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    4-Minute Roundup: Hearst E-Reader; Boxee vs. Hulu

    by Mark Glaser
    March 6, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I talk about how the New York Times launches hyper-local sites right as Google’s Tim Armstrong launches Patch.com hyper-local sites — both in New Jersey. Plus, Hearst says it will develop a new e-reader device like a Kindle, but with a larger, flexible screen, likely coming from E-Ink, in which Hearst is an investor. Also covered is the recent battle between cross-media platform Boxee and Hulu, with Hulu dropping its content deal and Boxee coming up with a work-around. Check it out:

    4MR 3-6-09 final.mp3

    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network

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    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    NY Times’ Fort Greene, NJ Local site

    Patch.com

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    • Hyper local search is really big news. AOL’s acquisition for going and patch I think is positioning them to dominate the local search space. Not sure what the other big players have in store, but the competition in the local marketplace will be fierce.

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