Washington Post Licenses Publishing Technology to Tronc

The Washington Post has signed an agreement to license its digital publishing platform, Arc Publishing

.. Tronc said it will use the Arc technology to help power its entire portfolio of digital properties, beginning with the Los Angeles Times. Tronc’s other publications include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore sun and Orlando Sentinel.

 .. The partnership marks the largest yet for the Post’s Arc division, which has previously announced deals with smaller publishers such as Argentinian business news site InfoBae.com and Canadian news publisher the Globe and Mail.
.. “Small publishers with limited budgets don’t actually have too many options here. They can use [content management system] WordPress for content, but what do you do for video? What do you do for apps? What if you want to do Facebook Instant Articles? Putting it in the cloud will benefit those publishers,
.. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon and now owner of the Post, has had a hand in building the Arc platform, and has encouraged executives at the Post to take a page out of Amazon’s playbook for its Amazon Web Services cloud computing product.

.. The entire Arc platform is hosted by AWS, and publishers pay based on the amount of traffic flowing to their properties once they’re up and running.
.. The Post has previously said it charges large publishers up to $150,000 a month for access to Arc

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Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

“No one really knows where the value is,” said Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive of Salesforce. “I think I know — it’s in helping people do the things that people are good at, and turning more things over to machines.”

.. Much of today’s A.I. boom goes back to 2006, when Amazon started selling cheap computing over the internet.

.. Suddenly, old A.I. experiments were relevant, and money and cheap data resources were available for building new algorithms.

.. How will we know when the A.I. revolution has taken hold? A technology truly matures when it disappears.

.. A.I. is probably heading for the same places, invisibly sorting through lots of data everywhere to continuously update and automate most of our lives.