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You can see from today's news what's happening in the media business, where the struggle for survival is ominous. I'm also told the real estate business has cooled, and the major players are stepping back from innovation. A downturn is in the offing.
The New York Times
– Jan 15, 12:53 PM
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín…
francine hardawayOh my. US corruption is such small potatoes compared to this. I would love to be sitting in on this trial.
The New York Times
Michael M. Grynbaum
– Jan 15, 6:01 AM
Adam Moss, whose visual savvy and ear for the zeitgeist made him one of the leading magazine editors of his generation, said on Tuesday that he would step down from New York magazine, his canvas for the past 15 years. The departure of Mr. Moss, the…
francine hardawayThat's a big change. Don't know what that means to the magazine, which has been amazing on his watch.
Wall Street Journal
– Jan 15, 2:15 PM
Gannett Inc. has been pursuing a purchase of digital publisher Gizmodo Media Group, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort that could be complicated by the takeover approach the USA Today owner received this week from a hedge…
francine hardawayThis is funny. Gannett trying to buy Gizmodo while a private equity firm tries to buy Gannett
The New York Times plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers through its branded content studio for roughly six figures. The campaigns will be sold as a white label service, with no distribution offering — just production. Why it…
francine hardawaySo now we're going to have Alexa skills that sells products. It's just more and different ads in different places. I don't remember asking for this, did you?.
The challenges of local newsrooms are well-documented. Newspapers with long histories have had to cut back on staff and reduce coverage and reporters who try to start new digital publications face an interminable struggle with technical and…
francine hardawayAnything to support local news pleases me
– Jan 14, 10:00 PM
“We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” said Brad Lister. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: ‘Where are all the birds?' There was nothing.” His…
francine hardawayIt started with the bees, but we are losing our entire ecosystem.
New housing under construction at Arizona State University isn't slated to be completed until 2020, but the university president has nonetheless dubbed it 'the world's coolest dorm,' and future residents have already secured their spots. The…
francine hardawaySo happy the university is offering this, because when people retire, having purpose is critical.
If you use social media, you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. Kate O'Neill is the founder of KO Insights and the…
The New York Times
– Jan 15, 4:43 PM
Members of the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin, directed years of efforts to mislead doctors and patients about the dangers of the powerful opioid painkiller, a court filing citing previously undisclosed documents…
francine hardawayThey've already indicted John Kapoor, who ran Insys, a pharma company that maketed an Oxy competitor on Rico charges.
By Brandon Miller, CNN Meteorologist
– Jan 16, 3:02 AM
(CNN) Last year was the hottest for the planet's oceans since global records began in 1958, according to an international team of scientists who track the data. Their findings were published Wednesday in the scientific journal Advances in…
francine hardawayThis is a fact. But I would ask what it means.