If you're looking for an overview of the troubled roll-out of Google's Buzz--the new social-networking site that could, potentially, be an alternative to Facebook and Twitter--this piece, from the NY Times's Miguel Helft, is a worthwhile read. Here's the bottom line: Google screwed up, big time, by automatically pushing people into networks rather than letting users take the first step.
In a Nieman Journalism Lab post earlier today, Tim Windsor lamented the fact that, in his speech earlier this week, AP chairman Dean Singleton "curse[d] the darkness" rather than vowing that AP would "create something new and better." The first thing Windsor wished Singleton had said was, "We're going to build something better than Google News."
Is the Boston Globe's entrance into Yahoo's Newspaper Consortium a smart attempt, by New England's paper of record, to adapt to the future of news? Or, instead, is this whole Newspaper Consortium thing a sign of Yahoo's desperation as it tries to compete with Google?