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Substack and Legal Publishing

Lexblog: “Can the new email newsletter publishing platform, Substack make inroads into the legal publishing arena? When the New York Time’s Ben Smith reports this morning that Danny Lavery, the publisher of a blog and newsletter, just signed a two year, $430,000 contract with Substack and that his wife, Grace Lavery, a professor at UC-Berkeley, who edits another publication, signed on for a $125,000 advance, you have to wonder. Substack’s model is to disrupt the model of traditional journalism, where reporters and editors are woefully underpaid today -if the have jobs at all. Substack is direct to consumer media. Substack pays advances to a couple dozen writers with the remaining receiving email subscription moneys, of which Substack receives ten percent. For the ten percent, Substack is working on adding elements of centralized support, such as password retrieval and limited legal and editing help. Just as LexBlog is working to develop communities of bloggers for collaboration and cross promotion, Substack says their community of writers may receive some cross-promotion. Substack is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, a high profile venture capital firm that, among other things, is looking to disrupt the publishing and media industry. Smith is right that a shift in power toward individuals and direct payments has broad implications. And it’s working on a limited basis…”

How to keep your retirement investments gun-free

Mashable: “Despite a year-long pandemic in which Americans were asked to stay indoors, gun violence is on the rise in the United States. In 2020, almost 20,000 Americans died by gun violence, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (this number doesn’t include self-inflicted gun violence). The organization has already reported more than a hundred… Continue Reading

Online platforms: Economic and societal effects

European Parliamentary Research Service Report – Online platforms: Economic and societal effects: “Online platforms such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook play an increasingly central role in the economy and society. They operate as digital intermediaries across interconnected sectors and markets subject to network effects. These firms have grown to an unprecedented scale, propelled by data-driven… Continue Reading

Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: “This annual report, April 2021 of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States responds to Section 617 of the FY21 Intelligence Authorization Act (P.L. 116-260). This report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced,… Continue Reading

100 Best Companies to Work For

Fortune – “Prolonged shutdowns. Workforces that felt isolated and overwhelmed. You name it, COVID brought it. Still, these companies managed not just to muddle through, but to become role models. The takeaway seems clear: Businesses that treat employees well during the toughest of times will attract talent, even when the war for talent heats up.… Continue Reading

2021: Office Re-Entry Index

“Throughout the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies across America halted in-office operations and transitioned workforces to operate remotely. As companies worked year-round to develop strategies for office re-entry, planning efforts continued to shift as new information was presented daily. One year later, now with vaccine in distribution and decreasing positivity rates, companies have… Continue Reading

A 20-year-forecast for the world: increasingly fragmented and turbulent

National Intelligence Council – Global Trends 2040 – A More Contested World – March 2021: “…Published every four years since 1997, Global Trends assesses the key trends and uncertainties that will shape the strategic environment for the United States during the next two decades. Global Trends is designed to provide an analytic f ramework for… Continue Reading

Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions

The Verge: “As more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus and spring weather coaxes people outside, we’re all thinking about those travel plans we shelved last summer. But with COVID-19 travel restrictions varying by country and by state in the US, it’s difficult to figure out what’s safe and what the latest rules are. Expedia… Continue Reading

Ethical Financial Stewardship: One Library’s Examination of Vendors’ Business Practices

In the Library with the Lead Pipe: Katy DiVittorio and Lorelle Gianelli – “The evaluation of library collections rarely digs into the practices or other business ventures of the companies that create or sell library resources. As financial stewards, academic Acquisition Librarians are in a unique position to consider the business philosophy and practices of our… Continue Reading

Get information about a company in the UK

Gov.UK – “You can get some details about a company for free, including: company information, for example registered address and date of incorporation current and resigned officers document images mortgage charge data previous company names insolvency information You can also set up free email alerts to tell you when a company updates its details (for… Continue Reading