Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #220
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Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach
Years before the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark contraception ruling was disclosed, according to a minister who led a secretive effort to influence justices.
Mass shootings in 2022: U.S. sees more than 600 so far — www.washingtonpost.com
Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.
NBCUniversal Partners With Top Brands to Transact on New Currencies — www.adweek.com
RT @Adweek NBCUniversal is accelerating its push towards alternate currencies, announcing the creation of a new initiative called The Currency Council.
The FCC Is Forcing Internet Providers to Publish ‘Nutrition Labels’ Breaking Down Prices — gizmodo.com
Providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Cox will have to display actual costs of service, including hidden fees, data caps, speed promises, and discount expiration.
TikTok launches e-commerce feature in app to compete with Amazon — www.semafor.com
The Chinese-owned platform began testing TikTok Shop. #TikTok
TikTok to sell books directly to users via marketplace
To further capitalize on the popularity of BookTok the social media giant will let users purchase titles through partnerships with publishers and retailers
TikTok Launches New Audience Insights Tools to Dig Into Your Audience Data — www.socialmediatoday.com
YouTube is bringing shopping features to Shorts as it chases TikTok — www.theverge.com
YouTube is testing affiliate marketing and in-app shopping features on its TikTok competitor, Shorts. TikTok began testing in-app purchases last week and has signaled it plans to move more into e-commerce, including building warehouses. #YouTube
Meta’s layoffs make it official: Facebook is ready to part ways with the news — www.niemanlab.org
via @NiemanLab #Meta
Google To Pay $392 Million To Settle With State AGs Over Location Privacy
Via @MediaPost #Google
Apple sued for tracking users’ activity even when turned off in settings — mashable.com
A class action lawsuit has been filed over reports that Apple is collecting user data even when users have the data sharing settings turned off on their device. Via @mashable #Apple
The Places Where Twitter is Already Breaking — slate.com
The people who know how to fix it? Many of them are gone.
For those switching from Twitter to Mastodon: Find Fediverse accounts of your Twitter followings
RT @luca Last weekend, I built https://fedifinder.glitch.me. It scans the accounts you follow on Twitter for fediverse handles and links. Those are then sorted by instance to make it easier for you to decide which instance to join and follow the accounts you already like. Can even be imported.
Crossing my fingers that Post is a good social media site — I’m on the waitlist. If you’re interested, here is a referral link.
Amazon Healthcare — www.profgalloway.com
Via @profgalloway The U.S. healthcare industry is a wounded 7-ton seal, drifting aimlessly, bleeding into the sea. Predators are circling. The blood in the water is unearned margin: price increases, relative to inflation, without a concomitant improvement in quality. Amazon is the lurking megalodon, its 11-foot jaws and 7-inch teeth the largest in history. With the acquisition of One Medical, Amazon is no longer circling … but attacking.
Publishing & Media
Amazon’s Devices Division Said to Lose $5 Billion A Year — www.wsj.com
Amazon Makes Cuts to Its Book Group
MT @ThadMcIlroy “The latest news is likely to add more fuel to the feeling within publishing that Amazon is losing interest in its book business.” #Amazon
Amazon’s mistake in gutting devices and R&D — www.getrevue.co
Barnes & Noble Coming Back To Upper East Side, 2 Years After Closing — patch.com
Such great news! B&N opening at 87th & 3rd (after the previous UES location on 86th was closed 2 years ago). “The new Barnes & Noble will be at 1556 Third Ave., on the corner of East 87th Street, occupying a storefront previously home to Duane Reade. It will open in the spring of 2023, the company said. At roughly 8,000 square feet, it will be a fraction of the size of Barnes & Noble’s previous 55,000-square-foot, two-level store.”
BookTok’s Racial Bias
MT @eiffeltyler You’ve heard about the power of BookTok to sell books (Colleen Hoover outsold THE BIBLE this year!) — but that success seems to primarily be happening for white women. For @TheCut, I spoke to BookTokkers, authors and booksellers about BookTok’s blindspots. #BookTok
Book Publishing Startups in the U.S. 2022
A new report charts how more than 1,300 ventures have performed over the past 15 years. Via @ThadMcIlroy
The 100 Must-Read Books of 2022 — time.com
Gripping novels, transporting short stories and poetry, revealing memoirs, and timely histories that asked us to look deeper. Via @TIME #BestBooks
The Struggle to Unearth the World’s First Author — www.newyorker.com
RT @NewYorker The priestess Enheduanna is thought to mark the beginning of authorship, rhetoric, and even autobiography. She lived 1,500 years before Homer, 1,700 years before Sappho, and 2,000 years before Aristotle.
Controversial books to stay in Spruce Mountain High School library
MT @UABookBans Maine residents spoke out to successfully #UniteAgainstBookBans! Empower your own community to raise their voices in support of the freedom to read by sharing the talking points in our Action Toolkit: https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/toolkit/
Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch says print ad revenue, which made up two-thirds of revenue six or seven years ago, will be below 10% in the next five years
Hearst And Michael Clinton Launch Digital Content Platform For 50+ Audience
Resources & Opportunities
Disability in Publishing Startup Costs
MT @DisabilityinPub We’re excited to announce a #GivingTuesday auction that will raise money towards kickstarting next year’s programming! There’s a roster of wonderful agents offering items, please spread the word and check out what we’ve got. Bidding starts 11/28!!
MT @BincFoundation Binc is kicking off its year-end fundraising campaign, Read Love Support (#readlovesupport) with a matching gift of up to $15,000 from @penguinrandom, and a campaign goal of $100,000 or more in donations before December 31, 2022. #ThinkBinc #teamPRH