The Morning Lowdown 03.01.2011

Morning Lowdown

»  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]

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