Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #194
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Starbucks wants to become the gas station of the future for EVs — www.fastcompany.com
With 15,000 locations across the U.S., the coffee chain is betting it can convince electric vehicle owners that it’s the perfect place to charge up. (Literally!)
The world’s largest NFT platform is rolling out new safeguards to protect authenticity and build trust within the community.
“Data licensing” — that doesn’t sound good! Per the NYT, Here’s what Mr. Musk is projecting for Twitter’s finances over the next few years, according to a pitch deck he presented to investors.
Elon Musk’s intervention demonstrates how satellite internet could route around war or censorship far beyond Ukraine.
Alphabet unit Google has signed deals to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for their news and will roll out a tool to make it easier for others to sign up too, the company told Reuters.
The feature is expected to increase the prices of publishers’ paid inventory without negatively affecting their overall earnings.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Buys Redbox — www.bloomberg.com
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. has acquired Redbox Entertainment Inc., a movies-to-rent streaming service that went public through a blank-check company last year, another sign that once-booming SPACs and the deals they fueled are losing steam.
Dirt, an entertainment and culture newsletter that was the first to fund itself solely through NFTs (selling more than $100K in NFT sales), raises a $1.2M seed to invest in more Web3 projects
A surprising number of the top 100,000 websites effectively include keyloggers that covertly snag everything you type into a form.
Publishing & Media
Lagardere Board Considers Spinning Off Their Radio Group Into Separate Company to Protect Its “Autonomy” (Presumably from Conservative Vivendi Owner Bollore)
Legible offers a way for you to “curate your very own personalized ebook collections and share links to your curated bookshelves with the world.”
HT @BISG Per Pew Research, 64% of people 16+ get book recommendations from family, friends, or co-workers.
A survey by The Bookseller showed 89% of staffers had experienced stress during the course of their work over the last year, while 68% reported burnout and 64% said there was an impact on their mental health.
Publishing staffers surviving, not thriving as cost of living crisis bites, Bookseller survey finds, and many argue low wages are holding back diversity efforts
Vivat is one of the largest publishers in Ukraine. In pre-war times, it published more than 400 new books each year.
War Sparks Interest in Ukrainian Poetry — www.publishersweekly.com
Christine Lysnewycz Holbert — the director of independent nonprofit poetry publisher Lost Horse Press and a daughter of Ukrainian refugees who came to the U.S. after WWII — discusses the press’s Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series.
I liked reading their origin story.
HT @BISG Several textbook printers in Karnataka, India, temporarily suspended operations due to non-availability of raw materials + rising costs. For weeks, a number of printers have been unable to secure the paper needed to print these books from mills.
E-reader apps that expand access to books for students are now under fire by conservative parents in a culture war over book bans in schools.
“Our partners and supporters are critical in moving the needle to ultimately bring an end to book bans, said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “It’s time that policymakers understand the severity of this issue.” #UniteAgainstBookBans
MT @BookRiot This week’s book censorship news includes challenges in Vermont, Maine, Texas, and more. That, plus a guide to school board elections in four states (with more to come)
The longlist for the Women’s Prize Discoveries programme has been revealed, in a year that sees entries from women aged between 65 to 74 exceed those in the 18–24 category.
I thought I was writing fiction in The Handmaid’s Tale…. I stopped writing [Handmaid’s Tale] several times…I considered it too far-fetched. Silly me. Theocratic dictatorships do not lie only in the distant past: There are a number of them on the planet today. What is to prevent the US from becoming one?
HT @rharington A CC license is irrevocable; it says so right in the license. But it also says you can change your mind and distribute the work differently, or not at all. What does this mean? #copyright
Marie Claire owner Future has acquired Who What Wear, a US-based digital-only women’s lifestyle publisher
Bloomberg Media has unveiled Bloomberg UK, a new brand to take on the Financial Times and the Sunday Times
ICYMI A new book about Anna Wintour and another by a longtime editor at Vanity Fair arrive amid the accelerating erosion of an industry.
New association’s name adds a ‘slash’ becoming: News/Media Alliance.
What to Make of the Retreat of BuzzFeed New: It’s not really about Facebook or SPACs — it’s worse than that
RT @michellemanafy Buzzfeed came closer than almost anyone in news to being able to compete with Facebook, Google & Amazon — advertising’s contemporary oligopolists — for the sort of scale that might yield viability in the battle for ad dollars, but not close enough.
Resources & Opportunities
MT @MarkLevineNYC Calling all community orgs in NYC: If your non-profit serves a high-needs neighborhood, especially one with limited testing capacity, you can sign up to distribute free home test kits in your community. (NYC how has a huge supply to give out).
If you can’t find infant formula for your baby, in the wake of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, check this new HHS fact sheet with resources for locating safe formula.