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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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RE: What about the jail?
By Jansen on 3/26/2009 11:57:58 AM , Rating: -1
"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."

I'm sorry if your comprehension skills have not yet developed, but half the blog post was about the downturn, as well as websites and newspapers shutting down due to declining advertising revenues.

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
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 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
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 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....

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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