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    The Guardian’s new podcast player for the web tries to make listening a little more interactive (but not interruptive)
    The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app, and get phone notifications that point you to links and graphics at relevant points in the story as the audio plays.
    By Shan Wang
    Subcast wants to bring podcast publishers and smart-speaker users together
    Plus: A new media format from Spotify, Vox partners on the official NBC Olympics Podcast, and where Relay FM is at.
    By Nicholas Quah
    What the rise of the smart speaker might mean for podcasts (and on-demand audio in general)
    Plus: In-car podcasts, Apple commissions an original TV show about a true crime podcast gone viral, and what’s going on with Podtrac?
    By Nicholas Quah
    Automated, live fact-checks during the State of the Union? The Tech & Check Cooperative’s first beta test hopes to pull it off
    Is automated fact-checking the “holy grail” for this corner of journalism?
    By Christine Schmidt
    Apple Podcast Analytics is finally live (and with it, the ability to see how many people are skipping ads)
    Plus: What to track in podcasts this year, a tribute to Combat Jack, and BuzzFeed casts off Another Round.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Apple, off-Apple, and adaptations: These were the most important podcast trends of 2017
    “I am struck by a distinct sense that we’re smack dab in the middle of a really slow but considerable change. Where we’ll be this time next year, I have no idea. But I can’t shake the feeling that it won’t look much like today.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    With “My WSJ,” The Wall Street Journal makes a personalized content feed central to its app
    “We don’t have to ask you anything. We just know, by virtue of you being a Journal reader, what you’d like to read and what you should read. You don’t have to tell us anything.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Your pocket is buzzing: 2017 was the year of push alerts and this new report illustrates why
    “There is widespread frustration about the difficulty of gauging qualitative aspects of success, such as helpfulness or usefulness.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    If your favorite podcast gets a new host, is it still your favorite podcast?
    Plus: Oprah’s podcast sees ad success after signing with Midroll, getting new listeners with a “shareathon,” and the line between podcast fiction and podcast reality.
    By Nicholas Quah
    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
    Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
    The Guardian’s new podcast player for the web tries to make listening a little more interactive (but not interruptive)
    The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app, and get phone notifications that point you to links and graphics at relevant points in the story as the audio plays.
    By Shan Wang
    Subcast wants to bring podcast publishers and smart-speaker users together
    Plus: A new media format from Spotify, Vox partners on the official NBC Olympics Podcast, and where Relay FM is at.
    What the rise of the smart speaker might mean for podcasts (and on-demand audio in general)
    Plus: In-car podcasts, Apple commissions an original TV show about a true crime podcast gone viral, and what’s going on with Podtrac?
    What We’re Reading
    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.
    The Splice Newsroom / Joshua Carroll
    “Podcast platforms popular elsewhere are little used in Myanmar. SoundCloud puts off many because Android users must download the app to listen, and few people in the country have iPhones. To get around that, Doh Athan can be streamed directly from Facebook, a platform that dominates Myanmar’s internet.”
    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.”
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