Amazon just launched Inspire -- a free platform for teachers and other educators to post and share resources online. “Designed to look and operate much like Amazon’s well-known flagship site -- but without the e-commerce back-end -- Inspire lets users sort content by relevance, user ratings and popularity,” TechCrunch reports.
The New York Times is preparing to launch an ad-free digital access option, which will cost consumers more than a standard subscription. As the Wall Street Journal reports, NY Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson says the move is in response to the rising adoption of software that lets readers block ads.
Business Insider is wasting no time setting up its little newsrooms around the world. Following its sale to Axel Springer, Business Insider has embarked on an aggressive international expansion. “With the recent launch of Polish and Nordic sites, the company now has 10 international editions,” Nieman Lab reports. To that end, “Business Insider Poland … was instantly one of its largest international presences, with around 15 employees.”
Secret co-founder David Byttow is making the rounds with Bold -- a new platform that is sort of like Medium, but for an enterprise audience. Bold is a “platform for writing long-form content at work,” Byttow tells TechCrunch. “Use cases include things like engineering tutorials, product specs, memos, onboarding docs, etc.” At the moment, Bold remains in free private beta.
Michael Ferro, Chairman of Tribune Publishing, thinks the publisher should be using artificial intelligence to produce 2,000 videos a day. The pronouncement comes on the heels of Tribune Publishing’s renaming as tronc, and its decision to focus more heavily on producing content using artificial intelligence.
Medium just bought Superfeedr, which helps Web sites send and receive content through common protocols like Atom and RSS using PubSubHubbub and XMPP. Yet, “The Superfeedr web service and application programming interface (API) won’t be going away,” Venture Beat reports. “Medium … has not made many acquisitions since it was founded in 2012.”