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Analysis: IT Brew

Launched in May 2022, IT Brew is learning what it is. In the early going it is very much a twice-weekly cybersecurity newsletter. Last month, 14 of 17 articles focused on the topic. Each of the 14 was deeply reported, with lots of quotes and links.

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Deep-Dive: WSJ CIO Journal

We went deep this week on CIO Journal, the WSJ vertical that turned ten years old last month. Our subscribers regularly ask how to break through. We hope our data and analysis can help.

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Change is Coming to 31-Year-Old ZDNet

Change is coming to 31-year-old ZDNet. According to EIC Jason Hiner, ZDNet is honing its focus on professionals of all sorts — not just IT pros. Its historic emphasis on B2B and IT will soon be over.

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Tom Krazit’s Secret Weapon

PR pros often wonder how to measure the influence of a particular publication. Similarweb measures audience size and that’s great. How do you measure a publication’s relationship with its readers?

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Cheat Sheet: CIO, CFO Pitch Opps

A subscriber requested we hunt for columns and other standing elements where one could pitch a CIO or CFO. We found several potential opportunities. The vehicles were one-off or occasional, not recurring, so this isn’t a typical “cheat sheet.” Still, this short list is worth a look.

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Cheat Sheet: Edge Computing Reporters

Here’s a list of 14 reporters who write frequently about edge. The biggest audience in play here is VentureBeat’s. Sorry to disappoint but we found no business reporters who cover edge computing. let us know if you have!

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Pitch Opp: SEO Revisions

Not every article has to be freshly written and unique. B2B publishers often establish — and regularly refresh — “what is” articles designed to answer basic questions about a technology.

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Introducing Digital CxO

DigitalCxO is the latest site from Techstrong Group, publishers of Devops.com, Security Boulevard, Container Journal and other deep B2B titles. Launched this week, Digital CxO is overseen by Techstrong CEO Alan Shimel and directed day to day by chief content officer Mike Vizard, longtime B2B freelancer and former top editor at InfoWorld, PC Week and CRN.

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Refinery29 Buys An Event Company

Another scoop from Sara Fischer at Axios: Refinery29 is “taking over” B2C event brand Beautycon, among the most successful F2F events in the beauty space. The idea is to augment the R29 brand and make the title less vulnerable to a weak advertising market.

News Corp. Is Negotiating With AI Companies

Quoted by the UK-based Press Gazette, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, “Courtship is preferable to courtrooms – we are wooing not suing. But let’s be clear, in my view those who are repurposing our content without approval are stealing.”

The Gen AI titans are currently paying publishers between $1M and $5M a year to train their LLMs on publishers’ content, the Press Gazette reports.

FT Opens Up Its Content to OpenAI

While the NYT pursues its suit against OpenAI, the Financial Times has chosen to license its content to help OpenAI train current and future LLMs. The NYT seems to be on the wrong side of this issue, with the Associated Press and Axel Springer also choosing to see OpenAI as a source of income, rather than an enemy.

Here’s the opposing view, from Press Gazette’s Dominic Young, who advises publishers to play a game of chicken with OpenAI and its LLM competitors.

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