Why Nikkei Paid Top Money For The FT

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by Frederic Filloux

The Financial Times is a rare media property: a global, long-established brand combined with a successful — although unfinished — digital transformation. Such uniqueness explains why Nikkei paid £844m ($1.3bn, €1.18m) for it.  

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20 Home Pages, 500 Trackers Loaded: 
Media Succumbs to Monitoring Frenzy

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by Frederic Filloux 

News sites use trackers more indiscriminately than ever. A random sample of twenty digital properties yields stunning results. Last week, we looked at how long web sites take to load, today, we see how messy their user data collection is. 

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Home Automation Out of The Closet

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

The Smart Home has been just around the corner for more than three decades. Now, an uneasy, not entirely frank move from one of the industry’s grandees signals a shift towards credible consumer-grade solutions. More

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News Sites Are Fatter and Slower Than Ever

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by Frédéric Filloux

An analysis of download times highlights how poorly designed news sites are. That’s more evidence of poor implementation of ads… and a strong case for ad blockers. More

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The New Age of Visual Storytelling

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by Frederic Filloux

A new generation of photographers reinvents the way stories are told. For their images, the weapons of choice are social networks and applications, video and mobile phones.   More

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Human Curation Is Back

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

The limitations of algorithmic curation of news and culture has prompted a return to the use of actual humans to select, edit, and explain. Who knows, this might spread to another less traditional media: apps. More

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Respect Your Salespeople: They Earn Your Salary

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

Another people-in-tech Monday Note, vs. tech itself, in the spirit of The HR-Less Performance Review and Firing Well, this time about the value of competent, service-oriented salespeople, and the respect we owe them – with our own interest in mind.  More

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The Journalist and The Expert: Rapprochement Required

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by Frederic Filloux

At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper knowledge to journos and sharper story-telling to eggheads. More

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Samsung’s Mobile OS Dilemma

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

Scroogled if you do, HPed if you don’t. To differentiate itself from aggressive Android competitors, Samsung would need to build its own mobile OS…but can it overcome the odds? More

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The redistribution game for news

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by Frédéric Filloux
Forget the 70-30 split for subscription between publishers and distributors. Today, for publishers, the new norm is a 100%-70% split of ad revenues, depending on who sells the ad. For news distribution, re-intermediation will be intensely competitive.

The chart above illustrates the upcoming shift in news distribution. No doubt: We’re heading towards a new phase of massive re-intermediation, of reshuffling the layers between the news producers (traditional media houses or pure players) and readers. This raises important questions: What will publishers gain or lose in the process? Will they end up handcuffed to a cluster of gatekeepers or will they reap decisive gains for their business model.

Who becomes the dominant player in this new structure? More

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