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BoSacks Speaks Out By Bob Sacks Feb 25, 2019 Last week I wrote a sober article about the state of digital fraud invading our lives, our families, our jobs and our psyche. I wasn't wrong, as each day new intrusive assaults are discovered. Last Friday we received news of yet another of what seems like weekly Facebook abominations. Now it has been revealed that Facebook collects intensely personal information secretly from thousands of popular smartphone apps and just seconds after users enter their personal information. Facebook gets it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook. More surveillance for a profit. George Orwell in the book 1984 wrote: "If you

Magazine publishers are on board with Apple’s new subscription news service. Newspapers aren’t. By Peter Kafka  Feb 13, 2019, 6:31pm EST SHARE Apple SVP Eddy Cue runs the company’s media business. Drew Angerer / Getty Images Apple says it wants to help save journalism. All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage. The argument, made by everyone from my colleague Casey Newton to Apple blogger John Gruber: 50 percent is way, way too high — “insane,” in Gruber’s words — given that Apple normally takes 15 percent to 30 percent of the revenue

Rumours of the death of print media have been greatly exaggerated. While online publications have been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, the fact is that 58 per cent of subscribers still describe themselves as primarily print-oriented, and 60-80 per cent of publisher revenues are still generated from print. It’s true that the majority of print-first subscribers are older, but that doesn’t mean younger audiences won’t pay for print. They will, and they do.     The New York Times reports that while its own base of print subscribers is holding fairly steady with only slight declines year over year, its digital subscriber base

In a world where we do everything online, consider this: Independent bookstores are on the rise, while e-books are on the decline. Does this mean that the verdict is finally in on e-books? Does this mean that people, or at least the market forces through which they manifest, have chosen the paperback over the Kindle edition? It seems that may be the case. And there are a litany of reasons why.

As the battle of 'print versus digital' rages on, media update weighs in with Samir 'Mr Magazine™' Husni. Described by CBS News Sunday Morning as 'a world-renowned expert on print journalism', who better to ask about the war between print and digital? media update's Aisling McCarthy chatted to Husni, the director of the Magazine Innovation Centre at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism, about the ongoing battle between the two mediums and what the future of the magazine industry might look like.

Digital advertising campaigns are rapidly increasing in dollars spent and numbers of advertisers, but there's a troubling simultaneous decline in advertiser satisfaction, according to new data from the business-intelligence firm Advertiser Perceptions. The data, from a survey of more than 450 advertisers conducted in May and June, show an erosion in satisfaction in digital-campaign management from a similar survey in 2016. In other words, advertisers are increasingly unhappy with their publishing-company partners, even as they're spending more and ramping up their activity.

It's hard to imagine a media future that doesn't involve the delivery of fewer, more relevant ads. However, that's not what's happening at the moment. Ad loads are up on TV. Both satellite and terrestrial radio have increased their ad loads. And the explosion in connected digital screens - in people's hands, on their desks, in taxis, on gas station pumps, on the sides of buildings - means that many more ads are being shown to more people in more places than ever before. In spite of that trend, I believe the explosion of ads will slow down and then actually