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    Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?
    Plus: Vox’s upcoming daily news podcast has a host; the convergence of audio media; what it means to be a ” “full-service creative podcast agency.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    If podcasts and radio move to smart speakers, who will be directing us what to listen to?
    Plus: Pandora leans into podcasts, NPR has a leadership crisis, and Limetown and 30 for 30 plan returns.
    By Nicholas Quah
    What a podcast needs to do to put on a good live show (and why so many are trying)
    Plus: A subscription-first audio product doesn’t necessarily have to be big, grappling with politicians’ podcasts, and developments in podcast-to-broadcast.
    By Nicholas Quah
    CNN’s three month-old daily Snapchat show The Update avoids the “bells and whistles and flashes”
    “We’re telling great stories on the platforms where they live. They’re getting to know those three red and white letters for what it stands for: great news and information.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    The Guardian Mobile Lab’s latest experiment targets public transit commuters with an offline news app
    “The app is a really good first step for gathering information, using it in a respectful way, and seeing how people feel about that.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Atlas Obscura is using virtual reality to transport readers to the world’s distant, exotic locations
    From VR to AR, emerging mobile technology is going to have a significant impact on how the site engages with its readers in the real world.
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Atlas Obscura usa realidade virtual para transportar leitor a lugares distantes e exóticos do mundo
    “Queremos poder contar essas histórias sobre esses lugares e incutir nas pessoas esse sentimento de admiração e encantamento pelo mundo ao redor em muitos meios diferentes”.
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts
    Plus: 60dB goes to Google, waiting (and waiting) for Apple’s new analytics, and the best podcast-related reads of the past few weeks.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Everyone loves push alerts, but there are problems. Like: What if readers don’t actually open them?
    New research on how news organizations are using (and abusing?) push notifications.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?
    “I like to talk about it as reading today’s news on tomorrow’s computer.”
    By Shan Wang
    Univision is trying out WhatsApp to distribute news and information during hurricane emergencies
    Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision’s case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.
    By Shan Wang
    WhatsApp i ostrzeżenia przed huraganami
    Trzeba dotrzeć do odbiorcy tu, gdzie akurat się znajduje – czyli, zdaniem Univision, także podczas przygotowań do silnej burzy lub w trakcie szybkiej ewakuacji. Z telefonem w dłoni.
    By Shan Wang
    Quartz is using Apple’s new AR tech to “help people understand objects in the news” on iPhones
    Apple’s new augmented-reality tools will open up new ways to illustrate stories: “It’s not quite drag-and-drop for producers, but it’s super close to that when it comes to the backend.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Small pieces, loosely joined (oh, and a new iPhone): These are today’s key Apple updates for publishers
    Apple steps a little closer toward the constellation of devices that follow the smartphone.
    By Joshua Benton
    Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
    Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?
    Plus: Vox’s upcoming daily news podcast has a host; the convergence of audio media; what it means to be a ” “full-service creative podcast agency.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    If podcasts and radio move to smart speakers, who will be directing us what to listen to?
    Plus: Pandora leans into podcasts, NPR has a leadership crisis, and Limetown and 30 for 30 plan returns.
    What a podcast needs to do to put on a good live show (and why so many are trying)
    Plus: A subscription-first audio product doesn’t necessarily have to be big, grappling with politicians’ podcasts, and developments in podcast-to-broadcast.
    What We’re Reading
    Bloomberg.com / Adam Satariano and Lulu Yilun Chen
    “Tencent has experience turning its apps into big money-makers by adding games, newsfeeds and advertising. Taking a stake in Snap also could help the Chinese company expand outside its home market.”
    Design at NPR / Libby Bawcombe
    “The app design hasn’t significantly changed since it launched in 2009, so our users have been willing to trade polish for utility.”
    The Economist
    “A Snapchat script is broken down into at least 14 snaps, with words and visual ideas for each, plus links to the articles that might be added as content that the user swipes up to read. Editors, designers and animators then build all the visuals to produce the edition. Articles are fact-checked by the research department and updated where necessary.”
    Journalism.co.uk / Caroline Scott
    Prothom Alo, the country’s most-visited newspaper website, hired a mobile journalism specialist to train its reporters through workshops across Bangladesh: “We’re now using mobile journalism to re-shape our news channel, encouraging our reporters all over the country to produce audio-visual content for social audiences.”
    Medium / John Ciancutti, Steve Henn & Steve McLendon
    The audio platform, launched last year by Netflix alums John Ciancutti and Steve McLendon and Planet Money alum Steve Henn, is shutting down on November 10. The team behind the startup is joining Google: “We came to the conclusion that to accomplish our goals we’d be better positioned if we joined someone with scale who shared our vision for what was possible with digital audio.”
    The New York Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin
    “Katzenberg, 66, is convinced that his new product, called New TV, can upend the format of television for mobile devices. He wants to create the next-generation version of HBO or Netflix, purpose-built for viewing on phones and tablets with short-form content of premium quality — think of ‘Game of Thrones’ as if each episode had a narrative arc of 10 minutes.”
    Open News / Hamilton Boardman, Alastair Coote, and Tiff Fehr
    “Our most recent experiments in live coverage forms are often tied to special events like elections or sports, because they benefit from having a strong data source. Meaningful updates for readers becomes a mix of news, analysis, and significant data changes (updated counts, shifts in momentum, winner calls, etc). Another shared characteristic in these experiments is a focus on mobile.”
    Washington Post
    “The app incorporates best-in-class features, including a reader experience that’s been battle-tested in The Post’s newsroom, and can support a publisher’s specific requirements for advertising, subscriptions and analytics.”
    Medium / Alastair Coote
    If you are lucky enough to be running your own push service, or you’re using one that implements Apple’s relatively new HTTP2 API for sending notifications, you’re in luck (there’s a new attribute you can send as part of a push payload called “apns-collapse-id”). Or: Apple introduced a new category of app extension in iOS 10 called a Notification Service Extension.
    TechCrunch / Josh Constine
    Hidden inside the current Android app is a way to write out a tweetstorm and see it broken into distinct tweets, then tweet them all at once. (The feature is not currently available for public testing.)
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