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New York Senator Proposes a Federal ‘Data Protection Agency’

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the United States government more involved in protecting digital privacy, and she wants to create a new federal agency to do it. Gillibrand (D-NY) proposed legislation Thursday to create a Data Protection Agency at the federal level. In an outline of her proposal, published on the official Senate Medium account, Gillibrand…

Protocol — Think Politico, but for Tech — Launches into a Crowded Space

The tech industry is littered with startups once framed in a pitch meeting as “[successful existing company], but for [some other line of business].” Uber, but for petsitters. Airbnb, but for barns. Sofi, but for gamblers. Lime, but for unicycles. Squarespace, but for birthday cards. Casper, but for pillows. That Silicon Valley DNA is alive…

The Future of BuzzFeed: Win or LOL?

Revenue is up at the site founded by Jonah Peretti, who says he is “open” to being “part of a larger company” as a top editor departs.

Press Release: Akadémiai Kiadó Grows Open Access Program and Relaunches 60+ Journals on PubFactory

January 31, 2020 — Akadémiai Kiadó has moved the whole of their AKJournals program—60+ peer-reviewed STM titles—onto Sheridan PubFactory’s online hosting platform as they pursue continued growth in Open Access and Open Science initiatives. Founded in 1828 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Akadémiai Kiadó (a Wolters Kluwer business) is Hungary’s oldest continuously operating publishing house…

News Corp Launches Knewz with Stories from 400-Plus Publishers, Promising No Clickbait or ‘Narrow-Minded Nonsense’

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp says it’s trying to battle fake news and social-media clickbait with Knewz, its own curated headline-aggregation service. The company’s new Knewz.com site — a text-heavy agglomeration that has already drawn critiques of its cluttered design — officially launched Thursday as a “beta” test. The site, patterned after other aggregators like Google News, Apple News and Drudge…

With Dance Challenges and Explainer Videos, Publishers Invade TikTok to Court Gen Z

New York (CNN Business) – TikTok, the short-form video app popular among Gen Z and best known for its viral dance challenges, is the No. 1 entertainment app on Apple's App Store. But publishers have seized on it for a different reason: They're posting explainers and fact-checks pegged to the news. Sometimes they're dancing too —…

Press Release: Forbes Appoints Chief Product and Chief Technology Officers

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2020 – Forbes CEO Mike Federle today announced the appointments of Nina Gould and Vadim Supitskiy as Chief Product and Chief Technology Officers, respectively. Gould and Supitskiy are veterans of Forbes who have redesigned the company’s platforms, driven deeper engagement with audiences and with marketing partners, and seamlessly managed the company’s…

Press Release: Crain Launches 'Sustainable Plastics' to Address Recycling and Sustainability Market

Detroit (January 7, 2020) – Crain Communications Inc. is launching a new brand to address the emerging recycling and sustainability focus of the global plastics industry. Sustainable Plastics will provide news and information that impact consumer and industrial brands, manufacturers, governments, the plastics industry and more. “There is no bigger issue today in the plastics industry…

How the Remnants of About.com Are Stealthily Taking Over the Internet

On Bagel Thursdays, Dotdash convenes its weekly growth meeting in a conference room overlooking Times Square. At 9 o’clock on a bright September morning, a dozen or so editors, an analytics guru, and the company’s top two operating executives discuss plans to enhance Dotdash’s vast content archive of more than 250,000 “super articles,” company parlance…

NBCUniversal Aims to Merge TV and Digital Ad Buying With New Tech

Comcast Corp. -owned NBCUniversal says it is accelerating efforts to create a single ad technology and sales infrastructure for marketers to run media plans across its TV and digital properties, and across local, national and global markets. The efforts center on One Platform, which will combine existing and new tools for advertisers to plan, schedule, optimize and…

Sports Illustrated Staffers Become Latest to Try to Unionize

The 2019 trend of newsrooms unionizing shows no sign of running out of steam as a new year begins. The latest is Sports Illustrated, with the majority of its staff revealing today that they intend to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York and are demanding voluntary recognition from its new operator, Seattle-based…

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