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The day in digital: ‘Amazon seems serious,’ GIFs on Twitter, CTOs look into their crystal balls

“Amazon seems serious about changing the way smartphones work,” Walt Mossberg writes at Re/code. Two big features of the new Amazon Fire Phone: hands-free navigation and “Firefly” software that identifies objects with the camera and links users to product pages on Amazon.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up the new Amazon Fire Phone at the launch event Wednesda in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Facebook had a worldwide outage for about 30 minutes early this morning. No word yet on the cause, Mark Scott and David Jolly report at the New York Times Bits Blog, but everything seems to be OK now.

How far into the future are media company CTOs looking? Hearst is looking further than BuzzFeed, according to Justin Hendrix’s series of interviews at Medium, which Liam Andrew aggregated at Nieman Lab.… Read more

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The Day in Digital: Inside the New York Times CMS and the impending Amazon phone

Content management systems are so in this season. Luke Vnenchak has a fascinating look inside Scoop, The New York Times’s “homegrown digital and (soon-to-be) print CMS.”

Jeff Bezos is expected to announce an Amazon smartphone today. How can the company compete with Apple, Android and Samsung? Quartz’s Dan Frommer has some thoughts on the strategy.

The Atlantic’s in good shape, for lots of reasons. Here’s another one, from a Jeff Sonderman tweet during American Press Institute’s summit on video:

Media critics weren’t critical enough of Aaron Kushner’s print-centric strategy at the Orange County Register, Clay Shirky writes, helping to poison the minds of young people who need to understand that print is in a death spiral from which it can’t recover.… Read more

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David Streitfeld on Amazon: ‘They don’t care if they’re liked’

Around 1998, David Streitfeld gave Jeff Bezos a quick tour of The Washington Post. It really wasn’t a big deal.

“It was a newspaper,” Streitfeld told Poynter. “There wasn’t much to see.”

David Streitfeld looks through books in his basement. (Submitted photo.)

After he ushered Bezos around the newsroom, the two attended a lunch with editors of the Post.

“The editors there thought Amazon was cute, interesting, a frill — not something transformative,” Streitfeld said. “The notion that the Post would one day be owned by the guy with the goofy laugh sitting in front of them was literally inconceivable.”

Streitfeld, though, already knew that Amazon had that potential to be transformative, at least for the publishing industry. He covered the book beat for the Post at the time (in that role, he identified Joe Klein as the author of “Primary Colors”) and discovered Amazon early in his reporting.… Read more

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Amazon complains about news coverage it won’t comment on

Amazon | The New York Times

Amazon has finally broken its silence about its dispute with Hachette: “we are not optimistic that this will be resolved soon,” a post by the Amazon Books Team, on Amazon, says.

The statement is remarkable in several ways,” David Streitfeld, who’s covered the dispute for The New York Times, writes, among them that the company suggests customers who want Hachette product not in stock “purchase a new or used version from one of our third-party sellers or from one of our competitors.”

Here’s one more rather remarkable part of the statement: Amazon says the dispute has “generated a variety of coverage, presumably in part because the negotiation is with a book publisher instead of a supplier of a different type of product.… Read more

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos leads $5 million Business Insider investment

Business Insider | Bloomberg

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget has revealed Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a principal contributor to a pool of $5 million in venture capital for the business-news website.

Blodget revealed the news to employees in a Friday memo:… Read more

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Amazon to shake up mobile tech world with new Kindle devices, content deals

Bloomberg | The Verge | CNN Money
Amazon will make waves in the world of tablets, e-readers and possibly even smartphones today when it announces new devices at a 1:30 ET event. Here is what you can expect.

The Amazon devices

The star of today’s show is expected to be the Kindle Fire 2 — a refresh of the original Fire that debuted in November and lit up holiday sales. Amazon claims the Kindle Fire holds 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market, but sales have slipped recently and Amazon is looking for a fresh spark to consumer interest.… Read more

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Buzz Bissinger’s e-book pulled in price war

New York Times
Buzz Bissinger’s e-book sequel to “Friday Night Lights” was suddenly pulled from Amazon, David Carr reports, in an example of how e-book sellers are becoming Wal-Mart-like in their market dominance and pricing power. Apple offered a promotional deal for Bissinger’s book, and Amazon responded aggressively by cutting the book’s price to zero, which led the publisher to temporarily pull it from the Amazon market rather than give it away. || Related: Microsoft makes $300M investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader (Wired) | E-book publisher drops DRM (PC World) | Erotica genre climbs the e-book bestseller lists (News 10).… Read more

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Amazon, Kindle Fire users buying lots of content through apps

Flurry | China Economic News Service
More evidence that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is pulling far ahead of other Android-powered tablets: A study finds the average Amazon app store user spent almost four times more money on in-app purchases than a user of Google’s standard Android app store. Mobile analytics company Flurry measured purchases through popular apps available across iTunes, Google Play and Amazon:

Meanwhile, a report out of Taiwan says Amazon is preparing to roll out three new Kindle Fire models this year — a “low-end” model like the current one, another 7-inch model with higher screen resolution, and a high-end model with a larger 8.9-inch screen.

Related: Personalized news aggregator Zite launches Android app (Zite) | Smartphones are half of all U.S. mobile phones, and growing fast (Nielsen) || Earlier: Tablet ownership nearly doubled in January (Poynter)… Read more

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Three trends from 2011 that will reshape digital news in 2012

If you’re like me, by now you’ve read more than enough uninspired recaps of what happened in 2011 or wild guesses at what’s in store for 2012. So here’s something a little different.

I looked back at the world of digital journalism to find just a few trends and ideas that started small in 2011 and will grow larger in 2012. Here’s what I found.

1. A story is more than one writer’s words

This year will be the last when the word “story” referred almost exclusively to a single stream of words written by a single author.

Storify started testing in 2010, but the revolutionary storytelling tool launched publicly in April 2011 and won this year’s grand prize in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.… Read more

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Direct publishing of e-books offers hope for long-form journalists

O’Reilly Radar | GigaOM
Atlantic freelancer Marc Herman says his $1.99 Kindle Single, “The Shores of Tripoli,” is selling well enough to cover the costs of his reporting trip to Libya and may bring in enough to fund his next project in advance. “If things keep going how they are going,” he tells Jenn Webb, “I think in a few months I’ll be able to say I have the beginnings of a viable business model as well as a viable way to bring long-form reporting about international events to the public.” The Radar interview has insights on the pricing dilemma, the writing process and the traditional publishing industry. Mathew Ingram analyzes what Amazon can do for authors and journalists. || Earlier: In the year of the e-book, 5 lessons from — and for — news organizations (Poynter.org)… Read more

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