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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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Accuracy
By Saist on 3/26/2009 10:31:11 AM , Rating: 2
Mike also has a reputation for being less accurate than a shotgun using Buck Shot at a 3 mile range, and was proven in several cases to accept higher paying ad-rates for positive results in reporting (e.g., the guy took bribes to say good things). The relationship with an Anandtech / Dailytech reporter might explain a lot about the behavior of AT/DT's reporters when it comes to covering stories about Intel and AMD.




RE: Accuracy
By Jansen (blog) on 3/26/09, Rating: 0
RE: Accuracy
By GaryJohnson on 3/26/2009 4:17:01 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
leaked Intel roadmaps

fabricated != leaked

quote:
the articles DailyTech has written AGAINST payola

Those articles were written by the DT staff of yesterday, not the DT staff of today. Where is Kubicki anyways? He seems to have abandoned DT. DT has changed, not at all for the better in my opinion.


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