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Nerd fight: Rupert Murdoch vs. Steve Ballmer on print newspapers

In today's Washington Post, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer opines that print newspapers and magazines will be dead in a decade.

"In the next 10 years, the whole world of media, communications and advertising are going to be turned upside down -- my opinion. Here are the premises I have. Number one, there will be no media consumption left in 10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form."

Compare these to Rupert Murdoch's comments from last month that not only is print not dead, it's "got a great future."

Deciding whether you're on the side of Microsoft or the guy that owns Fox News is kind of like Aliens vs. Predator. But I'm (mostly) with Ballmer on this one. The next great technical advance that changes media will be screen technology that makes it as easy on the eyes to read a screen as it is to read a paper. Continued progress on affordability of PDAs and web-browsing phones will speed this process, too.


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