The Time-Efficient Edition Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Longform Mobile Journalism: Why One Reporter Produced An Entire Documentary Using Mobile Devices, by Caroline Scott,

As smartphone technology improves and audiences continue to turn to social media to get the news, publishers are experimenting with video formats and using mobile journalism techniques to produce short-form content in a more time-efficient way.

Leonor Suarez, television journalist at Spanish regional public broadcaster, Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias, has taken this concept one step further, producing an entire 50-minute history documentary using her smartphone.

Apple Pay, Now 2 Years Old, Looks For Ways To Be More Useful, by Olga Kharif, Bloomberg

Apple Pay, which turns 2 years old this month, is facing stiffer competition and needs to find ways to stand out in a crowded field. In the next year, most retailers and fast-food restaurants will start their own mobile-payment services, and some of them will also offer Apple Pay. The service, which expanded into Russia earlier this month, is looking to absorb more functions of people’s traditional wallets, such as transit cards and retail loyalty cards.

Dash Follow-Up

Apple Responds To Dash Controversy With Proof, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

“Almost 1,000 fraudulent reviews were detected across two accounts and 25 apps for this developer so we removed their apps and accounts from the App Store,” Apple spokesperson, Tom Neumayr, said in a statement provided to The Loop on Monday. “Warning was given in advance of the termination and attempts were made to resolve the issue with the developer but they were unsuccessful. We will terminate developer accounts for ratings and review fraud, including actions designed to hurt other developers. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously, on behalf of all of our customers and developers.”

Dash And Apple: My Side Of The Story, by Bogdan Popescu

What Apple has done: on Friday they told me they’d reactivate my account if I’d make a blog post admitting some wrongdoing. I told them I can’t do that, because I did nothing wrong. On Saturday they told me that they are fine with me writing the truth about what happened, and that if I did that, my account would be restored. Saturday night I sent a blog post draft to Apple and have since waited for their approval.

Tonight Apple decided to accuse me of manipulating the App Store in public via a spokesperson.

Dash And Apple’s Statement, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Apple’s statement is consistent with Apple’s doing the right thing, though. There’s a very good chance that they are.

Apple Responds To Dash Controversy, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Popescu concludes his response by publishing a recording of a phone call with an Apple representative. Popescu did himself no favors by doing so. For one thing, it’s a breach of trust. But for another, I think Apple comes off well in this recording. They’re bending over backwards to give Popescu another chance and have his account reinstated.


Apple Assisting In Donations For Hurricane Matthew Victims, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Facebook Workplace Officially Launches On The Web And iOS, Set To Compete Head-on With Slack, by Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

Facebook today officially announced the release of their Workplacebusiness product. Originally titled Facebook at Work, the new product is set to compete head-on with other similar services like Slack and Hipchat.


Smart Machines And The Future Of Jobs, by Jeffery D. Sachs, Boston Globe

There is neither a consensus nor deep understanding of the future of jobs in an economy increasingly built on smart machines. The machines have gotten much smarter so fast that their implications for the future of work, home life, schooling, and leisure are a matter of open speculation.

Even Bugs Will Be Bugged, by Matthew Hutson, The Atlantic

When Mark Zuckerberg posted a picture of himself on Facebook in June, a sharp-eyed observer spotted a piece of tape covering his laptop’s camera. The irony didn’t go unnoticed: A man whose $350 billion company relies on users feeding it intimate details about their lives is worried about his own privacy. But Zuckerberg is smart to take precautions.

Even those of us who don’t control large corporations have reason to worry about surveillance, both licit and illicit. Here’s how governments, terrorists, corporations, identity thieves, spammers, and personal enemies could observe us in the future, and how we might respond.

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