Careful where you tread, Ryan Seacrest: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company’s future devices will “predominately” feature physical keyboards. [The Verge]
We’re just going to leave this headline here: “Path Closes $25 Million In New Funding.” [Recode]
Since you need another music streaming service, Beats Music is launching next week for $10 a month. [Fast Company]
An Uber car was attacked by striking taxi drivers in Paris. Apparently, they’re not so pleased with the influx of competitors encroaching on their turf. [CNet]
NBC News is taking a ten percent stake in NowThis News, a Lerer Ventures-backed news agency that specializes in producing short clips for Vine and Instagram. “It allows them to experiment in this new medium without putting their legacy brand at risk,” said Mr. Lerer. [New York Times]
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On the heels of its divorce from NBC News, Microsoft has apparently concluded it wants to stay in the news business.
A newly news-centric MSN.com will roll out with the official launch of Windows 8 on October 26. The software giant’s Bob Visse says things are amicable with the ex partner in reportage, but Microsoft really needed to do Microsoft:
The siren song of Startupland, it appears, has wafted beyond Wall Street and is now calling journalists to its shores. Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin–both twenty-something New Yorkers and former producers at NBC News–left behind their careers in media to found theSkimm. The daily newsletter, which launched today, addresses the modern dilemma of media overload by digesting the news for you. In some instances, regurgitating might be more apt.
The newsletter opens with the story of the day, broken down into bite-sized segments like “What” and “Why,” followed by a short summary of the day’s top stories in a winking, chatty voice organized under rubrics like “What to say on a date” or “What to say at dinner with girlfriends” or “What to say to your boss.”