No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users

Amid the economic downturn, there are fewer places in New York to plug in computers. As idle workers fill coffee-shop tables — nursing a single cup, if that, and surfing the Web for hours — and as shop owners struggle to stay in business, a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading. In some places, customers just get cold looks, but in a growing number of…

The Answer Man [Roger Ebert Review]

Here’s how Ebert ended a review he wrote yesterday: It’s said that Richard Harding Davis was dispatched by William Randolph Hearst to cover the Johnstown flood. Here was his lead: “God stood on a mountaintop here and looked at what his waters had wrought.” Hearst cabled back: “Forget flood. Interview God.” A wonderful story. Checking out the quote online, I found a blog entry by Dennis G. Jerz of Seton…

Murdoch vows to charge for all online content

Good luck with that, Rupert. “We intend to charge for all our news websites,” Mr Murdoch said. “If we’re successful, we’ll be followed by all media,” he added, predicting “significant revenues” from charging for differentiated news online. I think it probably makes sense to charge a bit in order to get unique content early, before it’s released to the general public.  Maybe some tech and business bloggers would pay a…