Sign up to receive our
daily summary of tech news for free.

Hello World

Letter From the Editor

Dear Readers,

Technology news needs a reboot. There are more stories and outlets than ever, but a troubling cycle is playing out:

  • The race for pageviews and ad dollars is causing publications to focus on quantity over quality.  
  • Coverage is consolidating around attention-grabbing topics, like the latest hot startup or celebrity CEOs. Publications are wasting time writing and regurgitating the same stories again and again. 
  • Media outlets are relying on sensational headlines or idle speculation, not original reporting, to make their versions stand out.

The Information, launching today, is our first step towards building a publication that operates differently. We’re a team of reporters and editors who have learned from the best in the business, and we want to challenge ourselves to write better articles that break new ground. Period.

To do that, we are focusing on writing for readers we think are underserved: professionals in technology and in industries being upended by it. These readers find plenty to read every day but they don’t consistently find news that is relevant to them and their business challenges. They don’t often find news that takes a stand supported by facts. We aim to do both.

So, instead of chasing the highest number of eyeballs, we will chase and deliver the most valuable news. We’ve set the bar high. To succeed, we need to write articles that deliver value worth paying for. That’s why we’re a subscription publication.

We know this is an ambitious idea given the flood of free content on the market. To succeed we’ll have to do more with less, be ruthlessly focused, be creative and be consistent. 

Those challenges drive us and make us so excited to be launching today.

We would love to hear from you. We have much to do and look forward to adding new features that our subscribers want. For now, we are thrilled you’re here to see what we have been building these past few months and to help us take the next steps.

Sincerely,

Jessica E. Lessin, Editor-in-Chief

Get access to exclusive coverage
Read deeply reported stories from the largest newsroom in tech.
Latest Articles
 
The Takeaway Policy Crypto
Larry Summers on Trump’s ‘Tragic Precedent,’ TikTok and Regulation

It was a week of shattering precedents as President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Treasury would exact a bounty for allowing the sale of TikTok and signed an executive order that would block U.S. companies from doing deals with the video app and with Chinese messaging service WeChat. 

So I reached out to someone who knows a little bit about U.S.-China relations as well as the ...

Latest Briefs
 
Twitter Held Preliminary Deal Talks with TikTok, Report Says
Facebook Slams Apple’s App Store Policies Over Games
TikTok Threatens Legal Action Against Trump’s Executive Order
Stay in the know
Receive a summary of the day's top tech news—distilled into one email.
Access on the go
View stories on our mobile app and tune into our weekly podcast.
Join live video Q&A’s
Deep-dive into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles with our top reporters and other executives.
Enjoy a clutter-free experience
Read without any banner ads.
Exclusive Startups E-commerce
Casper’s Sleep Troubles
Hours after Casper Sleep executives rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to inaugurate the mattress maker’s initial public offering in early February, the mood at the company’s downtown New York offices was celebratory.
Exclusive Venture Capital Startups
Startup HeadSpin to Return Funding After Probe of Financial Statements
HeadSpin, a mobile app testing company recently valued at $1.16 billion, plans to return up to $95 million in funding to investors after an internal review of financial irregularities forced it to restate its financials.
Google Facebook
Tech in 2023: What Will and Won’t Have Changed
The coronavirus will have a lasting impact on business. But from where we sit today, it is difficult to tell which of the changes sparked by the pandemic will be temporary and which permanent.
Startups to Watch Venture Capital Startups
Four Startups Helping You Network in a Virtual World
A new spate of startups is building video communication and virtual event software for the coronavirus era.
Venture Capital Startups
A Summer Slowdown in Venture Capital? Not This Year
Private tech investing usually slows down in July and August when startup investors take a hiatus from pitch meetings and escape to their sunny destination of choice.
The Briefing Entertainment Asia
Disney Streamers Hit 100 Million: The Information’s Tech Briefing
Disney pulled off a successful misdirection today by getting investors to think less about Covid-19 and more about the invasion of the Huns.