Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #217
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Justice Samuel Alito says the right to abortion was unknown in US law until “the latter part of the 20th century.” History says otherwise. The Supreme Court is meant to interpret the nation’s laws, not distort its past.
MT @ConversationUS As of Oct. 24, there have been 257 shootings on school campuses — passing the 250 total for all of 2021, a year that set sad records.
bleeding edge is a feed of noteworthy developments in AI. #AI
Salesforce NFT Cloud, a new non-fungible token marketplace, will allow users to mint, manage, and sell NFTs, and is a no-code platform. It will exclusively support transactions on more energy-efficient blockchains.
The company is currently testing the feature with select users across iOS and the web.
The surge of small NFT marketplaces that refuse to honor the resale royalty setting on non-fungible token-based art has forced the bigger platforms to follow suit. #NFTroyalties
MT @Adweek The Paris-based program will take place over the course of 6 months and will offer access to Meta’s AI research and Reality Labs teams as well as experts and guidance from within L’Oréal.
ICYMI The virtual and mixed reality device is a reminder that “something could be mind-numbingly cool and still not have a place in real life; that Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse vision is worth paying attention to, while also being premature.” #VR
Netflix believes games are the future, but after Google bowed out of the medium, should developers be wary? #gaming
Paying to ‘boost’ a social post is now an in-app purchase on iOS. The change marks first time Apple takes cut of social ad revenue.
Meta Platforms Inc. criticized Apple Inc. for changing its App Store terms to take a portion of social-media advertising revenue, saying the iPhone maker was “undercutting others in the digital economy.” #Apple
MT @DCNorg Self-serve is a revenue model whereby the publisher sells their own inventory directly to the advertiser via an automated marketplace or campaign manager, similar to how Facebook sells its inventory.
Amazon.com Inc is launching a home insurance portal in Britain and has signed up three big-name insurers as it pushes further into financial services across the globe. #Amazon
Amazon churns through workers at an astonishing rate, well above industry averages.
ICYMI You don’t tell TikTok what you want to see. It tells you. And the internet can’t get enough.
MT @IEthics “Thanks to the glut of #data collected on users while they use #TikTok and when they leave to check out other sites, the company claims it can gauge whether you’re likely to buy just about anything, from a tube of mascara to a new house” #ethics #privacy
TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens — www.forbes.com
The project, assigned to a Beijing-led team, would have involved accessing location data from some U.S. users’ devices without their knowledge or consent.
A China-Based ByteDance Team Investigated TikTok’s Global Security Chief, Who Oversaw U.S. Data Concerns
A China-based ByteDance team led multiple investigations and audits into TikTok’s now-former Global Chief Security Officer, who had been responsible for overseeing efforts to minimize China-based employees’ access to American user data.
In just months, millions of people have flocked to text-to-image AI systems and they are already being used to create experimental films, magazine covers and images to illustrate news stories. An image generated with an AI system called Midjourney recently won an art competition at the Colorado State Fair, and caused an uproar among artists. #AI
ICYMI A celebration for Stability AI, the start-up behind the controversial Stable Diffusion image generator, represents the arrival of a new A.I. boom.
Since Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop went to a subscription model, as of November, you will need to pay $21/month for Pantone colors. If you open an old Photoshop file with a Pantone color and you don’t have a subscription, that color will be black. Via @doctorow.
EU commissioner says Elon Musk’s platform must ‘fly by our rules’ as UK minister raises concerns over content moderation. #Twitter
Use of N-word on Twitter jumped by almost 500% after Elon Musk’s takeover as trolls test limits on free speech, report says
Accounts using racist language sent more tweets following the takeover and called on others to do so as well, The Washington Post reported.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Bluesky Social app is now accepting users for beta testing, and says it will launch soon. #TwitterAlternative
The penalty issued by a Washington state judge was the maximum allowed for more than 800 violations of the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act.
Publishing & Media
Firms aim to minimize rises by using cheaper paper and increasing print runs as raw material and energy cost hikes hit sector.
This week, the United States Postal Service announced their 2023 slate of stamps, including new forever stamps honoring literary legends Toni Morrison and Ernest J. Gaines.
An open letter protesting the acquisition of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s forthcoming memoir by Penguin Random House, first reported in 2021, has begun circulating in publishing circles.
“As I write, a kind of axis forms that makes possible the appearance of certain characters, and I go ahead and fit one detail after another into place, like iron scraps attaching to a magnet.” @harukimurakami_ on how he creates characters
HT @publishingtrend Who owns a story in translation?
A survey of the preferred reading material among students in Japan has revealed paper books to be the clear winner, The Japan News reported.
HT @38enso “one in four books that we sell in English is a self-published title.”
A good index at the back of a book is marvelous thing: an organized tree of concepts, mapped painstakingly to page numbers by a thoughtful human. How do we create good indexes in ebooks, where page numbers don’t even exist?
Apple has rejected Spotify’s new app three times from its App Store. It is the latest in a series of confrontations between the two companies.
RT @simonowens Spotify is building out its own YouTube-like programmatic ad system that podcasters can opt into. It’s splitting revenue with those podcasters 50/50.
FORCE11 and COPE release recommendations on data publishing ethics for researchers, publishers, and editors
The legacy news outlet’s in-house film and TV studio has sold dozens of projects to the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, and is now making a big push into fictional storytelling. Time Studios is now its parent brand’s biggest revenue driver, generating more than $100 million, or 25% of Time’s revenue.
The new economic reality means layoffs, hiring freezes, and other cost-cutting measures.
Resources & Opportunities
Win up to 25 books off your Bookshop.org registry.
MT @indiebound Books make the best gifts. Today is the perfect day to visit your bookstore, in-person or online, and pick up a gift for your reader friends. Use our searchable map of indie bookstores to find one near you!
MT @rgay I’ve re-opened to unagented submissions for Roxane Gay Books for a few days. You can read the guidelines and submit here.
RT @ABAbook Don’t forget to nominate someone (or many someones) for a holiday bonus this year! Author @JP_Books has generously revived his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, and you can nominate yourself or another bookseller by November 16
It’s asking for ‘knowledge-led seminar suggestions which explore key book trends or publishing themes from a new and innovative perspective’
11/15 at 1pm ET. $15 for non-members.
MT @PENamerica Because the spread of #disinformation threatens the very fabric of our democracy, PEN America has created a Media Literacy Toolkit with 5 simple tips to help you identify and prevent the spread of false and misleading information.
🗳 Register to vote?
🔍 Research who’s on your ballot?
💬 Tell your friends to go out and vote?
🧵 Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a voting plan.