It’s not exactly the best moment for news, what with a president intent on attacking journalists and the public’s abysmal trust in the media. So it’s a little surprising to hear how optimistic Jessica Lessin is about the future.
But there are better days ahead for an industry that has been in a multi-decade, internet-enabled tailspin, she believes.
“The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a model that works for quality information in 2017, and it’s a subscription business,” Lessin said.
When Lessin started The Information in 2013, the notion of a $400-a-year subscription-based publication was perplexing. Free journalism abounded and the tech scene that her outlet covered was already the subject of intense reporting. Who would pay for this kind of thing? Read more…
MOVPAK is an electric skateboard and a backpack all in one. The skateboard pops out from the bottom of the bag and pops back in after use. It can also reach speeds up to 15 mph and is remote controlled. The electric board takes 2 hours to charge and can ride for 9 miles on a single charge — allowing you to carry all your things on your back in the subway and ride the rest of the way to work. Read more…
Wright isn’t mad, actually he’s laughing.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A proposal to convene a congress of all Syria’s ethnic groups is a joint initiative which is being promoted by Russia and others and is now being actively discussed, the Kremlin said on Friday.
It is premature, however, to discuss the time and venue for the congress, which is seen as a mechanism to assist Syria’s post-war development, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
Putin mentioned the idea of holding such a congress at a forum with foreign scholars on Thursday.
Swifties, we’ve got another one.
Taylor Swift has dropped a brand new track from her highly anticipated sixth album Reputation, dubbed “Gorgeous.”
It’s the third track released from the pop monarch’s upcoming album, following “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Ready for It,” released earlier this year.
Have a listen:
With a vibe akin to Yazoo’s ’80s classic “Only You,” it’s a track that throws back to more pop-sensitive singles like 1989‘s “Blank Space,” — pretty different from the Peaches-meets-Fergie lead single, and thumper of a follow-up. Read more…
The pain of narrowly missing out on concert tickets is an all too common feeling.
While we might be quick to blame our reflexes, scalpers employing bots have been wreaking havoc in the now mostly digital ticket selling business.
The Australian state of New South Wales will ban these ticket bots as part of laws passed on Wednesday, which makes it the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.
The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 outlaws the use of bots, while also capping the transaction cost of resales to 10 percent of its sale price. Read more…
If you’re looking for good news about the future of false information on the internet, please close this little post and continue your search. Your eyes are wasting their time here.
A Pew Research Center study published on Thursday polled more than 1,000 experts of various kinds on how they view the future of fake news.
Here’s the survey question:
The results are decidedly mixed.
Just over 50 percent of respondents said the media environment won’t improve, while just under 50 percent said it will.
Why are some experts so pessimistic? According to the study, the two most common reasons are that the “fake news ecosystem preys on some of our deepest human instincts” and “our brains are not wired to contend with the pace of technological change.” Read more…
Twitter prides itself on being “what’s happening,” but unfortunately for the company’s users, what’s frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform.
In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site’s rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share “regular, real-time updates” on its efforts to make the service “a safer place.”
As if this seven-year-old hadn’t already won over enough hearts, she went and cranked the cuteness factor up to unprecedented levels. Erin Cross, a leukemia survivor, was being interviewed alongside … Read more
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We now live in a world where a reality star won the US election, a former model is senior advisor at the White House, and Senators and Presidents threaten each … Read more
Sometimes, satire is the best way to get the point across.
Here is what you need to know.
China’s GDP slows down a bit. Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed the Chinese economy grew at a 6.8% year-0ver-year rate in the third quarter, matching estimates but down from the second quarter’s 6.9% print.
UK retail sales post their slowest growth in 4 years. Retail sales rose 1.5% on a three-month basis, making for their worst performance since October 2013, according to data released by the Office for National Statisctics.
Trump picks a new head of the FTC. President Donald Trump has picked Joseph Simons, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to head the Federal Trade Commission.
American Express’ CEO is stepping down. Kenneth Chenault is stepping down as chairman and CEO of American Express after 17 years, a company press release said Wednesday. He will be replaced by current vice chairman Stephen Squeri.
Blue Apron lays off hundreds of workers. The meal-kit company announced Wednesday that it laid off 6% of its staff, or about 300 workers.
United lost $185 million due to the hurricanes. The airline took a $185 million pre-tax loss as a result of canceled flights during the Atlantic hurricane season, Reuters reports.
Stock markets around the world trade mixed. Japan’s Nikkei (+0.4%) led the gains in Asia and Germany’s DAX (-0.5%) trails in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open down 0.39% near 2,551.
Earnings reports keep coming. Phillip Morris reports ahead of the opening bell while PayPal releases its quarterly results after markets close.
US economic data flows. Initial claims and the Philly Fed will both be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is down 3 basis points at 2.32%.
Both wildfires and tornadoes are pretty terrifying things by themselves, but together? Next level.
During the most recent deadly wildfire that broke out in central Portugal on Oct. 6, local firefighters managed to capture the natural phenomenon known as a “fire tornado” or “fire whirl.”
The fires, which started near Pampilhosa da Serra and spread to the city of Arganil, have killed at least 41 people. More than a hundred have now been killed in fires in the country over the last four months. Read more…
The rampant labeling of everyone not on the left as a hate group is the greatest threat to freedom today.
The Simpsons has its fair share of classic episodes, and surely “Homer At The Bat” would be up there with the most memorable.
With its enviable list of baseball royalty and highly quotable moments, it’s the perfect subject for a mockumentary, which has been titled Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson.
The hour-long special set to air on Sunday is produced by Fox Sports and Major League Baseball, featuring Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame as the director, according to EW.
It’ll be a satirical take on Ken Burns’ 1994 miniseries Baseball, with the mockumentary featuring sportscasters like Joe Buck, as well as the players who appear in the episode such as Wade Boggs, Steve Sox and Jose Canseco. Read more…
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has started up a vague media project called The Scaramucci Post. Despite it still being early days, the project has already made headlines … Read more
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This may sound like heresy, but WiFi isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s nice not having wires everywhere and it makes you feel like you’re living in the future, but WiFi can also have drawbacks. It can be painfully slow, has a limited range of coverage, and opens up your network to all kinds of security issues. It’s like trying to power an SUV with a sundial and wondering why it’s taking forever and doesn’t go very far.