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Zombies, Mutants & Resurrection: Magazine Publishing in 2019
December 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm

For magazine publishing, 2019 has been a year full of births, deaths, mutants, zombies – and even a resurrection. The glass-half-full crowd will point to the findings of Mr. Magazine (Dr. Samir Husni) that the total number of magazine titles in the U.S. is at a record high. The half-empty folks will note the loss…

Lessons from the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit: Diversify & Invest in Quality Content
April 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. It was Gibson who coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story Burning Chrome. He is also responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which I often used to open my lectures in the…

Google Says it’s Fighting Misinformation, but How Hard?
February 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Google recently presented a white paper at a digital-security conference in Germany, in which the search giant detailed all the steps it is taking across its various divisions—YouTube, Google News and Google Search—to fight misinformation and disinformation. The company said it is working hard in a number of areas including using…

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…

The Future of Media is Niche
January 30, 2019 at 11:29 am

The future of publishing belongs to those that focus on niche areas partly because the internet has reduced distribution costs to zero, according to Ben Thompson, author of the daily tech and media analysis note, The Stratechery. What's happening: Thompson argues in his email to subscribers that the recent layoffs at BuzzFeed underscore this point.…

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…

Bloomberg Media's CRO Thinks It's a Great Time to be a Publisher
January 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm

It is, to hear Bloomberg Media's Keith Grossman tell it, both the best of times and the worst of times to be a publisher, depending on who you ask. On January 1, the global chief revenue officer broke down his view of the digital media landscape on LinkedIn in an inelegantly titled manifesto called "Topline…

The Top 12 Media Tech Stories We Published in 2018
January 3, 2019 at 10:04 am

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience…