The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has detected access failures affecting hundreds of websites hosted on the Cloudflare CDN including popular news sites Cumhuriyet, Diken, BirGun and several other mobile apps as of 1AM local time.
OSLO — Yes, there’s even a Trump Bump in Oslo.
Take 56 million, the number of views VGTV has gotten so far on its “satirical masterpiece” of “tupéfabrikk,” the company’s discovery of Donald Trump’s secret wig field in Tromsø, Norway’s Arctic Circle city. But that bump is just a collateral benefit of VGTV’s innovation engine.
Hey, who knew? The reporter-beating crazed thug (and now Congressjerk!) Greg Gianforte is part of a long and dishonorable tradition of American Congressional reps who lashed out at the press!
Google is launching an adblocker for its Chrome browser next year, according to multiple reports (and confirming rumors from the spring). It will allow publishers to charge readers who have other adblockers installed a set amount per pageview, the Financial Times reported:
[Google] is launching “funding choices” where publishers can set a price per page view for consumers using ad blockers to pay — or abandon their blockers and see the ads. Google will track how many pages people view and charge them through a new version of their Google Contributor service.
Smart move by Google to preempt the threat from ad blockers and try to clean up online advertising – on their terms https://t.co/xnb7U7FXAq
— Timo Kissel (@timokissel) June 2, 2017
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundupoffers the highlights of what you might have missed.
It was always astonishing to me as a newspaper editor how much readers cared about their puzzles. Make a mistake, leave them out of the paper for a day, and the telephone wouldn’t stop ringing. Have a bad question — or a bad answer — and you wouldn’t hear the end of it.
We journalists like to think it’s the quality of our news reports that drives loyalty to our work. And that’s true. To a point. But an editor learns pretty quickly that it’s the features readers look forward to, the things they anticipate with pleasure, that keep many coming back for more.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday said it was shutting down its standalone What’s News digest app — one of the few survivors of a period when top publishers were launching secondary mobile apps aimed at reaching different audiences and incubating innovations harder to execute behind the outlet’s primary homescreen icon. The Journal is currently in the process of revamping its main news app, and it plans to introduce features it developed for What’s News into the main app.
Just because a newsroom is backed by a billionaire doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to diversify its funding. That fact has led to what some might consider an odd situation: The Intercept asking its readers for money.
Don’t worry — The Intercept is on solid financial footing, supported by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar as part of the nonprofit media house First Look Media (it also receives other project-based funding). But it’s one of the latest in a flurry of news organizations looking to build out a reader-supported membership program, citing all the usual concerns around diversifying revenue streams, strengthening ties with loyal readers, and reinforcing the notion that good journalism must be paid for.