TechCrunch reports Microsoft is shutting down its book digitization initiative, which launched in 2006, the company said in an email today (full text is here). The publisher site is already down, the books site itself will be shut next week, and Microsoft posted a blog post on it here
Dan Gillmor writes: The YouTube Citizen News Channel wants to highlight citizen videos with news value. Olivia Ma, the site’s News Manager, says on the site’s blog:
If you see examples of fellow YouTubers doing great work in journalism and reporting, please let me know. If you’re a citizen journalist yourself, tell me how YouTube could better serve you. I want to hear how you guys envision news on YouTube and what you’d like to see. My ultimate mission is to make the site a go-to destination for news on the web.
So far so good — another worthwhile experiment in citizen media. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works.
But as they monetize this, I hope they’re going to find a way to reward the people who are doing the work. As I’ve said again and again, I’m not a fan of business models that say “You do all the work and we’ll take all the money, thank you very much.”
Dan continues: I also hope YouTube will give people a way to post using Creative Commons licenses, which are all about sharing information, as opposed to the currently restrictive terms of service. This is the main reason I don’t automatically recommend the service — though I do believe it offers great value in a general sense– and why I do recommend Blip.TV, which makes Creative Commons one of the defaults.