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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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3.1 billlion

The number of people who read newspapers worldwide, according to the World Association of Newspapers World Press Trends report – more than the number of people who use the web. This is the highest ever thanks to the growth of online readership, the report says. According to the data, more than half the world’s adult population read […]

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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AppMachine: the £350 off-the-shelf ‘build your own’ mobile app

“Build your own app, no programming knowledge necessary.” Eight ordinary words, but what sweet poetry. Well, poetic at least to me as I reel like a drunk man through HTML, CSS, PHP and quell horreur, Ruby (on rails, with skates on, on steroids, whatever), dreaming sweet little dreams of coding my own blog better than […]

Video clippings

A short film called Sight by couple of masters students in Israel on the bright new future of a post Google glasses world ie contact lenses that are apped up for every need. Neatly demonstrates that it isn’t necessarily a good thing to have an app for everything. You can lead a horse to water, […]

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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