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    Could Google’s new podcast app change the way we understand the Average Podcast Listener?
    “It’s pretty damn hard to listen to a podcast, so the kinds of folks who listen to them regularly must really love the thing enough to walk on coals. Google’s new AI-assisted features are designed to cut down the necessity of that intensity.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    Revenge of the desktop: These are the most important announcements Apple made for news publishers today
    Apple News comes to the Mac, breaking news alerts get a little extra scrutiny, Siri learns a few new tricks, and the web — or some version of it — comes to your wrist.
    By Joshua Benton
    The Skimm launches a 1:1, bot-less (for now) texting service to help subscribers make decisions
    “People are always on their phones, but this isn’t ‘Let’s just start shooting them info over text.’ When you integrate into somebody’s routine in an intimate way, it has to feel right for the platform.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Google wants to do for podcasts on Android what Apple did for podcasts on iOS
    Plus: the BBC moves to monetize outside the U.K., talent agencies keep moving in, and 50 billion is a big number.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Maybe to be at our best on mobile, publishers should think back to the web’s early, visually spare days
    Girlboss redesigns its site to be as mobile-friendly as possible, hearkening back to the web’s first iterations in the name of speed.
    By Joshua Benton
    Here’s what we know so far about Google Chrome’s mobile article recommendations, the next major traffic driver for publishers
    It’s driving over 100 million visits a month to news sites in the United States — on Android alone. And it’s an even bigger factor in France, Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere.
    By Josh Schwartz
    Homepages may be dead, but are daily news podcasts the new front page?
    Plus: What’s going on with Stitcher Premium, Gimlet isn’t actually going to buy NPR One, and how membership works in the age of podcasts.
    By Nicholas Quah
    What The Guardian’s Mobile Innovation Lab has learned after two years of experimenting with better news delivery on phones
    Two dozen experiments, one Brexit and one U.S. presidential election, and hundreds of thousands of readers later, the Mobile Innovation Lab has some thoughts about what newsroom innovation and experimentation requires on a practical level.
    By Shan Wang
    Enough with the “round-robin hot takes”: Techmeme tries a new kind of aggregation show
    Plus: Continued steady, unsexy growth for podcasts, The New York Times tries windowing with Caliphate, and in-car podcast listening is growing while audiobook listening stays flat.
    By Nicholas Quah
    What do Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh have in common? They’re both flagged by Chinese censors
    They’re just a few of countless names, codewords, memes, and phrases that have been blocked. Weiboscope, a project out of the University of Hong Kong, since 2011 has tracked deleted posts on Weibo, collecting a substantial dataset of the types of terms and content that triggers censors.
    By Shan Wang
    What The Guardian has learned trying to build a more intelligent story format — one that knows what you know
    Like Circa before it, The Guardian aims to atomize a big breaking story into its individual parts — and then be smart about showing you the right ones at the right time.
    By Mazin Sidahmed
    Podcast publishers, start preserving your stuff. (This podcast will tell you how.)
    Plus: Anchor relaunches (and where are we with social audio?), a McDonald’s podcast is an utterly fascinating artifact, and more media pariahs move to podcasts (this time, it’s Logan Paul).
    By Nicholas Quah
    Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
    Could Google’s new podcast app change the way we understand the Average Podcast Listener?
    “It’s pretty damn hard to listen to a podcast, so the kinds of folks who listen to them regularly must really love the thing enough to walk on coals. Google’s new AI-assisted features are designed to cut down the necessity of that intensity.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    Revenge of the desktop: These are the most important announcements Apple made for news publishers today
    Apple News comes to the Mac, breaking news alerts get a little extra scrutiny, Siri learns a few new tricks, and the web — or some version of it — comes to your wrist.
    The Skimm launches a 1:1, bot-less (for now) texting service to help subscribers make decisions
    “People are always on their phones, but this isn’t ‘Let’s just start shooting them info over text.’ When you integrate into somebody’s routine in an intimate way, it has to feel right for the platform.”
    What We’re Reading
    Digiday / Max Willens
    “Transitioning to the IAB’s standard has caused a ‘double-digit percentage’ drop in downloads for many of its shows, Wondery said. That hit is slowing the transition that both producers and ad buyers say is necessary to attract more ad dollars. ‘It is the right thing to do,’ Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez said. ‘We certainly hope agencies will notice we’re taking the first step.'”
    NPR / Elizabeth Jensen
    “NPR puts alerts into two categories: Breaking news that subscribers need to know now and feature alerts, which cover investigative work and original reporting that NPR wants to highlight, as well as live event coverage and new podcasts or programs. (New programming alerts are supposed to be “rare and far between,” per the guidelines.)”
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Q: What’s an area of growth for Vox Media? A: Podcasting.
    Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
    Here’s a “Netflix for podcasting” for you: “Unlike most of its competitors, which support their businesses primarily through advertising, Luminary Media’s business plan includes signing users up for a subscription service granting them access to a portfolio of premium podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter.”
    Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
    “Taboola has inked a deal with Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE Corp. to incorporate a new feature that displays Taboola’s recommended links on some of its phones, the companies announced Wednesday. The module will initially include only links to news and lifestyle stories from some existing publishing partners, although the company may eventually expand to include paid links from content marketers, according to Taboola Chief Executive Adam Singolda.”
    Wired / Felix Salmon
    “[W]e come to Act 4, Vox’s new podcast, Today Explained — a daily news podcast which has had ultrahigh production values from inception. That kind of up-front commitment, without any guarantee of popularity or commercial success, would have been unthinkable just a few months ago: It’s a big-money move that even Gimlet and The New York Times didn’t dare attempt — let alone public radio stations, which are by nature more fiscally cautious.”
    Bloomberg / Selina Wang
    “The company has a working demo of the camera-centered product, according to people who have seen it, but the design hasn’t been finalized, nor has the timing of its debut. The tool could change significantly over the next several months, they said. The goal of the new feature is to entice people to share video clips of what’s happening around them.”
    Digiday / Lucia Moses
    The percentage of Self’s audience that returns to its Discover Stories at least three times a week is more than 50 percent. As a standalone channel, Snapchat is profitable for Self, according to parent company Condé Nast. (Self folded its print edition at the end of 2016 as part of a consolidation of Condé Nast’s magazines.)
    Recode / Rani Molla
    Overall, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase to 110 exabytes per month in 2023, according to , or the equivalent of 5.5 million years of streaming HD video. It’s eight times the 14 exabytes per month we used in 2017.
    CNBC / Sara Salinas
    Snap has long been plagued by criticism that the app is difficult to navigate and not intuitive, dragging daily active users below estimates and burying paid publisher content. The update will start rolling out to some users this week.
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