Newsonomics: Now it’s Facebook that’s facing unwanted attention

Attention. Attention! The digital cognoscenti long ago figured out that consumers of “digital” services paid not in dollars but in attention. We laughed about the monetizing of eyeballs. We joked about the devilish bargain we’d made with “the platforms,” even as some conjectured that those platforms might become so big and powerful that few publishers…

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Newsonomics: GateHouse Media thinks services for small local businesses can help replace long-gone advertising

GateHouse Media claims to serve 219,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in its hundreds of markets. Like most of its newspaper chain peers, GateHouse expanded its ad selling to “marketing services” more than a half decade ago. Unlike those peers, the company now aims to move profoundly beyond selling ads. Mike Reed, CEO of GateHouse parent…

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