Part festival, part conference
Former Wired and Industry Standard founder John Battelle has taken some of the ideas behind his Web 2.0 conference and created a new festival-conference hybrid called NewCo, aimed at companies that are involved in social change
Email: Not so evil any more
The success of email newsletters is a sign of how powerful — and valuable — personal curation can be for readers who are swamped by an ever-growing flood of real-time information
Vice Media has broken off talks with Time Warner about selling a stake in the company to the cable giant, and now it has cut a deal with A&E Networks that values the new-media upstart at $2.4 billion
The Times of India’s attempt to control what its reporters post on social-media accounts isn’t surprising, but it is almost certain to fail — and the more it tries to exert control, the less effective those accounts will become
You might think the market for viral clickbait sites is already saturated, but The Independent newspaper in Britain has launched its own version anyway, called i100 — complete with celebrity gossip, cat photos and large, red “upvote” buttons.
Clickhole is the latest offering from the satirical news site The Onion, and it’s designed to parody the kind of dumbed-down lists, quizzes and viral clickbait used by other media sites — but in some ways the satire is so subtle that it ceases to be satire at all
Thanks to livetweeting, spelling fans can spend more time getting to know the colorful cast of preteens that populate the yearly Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Blogging platform Medium is now available for iPhone, offering custom reading lists based on who they follow on Twitter.
Ezra Klein, who left his Wonkblog empire at the Washington Post for a new project, announced on Sunday night that he is joining Vox Media to build a news site that will focus on adding context to important stories
The text-to-video app gives publishers free video of their content and lets users “read” how they want.
Netflix’s latest foray into personalization is a program that asks users to make snap decisions to find their next movie or TV show.
The New York Times’ legal response to a startup whose software allows publishers to replicate the look of the NYT’s Snow Fall feature goes so far above and beyond a simple cease-and-desist it becomes ridiculous.
The head of the research lab at the New York Times says the newspaper has launched an advertising product called Sparking Stories that allows advertisers to insert ads into specific content that is trending on Twitter.
The BBC’s commercial wing is promising six months of office space and advice to new start-ups. But what will it get out of the program, and how will it help fledgling companies? We ask the woman in charge.
An online news service for workers in England’s newly digital media region of the north-west has suspended activities after five years, after its recent merger has ended in acrimony.
As the Department of Justice pursues an antitrust case over e-book prices, publishers say they need “agency pricing” to prevent Amazon from increasing its monopoly and decimating the book industry. So who should we be rooting for, the giant retailer or the giant publishing houses?
The same disruption that is occurring in the traditional media industry is starting to affect academic publishing, with many scientists boycotting publisher Elsevier because of its control over the industry — which raises the question: why do we need expensive, paywalled academic journals at all?
With new changes that offer personalized search results — most of which are being taken from its own Google+ social network — Google has just made social connections and links the new search-engine optimization strategy, and media companies need to learn how to adapt to that.
A new report from the Pew Research Center on mainstream media outlets and Twitter shows that the vast majority simply broadcast links to their own content. By doing so, unfortunately, they are missing out on many of the things that can make social media so powerful.
Some critics say that Facebook is the new Yahoo: a giant web entity with hundreds of millions of users, but so lacking in creativity that it is reduced to copying Google+ and Twitter, and declining in popularity. But is there any truth to those claims?
As a publishing medium, Twitter’s strength is that it is inherently democratic, but a new study looking at how information is propagated through the network shows that a relatively small group of celebrities, organizations and media influencers is still responsible for a majority of the content.
Apple today introduced in-app subscriptions in the iOS App Store, and there’s reason to believe the new revenue model could extend beyond publishers of periodicals like magazines and digital newspapers. Here are just a few of the other possible applications of subscription pricing.
Twitter has been having talks about a possible acquisition by either Google or Facebook, according to a WSJ report — and both companies could probably benefit from such a deal. But would an acquisition by either one be good for the service or its users?
Apple is cracking down on apps that try to avoid doing transactions through the app store. The news caused a minor firestorm, but the lesson for media companies is clear: if you want to use Apple as your distribution platform, you have to pay the piper.
Thanks to incidents like the revolution in Tunisia and the recent shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, most people have come to grips with the fact that Twitter is effectively a real-time news network. But what happens when that real-time news network is spreading mis-information?
Even as protesters were still cheering the downfall of the government in Tunisia on Friday, the debate had already begun over what role social media had played in the event. Was it the first real Twitter revolution? The correct answer is probably yes and no.
Here are some of the best and worst iPad apps from media companies and publishers, including some of the familiar names — Wired, The New Yorker, Esquire — as well as some less familiar ones, with what they are doing right and what still needs work.
Media analyst Clay Shirky says that the list of things that the Internet has killed — or is in the process of killing — includes media syndication of the kind that the Associated Press is built on, which he says is next in line for widespread disruption.
As newspapers struggle to stay afloat and remake themselves for a web-based world, many debate how much emphasis they should put on digital vs. their traditional print operations. John Paton, CEO of the Journal Register group of newspapers, says the time for debate is over.
A 17-year-old resident of one of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest slums has become a quasi-celebrity reporter in Brazil and elsewhere after using Twitter and a network of friends to do real-time live reporting on the drug raids by police in the city and the resulting violence.
Despite the fact that the Internet is the most frequently measured medium in history, it’s almost impossible for publishers to get a straight answer about who’s consuming their content — and that can cause some significant problems, says a new report on digital media.
Former CNN foreign correspondent Wilf Dinnick started OpenFile last year because he wanted to reinvent community journalism in digital form. The beta site launched last month in Toronto, with plans to expand to several other cities soon. The site blends traditional journalism and user-generated content.
Tweetbeat, a new service that launched this week from Kosmix, uses the company’s filtering algorithm and semantic-analysis engine to make sense of the Twitter firehose, and then allows viewers to zoom in on topics, pause the live-stream and even rewind to view past events.
Storify is one of a number of startups focusing on “curation” of the real-time stream. Founder Burt Herman, a former Associated Press correspondent, says he wants to help bloggers, journalists and others pull content from social media and social networks and build it into coherent stories.
There are plenty of companies and services devoted to helping people manage the ocean of information that flows through the web, but there aren’t that many focusing on trying to help businesses manage the information flow in their specific industries. That’s the market Eqentia is pursuing.
With its redesign, Twitter seems to be reluctantly embracing its status as a media company. Why the reluctance? Because as newspapers and other media businesses have clearly shown, online media is hard to monetize, and Twitter is already under pressure to turn on the cash-flow taps.
In addition to teaching traditional skills, some journalism schools are focusing on building their students’ digital chops and entrepreneurial spirit. One of the most recent such projects is Local East Village, a joint venture between the New York University’s journalism school and the New York Times.
After months of negotiation and brinksmanship, Google has finally renewed its content-sharing deal with the Associated Press newswire service, according to a brief post on the Google blog and a short statement from the newswire. However, there are few details about the truce between the two.
More and more Twitter users seem to be experimenting with Paper.li, a Swiss service that pulls in your Twitter stream and extracts the links, and then displays them in a newspaper-style format. Here are a selection of Paper.li newspapers I’ve come across from my Twitter stream.
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham says one of Yahoo’s fatal flaws was that it saw itself as a media company, and got used to pulling in easy money for banner ads. Even though the game has changed, Yahoo now has to follow the path it chose.
NewsTrust, a non-profit startup aimed at improving the credibility of the media, says its week-long “Truthsquad” experiment — in which it tried to crowdsource the fact-checking of statements made by politicians and other public figures, was successful enough that it plans to continue the project.
There’s a movement underfoot. A movement to break free of cable provider’s high costs and poor service. A movement to time- and device-shift. A movement to watch what we want, where we want, when we want. So let’s take a look at Hulu Plus and Netflix.
Many Twitter users say they rely on the social network and their community of followers for links to news stories rather than a newspaper. A Swiss startup has turned that idea into a service called Paper.li, which turns links shared by your network into a newspaper.
The media and entertainment industries have been through an unprecedented upheaval over the past several years, as consumers have moved their attention online and advertisers have followed, disrupting traditional business models. Now a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts even greater turmoil over the next five years.
The I Can Has Cheezburger empire, with its LOLcats and blogs filled with “fail” pictures, doesn’t get a lot of respect from traditional media entities. But the site has managed to be successful by thinking about its business as more than just advertising-supported content on websites.
Will the iPad help or harm media companies? Early indications are that iPad users prefer downloading free media apps to paid ones, with a few notable exceptions. Some publishers are also reticent about the device because they are nervous about how much control it gives Apple.
As the launch of the Apple iPad approaches, media outlets from Conde Nast and the New York Times to Associated Press and Bloomberg have been releasing screenshots of their media apps. Unfortunately, most appear to be quite boring, and few really take advantage of the device.
According to statistics from Hitwise, an increasing number of visits to news and media web sites are coming from Facebook, which has been promoting itself as a place where users can share news links. Traffic from Facebook has more than doubled in the past year.
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AOL continues its expansion in the content-creation business with the acquisition of video-production house StudioNow for $36.5 million, and the hiring of a former Google engineer as the head of technology for its New York media center.
A group of journalists has agreed to “prove” how useless Twitter and Facebook are by reporting only news they receive through those services for five days. But this is a farce that only proves these journalists don’t understand the role social media plays in the news.
Hopes are riding high that the upcoming iTablet will rescue newspapers and other traditional publishers from their digital woes, but regardless of how magical the Apple device is, there is virtually zero chance that it will be the savior of the media industry.
Here’s a confession I’m a little uneasy making: I still read the newspaper every day. Not an online version, but an old-school,…
There is very little to get excited about when it comes to new media file formats, for the average person. Sure, they…
As web workers, of course, we get plenty of our news from the web. And there are those electronic media out there as well. And yet…I can’t help thinking of all the ways that printed information from periodicals has been useful in my own career.
The last time Cracked.com threw an Internet Party, more than 1.5 million people showed up to watch. The comedy site is hoping…
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Undaunted by the comedy competition from all sides, upstart funny site Comedy.com launched three new web series this week, Glitch in the…
Deca’s new online video series Bush League is dedicated to all things dude (because the young male demographic is sorely underserved online).…
Pauly Shore rose to fame in the 90s through a combination of stoner antics on MTV and various catchphrases (he was the…
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Satirizing J-Pop talk shows might seem redundant — after all, isn’t that world already ridiculous enough? But what Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine…
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As with most pop culture sensations, Lonelygirl15 spawned a spin-off, and some competition. Falling somewhere between direct offspring and competitor is REDEARTH88,…
Natali Del Conte’s new show Loaded is up and running over on CNET TV. And thank God, because if there’s one thing…
MySpace continues its march into original content with the launch of Roommates, a new, scripted original web series, today. The move represents…
NBC launched its new, original online series Coastal Dreams today and the result, while a blonde-highlighted mess, offers lessons to budding production…
With his bombastic personality and Everyman appeal, Gary Vaynerchuk wants to revolutionize wine appreciation — and he’s doing it one vlog at…
Early in the week, The Consumerist ran a piece that we highlighted. If you missed the strategies from a ex-Verizon Wireless sales…
John Battelle has a Scoop: Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This…