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RelaxedJS/ReLaXed: Create PDF documents using web technologies
GitHub is where people build software. More than 27 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 80 million projects.
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7 hours ago by sidmitra
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10 hours ago by robertogreco
Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones | Reuters
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital purchases made inside games on its mobile devices.
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18 hours ago by basemaly
Above Avalon subscriptions turn three • Above Avalon
Neil Cybart, whose $100/year 4x/week newsletter is entering its fourth year, looks at what is changing in the Apple coverage space:
<p>• <strong>Apple rumor / scoop industry has dried up and consolidated.</strong> Ten years ago, there were a number of news publications that were in a legitimate position to break the next Apple scoop (some of which were likely controlled leaks from Apple). Today, there are only two or three sites that even publish Apple scoops. The consolidation in Apple scoops has been driven by Apple ramping up the amount of secrecy regarding unannounced projects. In addition, Apple "scoops" have increasingly come from research firms paying for confidential information coming out of Apple's supply chain. One byproduct of this rumor consolidation has been a relatively high degree of turnover among Apple reporters.

• <strong>Ad-supported business models are struggling.</strong> It is becoming more difficult to find ad-supported business models on the web. While there are likely a few reasons for this change, one includes ad dollars being funneled away from blogs and into podcasts and videos. This explains what appears to be an exodus of resources away from written blogs and into podcasts and video-focused efforts. Unfortunately, my suspicion is this won't end well for many as increased competition in the podcast and video space will tend to push sponsors to those with the largest followings. Such an environment would make it increasingly difficult for independent ventures to find sustainability by chasing scale.

• <strong>Paid news sites boost independents.</strong> Most news publications have embraced paid subscriptions as another way of boosting revenues. While a paid subscription to a multinational news organization may make sense for many readers, the value / price tradeoff becomes murky for readers interested in specific topics and niches. For example, the average news publications will only write about Apple once a week (if that much). This environment provides an even greater amount of oxygen to independent sites that can give the time and attention to niche subjects.

• <strong>Donation / support route isn't promising.</strong> The transition from ad-supported business models to subscription-based models hasn't been easy for many independent sites. Going from a scenario in which all content was public to one in which only a fraction of content is public can be jarring. Most sites have handled this transition by keeping content free and instead giving paid subscribers a very marginal amount of exclusive content. In essence, sites are treating subscriptions and memberships like donations. This is not sustainable for, or attractive to, subscription-based models.</p>

That point about ad-supported models is one to note. If GDPR does scare away ad-tech companies in Europe, that is going to lead to some substantial concentration.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur

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