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Upworthy often gets lumped in with creators of cheap clickbait content like ViralNova, but the company’s editorial director says it is driven by a different mission: to use social tools to get content about socially important topics in front of as many people as possible Read more »

In a series of interviews, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti talked with blogger Felix Salmon about the rise of Huffington Post, the evolution of BuzzFeed and the future of media. It’s really long, so we picked out the most interesting and/or important parts Read more »

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Medium says it is continuing to experiment with how best to compensate writers, but the recent departure of the contributing editor behind one of its collections shows there is still a tension between Medium the magazine and Medium the open platform Read more »

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Given its ubiquity in the smartphone world, it’s not surprising that the iPhone has become a kind of centralized remote control for a wide range of devices, from televisions and stereo systems to intelligent lightbulbs and thermostats — and Apple wants to expand on that through a new “Smart Home” program that is going to be launched at WWDC next week, according to a report in the Financial Times. The FT said that Apple will build remote-control and management features for a host of devices including security systems into the iOS platform through partnerships with specific manufacturers, and the company’s retail stores will be a core part of the strategy. The platform could use near-field communications or NFC as the method of control, the newspaper said, since support for the technology is expected to also be part of the company’s new iPhone models.

Facebook’s director of product Mike Hudack posted a rant about the inadequacies of the media — including some new-media sites like Vox — and their focus on click-bait content, but many argued that Facebook itself helps promote that type of content. So who is right? Read more »

Metafilter, a pioneering online community, has been forced to lay off almost half of its moderation staff and is on financial life support after its traffic from Google suddenly declined by 40 percent. The reasons for the drop — as with most things involving Google — remain a mystery Read more »

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One of the hottest rumors in the technology sphere — apart from the ongoing talk about Apple buying Beats — has centered around Twitter making a bid for SoundCloud, as a way of re-entering the music market after its ill-fated experiment with Twitter Music. But according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the micro-blogging company has backed away from acquisition talks with SoundCloud, in part because of the price the company was hoping to get. The Journal quotes sources as saying the two were in advanced negotiations, but Twitter brass decided that “the numbers didn’t add up.” SoundCloud recently did a financing round that valued the company at about $700 million, which would have made it a large deal for Twitter — and the latter’s stock has been under pressure lately, which has also likely made large acquisitions unappetizing.

As Jay Rosen argues, the days when it was enough to just give both sides of a story — without providing any additional viewpoints or fact-checking — are over. He said/she said journalism is both an ethical lapse and a failure to understand how the media business itself has changed Read more »

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