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Q&A: Esther Ajao, AI Reporter, TechTarget

TechTarget news writer Esther Ajao covers AI software and systems for SearchEnterpriseAI and occasionally for SearchCustomerExperience. Until she arrived at TechTarget in Sept. 2021, Esther had valuable internships in the TV business but no tech media experience whatever.

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SWMS Q&A: Alex Wilhelm, EIC, TechCrunch+

Can the Silicon Valley Bank meltdown now seem so long ago? Yet the true fallout has not yet begun. In our Mar. 21 SWMS Q&A, edited for length and clarity — TechCrunch+ EIC Alex Wilhelm gives us a generous glimpse of what it was like to work at TechCrunch that day.

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A Bumpy Rollout for The Information’s New Data Vertical

The Information this week launched a premium subscription tier called The Information Pro, and so far is having a bumpy time of it. In published comments, five readers publicly objected to The Information moving its org chart content from the basic tier to The Information Pro.

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More on TikTok

So much left over from the deep-dive… TikTok traffic to news interviews tends to be low, even with CEOs such as Andy Jassy… same with breaking news footage of an airplane on fire in the sky, or raging flood waters. But Stanley Cups? Off the chart.

The Root Of The Issue For Publishers

From the UK-based Press Gazette daily newsletter, Feb. 7: “Meta made $135bn in revenue last year. In the UK alone it made more in advertising than every UK publisher (print and online) combined.”

A metaphor might be, in the old days, if you wanted to buy a car, you had to buy it from a “car” company, be it GM, Ford, Chrysler or American Motors. Now you can import your vehicles from several countries, or just Uber everywhere.

Similarly, the publishing business is now fully disrupted. You are no longer forced to advertise with “publishers,” and ever larger numbers of advertisers do not.

Microsoft and Semafor Team Up On AI-Driven Wire Service

The FT has detail on a collaboration between Microsoft and Semafor. Microsoft will prove Semafor with AI technology that will help Semafor spot timely news and analysis written in any language around the world, and (b) assemble it in a newsfeed to run on the Semafor site. The newsfeed will be branded as “Signals.” Said Semafor co-founder Ben Smith to the FT: “Signals will be written entirely by journalists, with artificial intelligence providing a research tool to inform posts.”

Changes At Bloomberg

Brad Stone is now editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, for which he was a senior writer from 2010 to 2015. Succeeding Brad as Bloomberg’s executive editor of global technology is none other than Brad’s trusted colleague for so many years, Tom Giles. Expect no substantive changes in either shop.

Got Any Open Jobs?

Tweets former TechCrunch reporter Catherine Shu: “I’m available for journalism and PR/comms work.”

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