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By Michael Cairns | A weekly magazine for media and publishing buffs.

How Wattpad Is Rewriting the Rules of Hollywood

For its 65 million unique monthly visitors, the digital literature website/social networking app Wattpad is a kind of internet safe space. It’s a …

Writing

49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing

Television made Donald Trump president. The master of <i>The Apprentice</i> created a character named “Donald Trump”—a tough but fair business genius—and …

Black History

Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position.<p><b>Speculation on the value</b> …

Blockchain

Encyclopædia Britannica Wants to Fix False Google Results

In January 2014, Google made a fundamental change to its search product: It started showing answers to user queries directly in so-called snippets, …

SEO

Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets

IN THE heyday of the talkie, Louis B. Mayer, head of the biggest studio, was Hollywood’s lion king. In the 1980s, with the studio system on the wane, …

Bruce Lee

Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3)

Even when underestimated, Netflix’s ever-escalating, industry-leading content spend remains a point of fear and fascination in the media industry. …

Shonda Rhimes

17 Places Book Lovers Need to Visit

For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming …

Books

The shady backstreets of scientific publishing

Ivan Oransky shines light on papers pulled for mistakes, miscalculation, fakery or fraud<p>Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 01:00<p>A tour of the mean streets of science …

General Electric

Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so

WHETHER to get a promotion or merely a foot in the door, academics have long known that they must publish papers, typically the more the better. …

Social Sciences

Instead of abandoning print, the 119-year-old MIT Technology Review is doubling down on it

Some publications are dropping print all together. But MIT Technology Review is doubling down on it.<p>MIT Tech Review recently rebranded its print edition from just a collection of articles, into a product that doesn’t simply republish content that was posted online a month later, but has its own …

Intelligence

'You can't judge a generation's taste': making Now That’s What I Call Music

My first Now was 23. It ran deliriously from Erasure to Abba to Billy Ray Cyrus<p>Pritchard smiles when I ask how Radiohead wound up on a Now. 'People will do things, early on, that you don’t remember later'<p>Only Adele outsells the Nows: how come? 'It’s the car – the last bastion of the CD. People like …

Sony Music

Microsoft and EY Launch Blockchain Tool for Copyright

Microsoft announced an ambitious plan on Tuesday to collect royalty payments for authors, software developers, and other creators using blockchain …

Blockchain

American media keeps falling for Russian trolls

Russian trolls posing as an American college student tweeted about divisive social, political and cultural issues using an account that amassed thousands of followers -- and appeared in dozens of news stories published by major media outlets -- as recently as March.<p>More than 50,000 people followed …

Social Media

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed

Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like …

Streaming Media

Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content

Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to spawn a subscription Group open to their members.<p>During …

Video Tutorials

Goodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain.

They left The Denver Post amid newsroom layoffs and interference in the editorial process by the newspaper’s hedge-fund owners. And now those reporters and editors are creating their own news outlet, The Colorado Sun.<p>They will be partnering with the Civil Media Company, an ambitious New York …

Hedge Funds

Can Barnes & Noble Survive?

Customer disconnects and failed strategies have turned Barnes & Noble from a retail disruptor into a dinosaur, experts say.

Audio is publishing’s new star as sales soar across genres | UK news | The Guardian

Writers are turning to the spoken word as their preferred medium, encouraged by a boom in audiobook sales that is transforming publishing.<p>This weekend, audio publisher Audible, owned by Amazon, released an audiobook of Andrew Motion reading 30 mostly unpublished poems as part of his memoir <i>Essex …

Books

The economics of artificial intelligence

Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.<p><b>With so many</b> …

Inside the BBC’s “innovation incubator”

What does a typical day in BBC News Labs look like?<p>We often describe News Labs as the BBC’s “innovation incubator”. It’s a good description of our …

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning

An analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions highlights the broad use and significant economic potential …

Machine Learning

Blockchain In Publishing: Innovation Or Disruption?

With the surge in interest in crypto and blockchain since the end of last year, many industries have been trying to grapple with what blockchain means for them. On Wednesday, April 18, we hosted a Forbes Talks event to better understand the impact of the blockchain on publishing. But before digging …

How Axel Springer transformed its publishing business

How Axel Springer transformed its publishing business Berlinda Nadarajan Thu, 05/03/2018 - 06:00Ongoing digital transformation has helped leading …

Scholarly Publishing’s Last Stand

When university presses close, so do our minds.

What’s Next for Pearson? (Not Buying Your Education Startup.)

It’s hard not to pick on Goliath when things unravel. For Pearson, the world’s largest education company, some of its recent tumult in past years …

Jeff Bezos says Amazon has more than 100 million Prime members

That’s the first time Amazon has disclosed that stat.<p>Amazon just revealed one of its biggest, longest-kept secrets: The company has more than 100 million Prime members, CEO Jeff Bezos includes in his annual letter to shareholders.<p>“13 years post-launch, we have exceeded 100 million paid Prime …

This Copyright Dispute Is at the Center of an Education Policy Controversy

A seemingly straightforward copyright infringement case in New York's Second Circuit Court has the potential to upend the state's education policy.It …

Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change

Brandan Hudgins, an engineering student at Virginia’s Tidewater Community College, has used traditional textbooks and electronic books. He has paid for digital codes to get homework assignments and, sometimes, gotten free, unlimited access to texts.<p>This is the mix-and-match world of course …

Higher Education

British Book Publishers Fear Brexit Will Bring a U.S. Invasion

LONDON — At the opening of the London Book Fair on Tuesday, a mobile massage company set up a row of stools for anyone in need of a shoulder and neck rub. It’s been a feature of the fair for years, but the service has never seemed more timely.<p>The Olympia exhibition center in West Kensington teemed …