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Washington Post announces a (very leaky) paywall

The Washington Post, the last remaining paywall holdout among major newspapers, will begin charging for content this summer. The paywall, however, is set to be an extremely leaky one — meaning casual readers will have no trouble accessing the site.

GigaOm’s Structure:Data Live Coverage

In the year since we launched our inaugural data event, big data has gone through major changes. Data science is no longer something mysteri…

Beats Buying Up Music Service MOG

Beats Electronics, the headset manufacturer founded by rapper Dr. Dre and now majority owned by HTC, has reportedly bought online music serv…

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YouTube To Add 3,000 New Movie Titles To Rent

After more than a year of rumors that it was on the verge of launching a significant online movie rental service, YouTube (NSDQ: GOOG) is fi…

Our Tweets From 04-05-11

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Our Tweets From 03-23-11

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Our Tweets From 03.02.2011

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Our Tweets From 02.22.2011

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The Morning Lowdown 02.02.11

»  There’s some speculation that *Google* may use an Android event today to introduce its long-awaited *Google* Music service; ano…

Our Tweets From 01.12.2011

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Our Tweets From 01.05.2011

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Our Tweets From 12.15.2010

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Our Tweets From 12.13.2010

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TiVo’s Losses Widen (Again)

More bad news for TiVo (NSDQ: TIVO), which can’t seem to turn around its losses. The company posted its sixth quarterly loss in a row, posti…

Video Tech Firm Digitalsmiths Buys Gotuit

Digitalsmiths is buying Gotuit in the latest sign of consolidation in the online video space. Both companies let video content owners manage…

Electronic Arts Signs On To Facebook Credits

Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) has agreed to a five-year deal with Facebook to use Facebook’s Facebook Credits virtual currency system exclusi…

We’re Giving Away A Gift Certificate

Dear Readers,

We want to make sure we’re providing you with the content and tools that are most useful to you. To help us get it right, we’…

Our Tweets From 10.25.2010

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Our Tweets From 10.19.2010

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Our Tweets 10.19.2010

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AOL To Offer Its Own Daily Deals

AOL (NYSE: AOL) is joining the group-buying frenzy. The company will offer daily deals by the end of the year on Wow.com, Ned Brody, AOL’s p…

Our Tweets From 09.22.2010

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Our Tweets From 09.21.2010

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Our Tweets From 09.13.2010

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Netflix Adds Another Online Streaming Deal

Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is once again bulking up its online streaming catalog, this time through a deal with action and thriller specialist Nu…

The Morning Lowdown 09.03.10

Some of the stories people are talking about this morning:

»  Twitter’s Evan Williams says the company’s decision to launch its o…

Our Tweets From 09.01.2010

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Google Adds ‘Sponsored Icons’ To Maps

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has found a new way to monetize Google Maps: Advertisers can now pay to have their logos, rather than generic icons, sho…

Our Tweets From 08.31.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.30.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.26.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.25.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.16.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.12.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.10.2010

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So Who Wants To Be a Tech Star

Here’s what you do for it. (Hint: we’re featured way too much in it.)

Courtesy Terence Kawaja of GCA Savvian, who moonlights as an improv…

paidContent Quick Hits 1.13.2010

»  What the HP-Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) deal actually means. [CNET]

»  Why Twitter hasn’t rolled out paid accounts. [SAI]…

We’re Hiring Reporters

Do you break news on important digital-media stories? Have insights on those stories that get people talking? Are you comfortable with numbe…

paidContent Quick Hits 12.08.09

»  Hollywood producer Paula Wagner says that independent producers’ biggest issue is knowing “what size screen we’re working for.”…

paidContent Quick Hits 10.29.09

»  A Tale of Two Strategies: AOL (NYSE: TWX) vs. Newspapers. [SimsBlog ]

»  Some 10 million people watched U2’s concert…

Why Ridding And Murdoch Can

Rupert Murdoch and Financial Times CEO John Ridding sure like talking about why newspapers should charge for content

paidContent Quick Hits: 8.05.09

»  An attempt to explain CNBC’s 28 percent drop in audience over the past year. [Slate]

»  The new owners of The Pirate…

paidContent Quick Hits: 7.28.09

»  Gawker’s revenue over the second quarter spiked 45 percent — even as site founder Nick Denton predicted a disastrous year of a…

paidContent Quick Hits 7.24.09

»  News Corp.’s chief digital officer Jon Miller has decided to increase company revenue by charging readers for “news and entert…

paidContent Quick Hits: 7.23.09

»  Most Vista users will probably upgrade to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Windows 7, which was released today to computer manufacturers.…

paidContent Quick Hits: 19.07.09

»  Ascend Media, the B2B publisher, is on the block. Good luck in this market. [Btobonline]

»  Internet is dead as an investmen…

paidContent Quick Hits 7.12.09

»  The old Thomson Reuters (NSDQ: TRIN) structure [image] vs the new proposed simplified structure [image]. You (read shareholders…

paidContent Quick Hits 7.11.09

»  MySpace may relaunch as an entertainment portal. If the new guys (and they are all guys) can rescue the lost cause, they will g…

Allen & Co Confab Tweets: More Than Enough

So little of any news value really comes out of the annual Allen & Co confab in Sun Valley that Twitter is the perfect medium for it. In fac…

paidContent Quick Hits: 7.07.09

»  Are Venture Capitalists going back to the basics? [NY Times]

»  Is the new Michael Phelps Subway commercial signalin…

Digg’s Amazing Business Model, Explained

Now this is where you take out your not-really-that-Easy-Button, and start jumping on it. Do that while you watch this interview of Digg CEO…

The Year The Media Died: An Ode, Sort Of

Our friend Terence Kawaja over at investment bank GCA Savvian has been moonlighting as an amateur comic for years now, and released his late…

Econoclast10

From FunnyOrDie to Tila Tequila, celebrities are stepping up their online game. In recognition of these efforts, we present our EconCeleb Ec…

Why $700 Million Is Too Much For Twitter

Rumors have been rampant this week about Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) using some its $29 billion war chest to buy Twitter for around $700 million. Ple…

@ MWC: Our Coverage In Links

Our mocoNews.net correspondents Tricia Duryee and Dianne See Morrison are in Barcelona this week, covering the massive mobile event that is…

Tomorrow: Our EconMusic Conference In L.A.

The digital music industry is in a state of flux. New business models are emerging, increased online sales are helping to compensate for t…

MidemNet: Our Coverage In Links

Our own Robert Andrews has spent the weekend in Cannes for the annual digital music conference called MidemNet. He’s covered everything from…

Company Announcement: Our New Head Of Sales

We are pleased to welcome our new head of sales, Susan Leiterstein. Susan joins ContentNext Media from Incisive Media, where she was vice pr…

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What does Major League Baseball Advanced Media have in store for baseball fans next season? Come to EconSports, Oct. 29 at the Edison Ballro…

Will A Strong Greenback Sap Internet Earnings?

Throughout the past several earnings periods, we’ve noted when companies were benefiting from the weak US dollar. Of late, the dollar has re…

Coming This Evening: Our Seattle Mixer/Panel

This evening we will be in Seattle for ContentNext mixer at the W Hotel. Along with our trademark mixer, we also have an editorial keynote a…

You Tell Me….

Ballmer and Zuckerberg at the D conference….

Live From D6: The Schwag Bag This Year

As has been customary for the last two years I have attended the D conference, the first post is always about the schwag bag…and there is…

Last EconSM Update: Bob Dylan and EconSM

I just came from another pre-conference visit to the Skirball Cultural Center and am thrilled with the venue. Sometimes Los Angeles really s…

Earnings This Week

The Q108 earnings season started last week, and will pick up gear this week:

Monday, April 21
Gannett (NYSE: GCI) GCI
Lee Enterprises (NYSE…

EconSM: The Full Schedule

The 2008 edition of our Economics of Social Media conference is just weeks away and we’re ready to share our full schedule. We kick off Mon…

Airport Celebs and Cameraphones

The only part of airports that I like: celebrity sightings. Below is a small collage of my sightings over the last six months: the latest wa…

Company Note: Wrong On All Counts

Mike, Despite your apparent cold war with us, all it would have taken you to get the facts is drop me an e-mail. Instead, you got it wrong o…

Our Coverage From iPhone Live

Our mocoNews.net principal correspondent Tricia Duryee has been at the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) headquarters in Cupertino, covering the latest inf…

See You At SxSW Interactive

Tonight I’ll be flying down to my adopted hometown of Austin, TX (I went to college there) to cover this year’s SxSW Interactive conference,…

Coming This Week: Ticket Sales For EconSM

We opened up registration for our EconHealth seminar last week, and coming this Tuesday, early bird tickets for our conference Economics of…

@ MWC: Our Coverage

Our paidContent:UK editor Robert Andrews has been at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, covering the massive annual trade show once kno…

@ MidemNet: Our Coverage

Our paidContent:UK editor Robert Andrews has been at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, covering the big music conference and marketplace.…

New Jobs In Digital Media

Latest jobs in digital media added over the weekend:

— Sony (NYSE: SNE) DADC: Business Development Manager, Authoring & Digital Content S…

More Great Jobs In Digital Media

— ContentNext Media: Account Services Manager, Online & Events
— People.com: Manager, Business Development
— Associated Press: Media Mark…

Great New Jobs in Digital Media

— ContentNext Media: Editorial Program Director
— NBC Universal’s (NYSE: GE) Local Integrated Media: VP, Marketing
— LinkExperts, Inc: VP…

@ CES: Still Waiting For Wow

The CES floor opens officially today and I’m sure I’ll be dazzled by the very big, very thin TV screens. But so far, there’s just no wow her…

Top Jobs To Start 2008 With

Start the New Year with a bang…lotsa new jobs in our Jobs Listings sections. Selected ones below:
— Time Inc: National Sales Director – E…

Top 10 Viewed Stories Of 2007

Since everyone else is doing it, might as well…top 10 stories of the year, as filtered through our Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Analytics account (…

In Hibernation Mode For Rest Of December

A big and eventful year for all of us is coming to an end, and we’re going into hibernation mode for the rest of December, barring breaking…

Will Macrovision-Gemstar See The Light of Day?

Shareholders obviously have their doubts. After getting pounded on Friday, shares of both Macrovision (NSDQ: MVSN) and Gemstar are off sharp…

FOBM Final Program: The Book, In Full Color

So 5 days left to go before “Future of Business Media” conference activities start, and we have the final program book for your perusal…th…

Digital Paper Firm E Ink Raises $16 Million

Cambridge, Mass.-based E Ink, a maker of digital paper technologies, has raised a $16 million venture round, reports PE Hub. According to t…

Catholic Match Buys CatholicDaters.com

Catholic-oriented online dating site Catholic Match has announced the acquisition of competitor CatholicDaters.com for an undisclosed sum. C…

MSNBC.com Acquires Social News Site Newsvine

This is MSNBC.com’s first ever acquisition: MSNBC.com is pushing into the social news arena with the acquisition of Seattle-based Newsvine.T…

Barchart.com Buys FuturesBoard.com

Barchart.com, a provider of subscription-based financial data, has announced the purchase of FuturesBoard.com, an information and community…

PowerReviews Takes In $15 Million From Lehman

PowerReviews, a Milbrae, CA-based provider of social shopping tools, has raised a $15 million investment round led by Lehman Brothers Ventur…

The Active Network Raises $65 Million

The Active Network, a provider of technology for online sports/active lifestyle communities, has raised another $65 million, PE Hub reports.…

The ClarityS.

The sharpest piece of political commentary to come out so far in this elections…(and thanks for ComedyCentral/Viacom for making their vide…

CMP Sells TechCareers.com To Beyond.com

CMP Technology, the B2B technology media company and parent of InformationWeek, among others, has sold its tech jobs portal TechCareers.com…

Great New Jobs In Digital Media

Some great new jobs in our Digital Media jobs section:
— The Arizona Republic – Gannett Co.: Growth & Acquisition Manager
— Cisco Syst…

Dice Raises $217 Million in IPO; Shares Up

Dice Holdings, which provides specialized career sites in the tech sector, debuted on NYSE today (DHX), and sold 16.7 million shares at $13…

Answers.com Files For $140 Million Raise

Answers.com, which yesterday announced that it was buying the parent of Dictionary.com for $100 million, has filed a universal shelf registr…

Later This Week: @ Fortune iMeme Conference

This Thursday and Friday, I will be in San Francisco for Fortune new digital conference, rather unfortunately named Fortune iMeme (though th…

ComScore Raises $82 Million in IPO

ComScore, the Internet traffic measurement firm, raised $82.5 million in its IPO priced above a forecast range…the offering of 5 million s…

Thomson Sells Off NewsEdge To Acquire Media

NewsEdge, the subscription news aggregator and part of Thomson, has been sold off to Acquire Media, the digital content syndication company.…

Dice Expects To Raise $200 Million In IPO

Dice Holdings, which provides specialized career sites in the tech sector, and filed for its IPO in April, has set the price: it plans to se…

The First Five Years

I almost forgot about it until this evening…June 12th five years ago was when I launched this site, back when I was in NYC. Kinda anti-cli…

NYC Mixer Report: Went Very Well

About 550 people showed up at our NYC Content Mixer tonight at the huge Grand Ballroom in the NY Hilton, and this time, it didn’t feel like…

Coming This Evening: NYC Mixer at Hilton NY

We’re all in NYC, for our third NYC ContentNext Mixer of paidContent.org and Moconews.net readers this evening, at the Hilton New York, at R…

Interview: Ann Moore, CEO, Time Inc

Last week at the D conference, I spoke to Ann Moore, the CEO of Time Inc.

She has a tough task, transforming Time Inc’s stable of magazines…

NWS-DJ: Timeline

From our archives:
May 1, 2007: News Corp. Offers $60 Per Share For Dow Jones; DJ Evaluating Offer

— NWS-DJ: Thinking It Through

— NWS…

This Week: In Carlsbad For D

I will be in Carlsbad starting tomorrow for the big D conference organized by WSJ, where speakers include the usual litany of tech heavywei…

Slow Monday On Memorial Day

We’re off on Monday, because of the Memorial Day vacation here in U.S., and posting will be slow. No newsletter either.

TechTarget IPO Priced at $13 Per Share

TechTarget, the online IT trade media firm, has priced its 7.7 million share IPO at $13 per share…it will start trading tomorrow on Nasdaq…

Industry Moves: Fox Infinity; MTVN; Snocap

— Fox’s marketing department has morphed into an inhouse ad agency to be called Fox Infinity, and marketing EVP Chris Carlisle will head up…

Save The Date: NYC Mixer on June 7th

Yep, we’re back in our biggest mixer town: we’ll be doing the third NYC ContentNext Mixer for our paidContent.org and MocoNews.net readers o…

Thomson Confirms Talks With Reuters

Not that this was a mystery by any means last week, but Thomson confirmed today it approached the board of Reuters bbout a possible bid for…

Is Google Gearing Up To Take The Airwaves?

That’s what BusinessWeek concludes in a detailed article that recounts Google’s recent efforts to influence the outcome of the U.S. governme…

EconSM: More Coverage

Coverage of EconSM continues to ripple out:

Abbey Klaassen, AdAge: MySpace Wouldn’t Have Survived Without News Corp.: “If MySpace hadn’t be…

EconSM Photos – Live Updates

So, a packed house here at EconSM (the photo on the rightThis was taken before the event began), and the second session – on Social Media an…

EconSM Pre-Evening Mixer & Dinner

It went very well..we had a very nice pre-EconSM mixer at CAA this evening, and a surprisingly large number of attendees showed up. After th…

Top Jobs In Job Listings Blog

Weekend’s the best time to sift through tons of new jobs in digital media…so check out the ones below and lots more on our Job Listings pa…

EconSM: 10 Days and Counting

We’re in the home stretch before our first and sold-out conference…exactly 10 days left. The schwag bags, about 15 boxes full of them, cam…

Cisco’s Continued M&A Ambitions

A good profile in BW of the top M&A executive at Cisco, which has recently made some big and small acquisitions, including some in the digit…

EconSM Breakout Panels: Music and News

We’re aiming to make The Economics of Social Media on April 26 as participatory as possible, and two of the panels will be even more so than…

Great New Jobs In Digital Media

Some great new jobs in digital media, on our recently relaunched jobs blog:
— The George Lucas Educational Foundation: Senior Director, Dig…

Dice.com Parent Files For $100 Million IPO

Dice Holdings, which provides specialized career sites in the tech sector, has filed for an IPO on NYSE (not Nasdaq)of as much as $100 milli…

Connect@EconSM Is Open For Business

Registration for our upcoming conference The Economics of Social Media includes membership in Connect@EconSM– our first full-featured socia…

EconSM Panel 2: Social Media Meets Marketing

After the opening session at our EconSM conference On April 26th in LA, we’ll turn to the dual questions of how social media is changing mar…

This Week: AT CTIA Orlando and Scottsdale

This week the big CTIA wireless show in Orlando is under way, and Staci is there, covering it in all its details. She has an intro post here…

EconSM: The Stage-Setters Selection Process

We have finally nailed down the program flow for our Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference on April 26th in LA. And since we always…

Cisco Buys WebEx For $3.2 Billion

Not really to do with content, but we have all used WebEx at some point of time, and hated being part of WebEx presentations: Cisco is acqui…

BabyUniverse Merging With eToys Direct

BabyUniverse, the online baby-mother related e-commerce and content site, is merging with eToys Direct, an e-commerce and direct marketer of…

Tellme Could Fetch $800 Million From Microsoft

Rumors are rife that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Tellme Networks, notes GigaOm. The WSJ and CNet have both reported the news, and said…

EMI Follows Warner, Makes Deal With Last.fm

EMI may not be able to make good on its sell-music-online-without-DRM threat, but it is making some deals. Following on a similar deal its m…

The B2B Dealmakers of 2006

Folio has a good cover story on what it considers the dealmakers in the magazine/B2B industry in 2006. It also lists the top 10 deals of las…

Internet Brands Buys DoItYourself.com

We missed this last month: Internet Brands, the LA-based internet holding company, has bought out one of the oldest home improvement and hom…

Primedia Buys RentalHouses.com

Primedia, the trade media firm, has bought out RentalHouses.com, an online marketplace for small unit rental properties. Terms of the transa…

The NYC Freeze This Week

I am already looking forward to being back in LA, even before I have flown out from here on the NYC conference-blitz. I found this forecast…

@ SIIA: CEOs Looking Ahead

A good panel at SIIA, with David Verdlin, CEO, Carat Americas & Chairman of Asia Pacific; Clare Hart, EVP, Dow Jones & Company & President,…

Eisner: The Hard-Driving Digital Dealmaker

A short profile of the new new Michael Eisner, in his post-Disney, digital-investing-and-deal-driving phase. Of course he is extremely wealt…

Natpe: Creating For Multiplatform World

That was the panel we organized within Natpe today, and I moderated. The one hour panel was packed and went well. The topic was broad (maybe…

Our Presence At NATPE

Well, we are a small partner, hence our small logo at the bottom left of the panel (it is also alphabetical too)…see pic on the right. We’…

More On EMI Restructuring

The official details of the EMI restructuring reported last night are out. The spin from the top: the company is “delayering” to streamline…

Media M&A In 2007: Pace to Increase

So says an 8-page PDF report by media investment bank DeSilva & Phillips…the report says that 2006 has turned out to be “not merely strong…

Jupitermedia Buys JustTechJobs.com

Jupitermedia has for once bought outside of the online images industry that it has focused on for the last year or so: it has bought out Jus…

10 Internet Acquisitions from 2006?

AdAge has a handy list, some of which we would agree with, and some we won’t, only because it is too early to judge how these acquisitions w…

ID and id

In honor of me being the Time “Person of The Year” (and in part by reading this today), here’s how it all started for me…this was Sep 7, 1…

Post Newsweek Tech Media Sold To 1105 Media

The rollups in the trade media world continue: Post Newsweek Tech Media, the trade media arm of Washington Post company which includes publi…

HuffPo To Add Original Reporting

So this is what they need the $5 million funding it got earlier this year: to ramp up its original content and hire journalists. The Huffing…

More Media Consolidation In The Offing

So says Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen…she sees consolidation in distribution, even as new players like phone companies begin to…

New Jobs in Digital Media

— NBC Universal: Director Sales and Channel Support
— Dow Jones & Company: Manager, Web Metrics & Analysis
— Mediaedge:CIA: Sr. Planner (…

Top 10 Internet M&A Deals

After the worst 10 online M&A deals, comes the best 10 M&A deals…enjoy.

Silicon Alley 2.0?

There have been a few stories about the recent revival of Silicon Alley, the NYC Internet corridor…I was, in its waning days during the fi…

Next Week: In B-Town At Ernie Pyle

This is probably the best one-day trip I have had to do in a while: I will be in Bloomington, Indiana on Monday, to talk to the students and…

In DC: Our ContentNext Mixer Tonight

I am in Washington DC for a day, for our mixer tomorrow night at the kstreet Lounge. The weather’s good, and it is centrally located this t…

@ Web 2.0 Conference This Week

I am at the big Web 2.0 conference this week in San Francisco, and my job, as usual, will be to sift through the incredible amount of verbia…

Nvidia to Acquire PortalPlayer

Nvidia is buying portable multimedia chip maker PortalPlayer for $357 million in cash….PortalPlayer makes chips and software that are prim…

Top New Jobs In Digital Media

— Snapfish/Hewlett Packard: CRM Director;
— Ribolow Associates: Research Manager, Digital Distribution
— Proteus Inc: Manager, Carrier R…

Animal Planet Buys Two Pet Websites

This is probably the first pure-online acquisition that Discovery Communications has done in a long time: the company is forming a new “inte…

Needed: Office Space in Santa Monica

Now that we’re growing fast, we need an office…till now, we’ve worked virtually, and it worked well, but as we scale, a physical office fo…

PaidContent.org Pumpkin

I’ll explain later…for now, the pic. Thanks to Ann Marie for decorating this.

Kiss Me Goodbye

For those of you who have become used to our London journalist Jemima Kiss’ breezy writing over the last few months here, some sad news: the…