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Why I Like, but Won’t Use, Instagram Stories For Now

theinformation.com — Facebook did a nice job rolling out Instagram stories earlier this month. The timing wasexcellent for sparking engagement (right ahead of the Olympics). The rhetoric was great (not trying to claim Facebook invented the product). The product execution was solid.The launch got me to re-download ...

A Letter to Peter Thiel

theinformation.com — Dear Peter, I'm the only journalist I am aware of who has been openly sympathetic toward your campaign against Gawker. I've taken quite a bit of heat for it. But I still believe that you, like everyone else, have a right to support lawsuits against media organizations you believe have violated ...

Network Streaming Apps Fight for Slice

theinformation.com — More than a year after HBO kicked off a race among big media companies to go direct to consumers online, many of the new services are hovering around the million-subscriber mark. That suggests these services are far from a solution for media companies grappling with cord-cutting.At the high end, ...

Snapchat to Buy Vurb for More Than $100 million

theinformation.com — Snapchat is tiptoeing into search.The company is acquiring recommendation app Vurb for around $110 million plus additional team retention payouts totaling nearly as much, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Announcing Our Asia Bureau and Advisory Group

medium.com — Announcing Our Asia Bureau and Advisory Group It has been a busy summer at The Information and there are two big announcements we'd like to share. New Asia Bureau We're delighted Shai Oster is joining us as our Asia bureau chief based in Hong Kong.

LeEco, ‘Netflix of China,’ Comes to America with Big Promises

theinformation.com — If you know someone working in Silicon Valley in anything from software engineering to microchips to hardware marketing to PR, there's a good chance that they've heard from a recruiter at LeEco this year. The company, often dubbed the "Netflix of China," is aggressively adding employees to its ...

The Deeper Significance of Didi Chuxing

theinformation.com — Didi Chuxing's acquisition of UberChina drew plenty of headlines this week from outlets including this one. (One of my favorites is here.) Yet a piece of the story remains misunderstood: how Didi won. Reporters and other general tech observers have been quick to blame the Chinese government, ...

How Facebook Can Keep Gaining Ad Share

theinformation.com — Last week's stream of tech earnings news was a reminder of just how much growth rates are diverging between strong and weak. Facebook has cemented itself as a sure bet to win against Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo in the fight for digital display ad dollars. Facebook's not-so-secret weapon? It ...

The Information You Missed This Week

theinformation.com — Good Morning!The rich tech firms keep getting richer, judging from the past week's earnings reports from Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook. And let's not forget the bankers and lawyers on the mounting number of acquisitions.

The Information’s 411 - Camera as a Platform

theinformation.com — Jessica explains why Yahoo can't be turned around, even within Verizon and under Tim Armstrong. Cory talks about why some media companies are disillusioned with live video on Facebook. Tom explains why Snapchat's camera section is its future.
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Aug 24, 2016

Congrats on your promotion @zefrank. You have come along way since this 2006 vlogging story :)  http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB115266820411604188 

Aug 23, 2016

Outtake from team photoshoot. Thank goodness for the professionals. https://t.co/MdxTKLVdnP

Aug 23, 2016

If the Gawker writing had been as eloquent and insightful as these final posts, I would have read it more. Great media commentary.

Aug 19, 2016

@samfbiddle Q: do you believe media companies shouldn't be sued?


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