AOL’s hyper-local hubris: Patch is dying because local journalism is artisanal, not industrial

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AOL (s aol) chief executive Tim Armstrong is apparently scrambling to downplay the implications of a New York Timesweekend piece on the company’s troubled Patch unit, which suggested that the hyper-local journalism business might be headed for the bone-yard. According to an internal memo, the AOL subsidiary is not shutting down — and while it has shed a number of staff, the company maintains that it is a going concern and is “talking with potential partners.”

These protests aside, however, Patch is clearly a failure — in the sense that it has failed to meet the ambitious goals that Armstrong had for the unit when he first came up with the idea in 2007, before he became CEO of AOL. His vision at the time was of a network of semi-independent local journalists covering thousands of local communities spanning the entire United States, a vision sparked by a look…

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In 12 years of blogging, the more things change, the more they stay the same

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Last Friday was the 12th anniversary of day when I posted my first blog post on gigaom.com, and starting what would later (in June 2006) become a company. (Up until Dec. 13, 2001, GigaOM was nothing more than a repository for my previously published articles and résumé.) These have been an interesting dozen years, where we have seen blogging go from a niche curiosity to a mainstream activity to becoming a catch-all phrase for news — casual news, if you are being nit picky. The concept of blogging as we knew it has lost some of its meaning and even a bit of meaningfulness.

When I started blogging, it was to share a point of view — mixing news with musings, with pictures, links, and later videos. It started and ended with that point of view, one that was open to adaption and adjustment, but always informed.

I told the…

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Ug: Smart energy devices have a major problem with user experience

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Whoever has experimented with some of the early energy dashboards and connected thermostats knows some of these companies have just not been thinking about usability (of course there are someexceptions). According to a new report out from the U.K.’s Department of Energy & Climate Change done by user experience consultant Amberlight, at least five smart heating devices tested out in the U.K. market were found to be consistently ineffective, and neither satisfying nor easy to use.

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The report doesn’t name the products but said they were available on the market in the summer of 2013, and it noted that some new devices that hadn’t quite made it to market in the U.K. weren’t included (the Nest still hasn’t officially launched in the U.K. yet). Smart heating devices are categorized as systems that include a thermostat, timer and control devices for heating units — some of these included…

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MYRTLE BEACH LIGHT SHOW! MUST SEE!!

MYRTLE BEACH LIGHT SHOW! MUST SEE!!

MUST SEE! Visit the ticketreturn.com field in Myrtle Beach, home of the Pelicans to experience the once in a lifetime synchronized light show. Drive Thru the maze and be amazed as the millions of lights dance to the tune of Christmas music. Afterwards visit Santa and enjoy Hot Chocolate, gifts, and live pets!

Nights of A Thousand Candles -Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach

Brookgreen Gardens is a world famous attraction to the Myrtle Beach area. The majestic gardens allow you relive history as you walk the Lowcountry trails, take a cruise on the pontoon boat, and visit South Carolina’s most accredited zoo as you watch the native animals in their natural habitat.

Brookgreen Gardens are a special and memorable place for many reasons but on these nights in particular the gardens come a live and offer a true “once in a lifetime” experience. The devoted staff and landscaping artist work nearly year round to perfect the “Nights of A Thousand Candles” as the trees, landscaping, ponds, statues, and all scenery are decorated to perfection with thousands of candles. From the glimmer of candlelight floating peacefully on a lily pad, to the well lite monuments, as you walk the trails in the night with a cup of warm cider and listen to the carolers sing to the tune of holiday handbells there is the soft, warm glow of candlelight as far as the eye can see.

NIGHTS OF A THOUSAND CANDLES WILL BEGIN ON DECEMBER 5TH AND TAKE PLACE EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY THROUGH DECEMBER 21ST. DONT MISS THIS MAGICAL MOMENT!

If you have grown to love the Myrtle Beach area or you are interested in relocating or simply learning more about South Carolina, give us a buzz! Click Here to visit our website and grab our contact information, we would be happy to chat with you!

Nights of A Thousand Candles -Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach

Nights of A Thousand Candles -Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach

Brookgreen Gardens is a world famous attraction to the Myrtle Beach area. The majestic gardens allow you relive history as you walk the Lowcountry trails, take a cruise on the pontoon boat, and visit South Carolina’s most accredited zoo as you watch the native animals in their natural habitat.

Brookgreen Gardens are a special and memorable place for many reasons but on these nights in particular the gardens come a live and offer a true “once in a lifetime” experience. The devoted staff and landscaping artist work nearly year round to perfect the “Nights of A Thousand Candles” as the trees, landscaping, ponds, statues, and all scenery are decorated to perfection with thousands of candles. From the glimmer of candlelight floating peacefully on a lily pad, to the well lite monuments, as you walk the trails in the night with a cup of warm cider and listen to the carolers sing to the tune of holiday handbells there is the soft, warm glow of candlelight as far as the eye can see.

NIGHTS OF A THOUSAND CANDLES WILL BEGIN ON DECEMBER 5TH AND TAKE PLACE EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY THROUGH DECEMBER 21ST. DONT MISS THIS MAGICAL MOMENT!

If you have grown to love the Myrtle Beach area or you are interested in relocating or simply learning more about South Carolina, give us a buzz! Click Here to visit our website and grab our contact information, we would be happy to chat with you!