‘Retro’ email newsletters are ‘taking off’; Facebook blasted for News Feed study

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— “Newsletters are clicking because readers have grown tired of the endless stream of information on the Internet,” David Carr of The New York Times writes, “and having something finite and recognizable show up in your inbox can impose order on all that chaos.”

— “With great data comes great responsibility,” Max Nisen explains at Quartz. Facebook is in hot water over a study that “skewed the positive or negative emotional content that appeared in the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users over the course of a week.”

— The Associated Press is embracing software-generated business stories, enabling it to produce 4,400 robo-stories rather than 300 human-written ones, Andrew Beaujon reports at Poynter. But AP Managing Editor Lou Ferrara says the move doesn’t mean job cuts.

— Here’s an idea for how to save Time Inc., from M. Scott Havens, senior vice president of digital: create the next Facebook or LinkedIn. Ben Cardew writes up an interview with Havens at The Guardian.

— Streaming video services are looking to take advantage after rival Aereo lost its case before the Supreme Court last week, Emily Steel writes in The New York Times.


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