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Waiting for’s Newton site

It’s a little after 11:30 a.m. So I guess we can now officially say that the Boston Globe has delayed the unveiling of its hyperlocal Newton site, the subject of much speculation and angst this week.

I would imagine the delay is due to some tech snafu, though it’s possible it’s being retooled in response to the concerns raised by GateHouse Media, owner of the Newton Tab.

Though I’ve been among those who’ve been wondering if the Globe’s plans might unfairly make use of the Tab’s content, I also expect that the Globe folks are smart enough not to go too far. If there’s a blog on the Globe site that links to some Tab content, well, you can’t stop the Globe from blogging. Nor should you.

If the Globe refrains from linking to every story in the Tab; and if, when it does, it does so in such a way that you feel as though you need to click on through, then everyone should be happy.

Update: Media Nation reader G.R. tells me that the the site now says the Newton page will debut on Monday.

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  1. Adam Gaffin

    Web development is such a bitch someetimes (I know from painful personal experience).

  2. Ani

    My complaint about local news coverage in my community is that what exists now (including the WickedLocal product) does not seem to be independent enough of the VIPs in the community it covers. So, I think there’s room for a better product. Of course, if this effort by the Globe is just about pilfering someone else’s product, this is not going to be that healthy competition.

  3. Doug Haslam

    Site is live now. (Thanks to chuck Tanowitz at I couldn;t find any RSS feeds. Since that’s the way I read news sites, it’s a deal-breaker for me.

  4. adolfo

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