Silicon Valley Watcher (MediaWatch)

2019
February
09,
2019
| 03:17 AM America/Los_Angeles
                        I'm a huge fan of Joe Rogan because he is the only mainstream interviewer that can attract so many different people, across spectrums in politics, science, cosmology, archeology. There a...
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2018
November
04,
2018
| 12:03 AM America/Los_Angeles
From the cover of Wired Magazine -- Mark Zuckerberg blamed for society's problems. Frontline, the PBS news program, released a two-part investigation into the history of Facebook and it's evolution from a dorm-room project -- to ask if it has ...
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May
25,
2018
| 09:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
Fake media sites using techniques such as buying fake traffic to appear real and pretending to be legitimate media websites such as Hearst's Esquire.com are running off with billions of dollars in revenues. "Ad fraud is at all time highs both in r...
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March
31,
2018
| 08:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
There's a much larger fallout ahead from the recent Facebook data scandal. Doc Searls, Editor of Unix Journal writes, "Facebook's Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what's coming for all of online publishing." ...Every person,...
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March
23,
2018
| 10:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
I wish Facebook worked for me and looked out for me and my communities -- instead of trying to sell me out at every opportunity. I wish Facebook kept an eye out for me -- instead of keeping an eye on everything I do. If Facebook worked for me, ...
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March
09,
2018
| 07:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Kevin Roose reported in a New York Times article headlined Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley, Robin Li, an investor with the San Francisco venture capital firm GGV Capital, stood in the Madison building in downtown Detroit and said, "Thi...
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January
22,
2018
| 05:39 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook, Google and Twitter's failure to deal with the damaging effects of fake news has created a broad distrust in social media platforms, search engines and news applications reports the Edelman Trust Barometer 2018 -- a survey of more than 3...
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January
17,
2018
| 07:43 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook's decision to use fewer news items in users' feeds is a direct result of failure to filter out fake news and hate speech - in advance of European laws and increased pressure from US lawmakers. The move will hurt many large news publis...
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January
03,
2018
| 11:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
It might seem strange that The Atlantic, an East Coast organization is trying to solve Silicon Valley’s inclusivity problem. But clearly Silicon Valley needs help. It is doing a very bad job. Countless Uber scandals, countless office harassment s...
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2017
August
15,
2017
| 12:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Elsevier, the European publishing giant has acquired Bepress, a 73 person academic publishing service based in Berkeley, California for an undisclosed amount as it expands its publishing, analytics and metadata services for leading US universities. ...
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January
26,
2017
| 04:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
The issue of fake news is extremely serious and it requires immediate attention.  Its proliferation will undermine trust in everything. Everything will look fake. Including the truth. Without reliable and trusted information: ...
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January
24,
2017
| 04:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Fake News epidemic is a direct result of our continued failure to create a stable business model around professional news media. We seem to have forgotten that the news media sector continues to be in turmoil. Take a look at a few of the h...
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2016
November
02,
2016
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The disruption in the media industry is far from over as the transformation to a digital business model continues to challenge large newspaper groups according to recent financial reports. Gannett and The New York Times Company are among compa...
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April
28,
2016
| 04:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
From left: Vivian Schiller, Christina Farr, Charlene Li, Stephanie Losee. Social media platforms Facebook, Medium, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple are competing for traditional media publishers to use them as distribution platforms and in some case...
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April
27,
2016
| 03:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
The New York Times Company said it will close its Paris based editing and production offices eliminating or moving up to 70 jobs.It is just a fraction of hundreds of jobs that will be lost in the second half of this year, reports Claire Atkinson for ...
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February
16,
2016
| 01:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
From right: Michael Kanellos, (standing) SanDisk; Scott Lowe, Activision; Stephanie Losee, Politico; moderator Henk Campher Allison+ Partners.The Holmes Report's Innovation Summit in San Francisco featured a panel of former journalists, now engaged o...
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2015
October
22,
2015
| 03:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
John Perry Barlow accepts Internet Archive Hero Award from Brewster Kahle.The Internet Archive (IA), the San Francisco based non-profit digital media archive, this week announced several new programs in collaboration with major US libraries and a new...
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October
14,
2015
| 01:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Weber Shandwick had a great turnout for its Future of Media event moving it to FAME on Broadway, a larger location in the heart of North Beach. And we had a rare all-woman panel after the lone male dropped out.The moderator said it was a pleasure to ...
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September
28,
2015
| 05:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
The San Francisco office of PR firm Weber Shandwick is hosting an interesting panel on October 13 with top journalists and corporate media execs titled: Journalism Disrupted, Journalism Reborn: The Future of Media in a Digital World.Weber scores mark...
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July
30,
2015
| 12:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently received this well written pitch from Kaitlyn Garcia at VSC Consulting:Print is dead. Magazines are dying.Not so, thinks Creativ.This magazine did something unique. They launched on mobile first, thanks to a large but relatively under the ...
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July
23,
2015
| 03:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Financial Times (FT) newspaper business has been sold by Pearson to Nikkei, the Japanese media group for $1.32 billion. The deal values the FT at nearly three-times the market valuation of other publicly traded newspaper groups.Industry sources r...
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June
24,
2015
| 09:59 AM America/Los_Angeles
Circa CEO Matt Galligan in 2013 in the San Francisco officeCirca, a news aggregation service for smartphone users has closed, a further casualty in the ongoing disruption in the media industry.Jason Abbruzzese reports: News app Circa says it cannot s...
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April
28,
2015
| 05:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
As the European Commission considers punitive measures against the US search giants business practices, Google offers to help eight European publishers develop new digital media products and announced it will fund new media projects from a $165m thre...
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March
20,
2015
| 01:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
Laura Locke, a long-time San Francisco based journalist for Time magazine and the BBC, is profiled in an interview by Flipboard as part of its promotion of its recently introduced curated magazine format. Here is an extract from: What I’m Reading: BB...
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March
13,
2015
| 08:13 AM America/Los_Angeles
 In this Guest Post, PR industry veteran Mike Maney makes a strong case for embargoes. I work with embargoes because publishing a press release before its time is not a scoop. If I'm smart enough, I can come up with an original and exclusive angle on...
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March
12,
2015
| 03:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
Eliane Fiolet in a Paris subway train on the superb Traveling Geeks trip that she helped organize in December 2009.Congratulations to Eliane Fiolet, co-founder of Silicon Valley's Ubergizmo news site for being awarded France's  Chevalier de l'Ordre N...
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March
10,
2015
| 05:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Thursday evening in San Francisco I will be emceeing an event organized by NerdWallet, exploring the topic of journalists, "redefining their careers outside traditional media."Newsrooms are still shrinking and some publications, such as GigaOm,  have...
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March
09,
2015
| 07:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Above, at the recent Crunchies Awards, Om Malik (right) is told by Mike Arrington, founder of news site Techcrunch, that there's far more money in investing in startups than there is in publishing.The management of GigaOm, the San Francisco-based pub...
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March
04,
2015
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The recent vast viral distribution of "The Dress" story through Buzzfeed, and many other popular news sites, created a media tsunami.It's an example of Foremski's First Law of New Media at work!Silicon Valley investors love the scalability of a softw...
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January
20,
2015
| 11:42 AM America/Los_Angeles
I'm a fierce opponent of "native ads" because by their very nature they pretend to be something else, and that damages trust, not just in the publication that hosts them but in all trusted media.So far, native ads have been sold to product companies ...
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