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Google wants to do for podcasts on Android what Apple did for podcasts on iOS
Plus: the BBC moves to monetize outside the U.K., talent agencies keep moving in, and 50 billion is a big number.
By Nicholas Quah
Maybe to be at our best on mobile, publishers should think back to the web’s early, visually spare days
Girlboss redesigns its site to be as mobile-friendly as possible, hearkening back to the web’s first iterations in the name of speed.
By Joshua Benton
Here’s what we know so far about Google Chrome’s mobile article recommendations, the next major traffic driver for publishers
It’s driving over 100 million visits a month to news sites in the United States — on Android alone. And it’s an even bigger factor in France, Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere.
By Josh Schwartz
Homepages may be dead, but are daily news podcasts the new front page?
Plus: What’s going on with Stitcher Premium, Gimlet isn’t actually going to buy NPR One, and how membership works in the age of podcasts.
By Nicholas Quah
What The Guardian’s Mobile Innovation Lab has learned after two years of experimenting with better news delivery on phones
Two dozen experiments, one Brexit and one U.S. presidential election, and hundreds of thousands of readers later, the Mobile Innovation Lab has some thoughts about what newsroom innovation and experimentation requires on a practical level.
By Shan Wang
Enough with the “round-robin hot takes”: Techmeme tries a new kind of aggregation show
Plus: Continued steady, unsexy growth for podcasts, The New York Times tries windowing with Caliphate, and in-car podcast listening is growing while audiobook listening stays flat.
By Nicholas Quah
What do Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh have in common? They’re both flagged by Chinese censors
They’re just a few of countless names, codewords, memes, and phrases that have been blocked. Weiboscope, a project out of the University of Hong Kong, since 2011 has tracked deleted posts on Weibo, collecting a substantial dataset of the types of terms and content that triggers censors.
By Shan Wang
What The Guardian has learned trying to build a more intelligent story format — one that knows what you know
Like Circa before it, The Guardian aims to atomize a big breaking story into its individual parts — and then be smart about showing you the right ones at the right time.
By Mazin Sidahmed
Podcast publishers, start preserving your stuff. (This podcast will tell you how.)
Plus: Anchor relaunches (and where are we with social audio?), a McDonald’s podcast is an utterly fascinating artifact, and more media pariahs move to podcasts (this time, it’s Logan Paul).
By Nicholas Quah
The Guardian’s new podcast player for the web tries to make listening a little more interactive (but not interruptive)
The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app, and get phone notifications that point you to links and graphics at relevant points in the story as the audio plays.
By Shan Wang
Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
Google wants to do for podcasts on Android what Apple did for podcasts on iOS
Plus: the BBC moves to monetize outside the U.K., talent agencies keep moving in, and 50 billion is a big number.
By Nicholas Quah
Maybe to be at our best on mobile, publishers should think back to the web’s early, visually spare days
Girlboss redesigns its site to be as mobile-friendly as possible, hearkening back to the web’s first iterations in the name of speed.
Here’s what we know so far about Google Chrome’s mobile article recommendations, the next major traffic driver for publishers
It’s driving over 100 million visits a month to news sites in the United States — on Android alone. And it’s an even bigger factor in France, Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere.
What We’re Reading
NPR / Elizabeth Jensen
You call that breaking news?: NPR’s public editor on the increasing frequency of push notifications
“NPR puts alerts into two categories: Breaking news that subscribers need to know now and feature alerts, which cover investigative work and original reporting that NPR wants to highlight, as well as live event coverage and new podcasts or programs. (New programming alerts are supposed to be “rare and far between,” per the guidelines.)”
The Hollywood Reporter
Vox Media chief Jim Bankoff on the future of digital media and his Hollywood ambitions
Q: What’s an area of growth for Vox Media? A: Podcasting.
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
With $40 Million, podcast upstart Luminary Media is building its own platform
Here’s a “Netflix for podcasting” for you: “Unlike most of its competitors, which support their businesses primarily through advertising, Luminary Media’s business plan includes signing users up for a subscription service granting them access to a portfolio of premium podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
Taboola signed a deal with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE to surface recommended links on some of its phones
“Taboola has inked a deal with Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE Corp. to incorporate a new feature that displays Taboola’s recommended links on some of its phones, the companies announced Wednesday. The module will initially include only links to news and lifestyle stories from some existing publishing partners, although the company may eventually expand to include paid links from content marketers, according to Taboola Chief Executive Adam Singolda.”
Wired / Felix Salmon
The improbable rise of the daily news podcast
“[W]e come to Act 4, Vox’s new podcast, Today Explained — a daily news podcast which has had ultrahigh production values from inception. That kind of up-front commitment, without any guarantee of popularity or commercial success, would have been unthinkable just a few months ago: It’s a big-money move that even Gimlet and The New York Times didn’t dare attempt — let alone public radio stations, which are by nature more fiscally cautious.”
Bloomberg / Selina Wang
Twitter is working on a Snapchat-style video sharing tool
“The company has a working demo of the camera-centered product, according to people who have seen it, but the design hasn’t been finalized, nor has the timing of its debut. The tool could change significantly over the next several months, they said. The goal of the new feature is to entice people to share video clips of what’s happening around them.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
After folding in print, Self’s 8 million Snapchat users are more than on its website
The percentage of Self’s audience that returns to its Discover Stories at least three times a week is more than 50 percent. As a standalone channel, Snapchat is profitable for Self, according to parent company Condé Nast. (Self folded its print edition at the end of 2016 as part of a consolidation of Condé Nast’s magazines.)
Recode / Rani Molla
Video will make up 75 percent of mobile traffic in five years
Overall, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase to 110 exabytes per month in 2023, according to a report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson, or the equivalent of 5.5 million years of streaming HD video. It’s eight times the 14 exabytes per month we used in 2017.
CNBC / Sara Salinas
Snapchat’s redesign will separate its news-heavy Discover page from a user’s friend list
Snap has long been plagued by criticism that the app is difficult to navigate and not intuitive, dragging daily active users below estimates and burying paid publisher content. The update will start rolling out to some users this week.
The Splice Newsroom / Joshua Carroll
Frontier just launched Myanmar’s first local-language podcast – on Facebook
“Podcast platforms popular elsewhere are little used in Myanmar. SoundCloud puts off many because Android users must download the app to listen, and few people in the country have iPhones. To get around that, Doh Athan can be streamed directly from Facebook, a platform that dominates Myanmar’s internet.”
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