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The Logic Behind Apple’s Give-Us-Half-Your-Revenue Pitch to News Publishers
February 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

Apple says it wants to help save journalism. All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage. The argument, made by everyone from my colleague Casey Newton to Apple blogger John Gruber: 50 percent is way, way too high…

Google News is Broken
February 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

There's been a lot of discussion about the future of publishing over the last few years, particularly as Facebook traffic began cratering, leaving publishers scrambling to find new sources of traffic. What's never really discussed, however, is how those platforms work, and how news sources end up getting mountains of traffic from them, let alone…

Instagram and Admissions at Annual Magazine Conference
February 8, 2019 at 10:01 am

At the annual American Magazine Media Conference, an event about magazines and the people who work for them, there was an awful lot of talk about Instagram. It’s the first thing Kate Lewis, the chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, looks at in the morning; same for Jessica Pels, the new editor in chief of…

Snopes Pulls Out of its Fact-Checking Partnership with Facebook
February 4, 2019 at 11:34 am

Snopes is no longer debunking misinformation in partnership with Facebook. In a statement published Friday, the fact-checking site said that it has withdrawn from its partnership with the technology company, which enabled them to decrease the reach of false stories, images and videos in the News Feed. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is…

Apple News Boosts Readership To 85 Million
February 1, 2019 at 9:06 am

Apple scored a victory of sorts as its stock climbed after the iPhone maker revealed dismal results from its fiscal first-quarter that included the holiday buying season. The company also revealed positive metrics for its growing services business that includes its Apple News content aggregator. On Jan. 2, CEO Tim Cook had braced investors for…

Five Key Media Tech Trends from January
February 1, 2019 at 9:04 am

It’s hard to believe but the first month of 2019 has already elapsed, and the media industry got off to a headline-making start across multiple sectors. Here, we look at some of the key media tech trends from January. 1. Regulation, regulation, regulation The calls for greater social media regulation grew louder in January, as…

Google Slapped with $56.8 Million Fine for GDPR Consent Violations
January 23, 2019 at 10:47 am

Google is now the recipient of the largest fine yet handed out under GDPR. The 50 million euro penalty ($56.8 million) was imposed because France’s data protection regulator (CNIL) said the company was not sufficiently transparent about the use of personal information and didn’t obtain specific consent for ad-targeting purposes. Penalty comes…