Google’s Digital News Initiative gives out €24M to 124 projects across Europe (and none in Turkey)

On company website : DNI is described as: ‘a collaboration between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism and encourage a more sustainable news ecosystem through technology and innovation’

Of course it’s an initiative to be applauded. But one wonders why developing countries where the free media is more crucial is not well thought of as well.

Following video explains DNI a bit more:

And the following infographic shows where the money is being distributed:


Spend it wisely 😉

Our prayers are answered folks: Coca Cola developed a selfie bottle !!!

Coca-Cola Israel has developed a bottle that takes photos when it’s tilted 70 degrees and you can transfer photos through its USB port.

Of course its work of an agency (who’s on coke*) that could not come up with another useless idea. (Crazier the idea, more money agency suck out of brand) But considering popularity of selfies are waaaaaay beyond things like internet of things, AR, VR or 3D, Coke could definitely come up with a bottle that talk to people or navigate them on street etc. :S

Anyway, thank Coke 😉

Youtube & Stream

YouTube is getting ready to announce a new service called Unplugged that would bundle different cable networks and stream different programs directly from its main site for people willing to subscribe to the service, sources close to the project told Bloomberg. Unplugged is one of the company’s top priorities, according to the report, and YouTube is looking to launch the service as early as 2017.

The goal is to increase viewing time for people already on the site and increase the company’s non-advertising related revenue. Executives at Alphabet, YouTube’s parent company, have already begun to talk to NBCUniversal, Fox, CBS and others about securing rights to various television series and sporting events. YouTube launched its first subscription streaming service, Red, at the end of October last year. Users could choose which channels they subscribed to for $5.99 a month. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the path YouTube executives are most interested in exploring is a form of skinny bundling that would pick channels from the four different networks to offer as a bundle and then choose other popular channels to offer as stand-alone options. Other companies like Apple and Amazon were rumored to be considering similar live TV streaming deals like this in the past, and based on this report, looks like they may push ahead with it. YouTube has yet to confirm whether or not they are in the negotiation stages with other companies to secure the rights to live TV programming, but Polygon has reached out for comment.

For those who still keep digital at a distance

The Independent newspaper confirms an end to print production

The Independent has confirmed that it will end print production next month with at least 75 redundancies

The Independent has called an end to its print newspaper operation after three decades, and gone online-only, making around 75 journalists redundant.

The newspaper publishing group claimed the move would ensure a “sustainable and profitable future” for the company which has been struggling with heavy losses for years.

The newspaper, which was launched in 1986, will print its last daily title on 26 March. The last Independent on Sunday will be on 20 March.

“The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers. They’re showing us that the future is digital”
Evgeny Lebedev

The decision to close its national print titles follows an agreed £24m sale of its tabloid i newspaper to Johnston Press, the owner of regional titles including The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post.

“The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers,” said owner Evgeny Lebedev.

He bought The Independent for £1 in 2010 but has since pumped around £60m of investment into the publishing group, including funding the launch of the i in a bid to attract a younger and wider audience.

The publishing group will be taking content for the i, and its website, from licenced copy from The Independent’s online team, the Evening Standard and its own regional titles. “If it’s a good story it will get in”, Mr Highfield said.

Johnston Press, which needs shareholder approval for the deal, is funding the takeover with a £22m payment on completion and another £2m in April 2017. Mr Highfield said the deferred sum was “to keep everyone honest”.

“This is a transformational acquisition for Johnston Press and an important step towards delivering our long-term strategy”, said Mr Highfield.

“i is a highly regarded newspaper with a clear market position and a loyal readership. By joining with Johnston Press the combined circulation will be equal to 9pc of national daily circulation, making us the fourth largest player in the market.”