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Tumblr is a microblogging platform created in 2007 by David Karp and Marco Arment and owned by Yahoo. Tumblr is often referred to as a “microblogging” service because its features are designed for simplicity. Though the blogs offer users background themes and other design options, Tumblr is not as customizable as platforms like WordPress or…

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Caroline O'Donovan    Aug. 11, 2014

The New York Times’ Mike Isaac was the first to report late Sunday night that BuzzFeed had raised $50 million in new venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz. If nothing else, at least now we know why @pmarca posted all those tweetstorms about the potential future of media: http://t.co/bN4VzfL4RT — Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) August 11, 2014…

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Mark Coddington    July 18, 2014

Murdoch’s play for Time Warner: Rupert Murdoch’s latest in a long history of big media takeover bids was revealed this when The New York Times reported that his 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion offer for Time Warner that was rejected last month. 21st Century Fox, the entertainment media properties of the former News Corp…

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Joseph Lichterman    July 15, 2014

In 1998, WFMU, a New Jersey-based freeform public radio station, began developing its own content management system. Over the past 15 years, the station has continued working on the CMS, making it easier to fundraise through the site and growing a community of dedicated listeners. Today, about 70 percent of WFMU’s annual $2 million budget…

Joshua Benton    July 14, 2014

In case you spent Friday under a rock, and that rock had no wifi and, like, only one bar of signal, all-world basketball player LeBron James announced he would be returning to his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Breaking the story was Sports Illustrated, which published a first-person essay by James “as told to” SI…

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Mark Coddington    July 3, 2014

The review has been off the last two weeks, so this week’s review covers the past couple of weeks. Facebook’s ethically dubious experiment: Facebook was under fire again this week for collecting data from its users without their knowledge, this time in conjunction with Cornell University professors for an experiment on the influence of Facebook’s News…

Joshua Benton    June 18, 2014

The Wall Street Journal ran a review of a 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini, yesterday. Nothing too unusual there, at least for 2014. But the paper went a few steps beyond the norm in presenting it. First, it made a two-minute explainer video. De rigueur at this point. Then it used a 3D modeler…

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Joseph Lichterman    May 29, 2014

May 22 was World Goth Day! To celebrate, NPR’s main Twitter account, @nprnews, sent out a tweet to its 2 million-plus followers sharing a 2013 NPR story on Goth Barbie. It earned 156 retweets — among the highest of anything NPR shared that day. Happy World Goth Day! http://t.co/DUxua8wUR1 (2013) pic.twitter.com/8pXgCr5wFk — NPR News (@nprnews)…

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Mark Coddington    May 23, 2014

Jill Abramson and editing while female: Last week’s review ran as the dust was still settling from Jill Abramson’s firing from The New York Times, so here’s a quick rundown of what speculation and explanation has emerged since then: Countering the reports that Abramson’s inquiry into her unequal pay was a key event in her dismissal, Politico’s…

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Ken Doctor    May 8, 2014

Mobile first. Two devilishly simple words that, at this point, tell us so little. By now, it’s common knowledge that most companies producing digital news are approaching — and at times surpassing — the mobile-majority mark. It’s no longer uncommon for smartphone plus tablet to surpass desktop plus laptop in morning, evenings, and weekends. The…