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Profile: David Carr, Similarweb

We usually don’t profile journalists unless you can pitch them, but we’re making an exception in the case of Similarweb senior insights manager David Carr. Veteran tech PR pros may remember David from his years at InformationWeek. These days, David’s mission is very much like yours…

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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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Vital Stats in the Healthcare Trades

Which healthcare verticals carry the most impact — and the least? Peruse the latest data from Similarweb and learn the only two titles that deliver more than a million unique visitors a month — and the six titles whose readerships are too small for SimilarWeb to measure.

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American Readers: Where are They?

So back in August you got a hit in TechCrunch. At least on desktops/laptops, you reached less than three million American readers. Ars Technica, Axios and Wired would have delivered you more, not to mention the Tier 1s.

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Where Have a Site’s Readers Come From… Where Do They Go?

One can learn a lot about a publication by what else its readers read — specifically, where have readers come from when they arrive at a site, and where do they go once they leave? Using raw research provided by Similarweb (June 2020 and June 2021), we looked at a pair of healthcare sites and found surprising relationships.

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SimilarWeb Stats: BI Up, Fortune Down

Which has more unique monthly visitors, Forbes or Business Insider? Most clients would rather see coverage in Forbes, but it attracts less than two-thirds the audience of BI. We learned that and much else in a sweep of May 2019 audience data from SimilarWeb.

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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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