Monday, May 3, 2010

Morning Brief: Apple announces its sold one million iPads; Church to sell Washington Times; a weekend of Tribunes

Apple announced this morning that it has sold one million iPads.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in an Apple statement. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

Chitika Labs estimate of Apple iPad sales probably remains too high.

While Apple's accomplishment would be important in its own right, combining this with last week's revelation that H-P was delaying its Slate tablet launch, and the Microsoft is scrapping plans for the Courier, this leaves the field wide open for Apple.

More importantly, this makes the decision making process for publishers easier: the iPhone OS (and Android) is where its at right now.

Speaking of Microsoft: Microsoft has committed itself to HTML5, and with that has come down hard on the side of Apple in the Apple-Adobe war over Flash. Writing on the IEBlog, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer, writes "The future of the web is HTML5."

"Today, video on the web is predominantly Flash-based," Hachamovitch wrote. "While video may be available in other formats, the ease of accessing video using just a browser on a particular website without using Flash is a challenge for typical consumers. Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web."

It looks like Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church is putting the Washington Times up for sale. The NYT's DealBook thinks former Post reporter, and Times editor, John Solomon may be a potential buyer.

Oncology journals publisher CIG Media Group announced it has made a financial endowment to aid local clinical cancer research, and foundations such as the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation.

CIG Media Group properties include Clinical Lung Cancer; Clinical Colorectal Cancer; Clinical Breast Cancer; Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia; and Clinical Ovarian Cancer.

Rant: Is the Chicago Tribune America's worst metro daily? It has to be.  For me, this weekend was, as they say, the straw that broke the camel's back. After growing up in a household with two daily newspapers delivered, and having never lived anywhere without getting home delivery of a newspaper, it may be time to end the practice.

Saturday: the Tribune features three stories on its front page. The first about the owner of the Cub and his fight to put up a sign. Really. But most of the front page concerned rhythmic gymnastics. Again, no joke. The was two inches dedicated to the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

Sunday: A hard hitting (yes, I'm kidding) feature on judges who the Tribune feels are too lenient on speeders. The majority of the page is made up of a feature on the Trine 2010 all-state academic team. The third story isn't a story, its the Trib's editorial diatribe against state funding. In other words, zero news.

The online Tribune was no better, maybe worse. Not finding any news in the print edition, I went online to find that this was the world according to the Chicago Tribune:

3 dead in double murder-suicide
Toddler dies after SW Side fire
Man killed in W. Rogers Park motorcycle crash
1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Zion house party
3 arrests in death of magician from 'Tonight Show'
Bensenville police get 'suspicious package'

Be afraid, be very afraid.