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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Apple’s Intriguing Developer Conference

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

At this year’s Worldwide Developer conference, we were told about Apple’s new music streaming service and given hints about the iPad’s future… and we were left asking questions about Apple’s relationship with Google.

Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developer Conference has a well-established, festive tradition of announcing new software tools. One way to gauge reactions to the conference is to count the number of articles that imply that Apple is simply playing catch-up: “Apple finally does X that competitor Y has been doing for Z years.” More

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More facts on mobile 

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by Frederic Filloux

New mobile internet trends have caught my attention this week. Today, we look at their impact on the news business. (1)

In developing countries, mobile growth keeps accelerating.

  • In Nigeria (pop: 173 million, median age: 18), based on page views count, 76% of internet traffic now comes from mobile.
  • In India (pop: 1.25 billion), the rate is 65%. As a comparison, the proportion is 23% in the UK, 22% in the United States and 14% in France.

At least, four elements drive mobile growth in emerging countries: More

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You Don’t Need An Apple Watch – Part 253

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by Jean-Louis Gassée

One more time, with feeling: You don’t need this [blank] Apple product. This time, pundits believe you shouldn’t buy an Apple Watch. But will the Greater We listen this time?

I’ve been professionally and sentimentally involved with tech products for more than six decades. Luckily, my affection for new technology has (mostly) been requited: The objects of my desire have rewarded me with fun and financial independence. More

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New generation CMS can help monetizing quality journalism

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by Frederic Filloux

Monetizing digital journalism requires one key ingredient: Causing quality contents to emerge from the internet’s background noise. New kinds of Content Management Systems and appropriate syntax can help in a decisive way. 

Until now, mining good journalism from the web’s depths has been done from the top. Over the last 13 years, looking for “signals” that flag quality content has been at the core of Google News: With a search engine scanning and ranking 50,000 sources in 30 languages and 72 editions, its inventor, the famous computer Scientist Krishna Bharat, has taken his extraordinary breakthrough to an immense scale. More

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