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July 16 · Issue #1 · View online

Keeping up with the media


We’re pivoting to video this week, folks.

Industry links
What the experts wrote
Henry Blodget: We’re “deeply underestimating how big digital media can be” in the next decade
Digital media companies, Gawker aside, may not outright die very often, but calling the painful layoffs and bankruptcies and rebrandings they go through to stay afloat niche-ification is pretty generous. The rest of the interview focuses on Business Insider’s content strategy, which features a worrying amount of social video.
To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels
It’s not clear from the headline, but Microsoft wants to partner with local ISPs in this endeavor, putting up some money for capital costs and splitting revenue. Also only hinted at in this piece: If Microsoft and company can offer wireless internet to tens of millions of rural customers at a competitive price, they’re going to monopolize the market. There are only so many TV channels for ISPs to scoop up.
Chicago Sun-Times sold to group including unions, former politician
Sinclair Broadcast Group acquires Tribune Media, the Sun-Times goes to a coalition of local buyers and the Chicago media shuffle continues. 
My take
What I wrote on Medium
There’s no way to ask Facebook for fewer videos
Great reads
Well-told stories
The $5,000 decision to get rid of my past
Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign
(If you have a WSJ subscription, let me know if this is good.)
How To Rank Women
Tweet of the week
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