2016/01/05

How The Verge is trying to shed its tech-for-bros image

Digiday :: The Verge, like many of its tech-news peers, started out as a predominately guy-focused site, but to meet the growth demands of the digital economy, it has had to become more female-friendly. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Snapchat is building an ad technology platform

Digiday :: Snapchat is starting to work on a crucial part of any growing digital ad business: an API that would let third-party technology partners plug in and start buying ad spots.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

EU executive body to debate controversial new Polish media law

RFERL :: The European Union’s executive body will take up the issue of controversial new amendments to Poland’s media law when it meets later this month. 

Read Staff, RFE/RL, www.rferl.org

2016/01/03

2016 predictions: Can upstarts like Vice and Buzzfeed keep their cool?

Guardian :: Last year saw the digital media upstarts step up a gear, and 2016 looks set to see them consolidate their place alongside established media businesses.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Content tax makes German iPhones, iPads (a little) more expensive

Recode :: If you’re reading this in Germany, and you waited until the New Year to buy a new iPhone or iPad, your device-to-be just got more expensive.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

What the Boston Globe's former editor felt while watching Spotlight

Cinema Blend :: Baron oversaw the investigation into the rampant child abuse in and around Boston. You can imagine that seeing yourself being portrayed up on screen is somewhat bizarre, but rather than being unable to invest in the film because he was one of the characters, Baron insisted that he actually became emotional while watching it. 

Read Gregory Wakeman, www.cinemablend.com

Will you e-read on your ‘e-frigerator'?

The Digital Reader :: Chris Meadows over at Teleread brings our attention to Samsung's next refrigerator. It comes equipped with a large screen but something tells me that we're not going to be reading on it.

Read Nate Hoffelder, the-digital-reader.com

How President Paul Kagame crushed Rwanda's free press - The Guardian

Guardian :: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, Anjan Sundaram recalls teaching journalists in Rwanda under the oppressive regime of President Paul Kagame, who last week announced he will stand for a third term, which could see him in power until 2034. In this extract, Sundaram describes the presidential election in 2010, a critical moment in the destruction of a free press.

Read Anjan Sundaram, www.theguardian.com

Boston Globe reporters forced to deliver papers by hand amid distribution crisis

Guardian :: Media company in ‘crisis mode’ as move to new delivery company leaves thousands of angry customers without their daily newspaper.

Read Guardian staff, www.theguardian.com

Senior TV managers resign in Poland in anticipation of new media law

Deutsche Welle :: Four senior managers at Poland's public broadcaster TVP have announced their resignations. Poland's imminent adoption of new media legislation would likely have resulted in their dismissals.

Read Staff, Deutsche Welle, www.dw.com

2016/01/02

Blurred lines no more: The regulators are going native In 2016

Mediapost :: The FTC -- two years after its workshop entitled “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content” -- has felt compelled to issue an enforcement policy statement and business guidelines.

Read Paavana Kumar, Vejay G. Lalla, www.mediapost.com

Alan Sugar hits out at Sun's coverage of Harold Shipman Twitter prank

Guardian :: Newspaper said Apprentice star was ‘careless’ for being tricked into retweeting image of serial killer.

Read Ben Quinn, www.theguardian.com

Livingroom Video Viewing is Booming, but Analytics Still Lag, Hulu’s Naylor

Beet.TV :: The industry will move to more robust cross-screen measurements in the new year, says Peter Naylor, SVP at Hulu

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

DJI just launched new software to stop its drones from flying in restricted airspace

The Verge :: On Thursday, drone manufacturer DJI launched a beta version of its new "geofencing" system, something the company says will keep its drones from flying into restricted airspace. The new feature is called Geospatial Environment Online (GEO)

Read Loren Grush, www.theverge.com

DJI just launched new software to stop its drones from flying in restricted airspace

The Verge :: On Thursday, drone manufacturer DJI launched a beta version of its new "geofencing" system, something the company says will keep its drones from flying into restricted airspace. The new feature is called Geospatial Environment Online (GEO)

Read Loren Grush, www.theverge.com

2016/01/01

New Delhi: Twitter saves the day for many public transport commuters

Economic Times :: Twitter proved to be a major boon for scores of commuters in the national capital today as it provided real-time information on shortest traffic routes and public transport availability, on a day when the Delhi government rolled out its ambitious odd-even scheme. 

Read Staff, Economic Times, economictimes.indiatimes.com

BBC Websites Said to Be Target of Online Attack

The company’s websites and popular video-on-demand service were offline for roughly three hours; the BBC’s television and radio stations were not affected.

Read Mark Scott, www.nytimes.com

Washington Post claims it dropped a progressive columnist because of poor readership. Readers aren't happy

Huffington Post :: Harold Meyerson provided a progressive voice on The Washington Post's opinion page for nearly 13 years. But a few weeks ago, Meyerson learned from editorial page editor Fred Hiatt that his contract would not be renewed for the coming year. 

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

Reddit’s 2015 stats: Pageviews up 16% to 82bn, submissions hit 73m, comments pass 725m

Reddit today announced that in 2014 it served an impressive 82.54 billion pageviews in over 88,700 active subreddits. 

Read Emil Protalinski, venturebeat.com

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