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    We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
    June 19, 2019
    “It’s a weird game of insiderism, where Goldberg routinely pushes professional and personal boundaries. It might not matter at all, except that Goldberg has big plans for his empire.”
    Columbia Journalism Review / Lyz Lenz / Jun 19
    “Journalism and librarianship both exist to support strong, well-informed communities. We’re all working to provide reliable information in a context that makes it as useful as possible.”
    AndroidForMobile Reports / Eryn Carlson / Jun 19
    “Unfortunately, the first version of Apple News on the Mac that launched in 2018 didn’t live up to the usability of its iOS counterpart.”
    CNET / Jason Hiner / Jun 19
    “Once we created our taxonomy and tagging system, we had a ton of data to look at and learn from. The clearest takeaway was how effective partnerships overall are for our local brands—hundreds of new subscribers sign up from our partnership efforts every month.”
    Open News / Anika Anand / Jun 19
    “Ms. Torre, 61, and her co-plaintiffs — Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy — said the leadership team installed by Charter Communications, the cable giant that acquired NY1 in 2016, reduced their airtime and anchoring slots, excluded them from promotional campaigns and consistently ignored their concerns.”
    New York Times / Michael Grynbaum / Jun 19
    “In its filing for a public offering, Fiverr wrote “Professionals are increasingly willing to spend money to save time.” But it took me far more time to find sellers on Fiverr, instruct them in what I wanted, wait for the delivery, and then check their work for plagiarism and other errors than it would have for me to simply write about the Fiverr IPO myself.”
    Quartz / Alison Griswold / Jun 19
    “Executives at the Google unit are debating moving all children’s content into a separate product, the stand-alone YouTube Kids app, to better protect young viewers from objectionable videos, say people briefed on the discussions. That would be a seismic and risky switch, as children’s videos are among the most popular on the platform and carry millions of dollars in advertising.”
    Wall Street Journal / Rob Copeland / Jun 19
    It’s grosser than you think: A deskside death from a heart attack, …unclean bathrooms, sexual harassment, and more.
    The Verge / Casey Newton / Jun 19
    “I wanted to run a site that really built relationships and was less transactional. I wanted the community to understand that this was their site: we were just hosting it. I’m not sure I ever met the council representative, but I did meet business owners, librarians, mothers, and advocates.”
    Membership Puzzle Project / P. Kim Bui / Jun 19
    “The filing comes nearly a month after U.S. Bankruptcy Court signed off on the sale of the bankrupt Reading Eagle to MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media. MediaNews, which owns about 200 publications and counts hedge fund Alden Global Capital as its largest shareholder, offered the minimum bid of $5 million to buy the company’s assets.”
    The Morning Call / Jon Harris / Jun 19