Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #195

Innovation

Consider ROL (Return on Learning) rather than ROI

rishad.substack.com

Google has added 24 new languages to Translate, many using ‘zero shot’ learning, where the model does not need to see an English translation to understand how to make its own.

ai.googleblog.com

Immersive view coming soon to Maps

blog.google

Technology

Google Search may feel like magic, but the engine’s efficacy relies on hourly employees who work for a subcontractor.

finance.yahoo.com

The Enduring Afterlife of a Mass Shooting’s Livestream Online: Dozens of recordings of a 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, remain online, in a sobering reminder of the internet’s permanence.

www.nytimes.com

Amazon is testing a service that uses its Flex drivers to deliver packages from mall-based retailers, expanding the variety of goods available for fast shipment

www.bloomberg.com

Digital blackmail and endless threats: scammy loan apps soar across India

restofworld.org
Nearly half of the digital lending apps available in India between January and February 2021 were illegal, as per the central bank.

Microsoft hid Bing autofill in the US for politically sensitive Chinese names, affecting Windows search; Microsoft blames a technical error

www.wsj.com

How private equity gobbled up the US economy — and ruined life for everyone else

www.motherjones.com

TikTok continue their push into commerce w a shopping bag icon in livestreams

techcrunch.com

Meta-owned WhatsApp Offers Pay Button in Brazil, India

www.pymnts.com

WhatsApp ramps up revenue with global launch of Cloud API and soon, a paid tier for its Business App

techcrunch.com

Snapchat is working on Family Center, to let parents see who their teens are friends with and whom they are messaging; teens have the option to not participate

techcrunch.com

Marriott is introducing a media network with Yahoo that will use the hotel chain’s data on guests to deliver ads to their rooms via apps and TV screens

www.wsj.com

Axel Springer and Snap launch global partnership for digital journalism

www.axelspringer.com

Publishing & Media

Under pressure: the authors’ perspective

www.thebookseller.com

EPUB 3.3 now available for testing/feedback

www.w3.org

A thread of articles about ebook accessibility

twitter.com

Low-content books (such as planners and notebooks) no longer require an ISBN in Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

www.kdpcommunity.com

What are different book formats good at?

hughmcguire.medium.com

Barnes & Noble Being Sued by VA GOP lawmaker

bookriot.com

PEN America Index of Educational Gag Orders

docs.google.com

Educational Gag Orders In Your Community: A Tip Sheet for Changing the Conversation

pen.org

Over 1,300 Children’s and YA Authors Condemn Book Banning

diversebooks.org

Teens fight book banning with their own banned book clubs

www.goodmorningamerica.com

Books to bring us together: Jennifer Egan, Howard Jacobson, Monica Ali and more share their picks

www.theguardian.com

Candle Media acquires digital publisher ATTN: for $150 million

www.axios.com
The deal gives ATTN: capital and access to Candle’s portfolio companies and creator relationships.

Hearst, known for its legacy media properties, has been buying up business information and B2B data and software companies.

finance.yahoo.com

The Believer, bought by a marketing company, briefly hosted clickbait content. After a scandal ensued, it is now back with its first publisher, McSweeney’s

www.nytimes.com

Scripps, Google Partner on Broadcast Journalism Initiative to help journalists with print news backgrounds transition into broadcast news careers

www.tvtechnology.com

Resources & Opportunities

The Women’s Media Group Establishes New Annual Scholarship to Support Women in Media…”named in tribute” to myself and former Co-President Julie Blattberg

www.womensmediagroup.org

Read & Vote

sites.prh.com

Free at-home COVID-19 tests mailed to you

www.covid.gov

Free COVID rapid test kits in NYC to pick up

www1.nyc.gov

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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

Sr Mgr, Content Applications, Penguin Random House * Innovation * Technology * Publishing * Opinions expressed are my own