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November 21, 2006

Not Comics: Yahoo Newspaper Deal

Since it's increasingly clear in a kind of "the sun is warm" way that the traditional newspaper business as we've come to know it over the years is in the "Hindenburg in Lakehurst" phase of its history -- a folksy telling of that tale can be found here -- it's important to note those moments that feel historically important, like Seattle shifting from a two-newspaper to a one-newspaper town, or King Features offering its subscriptions. After all, newspapers are one of the great and still immensely profitable platforms for popular comics art.

Yahoo following Google into the newspaper partnership business is another such important story, I think because everyone realizes that while the deal starts with classifieds, it extends into all sorts of areas such as search mechanisms that flatter local media content.
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