Every blogger, writer and reporter has a
love/hate relationship with their content management system. If your professional life belongs to WordPress, for example, the woes of formatting overkill and half a dozen SEO fields have no doubt caused you to look up to the sky and ask: why isn’t there a better way?
Vox Media, the network of mostly profitable news sites that includes The Verge, SB Nation, Curbed and Vox, has its own coveted in-house system called Chorus. In a recent post about the future of blogging, Vox Media Editorial VP Lockhart Steele hinted that Vox could be preparing to open Chorus up to the rest of the publishing world:
You may think that since you can have unlimited access to music via subscription services and carry that music around everywhere with you, it’s possibly greatest time in history to be a fan of great music. But according to a new documentary, you’d be dead wrong, and the music you’re listening to isn’t the same music recording artists set Read More
Law and Order
When we think of something “going viral,” usually the first association is videos of pandas sneezing and clicky BuzzFeed listicles, not office management software. But a program called Slack is sweeping through media and tech companies, mostly because people who leave Hipchat and Gmail to try it out become major converts, and can barely shut up about it.
In only one year, Slack has become the go-to for teams at the Wall Street Journal, Airbnb, HBO, eBay, Gawker Media, Medium, BuzzFeed, PayPal, and dozens of other companies that are just as impressive.
More Money More Problems
Attention Delaware residents: you might want to delete… pretty much everything.
A new state law dictates that if your will is governed by Delaware law, its executors will also gain access to all of your “digital assets” when you die, Ars Technica reports.
Meanwhile in Canada
We’ve never really understood the psyche of die-hard Yelp reviewers. Why describe your entire meal in painstaking detail online when you could just… dine out anyway and not do that? It just seems like a lot of trouble.
And now, Yelpers are going to even more trouble, by filing a class action lawsuit to get paid by Yelp, Consumerist reports.
Art Meets Tech
Teen sexting has somehow become the police’s number one priority of late — not just in the U.S., but in Canada, too.
A sex crimes unit of the Ontario Provincial Police is gearing up to debut an app that helps kids reject requests for naked photos, Yahoo News reports.
When art collectors organize their wish lists and aspirations, they typically resort to pretty clunky methods, like Dropbox accounts, desktop folders full of high-res images and worse, print outs. It’s gotten bad enough that certain entrepreneurs have been inspired to stage a tech intervention.
Enter ArtBinder, an iPad app that lets collectors look for artists and showings, Read More
instagram that shit
It’s a sad, sad day when you come to value the quality of your selfies more than you do your own pet.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) says hundreds of black cats are being abandoned by their owners. The reason? They’re apparently not photogenic enough for their owners’ selfies.
NYC Disrupts Disruptors
Ever since Facebook supposedly failed to buy Snapchat, they’ve been accused of trying to copy Snapchat. This is mainly because they keep trying to copy Snapchat.
Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing Read More
A few hundred people sat in the summer heat in Central Park last night, waiting for tickets for the Public’s opening night of their production of “King Lear,” when they were approached by a young woman with a clipboard.
“Would you like to sign a petition saying you support Airbnb in New York City?” she asked, going one by one.
“Support what, exactly?” asked the first person she approached.
“Oh, you know, like the service Airbnb provides, and just what we’re doing,” she said, obviously lacking an aggressive, prepared script.
One by one people signed a petition saying they supported “AirbnbNYC,” and why not? The vague, upbeat language — asking for an endorsement without a clear mission statement — seemed entirely unobjectionable.