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Do single story payments spell trouble for publishers?

Posted by Esther Kezia Harding on Mar 24, 2016 12:08:47 PM

Blendle, an article micropayment app has launched in the US this week, seeking to reinvent how readers "can discover and support the best journalism in the country".

Could this be the long-awaited "iTunes of journalism" that finally turns the broken publishing model around? Blendle and its partners certainly hope so, and they place great emphasis on making it second nature to pay for content.

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Topics: Apple News, Articles, Blendle, Blog, Comment, content, facebook, Instant Articles, micropayment, monetisation, News

Facebook to launch direct challenger to Apple News with stand-alone 'Notify' app

Posted by Esther Kezia Harding on Nov 9, 2015 6:13:21 PM

Facebook have scheduled the launch of their own breaking news app, Notify - stepping up to the challenge from Apple News.

A report from the FT suggested that the app could be made available this week, and will feature content from 'a range of print, digital and video companies'.

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Topics: apple, Apple News, Articles, Blog, breaking news, facebook, future, News, snapchat, social media, Social Media

P for Publishing: could Google's Alphabet signal industry changes?

Posted by Esther Kezia Harding on Aug 11, 2015 12:20:57 PM

Google have announced a significant restructure, creating Alphabet as a giant umbrella company to host its smaller divisions.

Google itself will retain Search, Android, YouTube, Ads, Maps and Apps, as well as most of its technical infrastructure. The changes come with the management of the spin-off divisions, like the auto-driving cars, Google Glass, Calico and the business and investment funds. These will (if they haven't already) gain their own CEO's, and will be able to operate largely independently of Google, allowing the slimmed-down company to focus on what it does best.

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Topics: Alphabet, Articles, Blog, Currents, Google, News, publishing, Technology

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