Barack Obama Wants to Start His Own Media Company: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

1. Obama considering post-presidential digital media career, sources say

“President Barack Obama has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company, according to multiple sources who spoke on background because they were not authorized to speak for the president.

“Obama considers media to be a central focus of his next chapter, these sources say, though exactly what form that will take — a show streaming on Netflix, a web series on a comedy site or something else — remains unclear.”

– Mic

2. Study finds millions of China’s ‘missing girls’ actually exist

“It sounds like the plot of a mystery novel.

“A controversial one-child policy that resulted in as many as 60 million “missing girls” in China, the most populous country on Earth. But in a new study, researchers suggest that around 25 million of these girls aren’t actually missing, but went unreported at birth — only appearing on government censuses at a later stage in their lives.”


3. Trump backers go to court to block vote recounts in 3 states

“Supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump have filed legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan in a suddenly robust effort to stop the presidential election recount efforts there.”

New York Times

4. Facebook wants to create ‘Collections’ of curated content from media partners, similar to Snapchat

“Facebook is working on a new feature that will showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed, according to two people familiar with the project and internal documentation seen by Business Insider.”

Business Insider

5. Designers have an 8-letter word for the despised hipster aesthetic colonizing the planet

“The ‘Brooklyn of (insert any city)’ has become the global nomad’s shorthand for any town’s trendiest, most visually eclectic, and often most clearly gentrifying area. Such enclaves include the suburb of Pantin of Paris, Shimokitazawa neighborhood in Tokyo, Florentin in Tel Aviv and Shoreditch in East London. What the Brooklyns of the world have in common is an aesthetic: repurposed décor from mixed sources and a palpable anti-slick, anti-corporate sensibility in favor of nostalgia for the 19th and early 20th centuries.

“And if the Brooklyn look hasn’t arrived in your town, it’s coming.”


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