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  • According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple is working to launch a new form for news consumption in iTunes. The company is apparently developing something it calls Spoken Editions, which are short clips that take writing from a variety of publishers and transform it into spoken word content…

  • On iTunes, podcasts branded “Spoken Edition” will be short-form programs that offer listeners an audio version of the publisher’s written content. That means you could “read” your favorite website or hear the news when you’re doing other things — like walking your dog, commuting to work or working out at the gym, for example.
  • For larger publishers, like Wired, iTunes also broke out the Spoken Editions into their own section: “Top Spoken Editions,” which was found below the “Top Episodes” (see screenshot below).


    This indicates that iTunes itself will be tweaked to better surface this particular type of audio content for users.

  • One company helping to get publishers ready for Spoken Editions is SpokenLayer.

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  • It is not the thought of appreciation or gratitude—but rather the emotion. In this method, thought will not activate the subtle energies needed to generate ecstasy—only feeling is capable of activating the energy vortices within you.

  • Today, as the Times announces its fourth new podcast of the modern era, and an agreement to use state-of-the-art podcast-serving technology, 36 percent of Americans listen to podcasts and 55 percent have heard of them.
  • using the podcasting boom as still another way to boost Times reader connection, acquiring new subscribers and retaining those it now has that account for 57 percent of its overall revenue.
  • That team, as of today, also includes the highly regarded Andy Mills, moving to the Times from the aural rule-breaker, WNYC’s acclaimed RadioLab.

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  • While the old times created a strong sense of camaraderie, employees didn’t know who to direct questions to, either about uncomfortable confrontations with colleagues or about their own performance. “Without even a minimal layer of management, it was difficult to have some of those conversations and to get people feeling like they understood what was expected of them, and that they were getting the support that they needed in order to do the best work,”
  • “The risk in startup culture is that you fetishize that early culture and you get committed to a set of practices that eventually outlive their usefulness,” says Catherine Turco, an associate professor of work and organization at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things.
  • It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things.
  • We still don’t have a true “BuzzFeed for audio” to elevate clips with viral potential.

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  • To call something the most popular podcast might seem a little like identifying the tallest leprechaun, but the numbers are impressive for any media platform. “Serial” has been downloaded or streamed on iTunes more than five million times — at a cost of nothing — and averages over 1.5 million listeners an episode. That is as many people as watch an episode of “Louie,” the buzzed-about comedy on FX. Ira Glass, the host of “This American Life,” told me his show took four years to reach one million listeners. “Serial” raced past that in a month.
  • “When I saw the numbers, my jaw just dropped,” Ms. Koenig said a few weeks ago. “It feels like we are doing exactly the same thing, making radio, except it’s not on the radio, at least not yet.”
  • Podcasting used to be a novel way of distributing audio programming over the Internet, but it is up 25 percent year-over-year

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  • The podcasters say that they are relegated to wooing a single Apple employee for the best promotion. That sharing on social media is cumbersome. And that for podcasters to make money, they need more information about their listeners, and Apple is in a unique position to provide it. The problems, they say, could even open up an opportunity for a competitor.
  • Podcasting had been growing swiftly for years, but in 2014, “Serial,” a show that in its first season re-examined a murder case, was the first breakout hit. The season barreled into pop culture, attracting 110 million downloads.
  • By last year, at least 46 million Americans listened to podcasts each month. This year, that number will reach 57 million, according to a survey by Edison Research.

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  • According to the law of the wild web, the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give. I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concrete—not even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash.
  • America is a nation eaten by its own myth. The entire idea of America is about believing impossible things. Nobody said those things had to be benign.

  • Interestingly, studies have correlated self sabotaging behavior with self preservation. Essentially, when you do something directly in opposition to what you’re supposed to be doing, you have given yourself an external element with which to lay blame. Instead of blaming yourself for any “failure” you may incur, you now have another outlet, or excuse, for why something didn’t get done.
  • Some studies have shown that persistent self-sabotage leads to a negative motivation loop. In other words, the more you engage in self-sabotage, the less motivated you are the next time you need to get something done.


    With every failed attempt, you are effectively “proving” to yourself that you are incapable of accomplishing the task.

  • Go Heads Down For Short Periods Of Time


    The Pomodoro Technique is a method of intense focus for 25 minutes at a time.

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  • In the long term, super-fatty diets increase our risk of neurological dysfunction, while diets full of omega-3 fatty acids (think fish and nuts) help us stay sharp and stave off cognitive declines later in life.
  • Start on the Right Foot


    Eat breakfast.

  • If you skip breakfast, you end up with a huge spike in blood sugar and then an equally huge crash in the afternoon; whereas if you eat breakfast, you maintain a pretty stable metabolism all day long.


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