Medium buys Bay Area mag The Bold Italic to add to its paywall

Medium is seeking to juice up its premium subscription content in its home market with the acquisition of The Bold Italic. The 10-year-old online culture magazine will go behind the $5 per month Medium Membership paywall. The deal will keep The Bold Italic afloat when other San Francisco-local publications have struggled, following the shutdown of […]

Facebook is now prioritizing local news globally

As Facebook continues to face fierce media scrutiny over how it handles user data, the company may well be wishing for some gentler headlines. So it’s perhaps no accident it’s chosen today to announce the international rollout of a News Feed tweak it made in the US, back in January, that’s designed to inject more local […]

Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publishers

Facebook is trying to play extra nice with local news publishers by putting $3 million behind the launch of the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator. The three-month pilot program will help 10 to 15 U.S.-based metropolitan news organizations gain more digital subscribers both on and off Facebook. “We often talk to publishers about what the future of […]

Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s flamethrowers bring in $5 million so far

Elon Musk has now sold 15K flamethrowers, earning $7.5M for boring 4 minutes ago by Darrell Etherington Pinterest hires a new head of computer vision 16 minutes ago by Matthew Lynley Heptio launches its Kubernetes ‘un-distribution’ 16 minutes ago by Frederic Lardinois Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016 […]

Facebook will start prioritizing local news in user feeds

Facebook’s latest step in its on-going effort to fix its embattled news delivery offering involves prioritizing local sources. The social media giant announced today in a blog post that, along with efforts to elevate content from friends and outlets designated as “high quality,” the site will be working to push local news offerings to the […]