• FTC Looking Into Apple's Treatment Of Rival Music Apps
    Antitrust regulators are reportedly investigating claims that Apple mistreated rival streaming music apps. “While $9.99 has emerged as the going monthly rate for music subscriptions, including Apple's, some streaming companies complain that Apple's cut forces them to either charge more in the App Store than they do on other platforms or erode their profit margins,” Reuters reports.   
  • Is Reddit Beyond Repair?
    In the wake of Reddit pushing out its CEO, Ellen Pao, some community experts are arguing that the company is beyond repair. “Reddit, to put it bluntly, is a case study of how not to build a community,” according to Chuq Von Rospach, a Cisco community manager. Among other unmendable issues, “There have also been long and loud complaints about the poor quality of moderation and administration tools,” Von Rospach writes on his personal blog.  
  • Bloomberg Sacks Digital Head
    Unhappy with the direction of its digital operations, Bloomberg just fired Joshua Topolsky, its top digital editor. Since returning from his mayoral jaunt, Michael Bloomberg has expressed frustration with the Web site, sources tell Politico. “Bloomberg did not approve of the new website … which had been relaunched under Topolsky's leadership in January.” 
  • Cheezburger Losez Founding CEO
    The Cheezburger media group is losing its founder and CEO, Ben Huh. “Cheezburger is a series of sites that focus on memes of various types,” VentureBeat notes. “Some of the more well-known ones include FAIL blog, Know Your Meme, Memebase, and I Can Has Animals.” Cheezburger’s president and COO Scott Moore is replacing Huh as CEO. 
  • How Upworthy Is Redefining Engagement
    As part of its strategic realignment, Upworthy is using a combination of data analysis and common sense to engage modern readers. “Using the user data it’s collected, Upworthy found that elements like humor and a story structure that built in suspense would draw in readers and keep them on the page and better engaged,” Neiman Lab reports. “Staffers are working to understand things such as how emotions impact how users consume stories.” 
  • Group Demands "Right-To-Be-Forgotten" For U.S. Consumers
    A consumer watchdog group -- fittingly named Consumer Watchdog -- is appealing to the FTC to have Google’s right-to-be-forgotten policy expanded to U.S. consumers. “European users have the right to request that right under a 2014 court ruling,” The Hill reports. “Under the concept … users can have Google remove certain links from the search results for their name.” 
  • What's Wrong With Reddit?
    All is not well at Reddit. Users and discussion moderators continue to revolt over efforts to clean up the site’s content, which have been led by interim CEO Ellen Pao. The dismissal of Reddit's director of talent, Victoria Taylor, has only made matters worse. “Taylor's firing gave spark to tension that had been gathering for months between Reddit the company and Reddit the community,” The Washington Post reports. 
  • BBC Might Make News Channel Online Only
    As part of a broader cost-cutting initiative, The BBC could make its news channel online only, The Guardian reports. It writes: “Work had already started on assessing the impact of making the news channel online only before the government unveiled a surprise licence fee settlement on Monday, in which the BBC will have to shoulder the full £750m cost of free licence fees for people aged over 75 by 2020.” 
  • Microsoft Taking Minecraft Into The Classroom
    The Microsoft in Education Team is launching a new forum called Minecraft in Education. The new effort “will give teachers an opportunity to discuss and share ways their students can learn by using the game in the classroom,” Tech Times reports. “The building-block game can be used to learn concepts in math like perimeter, area and volume -- or to explore an ancient civilization in ways that can't be visualized just by reading from a textbook.” 
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