Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran journalist, media executive and entrepreneur. He was editor of the ground-breaking Digital Media newsletter in the 1990s and a frequent contributor to ZDNet over the years. He led development of the first Web audio/video news network at ON24, sat on the board of Electric Classifieds Inc. and Match.com, and worked as an investment banker. A dedicated "portfolio career" worker, Mitch is co-founder and Chief Scientist of BuzzLogic LLC, a social network analytics and marketing communications platform developer, and works with Audible Inc. on its podcasting service, among other projects detailed <a href="http://www.ratcliffe.com/ disclosure.htm">here</a>. </p>

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Yahoo brings in a dealmaker: Transactions ahead

Yahoo brings in a dealmaker: Transactions ahead

Yahoo's choice for Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgenson, formerly of the investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners, indicates the company has decided to compete through acquisition. You don't bring in a dealmaking gun if you aren't prepared to pull the trigger on a lot of acquisitions.

published May 15, 2007 by

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Pew Report notes, part two: Social function does not translate into form

Pew Report notes, part two: Social function does not translate into form

Functionality is at the center of the Pew Internet & American Life Project's new report, A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users. The findings, which break out technology and communications users into 10 different groups with similar characteristics, demonstrate how many of today's leading edge features are still seeking engagement with those users.

published May 7, 2007 by

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Craigslist hoax empties house

Craigslist hoax empties house

Okay, a week ago, everyone was actually talking about the problem of false or mistaken identity, responsibility and lawbreaking. That important discussion died down, but the problem goes on.

published April 5, 2007 by

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Guilt by edginess?

Guilt by edginess?

Bert Bates, co-author of Kathy Sierra's Java book, has posted a comment in response to my previous posting that I would like to bring to everyone's attention, for it seems to depart from a concern for the facts in pursuit of revenge:loaded gunsMitch,You said: "The gun shoved in Chris Locke, Jeneane Sessums, Frank Paynter and Allen Herrell's hands is as likely to be illusory as not. We need proof, not accusations, just like in the physical world.

published March 28, 2007 by

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Identity rape and mob mentality

Identity rape and mob mentality

Allen Herrell, one of the accused attackers in the Kathy Sierra controversy, has written a long email to Doc Searls explaining that his entire online identity has been compromised. If true, and I believe it, because I have known Allen for many years, it appears there have been many more victims here than Ms.

published March 28, 2007 by

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The Great Vista/Mac Showdown: Desktop convergence

The Great Vista/Mac Showdown: Desktop convergence

The return to the Mac/Vista showdown has been languishing as I actually used the two systems for a while. During the past few weeks, I’ve found that I continually gravitate to the MacBook Pro because of its deep integration between the hardware and software.

published March 27, 2007 by

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Blogs and thick skin

Blogs and thick skin

Kathy Sierra's bad day is raining all over the Web. There's a sickening lull in debate going on as people react with the kind of horror reserved for mock outrage similar to Casablanca's Captain Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find out there's gambling going on here!

published March 27, 2007 by

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People will watch, it's what they do

People will watch, it's what they do

Regardless of what you think about mainstream media, the announcement that NBC and News Corp. are collaborating to bring a variety of television series and movies to a "YouTube-killing" media portal is going to change the way people think about their programming choices.

published March 22, 2007 by

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