September 14, 2017 Last Updated 8:39 am

Martin Shkreli heads to jail after another social media fail; Digital publishing’s progress: two steps forward, one step back

Morning Brief: Mayors of over 700 Catalonian towns face the threat of jail by the Spanish government as it tries to prevent the October 1 referendum on independence from taking place

The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Martin Shkreli, is now in jail, and no one is shedding a tear for him.

Known for his practice of finding drugs where their are no generic versions, buying them from the manufacturer, then jacking up the price, Shkreli has been the most hated man in the world for good reason. In 2015, he bought the anti-malarial drug Daraprim from Impax Laboratories for $55 million, the jacked up the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Besides being just plain evil, he is also a bit of a cad. In 2017, Shkreli had his Twitter account suspended after repeatedly tweeting about dating journalist Lauren Duca, now at Teen Vogue. He even shared photoshopped pictures of himself with Duca via Twitter. Talk about icky. Duca, it should say, has gone on to become one of publishing’s superstars, and now Shkreli is behind bars.

What brouoght him down now is that in August a jury found Shkreli guilty of three counts related to securities fraud. He was found innocent of other charges against him and was released on bond awaiting sentencing. While out, he decided to once again go on social media, this time to offer money for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Really.

The Washington Post, Abby Ohlheiser and Andrew deGrandpre:

Martin Shkreli wanted to be an Internet supervillain. This time it cost him.

For Martin Shkreli, the acts of ridiculing and trolling weren’t just a solitary hobby. They were a performance for the benefit of his small army of online fans, who loved watching their favorite Internet supervillain get away with it.

This time it cost him…

…He became reviled for the very same behaviors his superfans cheer on: his cocksure displays of immaturity and indifference, and for exuding the impression that he was somehow, always, above reproach.

But on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in New York ordered Shkreli sent to jail, having deemed him a danger to the community after offering his Facebook followers $5,000 for a strand of hair from former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

BBC, Zoe Thomas & Tim Swift:

Who is Martin Shkreli – ‘the most hated man in America’?

Judging by social media, Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, may be the most hated man in America right now.

He’s been called a “morally bankrupt sociopath”, a “scumbag” a “garbage monster” and “everything that is wrong with capitalism.” And those are some of the tamer comments…

…Mr Shkreli did not take the criticism of his company’s actions lightly. On Sunday, he sent out a hostile tweet accusing the media of singling him out. “And it seems like the media immediately points a finger at me. So I point one back at em, but not the index or pinkie,” he wrote, quoting an Eminem song.



It is inarguable that at certain times Apple has been adventurous and led the way when others were afraid to make too great a change. Examples would be Apple’s decision to drop optical drives in its laptops and then the iMac, its decision to drop the headphone jack as Bluetooth headphones became dominant. At other times, of course, it has been behind the crowd, to its determent. It is only now releasing an Apple TV that supports 4K streaming, its delay costing it marketshare to Roku and Amazon.

It looked for a while like Apple would be a leader in digital publishing. But several factors led it to abandon digital publishers and now it is pretty much uninterested in digital newspapers, magazines and interactive eBooks.

But, like it or not, and despite many in the industry still in denial, digital publishing moves on.

Libraries are replacing their print magazine collections with digital services; news and entertainment apps continue to add digital content, and publishers, organizations and corporations are digitizing their print archives.

Snap Inc:

Introducing Campus Publisher Stories!

It’s been nearly three years since we launched Publisher Stories on Snapchat as a new way for our community to enjoy high quality content from some of the most creative media companies in the world.

Today, we are expanding Publisher Stories to include school newspapers. School newspapers play a critical role in informing and entertaining their campus communities, and they are often where the many leading journalists and editors that we work with got their start.

KVOA.com, Jessica Prettyman:

UA given grant to continue digitizing newspapers

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $279,000 grant to the University of Arizona and Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (LAPR) to continue digitizing Arizona newspapers…

…LAPR has digitized around 380,000 pages for both the Arizona Digital Historic Newspapers platform and the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” site since 2008.

“We are honored and extremely excited to continue the Digital Newspaper Project,” said Secretary Reagan. “The addition of these papers to the online collections will nurture a fuller appreciation for and understanding of the diverse forces which have combined to create our unique Arizona identity.”

The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder:

iTunes v12.7.0.166 No Longer Supports iBooks

Apple rolled out a new version of i Tunes today, and something is missing. Early downloaders reported on MobileRead, and I can confirm, that Apple has removed the iBooks section from the iTunes app for Windows.

According to the changelog, Apple now expects Windows users to manage their iBooks libraries on their iThing rather than in iTunes on Windows.



Hey, Marty (Baron), it’s time to send a journalist to Spain. I’m available (sorry TNM readers, I’d go in a flash).

I still think this is the story of the next 30 days. Catalonia and Spain. It feels like a tragedy moving in slow motion. Maybe not, maybe it is the beginning of a new nation… we shall see.

Meanwhile, as tensions build, The Washington Post and other news organizations are currently depending on wire services to cover the story. Soon, one will see reporters flocking to Barcelona.

Associated Press:

Tension builds in Spain as Catalans defy Madrid over ballot

A mounting confrontation between Catalan and Spain’s national leaders over a planned independence referendum in the Catalonia region is gripping Spain.

Spain’s central government is using judicial measures to try to stop the planned Oct. 1 ballot, which it insists is unconstitutional, but regional authorities are trying to sidestep the legal obstacles.

Deutsche Welle:

Spain threatens to arrest 700 mayors

The office of Spain’s state prosecutor announced on Wednesday that it is investigating hundreds of Catalan mayors for cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum that Madrid deemed illegal.

The prosecutor’s office ordered 712 mayors in Catalonia who have backed the vote to be summoned to court as official suspects in the criminal probe. Police have been directed to arrest the mayors should they fail to answer the summons, according to the official letter sent to local authorities.

Bloomberg, The Editors:

Detoxifying Spain’s Separatist Debate

A toxic combination of festering frustrations, nationalist myth, and mismanagement by Madrid has brought Spain to this point. Climbing down won’t be easy for either side, but it’s both possible and necessary…

…The irony of this showdown is how unnecessary it is. Support in the region for independence has fallen lately, to around 35 percent. That’s partly through exhaustion, partly because the Brexit example is far from encouraging, and partly thanks to Spain’s economic recovery. Yet the vote’s outcome is uncertain, because many of those opposed to independence may choose to boycott the poll. Whatever the result, separatist sentiment remains strong, and in its response Madrid would be wise, so far as possible, to cajole rather than threaten.

Comments are closed.