Piano raises $88M for analytics, subscription and personalization tools for publishers, adds LinkedIn as investor

As publishers face up to whatever might be their next existential crisis — there are so many options from which to choose, including Substack stealing all their writers; or Clubhouse pulling in

You’ll never believe what this email thread says about the ad-funded ‘open’ web

Among a number of claims on U.K. adtech lobby group MOW’s website is the canonical biggie that “Advertising funds the open web.” This coalition of “marketers,” whose memb

Crunch Report | Lyft Raises $1 Billion

Lyft raises $1 billion at an $11 billion valuation, Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy acquires August Home, MongoDB up 34% on stock market debut and Facebook is testing paywalls for Instant Articles. All

Substack helps writers turn blogs and newsletters into subscription businesses

Substack is looking to help writers make money in a way that CEO Chris Best described as “diametrically opposed to the broader Internet news model.” In other words, while large digital med

Piano’s new Composer makes it easy for publishers to create a targeted paywall experience

Publisher tools and paywall company Piano is announcing a new tool that could give publishers more freedom to experiment with paywalls and other business models. The company was created last year fro

Home services marketplace Angie’s List to drop paywall for a freemium model

While Angie’s List continues to reject acquisition offers, the home services marketplace is taking a big step to boost its online audience, and hopefully the number of people using it to find th

Music App Songza Goes Ad-Free With A New Paid Service, “Club Songza” For $0.99 Per Week

<a target="_blank" href="">Songza</a>, the music streaming and recommendation service that has picked up some 4.8 million monthly active users with its free, ad-based service, is

News Corp. Backs Down On Anti-Google Stance, Plans Searchable Article Previews, Keeps Paywall Intact

Rupert Murdoch's <a target="_blank" href="">News Corp.</a> is planning once again to let stories from its paywalled UK newspaper <a target="_blank" href=""

Murdoch Says Separated News Corp Publishing Biz Will ‘Push Even Harder’ On Charging For Content

Old media, <a target="_blank" href="">some think</a>, is headed for the graveyard, and they'll

LA Times Jumps On The Paywall Bandwagon

The Los Angeles Times <a href=",0,1301270.story">reports </a>that The Los Angeles Times will be adopting a paywall (they prefer the term "membershi

Pew Shows 65% Of People Pay For Digital Content; Mostly Music, Software, And Mobile Apps

<img src=""> The Pew Internet organization put out results of a <a href="