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World’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals

A review of 190 articles about Amazon.com from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Bezos-owned Washington Post over the past year paints a picture of almost uniformly positive–ofttimes boosterish–coverage.

Inside, the collection of industry newsletters, continues to bet on email, the “largest social network”

Email, not Facebook, is the largest social network. That’s the view held by the team behind Inside, a company focused entirely on growing and monetizing its motley collection of newsletters. Closing in on a year, the company founded by serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calcanis — known for Weblogs Inc. and his early investments in...

Australian Advertising Agency Still Celebrating That Global Content Marketing Award

At the recent Global Content Marketing Awards, the winner in the category of Native Advertising/Sponsored Content was Tourism New Zealand, for a piece in Robb Report about U.S. restaurateurs visiting Kiwi country. The campaign was spearheaded by the organization's Premium sector, launched in 2013 with the goal of targeting the world's wealthiest ten percent. We...

With Facebook Watch, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hopes to attract more viewers to local videos

Last week, Facebook launched Watch, its YouTube-like video destination, with a cadre of big-name partners, including Mashable, Quartz, and Business Insider. These publishers see Watch as a viable new distribution channel for their video series and a new revenue stream: Facebook is both offering creators big bucks upfront to produce new series and also promising...

Elle.com Promotes 3

Elle.com promoted three yesterday, upping columnist R. Eric Thomas to a full-time role as senior writer. Thomas, a playwright, began a hybrid humor/politics column, Eric Reads the News, for Elle.com in July of last year. Here is Thomas' own account of how that came to be, from an interview in The Washington Post: When I...

ABC Is the Latest Network to Sign Up for Nielsen’s Out-of-Home Ratings

ABC has become the latest TV network to opt in to Nielsen's National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. The move provides the broadcast network with out-of-home viewing data for places like bars, gyms, hotels, airports, offices or basically anywhere people can watch TV outside their homes. Opting in to the service means ABC has access to ratings...

HP Takes Its Newest Printer Back in Time to Blow Some Minds in 1983

Is color printing even legal? Does it cost as much as a horse? And could the office's fancy new all-in-one print-scan-copy-fax machine have an actual security guard living inside it? If it does, Gary Fabert wants to grab a brewski with that guy and "thank him for his service." Fabert, host of the intentionally low-fi...

Startup Aims to Change the Product-Referral Narrative for Digital Content Publishers

Shirley Chen, founder and CEO of Narrativ, wants to upend the model of embedded product-links in articles. Per a write-up by TechCrunch's Anthony Ha, her company has raised $3 million and is designed to allow retailers to bid, in real time, for clicks emanating from a particular piece of content. She has dubbed her central...

Millennial Parents and Their Kids Love Smart Speakers, but Data Privacy Issues Persist

Google Home and Amazon Echo, if you haven't heard, are giving millennial parents a glimpse into what a future with actual household robots may look like. Their children are loving the conversational back-and-forth with Google and Alexa, commanding them to play music or answer random questions. Fifty-seven percent of smart-speaker owners with children surveyed by...

Lionsgate Pictures and Microsoft Were the Top Spenders on National Broadcast Placement Last Week

Spending on broadcast for new creative fell considerably last week after skyrocketing the week prior. According to Kantar Media, advertisers spent some $135 million on national broadcast placement for new ads for the week of July 31-Aug. 6. Last week that total fell considerably, as 529 advertisers spent $78 million on national broadcast placement for...

Kimmel: 'Total Disaster' Trump 'Needs to Go'

President Trump's Charlottesville remarks Tuesday met with disbelief from network hosts —and ridicule from their late-night counterparts. Trump is a "total disaster" who needs to go, Jimmy Kimmel told viewers. Trump supporters should "treat the situation like you would if you'd put Star Wars wallpaper up in the kitchen: 'All...

Fox News Contributor in Talks for Her Own Show

A longtime contributor and fill-in host for Fox News is reportedly in talks with the cable channel to get her own show. CNN cites a source saying discussions have taken place between the channel and Laura Ingraham. The report suggests...

Screenwriter Who Penned the First Episode of ‘The Simpsons’ Was Never Invited Back — and Explains Why

The screenwriter who got the ball rolling on what became one of the longest-running shows in the history of television was never invited back into the writers’ room. Mimi Pond, who penned the premiere episode of “The Simpsons” way back...

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