Quartz, the business-news site from Atlantic Media, is experimenting with a new way of navigating the news that is powered by blog pioneer Dave Winer’s outlining software called Fargo, which allows readers to expand and collapse individual points
Facebook’s “content discovery” referrals on mobile make it a bigger third-party browser than Chrome for iOS.
The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards the users who create most of the content
Two charts show how dominant Facebook is when it comes driving viral traffic to content from publishers like BuzzFeed and Upworthy — but depending on a platform like Facebook for your livelihood is just as risky as relying on Google was
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, an author complained about repeatedly being asked to write for free, but what he finds so insulting is something many others see as an opportunity — and it is not going away any time soon
Josh Marshall of the political blog network Talking Points Memo says that he has pulled his site’s feeds from both Google Currents and Flipboard because he says he sees these services as “scams against publishers”
According to a report at All Things Digital that quotes sources “close to the situation,” Flipboard is raising a new $50-million round of financing from both new and existing backers that will value the mobile-content publisher at $800 million. The round is reportedly being led by Rizvi Traverse Management and includes Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Index Ventures. The company last raised money in 2011 at a $200-million valuation.
With the launch of a web version, Flipboard highlights how far it has evolved from its early days as a standalone app, and how it is both a partner and a potential competitor for content companies.
While everyone is trying to figure out a way to monetize online content via paywalls, John Battelle of Federated Media wonders whether a “group buying” approach would work better by giving readers an incentive to sign up.
The major publishers say they needed to cut an ebook deal with Apple in order to blunt the force of Amazon’s monopoly — but they themselves helped construct that monopoly by insisting on platform-specific DRM.