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Week of 9 Feb 2018

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Governments & policy


Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire doctor, is about to buy The Los Angeles Times.

The 44-Pulitzer Prize newspaper and Soon-Shiong have had a contentious relationship with Tronc, its holding company, over the years. Soon-Shiong is a major shareholder, even though Tronc removed him from their board last year. There’s been a carousel of battling editors and publishers, disputes with Disney, leaks to the New York Times, etc. Soon-Shiong says he considers newspapers a “public trust” and that the press is a “valuable tool for the community.”
Los Angeles Times



Tech in Asia launched their big redesign. It’s structured along their four main areas of operation: news, jobs, events, and community, and reducing friction in how they overlap.

The old design was, like most information design that wants to be everything for everybody, cluttered, but they’ve clearly done some research and testing. The big “Write article” CTA is often baffling, but overall, it’s a solid iterative approach that is “not designed to be perfect, but to be perfected.” Way to go, guys.
Tech In Asia