Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020

by Frederic Filloux

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

These are not predictions, but trends I will be following this year.
Most of them will lead to specific Monday Notes.

1. The morphing newsroom

Newsrooms will change in multiple ways.

→ The ones still operating a newspaper or a magazine will increasingly streamline their print-related operations. Some will even repackage their editorial products into weekly or few-days-a-week publications.

→ The traditional news desk set-up (local, national, politics, etc.) will leave way for a more cross-cutting editorial structure based on each market’s key issue and audience expectations. For instance, comprehensive climate change coverage will make more sense in vulnerable areas (like Florida) while a team of reporters focusing on mobility/housing, percolating up in every part of the organization will be more justified in a large congested metro area.

→ Modern newsrooms will increasingly rely on external expertise to address complex issues. Anyone starting a news

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An Excess of Operating Systems

by Jean-Louis Gassée

Received wisdom tells us that developing a new OS is technically feasible but ultimately doomed by the need to create the type of large-scale ecosystem that protects incumbent platforms. Why, then, undertake the creation of a new OS universe?

Over the past few decades, operating systems settled into a seemingly inevitable duopoly: There’s an OS for low-end OEM devices, and another for more expensive, vertically integrated contrivances. In the PC era, the players were Windows and macOS; for mobile devices, we have Android and iOS (although this time, Apple has a much nicer market share). It’s a familiar, comfortable pattern. Order reigns.

Not quite.

It seems there are new operating systems sprouting up everywhere: