On the Red Couch with Quartz Publisher Jay Lauf

The future of journalism lies in code. That’s the mantra Jay Lauf uses inside the sleek Lower Manhattan offices of Quartz, a business site the Atlantic Media Company launched more than a year ago.

“A big piece of the storytelling is finding new ways to tell stories that aren’t just necessarily the flat, written word,” says Lauf, the publisher and president. “Even if that is your stock and trade, there is code behind the way that will spread.”

Lauf’s digital savvy helped him make a name for himself in the publishing world. At WIRED magazine, Lauf climbed the ranks, from advertising director to publisher, and helped the tech-focused magazine recover from the 2001 dot-com collapse. During his role as publisher of The Atlantic, he helped drive a 400 percent increase in online ad revenue and was named AdWeek’s 2012 Publisher of the Year.

He’s now at the helm of Quartz, where he’s tasked with monetizing the organization’s global business reporting across the free and open Web, all while cultivating new audiences.

We caught up with Lauf recently at Quartz’s office and asked him about the crowded marketplace, the surge of journalism startups like Vox News and Re/Code, and what piece of literature he thinks best reflects the current media landscape.

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The Week In Review: Heartbleed Strikes

Last Monday, news broke that sensitive user information stored by most major websites was vulnerable to hackers–and had been for over two years.

Known as Heartbleed, the bug exposed a critical security flaw in a devastating place: a website’s URL. Identified by a small padlock symbol in a browser’s address bar, OpenSSL is open-source software used on more than 66% of active websites. The vulnerability meant that hackers could have exploited passwords, banking information, credit card numbers, even mobile phones in what’s been described as “the worst security hole the Internet’s ever seen.”

As usual, Flipboard mag makers were following every aspect of the story as it unfolded. Here are some of the more interesting takes:

Heartbleed Bug by Terry Leach: A good overview of how the media and technocrats are dealing with the security threat.

NSA by Edward Heyburn: Late in the week, reports surfaced that the National Security Agency may have known about Heartbleed from the very beginning–-and possibly exploited the bug.

Net Security & Privacy by Demetri Tringas: If the government was able to scour private information, the question remains: what could they do with it? To find out, start here.

Privacy by Jase Goldsmith: Online privacy activists are on high alert. With news of governmental surveillance being fairly widespread, here are examples of how the international community is reacting.

SSL by Niranjan Nagarjuna: Here’s a good roundup of articles explaining open-source software like OpenSolaris and other technical matters for the non-coders amongst us.

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From Germany With Love: Deutsche Welle Joins Flipboard

On May 3, 1953, German president Theodor Heuss went on Deutsche Welle, the country’s first international broadcasting service, to announce that Germany was ready to reenter the modern world…at least part of it was.

After the fall of the Third Reich four years earlier, the country found itself embroiled in a new conflict. Tensions between Allied and Soviet occupiers culminated in the Cold War and the creation of two Germanys: communist East and democratic West, where the publicly-funded, propaganda-free Deutsche Welle offered the nation an opportunity to establish itself as a champion of a contemporary, pluralistic society.

Now broadcast in over 30 languages, Deutsche Welle continues to build its mission to “promote exchanging and understanding between the world’s cultures and people.” On Flipboard, it does so by offering language-specific news targeted to readers who speak Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Urdu. Tap on the language name to read, or browse relevant Content Guides to explore Deutsche Welle’s multinational reporting.

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Heartbleed Bug Update

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As soon as we found out about the Heartbleed bug, the team here began working on understanding its implications for Flipboard and deploying a fix. Protecting our readers’ accounts, settings and preferences is critically important and, while there is no indication that anything has been compromised, we are rigorously reviewing everything and coordinating with all of our partners. As of this afternoon, we successfully updated our systems and we are now resetting other points of access to Flipboard. While we don’t believe it’s necessary at this point, for security purposes it is strongly recommended that readers reset their passwords on a regular basis, and this may be a good time to do that across all of your personal services.

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Re/code Comes to Flipboard

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If 2014 is the year of the media startup, Re/code is one of its marquee acts. Founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, two of the U.S.’s most respected technology journalists, Re/code launched on January 2 as the duo’s first independent venture after 13 years of running the Wall Street Journal’s technology conference and accompanying news site, AllThingsD.

Their new company will also produce a conference featuring onstage interviews with leaders in technology and media. Indeed, the first Code Conference in May sold out three hours after tickets became available, and will feature conversations with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick and TV guru Mike Judge, who created the new HBO series, Silicon Valley.

Re/code’s exemplary technology and media news, reviews and analysis debut on Flipboard today, where the site has been paginated and customized for better flipping. Tap the badge below to start reading it now.

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The Week in Review: Renaissance Television

Couch potatoes, rejoice (be sure to stretch first): TV’s here to stay. Our changing media habits haven’t traded depth for distribution. Shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Justified prove that we crave substance, surprise and storytelling in equal measure.

Making way for new things is bittersweet. Last week David Letterman announced that he’ll no longer be hosting CBS’s venerated Late Show in 2015. Letterman was Johnny Carson’s rightful heir —the “anti-talk-show talk show host” — and never lost the unpredictable wit and comedic timing he was known for onstage at comedy clubs throughout Los Angeles in the late-1970s.

That also explains why comedians — yes, President Obama counts — took to Twitter in droves to pay tribute to the man who made hosting a TV show seem artistic, and within reach. Fans of How I Met Your Mother, however, tweeted a very different set of responses to the series finale, which finally revealed “who” the eponymous mother was — and they were mostly “disappointed” and “upset,” to put it mildly.

How did you feel about it? Will late night TV recover? Are you waiting with bated breath for Sunday to see new seasons of Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Veep, as well as the premiere of writer/director Mike Judge’s timely Silicon Valley, a satirical take on the intersection of technology and American culture. If you’re not up-to-speed, we’d advise against binge-watching. Instead take a look through some of Flipboard’s best user-magazines devoted to some of your favorite shows.

Critical Television by ninakat67: Examining television from a critical perspective.

Disruptive TV by Kevin Behling: Analyzing data and making predictions on the future of programming.

The World of Ice And Fire by Elio Miguel Garcia Jr.: Welcome to the world of Westeros.

Mad Men by Karin Lehmann: Where’s Don Draper headed?

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On the Red Couch with Glenn Beck of TheBlaze

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Glenn Beck is ready to talk. It’s an occupational requirement for the outspoken Texas-based radio personality, who hits the airwaves each weekday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, for his self-titled show that’s broadcast in over 400 stations and syndicated by the Premiere Radio Network. Beck’s brash take on the hot topics of the day has earned him a devoted following of millions.

But Beck is not only a man behind a mic. He’s headlined shows on both CNN and Fox News, landed on The New York Times bestseller list 15 times (with titles like The Christmas Sweater, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense and Arguing with Idiots) and most recently founded TheBlaze in 2010, a television network and website covering news, politics and opinion. We turned the tables on Beck and interviewed him in TheBlaze’s New York City office about how he would change the government, the big story that mainstream media is missing, and why technology has irrevocably transformed the political system for the better.

Watch his no-holds-barred responses below and make sure to check out the newly launched Flipboard magazine, TheBlaze on Faith, that covers the latest faith-oriented news, information and entertainment.

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Introducing Flipboard’s First Foray into Video Games

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In 2010, humans spent 3 billion hours a week playing video games—three billion!—and that was before Flappy Bird made addicts of us all.

The developers at Flipboard have had enough FOMO and decided to do something about it. They sequestered themselves for days, living only on office staples like dried seaweed and fizzy water, devising Flipboard’s first video game. Now that it’s ready, a few folks are worried that it’s unsafe to unleash on our readers, but mostly we’re really excited to share what’s sure to be the next global gaming sensation: Flappy Board.

Click here to start playing or tap on the magazine cover to our Flappy Bird homage below and flip one page in to start playing.

Flappy Board FTW!

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This Just In: Associated Press Files With Flipboard

The Associated Press has always worked at the intersection of tech and journalism. It started as a pony express route shared by five New York City newspapers to report on the Mexican War in 1846. It began sending photographs by wire in 1935, moved to radio in 1973, launched an international video division in 1994, and went digital in 2005. Today, it’s available on Flipboard, where it’s been paginated and customized for easier viewing.

The AP is everywhere and it covers everything. From an article about Cuba’s nouveau riche to the rise of online anonymity to the story that *just* happened, the AP is typically one of the first sources to report on breaking news. That’s because it runs 280 bureaus worldwide, including one in every statehouse in the U.S. More than 1,700 newspapers and 5,000 radio and TV broadcasters rely on the AP for a steady stream of news.

Now, you, too, can access the service’s news, sports, business, health, politics and entertainment feeds, as well as video highlights and news in Spanish, by tapping the badges below.

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The Week in Review: The Real March Madness Has Begun

Hope you didn’t need to heed the Ides of March—it just meant that college basketball’s beloved tournament season was halfway through, and finally taking shape. With April now just days away, remaining teams are playing some of the world’s best b-ball, vying for a place atop the pantheon-like Final Four.

Beyond winners and losers, we were curious to know: who did (or didn’t) make it into your bracket? Any big surprises? Did yours remotely resemble any of the predictions made by the fortune tellers at ESPN’s Grantland? Or maybe you brushed up on some high school math and counted stats?

For the guys at SB Nation, March Madness is about patience—or lack of it. For some, like GQ’s Bethlehem Shoals, this month has been pure soap opera. Whether you loved, hated or were confused by it all, we’ve selected some impassioned roundups of America’s most social tournament.

Final Four 2014 by Kyle Andrew Brown: Keep up with the road to the Final Four and beyond.

March madness by glapeer: Scores, predictions and more.

NCAA by Stefan Schlotter: Follow your favorite team in the tournament, if they’re still left.

March Madness by Flipboard Newsdesk: An extensive look at all things March Madness.

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