News Sites/Aggregators I Read
Either sites I frequent regularly or sites that are off the beaten path and deserve a mention.
This modesty was somewhat misplaced. Techmeme may be a niche site compared to the Facebooks and the YouTubes of the world, but the tech-news aggregator influences the people who make the Facebooks and the YouTubes of the world: Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai are both confessed readers, as are LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, former PayPal exec and current Facebook Messenger head David Marcus, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. Hunter Walk, a former product manager at YouTube turned seed-stage venture capitalist, told me he checks the site three to five times daily. “It’s one of my first morning sites,” he told me over email. “My perception is that lots of us [in Silicon Valley] use it.” That includes journalists: Rivera’s taste in that day’s news often dictates what stories are followed and chased by newsrooms across the country. Without writing a word himself, Rivera is shaping tech’s story for the legion of reporters and editors tasked to tell it.
According to founder and former editor Denis Dutton, Arts & Letters Daily was inspired by the Drudge Report but was meant to reach “the kinds of people who subscribe to the New York Review of Books, who read Salon and Slate and The New Republic—people interested in ideas”. Arts & Letters Daily has in turn been the inspiration for similar “idea based” blogs such as Abbas Raza’s 3 Quarks Daily.”
Robert Fulford characterized its value as follows:
“A & LD” does for ideas what the Bloomberg service does for commerce. It watches developments, sorts things out, tells you what you need to know. It doesn’t produce the profits Bloomberg brings in, but over time its ability to make connections may turn out to be even more important than the stock market.
https://www.economist.com/ (I pay for a subscription in order to support journalism that is committed to quality. Discounted Subscription though)
Nautilus is an online and print science magazine that “combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story.” It publishes one “issue” on a selected topic each month on its website, releasing one “chapter” each Thursday. Issue topics have included human uniqueness, time, uncertainty, genius, mergers & acquisitions, and feedback.
A cross-disciplinary approach to science is helping Nautilus carve a unique niche in science publishing… With a focus on deep reporting, a print magazine, and an intense affinity for illustrations, nonprofit Nautilus has taken an expensive approach to launching a new science publication.
Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas, philosophy and culture. Publishing new articles every weekday, Aeon describes itself as a publication which “asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.”