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    Slow and Steady Just Might Not Win the Contactless Race

    By: Karen Webster on October 18th, 2010

    Our long-held view that contactless cards were going to fizzle has really gone mainstream. Take a look at Randall Stross’ piece in yesterday’s Sunday New York Times.
    His piece, “Maybe Your Old Card is Smart Enough” makes the point that those [contactless smart cards] emperors really have no clothes. The promise of faster check-out (one of […]


    Markets with Two-Sided Platforms

    By: Catalyst Code on December 18th, 2009

    David Evans’ paper, Markets with Two-Sided Platforms, discusses how these two-sided platform businesses serve distinct groups of customers and need each other in some way. They provide these customers a real or virtual meeting place, and they facilitate the interactions between members of these customer groups. They essentially act as intermediaries between the two groups […]


    Murdoch v. Huffington: Does Online News Content Have to be Free?

    By: David Evans on December 3rd, 2009

    Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission had an amazing two-day workshop on How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? Rupert Murdoch, Arianna Huffington and many others presented. I gave a talk on Advertising-Supported Media and the Future of Traditional Journalism how the role of advertising and two-sided markets would affect the evolution of the […]


    How will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?

    By: Catalyst Code on December 1st, 2009

    The Federal Trade Commission will hold two days of workshops today and tomorrow, December 1st and 2nd to explore how the Internet has affected journalism.
    Watch David Evans present live at 4:30 PM EST Today, December 1st.
    The workshop will assemble representatives from print, online, broadcast and cable news organizations, academics, consumer advocates, bloggers, and other […]


    Will the Web Kill Free TV and Should We Care

    By: David Evans on November 15th, 2009

    It costs a bloody fortune to produce a television series like Mad Men. All those cast members, the period costumes, the smart writers. Right now production companies make these efforts profitable by doing deals with networks like A&E that sell advertising spots. Many of us are recording our favorite shows and watching them later, […]



    By: Karen Webster on October 14th, 2009

    Perhaps not much of a surprise to those in the know, but Bloomberg announced this morning that it is buying the beleaguered Business Week property for somewhere between $2 and $5 million dollars, or the price of a nice apartment on the Upper East Side. Business Week is a media asset owned by McGraw Hill […]


    Splashing Coldwater on Charging for Content

    By: David Evans on September 18th, 2009

    Just when there seemed to be landslide support for charging for content among struggling publishers Yahoo has thrown some cold water on the faces of the eager mob. Of course talk is cheap and online publishers have been approaching subscription models with great trepidation.
    So what’s the cold water? The Financial Times today has a […]


    Free Economics

    By: David Evans on July 24th, 2009

    Chris Anderson’s book “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” doesn’t get off to a good start for economists. After talking about how common “zero” prices are, Anderson says, “Surely economics must have something to say about this, I thought. But I couldn’t find anything. No theories of gratis, or pricing models that went […]


    The Annoying Times

    By: David Evans on July 20th, 2009

    I’ve been watching the NYTimes recently and have noticed a few disturbing trends but let me focus on their web site. They have started putting in “interstitial ads”—you know, those really annoying ads that appear before and between web pages and annoy you for 30 seconds or so. I, and as far as […]


    Musings on Media

    By: David Evans on July 9th, 2009

    The Internet has roiled the massive related worldwide industries of media and advertising. Advertising is what pays the rent in the newspaper, radio and television industries by and large. The content that these industries feed readers, listeners and viewers is merely the bait that attracts ears and eyeballs. These media businesses sell advertisers access to […]