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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.
December 13, 2019
“The seller was the Internet Society, a nonprofit that plays an important role in creating and maintaining internet engineering standards, but has been mostly the guardian of the .org domain. The price, as was revealed more than two weeks later, was a stunning $1.135 billion….[Buyer Ethos Capital] didn’t even exist until earlier this year, and currently appears to have only two employees, including Erik Brooks, its founder.”
Los Angeles Times / Michael Hiltzik / Dec 13
“The Times used a custom-built FLIR camera that converts infrared energy into an electronic signal to create moving pictures. The camera’s filter allows infrared wavelengths between 3.2 to 3.4 micrometers on the electromagnetic spectrum to pass through to the sensor. To visualize gas, the camera uses helium to cool down the sensor to the temperature of liquid nitrogen, around minus 200 degrees Celsius. Unlike traditional photography lenses, which are glass, the infrared images were created using metal lenses made from germanium, which is transparent at infrared wavelengths.”
The New York Times / Jonah M. Kessel and Hiroko Tabuchi / Dec 13
“The collaboration with BuzzFeed works nicely because it gives us access to engaged, diverse, slightly younger audiences we wouldn’t otherwise have access to, and on the flip side, Sky News brings expertise and authority, both from a news point of view and a broadcast point of view. It’s a really exciting blend.” / Jacob Granger / Dec 13
“The potential FTC action would likely seek to block Facebook from enforcing those policies on grounds that they are anticompetitive, the people said. An injunction could seek to bar Facebook from further integrating apps that federal regulators might look to unwind as part of a potential future breakup of the company, one of the people said.”
The Wall Street Journal / John D. McKinnon and Emily Glazer / Dec 13
“As a journalist I would listen for the “hook” in the story, and as a therapist, I listen for something too — in this case, what my client is really trying to tell me when they share certain information in a session.”
Deez Links / Delia Cai / Dec 13
“A Sinclair Broadcast Group executive put it this way in an earnings conference call earlier this year: ‘In 2020 we are not going to be able to get out of the way of the money. It’s literally going to be hand over fist.’ And that was before Mike Bloomberg kicked off his Democratic primary bid, running $30 million worth of ads in a single week.”
Poynter / Rick Edmonds / Dec 13
“One reason for the persistent bias is that Facebook’s modified algorithm appears to rely on proxy characteristics that correlate with age or gender…. ‘Our research shows that simply removing a few protected features from an algorithm is unlikely to provide any meaningful protection against discrimination.'”
ProPublica / Ava Kofman and Ariana Tobin / Dec 13
“His online makeover shows the steps some executives and public figures are taking to influence what comes up on the world’s top search engine. It also illustrates that despite Google’s promises to police misinformation, sites can still masquerade as news outlets and avoid Google’s detection.” CS
Wall Street Journal / Rachael Levy / Dec 13
“There is a rule at the beginning not to talk about national politics: we don’t care about the guy in the White House.” / Jacob Granger / Dec 13
“YouTube has long struggled to to gets users to pay for its services, especially since the company’s main website is synonymous with free videos. But the Google division has started to gain traction, and the numbers out of India suggest it’s having particular success in the world’s second-most-populous country.”
Bloomberg / Lucas Shaw / Dec 13