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More sad news about old media companies

July 6, 2009

After that last post, I didn’t think I’d read anything else today that would suggest just how badly papers are doing these days. Gawker brought to my attention this amazingly sad memo doing the rounds at the New York times:

Although we recognize that texting has become an indispensable means of communication for many people, our basic company plans with Verizon and AT&T do not provide for unlimited texting. A lot of texting costs us a lot of money, whether as a per-message fee or as an unlimited-message add-on.

So please use discretion when deciding to send a text, especially if a voice call or e-mail would get your message to the recipient equally well. Do not use Twitter via text messages; install a client like Twitterberry on your phone instead. Do not send picture or video messages (“MMS”) from company phones except for work purposes. And do not text from overseas.

I guess VCast is out of the question, then.

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