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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…

Megan Garber    

The Awl put it best: “For sale: Perennial runner-up weekly publication in dying media segment. $0 or best offer. Includes funny Tumblr.” The Tumblr in question? Newsweek’s. Yes, Newsweek‘s. The “foul-mouthed” and “Gawkeresque (old Gawkeresque)” cousin of newsweek.com — the site that, in response to this week’s news of the magazine’s sale, announced: “Look, We Don’t…

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Now that it’s passed the billion-pageviews-a-month benchmark, Tumblr sets its sights on revenue generation http://j.mp/ct94iv » Media exec on the problem with online video: “It’s hard to justify $75 CPMs on Hulu and other big properties” http://j.mp/dz4zEK » “Be ready to shift gears often”: Our @martinlangeveld‘s white paper on publishers’ iPad strategies http://j.mp/djfrb4 » Meet Mediagazer, Techmeme’s new…

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Nice. Newsweek has a Tumblr, and it looks good, links out http://tr.im/FBtW (HT @bigboxcar) » Speaking of news orgs on Tumblr, @NYT_JenPreston says the NY Times is getting in on that “very soon” http://tr.im/FBAJ » RT @bigboxcar: We have a tumblr, too. Not nearly nice as Newsweek’s http://minnpost.tumblr.com | Us, “too!” http://niemanlab.tumblr.com » NYT tries a “living article” for global…

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Mark Coddington    

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    

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    

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    

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    

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 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    

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    

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…

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Joseph Lichterman    

Being a digital staffer at a traditional news organization means doing digital work, sure — but it often also means serving as an evangelist for the web. That can take a mixture of convincing, cajoling, and showing by example. When Melody Joy Kramer joined NPR as a digital strategist last year, she knew working to…

Joshua Benton    

At Digiday, Ricardo Bilton has a piece on a few news orgs’ moves away from comment sections. The Chicago Sun-Times is temporarily killing them off (and yet: “we are working on development of a new commenting system”). Vox launched without comments (though some sort of system is in the works). I feel like “some news…

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Caroline O'Donovan    

About a year and a half ago, a team of developers and journalists won $450,000 from Knight to redesign Census.IRE.org, now known as Census Reporter. The funding for that project expires this spring, after extensive user interviews and demos. It’s interesting to look at what nearly half a million dollars and a year can do…