Chris Thilk

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Fewer Americans rely on TV news; what type they watch varies by who they are

Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016.

The FCC is swiftly changing national media policy. What does that mean on the local level?

“It’s called local news for a reason.”<p>The Federal Communications Commission’s anticipated decision on net neutrality has (rightfully) garnered a lot of publicity and scrutiny. The FCC’s repeal of different regulations earlier this fall, however, could reshape a news source often left out of …

Journalism

New Study Finds That Most Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On

And the world makes a little more sense.<p>It’s probably not at all surprising that most content posted to Reddit is voted on more or less blindly. I’ll cop to liking articles that friends have shared on Facebook without reading, let alone evaluating them. I’d say there’s even sort of an aggregation …

Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

Messenger 2.0<p>Instagram is testing a standalone app for private messages called Direct, a first step toward possibly toward removing messaging features from the core app. Direct, which opens to the camera in the same way Snapchat does, will become available on Android and iOS today in six countries: …

Cracked Lays Off 25 As the Great Digital Media Purge Continues 

When The E.W. Scripps Company announced it had bought the then-profitable humor site Cracked for $39 million in April 2016, Chief Digital Officer …

Google collects Android users' locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?<p>Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it …

Disability

Inside Oracle’s cloak-and-dagger political war with Google

Oracle has lobbied aggressively — and seeded negative stories about its search foe — as the two battle in court.<p>The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turned off such …

News Corp

This Is MSNBC’s De Facto Ombudsman

The network has decided that Pizzagate conspiracist Mike Cernovich is its new voice of reason.<p>On Monday, The Wrap reported that MSNBC would not be renewing its contract with contributor Sam Seder in the wake of an online smear campaign led by a group of well-known far-right trolls and racists. …

Jokes

Studios Pull Out All the Stops to Pump Up Digital Movie Purchases in the Streaming Age

This used to be Hollywood’s favorite time of the year.<p>Studios would watch with dollar signs in their eyes as consumers snapped up VHS cassettes and …

Sprout Social Acquires Seattle-Based Social Media Analytics Startup

Social media management startup Sprout Social announced that it has just scooped up Seattle-based social media analytics startup Simply …

Introducing Stories Highlights and Stories Archive Today we’re...

<b>Introducing Stories Highlights and Stories Archive</b>Today we’re introducing two new tools that let you hold on to your favorite moments from Instagram …

Instagram

Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

<i>By Loren Cheng, Product Management Director</i> Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids …

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.<p>In late October,</i> …

As Editors Transition to Influencers, They Enter Tricky Ethical Territory

Staffers at major fashion publications receive the same gifts, press trips and dinners as full-time influencers, but when your name appears on a …

YouTube is jacking up ad prices after a string of brand-safety issues

This is YouTube's own version of surge pricing.<p>The web-video outlet is telling advertisers that prices for some of its top US channels could increase by nearly 20% next year. That's according to people in the advertising industry who work with YouTube, help place ads on websites, or buy inventory …

Ziff Davis has bought Mashable at a fire sale price and plans to lay off 50 people

Founder Pete Cashmore is staying.<p>Mashable, once a fast-growing digital publisher with big ambitions, has been sold at a fire sale price.<p>Ziff Davis, a digital media subsidiary of tech company J2, is buying Mashable for less than $50 million, according to people familiar with the transaction. In the …

Pete Cashmore

iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle America

iHeartRadio's top country music radio host Bobby Bones is launching the Nashville Podcast Network, a podcast network built to lure Middle Americans …

Podcasting

Comcast Is Shutting Down Plaxo, an Early Social Network

Comcast is pulling the plug on Plaxo, an address-book synchronization service that the cable giant had once imagined would become a massive …

Expanding our work against abuse of our platform

As the CEO of YouTube, I’ve seen how our open platform has been a force for creativity, learning and access to information. I’ve seen how activists …

Machine Learning

Facebook reportedly wants to spend a ‘few billion dollars’ for streaming sports rights

Mark Zuckerberg already bid $600 million for a cricket deal. What’s next?<p>Thing you knew but should keep thinking about anyway: The big tech companies are very interested in streaming live sports to you.<p>Today’s reminder comes from Facebook, which wants to hire an exec to negotiate sports rights …

2018 [Infographic]

Get Smarter<p>Follow #GartnerDMC<p>Learn more at the Gartner Digital Marketing Conference.<p>Implementing Customer-Centric Merchandising and Marketing in …

Your pocket is buzzing: 2017 was the year of push alerts and this new report illustrates why

A push alert is large, it contains multitudes.<p>2017 was a nutty year for push alerts, a Slate feature memorably showed. The timing is good for a new report, “Pushed beyond breaking: U.S. newsrooms use mobile alerts to define their brand,” released this week in collaboration between the Tow Center …

Video will make up 75 percent of mobile traffic in five years

That’s up from just over half of all traffic now.<p>Three quarters of all mobile traffic will be used for video in 2023, according to a new report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson. That’s up from just over half of all traffic today.<p>Not only will that be a bigger share but also a bigger …

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API That Marketers Lean on for Research

Facebook has long held a tight grip on what data advertisers can and cannot access. Now, it’s pulling some of the reins away from social media …

LA Weekly's new era starts with backlash; some advertisers step back

Since LA Weekly laid off most of its journalists last week and its new owners revealed their identities Friday, backlash has been swift and fierce.<p>There has been outcry over the new owners’ political backgrounds and their plan to use articles by unpaid contributors. Former writers for the …

Most of the LA Weekly's New Owners Are Republican Donors

Journalists and readers have been asking questions regarding who the hell is running <i>LA Weekly</i> ever since the newspaper’s new owners, Semanal LLC, …

"Who Owns LA Weekly?" Asks LA Weekly

“You deserve to know”<p>The day after LA Weekly experienced devastating layoffs, the magazine is asking who exactly is behind the loss of so many …

How Taylor Sheridan Wrestled Wind River Back from the Weinstein Company

The filmmaker couldn’t have his film associated with Harvey Weinstein after sexual misconduct allegations were made against the producer: “I’m gonna take it back.”<p>In early October, writer-director <b>Taylor Sheridan’s</b> Western mystery, <i>Wind River,</i> was eight weeks into its theatrical release when he read …

To Promote the Movie Good Time, A24 Created Pizza Boxes With Robert Pattinson’s Face on Them

Earlier this year, to promote the theatrical release of Good Time, A24 sent ice cream cake with a portrait of the film’s stars, Robert Pattinson and …

BuzzFeed is losing website traffic as readers head for more traditional news sites

The New York Times, Fox News and the Washington Post have eclipsed BuzzFeed in U.S. visitors, according to comScore.<p><i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Major news sites have seen increased readership as Americans try to make sense of the tumultuous political climate, but BuzzFeed has seen its web traffic …

Web Traffic