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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.
September 14, 2022
“Last year, Patreon raised a $155 million round of venture funding, bringing the company’s valuation to $4 billion … Patreon makes its money from taking a cut of the subscriptions that fans pay creators each month.” SS
TechCrunch / Amanda Silberling / Sep 14
Roughly one-quarter of media outlets analyzed do not have official TikTok accounts. Many that do still have relatively small followings. In contrast, every publisher observed has a Twitter account, and the vast majority have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.
Axios / Sara Fischer and Kerry Flynn / Sep 14
“Unlike other meal delivery services, each kit will only include non-perishable items. The focus will instead be toward speciality ingredients that can be used across four signature recipes from the chefs, which will be written down in a booklet inside the kit, and four other recipes on NYT Cooking that incorporate similar ingredients. Home cooks who prefer a more visual experience will also receive access to a video tutorial for two recipes from each chef.”
The Hollywood Reporter / J. Clara Chan / Sep 14
September 13, 2022
“While there’s now a cottage industry and federal agencies that target election disinformation when it’s on social media, there’s no comparable effort for texts.”
NBC News / Kevin Collier / Sep 13
“The approval means that Musk and Twitter will proceed to an October trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Musk is set to argue that Twitter concealed important facts about its internal operations…Twitter will push to close the deal regardless, alleging that Musk’s complaints are merely a pretext for backing out.” HT
The Verge / Adi Robertson / Sep 13
“In the chilling case that has raised concerns about press freedoms in the United States, German was found dead with multiple stab wounds outside his home on September 2. DNA found underneath German’s fingernails and surveillance footage helped police link Telles to the killing, authorities have said.” HT
CNN / Hannah Sarisohn and Steve Almasy / Sep 13
“The account has over half a million followers, and Corbett’s goofy, religiously unpolished videos have been a core part of that success. The videos, which break down topics like time theft and unionizing, are shareable, rewatchable, and entertaining in a way that just, well, makes people listen.” HT
Teen Vogue / Sarah John / Sep 13
The lawsuit is aimed at recovering lost revenue for news publishers and small business owners who rely on digital advertising revenue.
The Guardian / Dan Milmo / Sep 13
“The newspaper’s publisher, Abu Dhabi-based International Media Investments, or IMI, said Al Roeya’s closure stems only from its transformation into a new Arabic language business outlet with CNN. However, eight people with direct knowledge of the newspaper’s mass firings told The Associated Press that the layoffs came in the immediate aftermath of the article on the UAE’s gas prices.”
The Associated Press / Isabel Debre / Sep 13
“All judges used livestreaming when the pandemic halted in-person gatherings, but Kim continued to use it long after courthouses reopened. And unlike other judges, he left his juvenile hearing videos on his YouTube channel, where they racked up more than 1 million views and made him into a sort of judicial celebrity in online forums, including one where racism appears rampant.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Nichole Manna / Sep 13