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The Morning Lowdown 03.01.2011

»  Like pretty much everything Gawker does, its recent redesign inspired some intense commentary from its readers — especially the complaints. It took a while, but Gawker head Nick Denton has promised some fixes, though he’s “hesitant to provoke the server gods by declaring the worst is over” when it comes to site performance issues. [Romenesko]

»  quadrantONE, the national/local newspaper sales JV led by Tribune Company, Gannett (NYSE: GCI), Hearst and NYTCo (NYSE: NYT) has unveiled an ad exchange called Q. The new service is intended to “reposition” quadrantONE as a source of audience data — and allow media buyers and quadrantONE’s publisher members to cut out “middle man” third parties.

»  With Pandora prepping for a $100 million IPO, the excitement over Europe’s Spotify, plus the rise of young companies like Rdio, SoundCloud and RootMusic, the digital music industry is experiencing a pretty heady moment a space that has been particularly squeezed over the past few years. [NYT]

One Response to “The Morning Lowdown 03.01.2011”

  1. Portia12

    Re: Gawker – Denton is wrong. The site is still broken. It causes my browser to crash, features don’t work etc. Plus most of what made Gawker special, rather than simply another gossip site, was the commentariat (the readers in the comment section) and they left en masse to