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Mike Magee in jail  (Source: Mike Magee)
IT Examiner and The News retired due to lack of viability

Several websites started by the indomitable Mike Magee are going to shut down, according to his blog.

The IT Examiner was an information technology news website based out of Bangalore, India. The concept was to use low-cost labour and overseas outsourcing to keep costs down while pumping out cheap stories. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, even with IT hacks.

The News was another website with a similar concept, although focusing on more mainstream news. It even had a sports section.

Both sites were apparently backed by Chinese investors through Metaplume, registered in the British Virgin Islands. However, with the global downturn, advertising revenues have declined significantly.
 
Most news websites and newspapers are heavily dependent on advertising in order to continue operations. Several notable newspapers have also closed operations, including the Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Metaplume has therefore decided to shut down both sites at the end of March, rather than ride out the storm.

"Mad Mike" Magee is famous for his witty reporting style, developed after decades of writing technology articles. He co-founded The Register in 1994 during the early days of the Internet and technology news websites. After a split with his partners, he went on to create The Inquirer in 2001, where a certain DailyTech journalist worked. He sold The Inquirer in 2006, and left in 2008 to work on The News and the IT Examiner.

Magee is reportedly working on another new venture.



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What about the jail?
By fezzik1620 on 3/26/2009 9:32:51 AM , Rating: 5
Am I the only one who read the title, looked at the picture before reading the article, and then spent the entire time reading the article assuming the website was being shutdown because this guy (who I haven't heard of) was thrown in jail and waiting to hear why he was thrown in jail? Might want to add something to the caption if it is an old picture or state something about it in the article. I think it is a bit misleading.




RE: What about the jail?
By evilharp on 3/26/2009 9:47:34 AM , Rating: 1
Mike Magee (a.k.a. Mageek) founded the http://www.theregister.co.uk/ and http://www.theinquirer.net/ .

He is known for his cheeky style of journalism and his ability to irritate Intel executives (i.e. "Kicking" Pat Gelsinger source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/950/10419... )

As for "the News", it didn't last long. It was founded in January of this year (source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/625/10506... ). I guess outsourcing everything to India doesn't work after all...


RE: What about the jail?
By SlipDizzy on 3/26/2009 9:48:42 AM , Rating: 5
After I read the title then looked at the picture, I thought this was going to be about a guy (that I don't know) writing tech blogs from prison.


RE: What about the jail?
By Verran on 3/26/2009 10:59:33 AM , Rating: 5
I agree. You're not alone in jumping to the conclusion that the shot of this guy in jail was going to be applicable to the story. Maybe it's our fault for making the assumption, but I doubt we're alone. I bet a lot of people are going to read and then re-read this article trying to figure out why he's in jail.


RE: What about the jail?
By Jansen (blog) on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about the jail?
By Verran on 3/26/2009 1:48:11 PM , Rating: 5
Perhaps I should return the favor and insult your comprehension skills because I don't see how this is an applicable response to my post.

What does this have to do with him being in jail?! I got nothing out of your article that would have led me to believe the picture of him in jail was a joke.

Perhaps you're assuming too much prior knowledge from your audience?

I see a story about websites getting shut down. I see a picture of their owner (creator, whatever) in jail. Is it unreasonable to assume an implication that the sites were shut down because they were doing something illegal? And yet there's no mention of illegalities that I can see in the article. Hence the confusion.


RE: What about the jail?
By tastyratz on 3/26/2009 4:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed,
the heading of the article indicates a relationship between the person being jailed, and the sites shutting down but I found no real mention. The story is misleading and incomplete.

Reading comprehension skills perhaps inhibited by incomprehensive writing skills?


RE: What about the jail?
By nidomus on 3/26/2009 2:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
Awww, somebody is a grumpy gus!


RE: What about the jail?
By Jansen (blog) on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about the jail?
By Fnoob on 3/29/2009 10:02:21 AM , Rating: 2
Raid is your friend. Well, level 1 and up anyhow...


RE: What about the jail?
By fezzik1620 on 3/26/2009 7:12:24 PM , Rating: 4
Jansen,
I apologize if I offended you. There is nothing wrong with my comprehension skills. I fully understood what the article was about after I read through it. I was pointing out that the juxtaposition of the article's title and sub title with the photo naturally inclined one to a rather misleading pretext for the article. I also offered a suggestion to correct this incongruity. I do usually appreciate and enjoy your articles and blog posts and I was trying to be helpful, not insulting. Again, I'm sorry and thanks for all your hard work.
-a DailyTech fan


RE: What about the jail?
By Jansen (blog) on 3/26/2009 8:24:16 PM , Rating: 2
All is good man. I like the readers here, there's a reason why I'm writing for DT and not somewhere else.

I am sorry for my overreaction though.

Like I wrote, REALLY bad day....


RE: What about the jail?
By Jansen (blog) on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about the jail?
By someguy123 on 3/26/2009 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 5
good lord, are you a child? what is wrong with you.


RE: What about the jail?
By VoodooChicken on 3/26/2009 4:21:18 PM , Rating: 3
We're sorry you don't either.


RE: What about the jail?
By Procurion on 3/31/2009 7:36:14 AM , Rating: 3
It is called "Yellow Journalism". This style of writing is not intended to actually pass on facts as much as it is designed to create misconceptions and serve the authors' opinions only. I will not be visiting this site again.


By MasterSergeant109 on 4/3/2009 10:00:25 AM , Rating: 2
Who,what, when, where , why, and how. Didn't you learn anything in Journalism Class, you musta slept through them. Most Newspapers ignore the basic story elements now;
perhaps the reason they are going bankrupt, and Broadcast journalist, well mostly bubble headed bleached Blond talking heads; don't get me started. Bad Journalist should be jailed. Just an old retired Master Sergeant here. What do I Know?.

Robot hell I am a frackin Cylon!


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