The Dutch micropayment platform for articles is taking off in spectacular fashion. Its foray into the German market delivers another proof of publishers’ interest in the kind of business model Blendle embodies. But, down the road, Blendle sees itself as the main transactional infrastructure provider for quality journalism. In this first of two articles, we’ll look at Blendle’s key success factors.
Taking the long view, the rise of adblockers solves many problems for the digital news industry… But for one problem: things will get worse before they get better.
This week, we were shocked by the revelation that Volkswagen has been cooking their diesel emissions scores. Is it time to get serious about electric cars?
LinkedIn was poised to become a major player in the business news sector. Instead, the professional social network is stuck with dull editorial content. Let’s see why it let the train pass, preferring to bet on quantity above everything else.
by Jean-Louis Gassée
After a week of hopping on airplanes and driving around the Real France (read: far from the Left Bank), I’m happily back at the Monday Note writing bench. I’ll sidestep a recapitulation of the Ad Blocker topic, too hot for now, and will focus instead on Apple’s recent announcements, starting with the iPad Pro.
The European posture against US-based internet giants features all the ingredients of an entrenched ideology, complete with vocabulary and canned phrases. (Second of a series)
Ad blocking started as an initiative by independent developers who wanted to improve our browsing experience. Now that at least one company, Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble.
Here in Europe, America’s domination of the digital world is met with unabated detestation. Today’s first of two articles looks at the facts.