A Connecticut newspaper group is mourning the demise of the venerable Flip camera, a small, low-cost video camera that was discontinued by parent company Cisco last week.

As ubiquitous as cheap portable video cameras may be to consumers, the print news media only recently caught onto the trend but has quickly worked to monetize the simple-to-use devices. The Journal Register Co., owner of several Connecticut papers including the New Haven Register and the Torrington Register Citizen, provided more than 1,000 of the pocket-sized video recorders to reporters in early 2010 and added a video requirement to their weekly tasks.

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