David M. Cole, a Bay Area newspaper industry consultant who had a major role in the development of electronic journalism, died Jan. 17 of cancer. Mr. Cole, who lived in Pacifica, was 62.
In 1981, when he was systems editor of the San Francisco Examiner in charge of newsroom technology, Mr. Cole helped develop a system that allowed readers to download the paper by way of a telephone hookup that linked two computers.
The Examiner was one of only a few newspapers in the nation that used
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