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 Amazon Counterpunches Hachette And Authors Over E-Book Pricing

August 10, 2014: 

Amazon also spells out its version of the dispute, claiming that Hachette hasn’t negotiated in good faith and that it would “never give up” in seeking lower prices for ebooks. Echoing an earlier public statement from a group calling itself Authors United, Amazon provided the email of Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch and implored readers to write to him asking for lower ebook prices and an end to the dispute. The authors United statement, which will be published as an ad in this weekend’s New York Times, included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s email address and a call to write to him, asking Amazon to take authors out of the line of fire in its battle with Hachette.

Read the full story from Forbes here.

 Where Is Social Media Heading?

July 31, 2014: 

As more people now access Twitter and Facebook than read a daily newspaper, Adweek seeks to learn the future of social media from some industry experts.

Read the story from Adweek here.

 AP Employs Robot Journalists

July 14, 2014: 

Sometimes churning out story after story can make a journalist feel a bit like a robot. Well, now robots are starting to take over some of the writing work at notable news agencies with the help of automation platforms that turn data into coherent articles.

The Associated Press is the latest news agency to begin using robotic automation to write news stories -- specifically, financial stories about companies’ quarterly earnings.

Read the story from Design News here.

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