Weekly Roundup

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There is certainly a lot of conversation brewing in San Diego, so I will give your tired Friday eyes and ears a break from the three-letter acronyms most confused with four-letter words. That's right folks, no RPR, MLS, NAR, VOW, or IDX till next week! • Slate argues newspapers aren't dying as many assume:

"For the last few years, the most serious problem facing print has been the sharp drop in advertising revenues. (Many chunks of the media world have been initiated into the 40 percent club.) But newspapers aren't continuing to spend money as if it's 2003 and hoping that Craigslist will disappear. No, they're planning for survival by slashing costs sharply, trying to boost online advertising, and, here's the clincher, making people pay more for the product."

• Google is preparing to speed up page load time by up to 55% (via Gizmodo):

"Google's working on a new application-layer protocol dubbed SPDY (pronounced "SPeeDY") which is intended to improve how content is transported over the web."

• Rupert Murdoch doesn't think too highly of searchers, and is considering a paid subscription model (via The Business Insider):

"Earlier in the interview, he says he has to charge for his sites because there are 'no news websites or blog websites anywhere in the world making serious money.' In his opinion, 'there's not enough advertising in the world.'"

• Glenn Roberts Jr. advocates for drawing a line for business vs. personal communications (via Inman):

"And as social media blurs the line between personal conversations and business communications, companies and groups within the real estate industry and in other industries are working to define the gray areas and draw clear lines about what's acceptable and what's not. Adding to the urgency are FTC-proposed guidelines, scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, 2009, that relate to proper vs. improper use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising -- and extend to new forms of media such as blogs."

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