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Oyster’s strong tech saved it from being another sad ebook startup failure story, but it’s another case of platform power edging out an independent startup.
That Bezos synergy has finally kicked in. How much will it help the Post’s quest to shift from a local newspaper to a national and global news powerhouse?
The quest for scale, driven by the distribution power of a few enormous technology platforms, is killing the business case for local news. Will anything take its place?
Subscribers to more than 250 newspapers around the globe now have free digital access to the Post. The next question is how the paper will use this network to make money.
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Plus: The Gannett spinoff and the future of newspapers, dealing with abusive comments at Gawker, and the rest of the week’s journalism and tech news.
Rupert Murdoch wants to add Time Warner to his stable of media properties. Seemingly everyone’s looking for an acquisition. What is it about this moment that is pushing everyone to get bigger?
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