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Buzzfeed News Analysis – Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed

How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.

“The most comprehensive study to date of the growing universe of partisan websites and Facebook pages about US politics reveals that in 2016 alone at least 187 new websites launched, and that the candidacy and election of Donald Trump has unleashed a golden age of aggressive, divisive political content that reaches a massive amount of people on Facebook. Thanks to a trinity of the internet, Facebook, and online advertising, partisan news websites and their associated Facebook pages are almost certainly making more money for more people and reaching more Americans than at any time in history. In some cases, publishers are generating hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in revenue, with small operations easily earning five figures thanks to one website and at least one associated Facebook page…To fully understand and showcase the massive new world of online partisan news, BuzzFeed News spoke to more than a dozen liberal and conservative site owners and writers, obtained financial filings from the IRS, and created a database of 667 political news websites covering US politics on the left and the right…”

Myth of one internet has morphed into reality of the ‘splinternet’

August 4, 2017, Terry Flew: “Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different… Continue Reading

Elsevier acquires bepress – leading showcase of academic research

News release: “Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions’ research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, Berkeley professors in 1999, bepress allows institutions to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate their intellectual output,… Continue Reading

EPIC Files FTC Complaint to Stop Google from Tracking In-Store Purchases

“EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC asking the Commission to investigate Google’s tracking of in-store purchases. According to EPIC, Google collects billions of credit and debit card transactions and then links that personal data to the activities of Internet users. Google claims that it protects online privacy but refuses to reveal details of… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers continues to expand with ramifications for subscription journals

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests: “There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.) But just how enormous is its… Continue Reading

Study Shows Difference in Ranking Videos on Google and YouTube of 56%

Stone Temple: “Count on it: Google is going to optimize for the best combination of user experience/satisfaction (market share) and revenue on each of its platforms. What users expect on YouTube vs. Google Search is different. Stating that a bit more subtly, think of this as optimizing their ongoing revenue over time. With that in… Continue Reading

New site focuses on selling food and household essentials for $3 or less

Fast Company – This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less “Brandless wants to do away with corporate markups on everyday products, from corkscrews to organic maple syrup…Sharkey and Leffler set out to create a new landing point for a consumer who’s looking for quality and transparency, and eschews brand loyalty… Continue Reading

Major news organizations seek help from Congress for collective bargaining with Alphabet and Facebook

News Outlets to Seek Right to Bargain With Online Giants – “A group of news organizations plans to ask Congress for the right to negotiate with platforms like Google and Facebook, which are gaining greater shares of digital advertising and distribution.” Continue Reading

NYT – How the Growth of E-Commerce Is Shifting Retail Jobs

“Although online shopping companies have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, they have not directly made up for the losses at traditional retailers, and the new jobs tend to be concentrated in a small number of large cities…Employment attributed to electronic shopping firms has doubled in the last five years, outpacing other types of retail….” Continue Reading

Yelp’s 6 year battle against Google

The New York Times – “For six years, Jeremy Stoppelman’s (chief executive of Yelp) company has been locked in a campaign on three continents to get antitrust regulators to punish Google, Yelp’s larger, richer and more politically connected competitor. He has testified before Congress, written op-ed columns and used Twitter to bash Google’s behavior. Google… Continue Reading

Facebook use continues to grow – now boasts 2 billion

Via Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg, June 28, 2017: “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” In a little over 13 years Facebook has steadily and exponentially increased users to a number is impressive regardless of the competition. The challenges for the company to continue to add users in such… Continue Reading

MIT Technology Review – 50 Smartest Companies 2017

“Our editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting… Continue Reading