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In the News 10.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 10.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
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On a Friday night in May, I met Paul Rudd to see a play on Broadway. In advancing the task of examining his fundamental Ruddness, I thought a shared activity would provide us something to talk about beyond the mandatory promotional patter. (Which is this: He is starring in the newest Marvel movie, ‘‘Ant­Man,’’ out July 17.) Rudd suggested ‘‘Fun Home,’’ the musical based on a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, which deals with topics like parenting, queer theory and Chippendale furniture.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times


In February, at the Code/Media* conference in Dana Point, California, some of the most powerful people in media found themselves discussing an unsettling story published two weeks prior.

The piece predicted that the future of the internet looked a lot like the television industry: websites would atrophy, and publications would become disembodied producers of content for large social networks like Facebook. “If in five years I’m just watching NFL-endorsed ESPN clips through a syndication deal with a messaging app, and Vice is just an age-skewed Viacom with better audience data, and I’m looking up the same trivia on Genius instead of Wikipedia, and ‘publications’ are just content agencies that solve temporary optimization issues for much larger platforms,” the author wrote, “what will have been point of the last 20 years of creating things for the web?”

Recode’s Peter Kafka used the piece to prod Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer. Cox denied that Facebook was trying to devour the internet. But Gawker founder Nick Denton brought the piece up later in the conference, endorsing its central idea. “Every publisher has to make a choice as to whether they’re going to be a content provider within somebody else’s ecosystem, on somebody else’s platform and subject to somebody else’s algorithm, somebody else’s rules,” Denton said.

Read the rest of this article at The Verge

Here are some key numbers for content licensors in digital media: Netflix will pay approximately $3 billion in licensing and production fees this year to the television and film industry; Hulu is paying $192 million to license South Park; Spotify pays out 70 percent of its gross revenues to the music labels that hold the underlying rights to Spotify’s catalogue.

Now here’s what Facebook is guaranteeing a variety of publishers, including the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and the Atlantic, which are posting articles in its new “instant articles” feature: $0. That’s pretty much the deal being offered in other similar digital distribution agreements by Apple News, Snapchat Discover, and an anticipated similar offering at Google. Nothing.

Read the rest of this article at The MIT Technology Review

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Read the rest of this article at The Guardian


Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the majority of Americans. “Most of us are operating at suboptimal levels basically always,” the Harvard neurologist and sleep medicine physician Josna Adusumilli told me. Fifty to seventy million Americans, Adusumilli says, have chronic sleep disorders.

In a series of conversations with sleep scientists this May, facilitated by a Harvard Medical School Media Fellowship, I learned that the consequences of lack of sleep are severe. While we all suffer from sleep inertia (a general grogginess and lack of mental clarity), the stickiness of that inertia depends largely on the quantity and quality of the sleep that precedes it. If you’re fully rested, sleep inertia dissipates relatively quickly. But, when you’re not, it can last far into the day, with unpleasant and even risky results.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

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