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The Net is Still Very US-centric 24 November 2000 Edition
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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA -- and it shows.

Some sites such as CNet News are carrying little advisories such as "CNET News.com will publish on an abbreviated schedule Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States" to explain why they've not been updated.

Look a little further afield and you'll find other sites that don't even have the advisory -- they're just unchanged from yesterday.

Does this matter?

I guess if your in the USA it doesn't. Our American friends know full well that the USA contains the single largest mass of Net users so I guess many aren't too concerned about servicing that part of their audience which lives elsewhere.

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It's often said that the Net is borderless and fixed to no single timezone -- but I think we still have a small way to go before that's true.

Don't Hold Back Angus
The Australian online Net-news publication NewsWire is no more.

ACP decided to close the site because (and this has a familiar ring to it) it wasn't commercially viable.

NewsWire's editor-in-chief, Angus Kidman wasn't prepared to go out without having his say however, and yesterday he published a stinging editorial in which he slammed the publishers for their shortsightedness.

For some strange reason however, that particular outspoken editorial no longer appears on the site this morning (I wonder why? :-)

Personally I'm saddened by ACP's decision to pull the plug on NewsWire. Links to its stories were often found in the news section of this page and I think Kidman's editorials were the closest thing Australia had to their own version of Aardvark.

Good on ya Angus and here's hoping you're able to grind the bastards down.

Hey Angus, if you want to add your voice to this publication, drop me an email!

The Weekly
Yes, I know the first edition of the weekly has yet to appear -- but I'm still working on it.

Hopefully (if current leads pan out) it will include a very interesting expose' into the astoundingly bad behaviour of a group of local "new economy" company directors (some of who are also on the board of a public company). Just how competent and ethical are the managers of some of our hi-tech public companies?

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