Scott Monty

Scott Monty

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The triumph of a whistleblower, getting dangerously close to Orwell's vision, Playboy strips out the photos, open unhappiness at PepsiCo, Twitter's new executive chairman lacks tweets, Buy directly from Facebook, YouTube's subscriptions are coming, Uber strike, local delivery via Amazon, WNYC's podcating venture, diversification matters for movie studios, detecting sarcasm with machines, the password may be getting replaced, the effect of maximum phone, our weekly trivia challenge, the podcast of the week an opportunity from our sponsor and more, it's The Week in Digital.

A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry.

Each Monday we publish a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the worlds of technology, business, digital communications and marketing in order to keep leaders up to date on changes, newsworthy items and content that might be useful in your job. A new issue is available every Monday morning. Please subscribe to keep up to date on developments.

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Trivia question: Pakistani entrepreneurs launched Uber for ________ last week. Fill in the blank.*


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  • WNYC is opening its own podcast division. The NPR powerhouse will now no longer rely solely on NPR for distribution, but will have a solid set of its own shows going out via the web. They'll be able to retain talent and attract a loyal core group of listeners as well
  • Spotify rival Deezer is raising $343 million as it plans its IPO in France. Audio — particularly streaming audio — is big business.
  • New feature: our Podcast Recommendation of the Week. This week, check out WNYC's own Radiolab, a podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. Do you have a podcast recommendation for us? Add yours to our Google Sheet:


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