Cheat Sheet: Sites that Sell Gear (Mostly) to Guys

It seems there are as many platforms as publications these days. A subscriber recently sent us a list of cool-things-to-buy sites, apparently geared to males and built on affiliate marketing, where the publishers make a commission on every item sold.

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Inside a Charm Offensive: the Los Angeles Times Covers Huawei

Invest 15 minutes in last week's LA Times profile of Huawei and you'll appreciate the power of candor. The Chinese telecom giant had every reason to expect a grilling from legendary journalist Norman Pearlstine and his team. Instead, Huawei received fair treatment in context useful for both parties.

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Apple News: What Readers Like

Data is scarce on how Apple News is doing, especially after last month's launch of Apple News+. Specifically, what are readers responding to? In table form, here are the articles published on the Apple News Twitter feed as of April 10, along with the associated number of comments, shares and likes.

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Who's Who at Apple News

Who runs Apple News? Our readers increasingly ask because they want to pitch it. Well, like LinkedIn, Product Hunt and other platforms, it doesn’t really work that way. A small number of human editors curate the top content in Apple News, drawing from Apple’s rich set of licensed editorial properties. They don't need PR pitches.

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Profile: Dan Frommer, The New Consumer

Former Forbes, Quartz and Recode editor Dan Frommer has launched The New Consumer, an edit brand "designed for anyone who’s curious about what’s new, what’s interesting and what’s important in the intersecting worlds of technology and consumer." Access to Dan's web site and twice-weekly newsletter costs $200 a year.

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SWMS Healthcare Deep-Dive: Google Docs

In one Google Doc, we analyze 116 articles across five publications, capturing authors, headlines, URLs and whether the article was positive, negative or neutral in tone. In another, we list the 118 editorial sections contained in 18 leading healthcare publications, accompanied by lists of Tier 1 and Tier 2 journalists, tables on site traffic (SimilarWeb) and coverage volume (IT Database), F2F events and more.

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SWMS Healthcare Deep-Dive: Part 3 - Trends in the Trades

Healthcare IT trades — like all trades — are in the relationships business. They typically make their money through F2F events, awards programs and premium services. Surprisingly few require registration or paid subscriptions, but all of them can be counted on to behave respectfully toward healthcare business. You won’t see the next Theranos being taken down in the trades.

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Profile: Keith Shaw, Robotics Business Review

In May 2017, IDG laid off Keith Shaw after 21 years of service. Today he’s EIC of seven-year-old Robotics Business Review (RBR), based down the road from IDG headquarters in Framingham, Mass. RBR’s audience isn’t anywhere near IDG size — about 150,000 uniques per month — but Keith and his team cover one of the most exciting tech segments on the planet. 

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Profile: David Pogue, NYT, CBS

​David Pogue is tech media’s Sgt. Pepper: the act we’ve known for all these years and guaranteed to raise a smile. After a bout of obscurity at Yahoo Tech, David is back with new columns at the New York Times and New York Magazine, increased presence on CBS Sunday Morning and a forthcoming page-turner of a book.

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SWMS Healthcare Deep-Dive: Part 1 -- Landscape Stories

Even in a realm as “vertical” as healthcare, stories are still stories. Technology is transforming both business and society. Companies and their leaders face crises. Startups succeed and fail. Conversely, much is unique to healthcare. Few industries are more regulated, depend more on new science, and have such a direct impact on life and happiness.

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PR Winners and Losers from David Strom's RSA Inbox

RSA Conference (RSAC) has come and gone, and hopefully the email flow has finally stopped. As usual, the conference and its associated 300 or so emails shows what the best and worst PR practices are. This time I asked Sam if I could share with you my analysis of these inquiries, in the hope that we (we being the trade press) can work better with you.

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.