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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
April 24, 2018
Europe’s GDPR laws, which “require tech companies to ask for users’ consent for their data, are likely to hand Google and Facebook an advantage. That’s because wary consumers are more prone to trust recognized names with their information than unfamiliar newcomers. And the laws may deter start-ups that do not have the resources to comply with the rules from competing with the big companies.”
The New York Times / Daisuke Wakabayashi and Adam Satariano / Apr 24
“Bloomberg is finalizing plans to roll out a paid subscription offering for its Bloomberg.com property, according to people familiar with the matter. The paywall is set to roll out in May, according to the people, though the launch date could change. The launch of the paywall is set to coincide with a relaunch of the Bloomberg.com website, according to the people.”
Business Insider / Apr 24
Amazon.com bans paying for reviews. But “many of these fraudulent reviews originate on Facebook, where sellers seek shoppers on dozens of networks, including Amazon Review Club and Amazon Reviewers Group, to give glowing feedback in exchange for money or other compensation. The practice artificially inflates the ranking of thousands of products, experts say, misleading consumers.”
Washington Post / Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg / Apr 24
“Its new tech section, which Flipboard says could serve as a model for expanded coverage of other topics, will be available inside Flipboard’s mobile apps, on the web, and through a new daily newsletter. Flipboard is betting that it can stand out by placing more emphasis on human curation — something that Facebook and Google have traditionally been loath to do. (Apple News employs human editors.)”
The Verge / Casey Newton / Apr 24
“When a Google user hits a paywall on any McClatchy news site, a subscription box will offer the option to subscribe directly with the local publisher, or with Google. Subscribe with Google also allows a user to access McClatchy’s digital news content across platforms and highlights content in search.”
McClatchy / Apr 24
“The consequences for violating our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person’s history on the platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on Facebook or disable their profile. We also may notify law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.”
Facebook Newsroom / Monika Bickert / Apr 24
“‘Part of the way I built the team is looking for people who were hungry, but who also had a presence on air and a strong social media following,’ Avlon explained. ‘That’s what I jokingly refer to as our advertising budget.’ He pointed to some of the hires the Beast has made this past year…. These new hires have more than 600,000 Twitter followers between them.” SW
Mediaite / Aidan McLaughlin / Apr 24
“Starting April 24, after people read their fourth article in a month, they’ll be required to subscribe for $19.99 a year for either digital-only or print plus digital. (Video and slideshows will be exempt from the paywall.) To sweeten the offer, Vanity Fair also is rolling out a searchable archive of its articles, a subscriber-only newsletter and even considering giving subscribers access to its writers and editors.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses / Apr 24
April 23, 2018
Following the money, humanizing the data, examining high speed rail, gaming the vote, and more.
Data Journalism Awards / Marianne Bouchart / Apr 23
“The next chapter in opinion journalism is instead of dictating the conversation, we’re convening the conversation,” said Sam Guzik, editor for platform and strategies, opinion. “It’s less about telling people what to think and more about saying ‘Let’s come to a consensus and find the way forward as a community.’”
Poynter / Kristen Hare / Apr 23