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Nick Robins-Early is now a senior editor at Insider, running its digital culture news desk. Leena K. Rao, formerly with TechCrunch and Fortune, is now

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Odds & Ends: New York Times

The New York Times seeks a reporter to cover Google. Candidates must “be able to… source fearlessly.” Un-vaccinated candidates need not apply… NYT’s David Gelles

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Vanessa Mobley starts next week as op-ed editor for the New York Times… Michelle Legro is Wired’s new deputy editor for features… Kara Swisher‘s latest

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Former InformationWeek reporter David Carr has joined Similarweb as senior insights manager. He’ll be mining data and sharing analyses on Similarweb’s blog. SWMS will be

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VentureBeat has launched Data DecisionMakers, a “community” that wants your contributed content…

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Red Ventures isn’t selling ZDNet anytime soon. If anything, the 30-year-old franchise is growing. Look for enhanced coverage of health, education and personal finance in

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Google this month announced a $1 billion investment in Africa. Quartz Africa is worth the bookmark… Wired merged its US and UK editions and is

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Fortune next week welcomes new EIC Alyson Shontell with a staff-only happy hour in a New York City drinking establishment…Natalie Gagliordi left ZDNet and now

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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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