Lessin: Deals between tech companies, media will impact coverage

Jessica Lessin, the founder and editor in chief of tech news site The Information, writes about the editorial impact of deals between technology companies and publishers.

Lessin writes, “I have said it before, and I will probably be saying it again and again and again: Tech companies and news organizations have very different priorities, values and opinions about the purposes of news business. You don’t need to look far to find examples of these same tech companies refusing to pay publishers around the world for their articles, even while they are striking these one-off deals with the largest publications.

“And while I respect the journalists and editors at thews news organizations too much to imply that they are going to ease up on their touch coverage because of a deal, it would be absurdly naive to assume that stronger financial ties between publishers and tech platforms won’t change coverage

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Why you should treat your employees like customers

It’s an age-old adage that the customer is always right. Everyone has heard someone in management say this at one point in our lives.

It’s a tenet that many businesses follow dogmatically. But why then, do they never extend the same faith to their employees?

Treating your employees like your most loyal customers could prove to be the best thing you ever do. This simple shift in outlook could see productivity, employee retention and general staff wellbeing skyrocket. It could also see your company receive the additional bonus of a better reputation.


Every businessowner wants to be known as someone that treats their employees well. It provides numerous benefits that will enhance the other factors mentioned in this article. Word of mouth spreads quickly. You wouldn’t treat a customer in a way that might cause stress or make them feel undervalued, which is why you absolutely cannot do the

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Ministers consider half-term lockdown to break infection cycle

Ministers are considering a half-term lockdown as they scramble for a plan to stem rising infection rates.

Boris Johnson has been told that he has little more than a week to find a plan B if the “rule of six” does not bring the epidemic under control. He has accepted advice from the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, that rising case numbers must be reversed in the coming weeks but has not decided how to do this.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, this morning refused to rule out a second national lockdown, saying that it was “the last line of defence” but one that was proven to work.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies is understood to have modelled a two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown to break chains of infection and prevent a return to rapid exponential growth.

It came as further restrictions are due to be announced across the North

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