'Businessweek' editor won't say whether they're making money, describes the 'luxury' of doing long pieces
"We just have that luxury of being able to do long stories," he said. "And as it happens, while other magazines are doing shorter stuff, The New Yorker and Businessweek and The Atlantic and others are really thriving as a place where if you're a reader, you can go."(1)
Jim Windolf, a contributing editor and writer for Vanity Fair, was sitting in a large, multi-desk cubicle in a warren of similar cubicles in a 10th floor office on West 29th Street on a rainy afternoon, explaining his new project.(4)
The app will initially feature Longform.org's top 25 most popular sources, which range from the websites of monthly magazines like GQ, The Atlantic and The New Yorker to online-only offerings such as The Awl and Grantland. It's designed to filter links based on word-count, "so you can take out all the daily pageview-churning content and what you're left with is all the long feature stories," said Linsky, speaking by phone this aftenroon. "We wanted to start with the stuff we love and that we know our readers love, but the plan is to try and go big with it. ... We plan to expand pretty quickly and broadly."(2)
Daisey talks to workers at the Apple factory, some as young as 12, about the working conditions, and he relates to the audience their harrowing stories about crushed hands, armed guards, and blacklists for anyone who complains. The factory owners, he learns, aren’t unresponsive: When a string of workers jumps off the roof to their deaths, the owners place nets around the upper floors to catch the bodies. When the media finally report on the pitiful salaries, the owners boost workers’ pay—only to take back every additional cent by charging rent for the coffin-sized, stacked beds in the group dorms.
We met at Hiro's studio on Central Park West and the session went well. Then Jobs asked me to join him for lunch and his car took us over to the Four Seasons, and as we pulled up he mentioned that the Seagrams Building was his favorite building in New York.
I asked him if he was sure that this in fact was the Seagrams building. I must have been out of my mind: I was saying I was sure it was a few blocks north. What was I thinking?
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
For many blind and visually impaired New Yorkers, when they can afford it, technology—often the very same technology used by people with perfect vision—has drastically changed the way they navigate the city. For all that has changed for everyone in the digitally-mediated, smartphone-obsessed New York, for people who are blind or have other vision disabilities, the difference between then and now is that much greater.(2)
For the next four weeks, we'll be publishing a 2010 mini-Almanac in periodic installments. Like the almanac published yearly by The New York World an age ago (which survives today as the World Almanac), it's a way of pulling together a selection of the most important stuff that happened over the last year, and reminding us what we were thinking about these things before we knew what was happening to us.
Today, 2010: The first year of iPad.
“I’ve become frustrated with the quick-consumption nature of many devoted blog readers,” Marco Arment wrote on his website. “There’s no time to sit and read anything when you’re going through 500 feed items while responding to email, chatting, and watching bad YouTube videos.”
So he created an application to fix his reading experience. It was a simple bookmarking tool, custom-made for Arment, that allowed hi to save articles to read later, in a format, at a time and in a digital environment more conducive to reading. Now, 800,000 people besides him use it, too.(2)
New York's tech scene is distinct. Perhaps not always first in innovation—a few zip codes in California and Massachusetts get that distinction most of the time—but the city has grown a reputation for breeding some of the most exciting, creative consumer developments online.
This fall, here are three New York tech trends to watch out for.(2)
When local digital design firm Hard Candy Shell grew impatient with the old ideas making there way onto the new tablets, they hit upon an ideaof becoming publishers themselves. They set out to find an editor to make the content for the kind of iPad experience they wanted to build.