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TechCrunch Surveys Subscribers of TC+

TechCrunch wants to know how TechCrunch+ subscribers like the product, so it has surveyed them. Here are the six screens from the survey, fielded last month. It’s good to see TC so solicitous.

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AI-Written Articles Coming to Bankrate

The Associated Press began publishing computer-generated articles eight years ago. Yet it always seems a bit futuristic — perhaps even dystopian — when a publisher turns to an algorithm to write articles.

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How Bad Are Things Really?

We’ve all read about the layoffs, hiring freezes and down rounds. Calendar-year budgeting for 2023 starts soon. Is the tech business in trouble? What can we expect for tech coverage in the weeks and months ahead?

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Deep-Dive: Protocol Enterprise

One year ago Tom Krazit Tweeted: “…some personal/Protocol news: I’m now the Enterprise Editor for Protocol | Enterprise, overseeing coverage and planning for a big expansion. We are hiring for five (5!) new enterprise reporters to work with me and @JoePWilliams31…”

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Open Stats for Nov. 30 SWMS emailer

The SWMS-Semrush Top 15 Index was the most-opened article in our Nov. 30 emailer. Then, in descending order… cheat sheet on exec interview opps; Fortune contributed content formulas; “Challenge of 2023” analysis; Krazit/Kaye share what works; Protocol shuts down; cheat sheet on VC events/SMB events; cheat sheet on smart lighting

A16Z’s ‘Future’ Shutting Down

Great perspective from Insider reporters Rob Price and Melia Russell. Excerpt: “It doesn’t always end well when you hire people to tell the world how great you are. Future.com, from my periodic glances, is a snooze fest, devoid of even the most justifiable skepticism and tension,” wrote Brad Stone, a veteran tech journalist, in a Bloomberg newsletter this year.”

Rachel Metz Laid Off from CNN

From Mastodon…

Rachel Metz on mastodon @rachelmetz@mstdn.social

CNBC Reporter Suspicious of PR

CNBC personal finance senior editor Jim Pavia posted this on Twitter: “A PR rep pitched an op/ed and said it was exclusive to CNBC. We did edits and I pinged her with a pub time. She said colleagues sent the piece to another media outlet “unbeknownst” to her and it published. Wonder why my comfort level is so low when it comes to PR firms?”

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