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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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By Jansen on 3/26/2009 12:06:13 PM , Rating: -1
I guess our readership is just getting younger, or I am just getting older.

Most of you probably don't even know who Thomas Pabst was, or remember when Sharky used to be awesome.

RE: Readership
By BBeltrami on 3/26/2009 12:37:24 PM , Rating: 5
What the hell is that supposed to mean?! Your responses to responses to your blog posting are belittling and are embarrassing you and DT. Please stop and try to grow some thicker skin.

I don't really give a crap about your ugly age discrimination problems or sadness at realizing the years pile up. I don't care if you don't understand what Libel is. I'm sorry we're idiots for not getting YOUR humor at posting that stupid and confusing photo. And I don't need your uppity comments questioning the readerships comprehension skills, you jerk.

And yes I know exactly who Tom is as do MANY of the DT readers. You come off like an elitist name-dropping snob with poor self-esteem... and worse.

RE: Readership
By B3an on 3/26/2009 3:40:03 PM , Rating: 1
Jansen is certainly doing a good job of being a massive tit.

But cant expect much more from someone who worked at the Inquirer.

RE: Readership
By mikefarinha on 3/26/2009 7:28:57 PM , Rating: 1
The Register is often on the cutting edge of news and often times a bit 'edgey' for a tech ezine. However The Inquirer is simply downright awful. They give the term 'rag' a bad name.

Any magazine that consistently uses a pet name for a company they don't like comes off like a facebook conversation by grade schoolers.

This authors spite in the comments only reaffirms my feelings of The Inquirer.

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