenberg, Esq.
    Editor & Publisher, GigaLaw.com
    FREE daily Internet law news via e-mail!  Subscribe today at 
    MAY 23, 2002
    Washingtonpost.com Folds Newsbytes Unit
    Site Consolidates Technology News
    By Carl Sullivan
    NEW YORK -- Updated at 12:35 p.m. EST
    Washingtonpost.com is closing Newsbytes, the tech news service founded way 
    back in 1983 and purchased by the Washington Post Co. in 1997.
    Three Washington-area Newsbytes reporters will work for a new section, 
    TechNews.com, scheduled to launch June 3, according to 
    Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive spokesman Don Marshall. Five other 
    full-time employees, including founder and Editor-in-Chief Wendy Woods, 
    will be laid off as of May 31. Some independent contractors for Newsbytes 
    will also lose their positions.
    Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 13:11:30 +1000
    From: Nathan Cochrane <ncochraneat_private>
    Reply-To: ncochraneat_private
    Organization: The Age newspaper
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: Re: FC: Newsbytes, R.I.P.
    Hi Declan
    Very sad indeed.
    We have been subscribed to Newsbytes from the beginning, and this really 
    hurts all those downstream publications as well. It effectively cuts off 
    our eyes and ears in the US. And because Newsbytes also syndicated stories 
    from elsewhere in the world, including Australia, it means US tech coverage 
    will become even more parochial than it is already.
    Newsbytes was the only tech wire service worth a damn. We regularly wet 
    ourselves laughing at some of the stuff that crawls onto many of the other, 
    more general wires.
    But I guess if Newsbytes was not making money, a paper can't be expected to 
    be a charity case.
    I hope the Newsbytes reporters will be able to find jobs elsewhere within 
    Washington Post.
    Nathan Cochrane
    Deputy IT Editor
    The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 16:55:30 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Miguel Danielson <mcdat_private>
    To: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    cc: <politechat_private>
    Subject: Re: FC: Newsbytes, R.I.P.
    What a bummer.  Of course, I might add that the Berkman Center for
    Internet and Society has recently launched its own Internet Law news and
    policy portal:
    I hope you will invite your readers to our new site and help us create a
    community-driven source for Internet law news, information, and most of
    all, discussion.
    Miguel Danielson
    Project Leader
    P.S. I also note the outstanding LawMeme project at Yale Law School
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