Robert Scoble, the prominent developer and blogger, has posted a 10-point list of what newspapers could have --- and should have --- owned or operated in recent years but let slip through the fingers.
In his view, these were giveaways, things that newspapers could have governed or controlled to their benefit. Instead they surrendered the category to an upstart.
The list is impressive: Craigslist, Flickr, Huffington Post, Facebook, Twitter, Google News, Yelp, Google Maps, Topix, Yahoo and Google Finance, Memorandum, Astrology.com and Comics.com.
But Scoble is not the nattering nabob of negativity. He points to the many opportunities that remain for newspapers, not only in what they need to build but what they have in their midst. It's a long, but very savvy post.