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Small pieces, loosely joined (oh, and a new iPhone): These are today’s key Apple updates for publishers
Apple steps a little closer toward the constellation of devices that follow the smartphone.
By Joshua Benton
News startup Purple is now a service that lets creators charge people to text with them
The newly pivoted Purple, now in private beta, is aimed largely at journalists with large personal followings on social media already.
By Shan Wang
These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017
Plus the three most interesting podcast companies out there today.
By Nicholas Quah
The daily podcaster’s choice: Try to fit in listeners’ crowded mornings or tackle the evening commute?
Plus: Radiotopia’s Millennial comes to a close, another podcast-to-TV adaptation, and reaching the growing audience of young, middle-class Latinos.
By Nicholas Quah
New York City makes the claim that it’s the podcast capital of the world (but is that a good thing?)
Plus: Another daily news podcast — this time from Vox and Midroll, Radiolab controversy, and are there too many celebrity podcasts?
By Nicholas Quah
The podcast business playbook: What’s the best way for a podcast studio to raise money?
Plus: How you become a podcast columnist, Radiotopia’s latest trick, Preet Bharara’s new podcast.
By Nicholas Quah
Six years later, the Financial Times is back in the App Store. (Apple still won’t get a cut of subscriptions.)
“We saw that we had a much higher app adoption rate on Android, where we had a native app, than on iOS.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Financial Times retorna à Apple Store após uma ausência de 6 anos
A Apple não irá, entretanto, sofrer um corte na receita das assinaturas.
By Laura Hazard Owen
The Wall Street Journal tested live push notifications, with some help from the Guardian’s Mobile Lab
“Did we make the job reports live blog better, because we put more attention to it, and should we push to do more things like this in the newsroom in general?”
By Shan Wang
Games might be a good tool for fighting fake news. Here’s what three developers have learned
“What I found to be really great about the game is how terrible at it I am and how terrible people are at it.”
By Christine Schmidt
Post-election, how do you create a politics podcast for a market (still) flooded with politics podcasts?
Plus: Shows aimed at kids seem to be doing well, the beginnings of a launch playbook for independent podcast studios, and the dangers of podcast pledge drives.
By Nicholas Quah
Politibot de España ayuda a otros medios a construir sus propios chatbots
“Los problemas con que se encontrarán ya los hemos tenido antes y podemos ayudarles con eso, esperando que consigan la misma retención y compromiso que nosotros”.
By Shan Wang
What’s coming next in podcast adaptations: Adaptations of other forms of media to podcasts
Plus: More paywalled podcasts trickle into the open ecosystem, the speed-listening debate, and Adam Ragusea leaves The Pub.
By Nicholas Quah
Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
Small pieces, loosely joined (oh, and a new iPhone): These are today’s key Apple updates for publishers
Apple steps a little closer toward the constellation of devices that follow the smartphone.
By Joshua Benton
News startup Purple is now a service that lets creators charge people to text with them
The newly pivoted Purple, now in private beta, is aimed largely at journalists with large personal followings on social media already.
These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017
Plus the three most interesting podcast companies out there today.
What We’re Reading
TechCrunch / Josh Constine
Twitter has a secret tweetstorm feature for Android
Hidden inside the current Android app is a way to write out a tweetstorm and see it broken into distinct tweets, then tweet them all at once. (The feature is not currently available for public testing.)
TechCrunch / Ingrid Lunden
Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger
“We believe that Messenger is an exciting channel for new and interesting news consumption experiences, including the opportunity to build unique messaging experiences in Messenger that many publishers (including TechCrunch) have executed successfully via the Messenger Platform.”
Digiday / Lucinda Southern
How The Economist shifted its Line strategy to grow to nearly 1 million followers
“The Economist has increased the number of push notifications it sends from three a week to one a day, usually opting for stories related to Thailand or Indonesia, where the Asian app has a big following. Stories about technology also perform particularly well. Some of these are behind the paywall, so they encourage readers to subscribe.”
Anchor / Michael Mignano
Rethinking audio editing on mobile
“How do we make the actual editing process dead simple? Anything that involved dragging or tapping a very precise point within a waveform seemed ridiculously overcomplicated.”
Axios / Sara Fischer
Smartphone users spend 96% of their app time within their top 10 most-used apps
Smartphone users spend half their time on their most-used app, according to a comScore report. Google and Facebook own the overwhelming majority of traffic to these apps and are the top app for every age group.
Wall Street Journal / Li Yuan
The news reads you in China — and people can’t get enough of it
Apps that use algorithms to scour tens of thousands of sources to find news and tailor feeds to individual users are the country’s fastest-growing mobile segment. Take Shen Yun, a programmer in Beijing, who spends up to three hours on the app reading international and technology news during his commute. The news aggregator app Toutiao has learned that he watches videos of funny stunts before going to bed, so has some ready for him when he opens it at night.
Recode / Dan Frommer
These are the 10 most popular mobile apps in America (No. 1: Facebook)
According to comScore’s U.S. mobile apps report: 1. Facebook, 2. YouTube, 3. Facebook Messenger, 4. Google Search , 5. Google Maps. (10. Pandora).
The Hollywood Reporter / Georg Szalai
Snapchat’s content chief says scripted shows are coming to the platform this year
“‘We see mobile as being fundamentally a new medium,’ VP of content Nick Bell said, mentioning its focus on shorter, meaning three to five minutes in length, content and closeups over wide shots. ‘Snapchat is creating a new mobile language.'”
Lickability / Brian Capps
The Atlantic relaunches its iOS app
“From top to bottom, The Atlantic 5.0 is a universal iOS app that is more modern, easier to use, and faster. The app’s speedier tab bar navigation now clearly organizes the content into top stories, sections, and magazines…It’s also quicker than ever to save stories and full magazine issues for reading offline and manage those items so they don’t take up too much space.”
Journalism.co.uk / Caroline Scott
Mobile will dominate news media by 2020
“By 2020, it is fair to say that most of Europe will have the next-generation mobile phone network — 5G is coming on hard and fast, and there are already pocket sites around Europe testing it,” Glen Mulcahy, head of innovation at RTÉ Tech, said.
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