Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #121


Learn more about The Met’s recent launch of a new series of augmented reality effects designed for Instagram

MT @metmuseum A van Gogh in your home office? A zemí figure in your garden? Thanks to three new AR effects, you can explore Met objects in 3D on your smartphone via Instagram and Facebook — then bring them virtually into your home! Try them out. #MetEffects #AR


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YouTube Audio Ads Are Now Available In Open

YouTube has launched audio ads in beta to help monetize the moments when people are listening to music but not actively looking at their screen. The 15-second ads are available to all advertisers globally. #audio #advertising


Twitter launches disappearing tweets that vanish in a

ICYMI Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called “Fleets” globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. #Twitter

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Ring is recalling 350,000 smart doorbells after some of them caught
Amazon-subsidiary Ring is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells after receiving reports of them catching fire.


Turkey fines Google $26 million for abusing market

The Turkish Competition Board has fined Google 196.7 million lira ($26 million) after ruling it was abusing its market dominance. #Google

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has announced the launch of Sunshine, a consumer software start-up that is debuting with an address book app that relies on artificial intelligence.


Publishing & Media

Instagram cautiously considers paying publishers

In the past, publishers have complained about being bait and switched by Facebook. #Instagram


Google signs copyright agreements with six French

Alphabet’s Google has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro, the U.S. tech company said in a post on its blog on Thursday. #Google

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Daily news podcasts are “punching well above their weight” with

Deep dives! Extended chats! News bulletins! Microbulletins! #podcasting

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Poets House Suspends Operations Amid
Poets House, the poetry library in lower Manhattan founded in 1986, has suspended operations indefinitely, citing budgetary issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and its executive director has announced his retirement for 2021. A group of laid-off staffers have disputed the organization’s account.

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Spare a Thought for the

RT @nytimesbooks Indie bookstores have suffered in the Covid economy. The illustrator and cartoonist Bob Eckstein painted a few of their storefronts and talked to owners about their struggles.

Diverse-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now

RT @diversebooks If you’re shopping for books to give as end-of-year gifts, consider shopping small this year and support an diverse-owned independent bookstore. We’ve rounded up a few to help you get started!

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Books Fill the Aisles at this

RT @ALALibrary Kids’ books in the wine aisle? @carmellib got creative to house their collection during a renovation, setting up shop in a vacant grocery store.

Study Examines Digital Publishers’ Challenges During Pandemic

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How To Proof Listen To An

MT @thecreativepenn How To Proof Listen To An Audiobook: An important and time consuming part of the process! #audiobooks

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Men’s Journal will share top editor with Star amid furloughs, sources

Problems continue at the media empire behind the National Enquirer, where the head of Men’s Journal will be furloughed on Friday and the guy replacing him will still have to do his job as head of celebrity magazine Star. #magazines

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Sinclair and casino operator Bally’s are teaming up to let viewers eventually bet on games directly from their

Sinclair Broadcasting has signed a deal to rename its 21 regional sports channels after casino operator Bally’s Corp. in a major bet on sport gambling, #TV

Squarespace launches membership and paid newsletters

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Finding a new level for
This year’s lockdowns triggered a huge spike in online sales of every kind, but where would that stabilise? Once things started to calm down, where would the new level be set? We’re now starting to see — over 20% of US retail sales are now online and in the UK, ecommerce is now 40% of retail sales excluding groceries.

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Now An Amazon Company, Zoox Is Ready To Dial-Up Its Robotaxi

The secretive startup has undergone a big management shakeup and surprise sale to Amazon. Now it’s set to finally unveil its mysterious robotaxi. #Amazon

Resources & Opportunities


Zoom is getting rid of its 40-minute limit, but just for

It being 2020 and all, there’s a good chance people won’t be meeting up with family for Thanksgiving –especially given newly rising cases in the US. Instead, many will likely have to turn to videoconferencing to at least some degree.

Data + Art

RT @rajvi_m With an ever-increasing number of job opportunities in the field of data and tech, we want to work on raising diverse groups of people to be capable of achieving these opportunities. We want to help close the diversity gap by training world-class women

NYT Director of Engineering, Kids

RT @arainert Super fun job alert! The Standalone Products Group at The @nytimes is working on a product for kids in 2021, and we’re looking for a great Director of Engineering excited to build a team and product for those kiddos. Check it out: