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Why should news organizations allocate resources to human writers?

“If journalistic content produced by a piece of software is not (or is barely) discernible from content produced by a journalist, and/or if it is just a bit more boring and less pleasant to read, then why should news organizations allocate resources to human writers?”   Christer Clerwall of Karstad University in Sweden commenting on a […]

Marc Andreessen tweets an astute analysis of the news business

Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Marc Andreessen signed up for Twitter six and a half years ago, didn’t post a tweet for four years, and two and a half years ago tweeted once more. [Disclosure: Marc Andreessen is an investor in Pando.] It then took years for him to return to Twitter (982 days to be…

BuzzFeed Is The Future (Whether It Lives Or Dies)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
It’s time for a little inside baseball! Be still your beating hearts. But admit it: secretly you want to know about the success/failure of the myriad news sources whose stories flit disconnectedly across your Facebook and Twitter feeds from time to time, if only so you can tell your friends that…

Stat of the day

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10 million

The number of users of Path, the ‘intimate’ social network that bills itself as a more personal alternative to Facebook, according to NextWeb. That milestone is impressive in a world of FB dominance, although not everyone is impressed with how they’re doing it. A London-based SEO strategist tells how it blitzed his phone contacts with […]

The UX Report

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Review of Daily Mail Plus: raising the bar for news apps

The Daily Mail has finally joined the battle for pre-eminence on the iPad with the soft-launch of its first proper native newspaper app, the Daily Mail Plus. I have spent some time with it over the past few weeks, and can report that it has raised the bar significantly for newspaper apps. When I say […]

App News

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‘Experience summaries’ – the future of on-the-spot hackery?

An app from a startup called Clinch lets users create “experience summaries” – ie lets you combine videos, pictures and content from multiple sources, based on location and time. As the report on the Next Web says, it could be an interesting tool to create collaborative video clips during public gatherings. And with print journalists now being deployed […]

Video clippings

In the week that it is revealed that majority of click-throughs on Facebook are by bots, an interesting article by Dan Greenberg, of Sharethrough, the ‘native video advertising company’, in which he argues that internet advertising needs to go beyond the ‘boxes and banners’ economy, and become native ie promote banded content in ways that […]

Life hacking for media jockeys

Wetransfer.com – file sharing with artfulness

The first of my new ‘discovery of the week’ posts is on we.transfer.com, a lovely solution for transferring files to a friend without going through the extra couple of steps in DropBox or Google Drive. The service, started by a couple of Dutch entrepreneurs, shows changing pictures while you wait for the up or download. […]

Picture story

The fragile legacy of newspapers: a story in four pictures from Backspaces

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