How’d I miss this important Nashville travel news

How’d I miss this important Nashville travel news? Last week while I was complaining about how lousy it is to travel through LaGuardia, I completely missed the news that Jet Blue will begin service between JFK and Nashville on August 31. Three daily non-stops with introductory fares starting at $69 each way. Lesson: If you wish hard enough, sometimes things come true.

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Scoble Mountain

Dave Winer: “In retrospect, Mount Scoble was a lot higher than I thought.”

Related: On a comment to my previous post, I added this: “I think Robert is a role-model of how those inside a company will be learning how to talk WITH the world. I believe (PR pioneers) Bernays and Ivy were among the first to (advocate that talking TO the public was) something a company could “manage”…Scoble actually took the teachings of Doc Searls, Dave Weinberger, etc., and applied them to one of the largest corporations in the world — and lived to write a book about it. Was it perfect? No. Will others do it better? Yes. There will be many more examples, but he has blazed a trail.”

More related: Robert comments on the mountain of coverage his announcement is receiving. Also, Robert’s departure announcement is the first I’ve ever heard of that inspired a commemorative tile coaster.

By the way, this eulogistic showering of praise on Robert sounds like we’re bidding him farewell. That’s not my plan.

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Google is a breath mint, no Google is a candy mint

certs twinsGoogle is a breath mint, no Google is a candy mint: Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, responds to the LA Times question, “Is Google a media company or a technology company?:

“It’s better to think of Google as a technology company. Google is run by three computer scientists, and Google is an innovator in technology in our space. We’re in the advertising business — 99% of our revenue is advertising-related. But that doesn’t make us a media company. We don’t do our own content. We get you to someone else’s content faster.”

Is it just that time of year? Last year on the rexblog, I was tracking a similar meme. Last year, I said the following, however there were lots of other folks on other blogs who made convincing arguments why Google is a media company. Here’s what I blogged on June 13, 2005:

“It can be confusing to those who want to declare any company that derives the largest portion of its revenue from advertising a “media company,” but it’s just not. Nor should they want to be. Google can make lots more money doing what it’s doing than any media company can. They serve media companies and will pump hundreds of millions of dollars of revenues into the coffers of media companies this year, and, in some niche cases, compete with the media industry, but they are not a media company.

However, they can be categorized as a marketing-communication services company. They can be categorized as a media services company. They can be categorized as a technology company. And some of their products can be classified “new media.”

But calling them a “media company” and comparing them to Time Warner is a mischaracterization of their business and displays a misunderstanding of what they do and what a media company does.

This year, my point-of-view has evolved. Now I believe the following: Every company is a media company. Every person is a media person. Get over it.

Update: John Battelle: “…media businesses, in the main, command far lower valuations on Wall Street than technology businesses.”

(Which reminds me, have I mentioned Hammock Publishing is no longer a media business, but is now a technology business?)

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