The Future-Of-Publishing Edition Sunday, December 18, 2016

What Lies Beyond Paywalls, by David Skok, Nieman Lab

For over a decade, digital publishers have been wrestling with an existential strategic question: Should we pursue consumer or advertising revenue as our primary revenue stream? In 2017, that question, and the tradeoff it implies, will become obsolete by the widespread adoption of machine-learning, predictive, and anticipatory analytics. In creating a dynamic meter among publishers, their readers, and their advertisers, these algorithms have the potential to transform how the publishing industry generates revenue.


Examined: Project Management Tool OmniPlan 3.6 With Touch Bar Support In macOS Sierra, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

It is a very robust and functional tool that's meant to work with you over the days, months or even years of significant projects. It will take you time to learn but it rewards the effort.

Pokémon Go For The Apple Watch Is Not Canceled, by Ina Fried, Recode

“Pokémon Go is still under development and has not been canceled,” a Niantic representative told Recode on Saturday. “We'll have more news soon.”


How Developers Are Turning To Metro’s Newest Software Tool To Enhance Their Apps, by Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post

Six months after Metro began allowing app developers to track its trains in real-time, transit wonks were eagerly sharing their thoughts on how to improve the commutes of hundreds of thousands of Metro users, many of whom are frustrated by chronic delays and service disruptions related to SafeTrack.

The gathering at Metro’s headquarters, the latest in the series of monthly meetups sponsored by Mobility Lab, the research arm of Arlington County commuter services, was all about little fixes developers can make to improve riders’ experience, said Paul Mackie, a spokesman for Mobility Lab.


Have More Famous People Died In 2016?, by Charlotte McDonald, BBC

So 2016 has seen the largest number of famous people die, but it was that bump at the beginning of the year that made it so unusual. [...]

He thinks that the increase isn't particularly surprising, because we're now half a century on from the flourishing of both TV and pop culture in the 1960s, which massively expanded the overall pool of public figures.