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Snapchat Exposed: How Their Influencer Economy Runs on Hot Tubs, Selfies, and Whey Protein

You probably haven’t heard of Arsenic, which airs only on the Snapchat app. And even if you have, you may want to keep it to yourself. The content isn’t pornographic by Supreme Court standards, but as the name implies, Arsenic’s videos can feel a bit dangerous. Despite Arsenic having no special placement on Snapchat—it’s merely an account—its videos attract more than half a million views each in a 24-hour period. Everyone wants in on this racy moneymaker.

Alexandra Elbakyan is the Robin Hood of Science

File this under "information should be free, (as in air, maybe not as in beer.)"   Alexandra Elbakyan, a neuroscientist in Russia founded a website called SciHub in 2011 that now hosts over 47 million academic papers. Obviously this is a big deal for researchers and students that can't afford access to otherwise expensive academic journals. And, obviously, this is illegal.   It's another fascinating case in the unfolding history of content freedom vs. content monetization and the (r)evolution of the publishing business. Will this industry, like so many others, move toward consolidation and subscription, a la Spotify and Netflix? Or, will it remain a series of walled gardens?   Read the great A-to-Z on the situation from Vox. "Why one woman stole 47 million academic papers..."

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  • February 18, 2016

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