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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

Marc Andreessen’s happy prognosis for the news business: ‘Big opportunity for news industry in next 5-10 yrs is to increase market size 100x, drop prices 10x. Become larger & much more important.

BuzzFeed Is The Future (Whether It Lives Or Dies)

This TechCrunch piece comparing the rate of story sharing across the major online news sources is such required reading that I reblog it without shame! Condensed: Buzzfeed is king

Stat of the day

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

Mail Plus checks in with 23,000 subscribers (58-year-olds who like Puccini and sudokus)

Fresh from claiming the title of world’s biggest newspaper website, the Daily Mail is advancing on another digital frontier with the first results from its Mail Plus tablet app. I reviewed the app on this blog shortly after its launch in February and concluded that it had raised the bar for news apps by some […]

App News

One second

How often the newsreader app Flipboard adds a new user, according to recent stats on its blog. No wonder that Flipboard has been cited as inspiration for Facebook’s new Newsfeed. The future of the news, as they say, is social – as long as there’s lots of content with it that you can monetise. Other […]

Video clippings

Finally, a simple iPhone-controlled drone fitted with a camera that could revolutionise the job of the warzone reporter, paparazzi snapper, or merely curious hack. All you need is a simple attachment for your iPhone and $70 and away you go. A review in 9to5Mac gives the lowdown.   Of course, much more importantly, UAVs (drones […]

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