These have been more interesting times than not for Bloomberg News in recent months. Apart from the controversy involving misuse of client information via its powerful terminals, Bloomberg in recent weeks found itself accused of spiking stories in China for fear of offending its hosts. Then there was a report from Politico that the journalist responsible for those stories had left the firm.
Now comes the mess of layoffs at a once-bustling and bursting-at-the-seams organization. Editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler nevertheless assures staff Bloomberg will grow next year. Felix Salmon of Reuters, no small competitor of Bloomberg, examines the evolution of the outlet as it tries to fashion a newsroom as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Meantime, there are fears of impending cuts at Bloomberg TV.
It is not just Bloomberg having issues with China. The New Yorker's Evan Osnos looks at the delicate, fraught relationship between journalists and the country. He specifically looks at the recent denial of a visa to journalist Paul Mooney but also notes that the new wave of reforms scheduled for China merit immense coverage that may not be easy to undertake.
Twitter had in recent weeks permitted any follower to send a direct message to someone, a shift away from its requirement of mutual following. Well, the experiment is over. Now it's back to the old approach: If you want to send a direct message, that person has to be following you, too.
Some modifications of Twitter's apps are also permitting more handy search.