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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 18, 2019
“Top state law-enforcement officials from across the country last week launched antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, further pressuring tech giants already under federal scrutiny over whether their online dominance stifles competition…. Google executives said the prospect of regulation didn’t influence their effort to better promote original news, adding that technological advances had finally allowed the company to address a longstanding concern among publishers.”
Wall Street Journal / Lukas Alpert / Sep 18
“The board’s decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post Tuesday.
The Verge / Makena Kelly / Sep 18
“By creating a tab for breaking news in its app, Snap would further distance participating publishers from the main Discover feed, which has been criticized for showcasing salacious, low-brow content alongside stories from publishers like The New York Times and The Washington Post. Earlier this year, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told investors on an earnings call that the company was focused on improving the layout of Discover, which he compared to ‘almost like walking into a supermarket without the aisles labeled.'”
The Information / Alex Heath and Jessica Toonkel / Sep 18
The company is hiring for a new president after former president/recent senior advisor Greg Coleman departed to join Spotify as global head of advertising.
Axios / Sara Fischer / Sep 18
“Outside the home of a 17-month-old injured in her face, a note hung on the red door: ‘At this time, we ask that everyone respect our privacy.’ I fretted. I worried my editor would think I failed.”
Houston Chronicle / Emily Foxhall / Sep 18
“The product will allow publishers to open their ad space to marketers directly through a real-time buying tool, similar to what Google and Facebook offer, across the network of publishers’ websites and apps.” CS
Axios / Sara Fischer / Sep 18
“What’s going on at Le Monde? Is its independence in peril? Probably not. But the current confrontation might radically change the ownership structure of France’s flagship paper.” CS
Monday Note / Frederic Filloux / Sep 18
“More than 250 news outlets around the world have committed to Covering Climate Now. What is it? An initiative to provide focused coverage of the climate crisis in print, on air and online.” CS
CNN / Brian Stelter / Sep 18
“Since its creation in February of 2017, ‘The Daily’ has featured 224 of our Times colleagues in at least 30 countries across 691 episodes.” CS
The New York Times Company / Sep 18
September 16, 2019
“What three hours a day of Vice News will look like remains a question.”
New York / Reeves Wiedeman / Sep 16