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Flipboard acquires Zite from CNN as bigger players are moving into news aggregation

CNN Money CNN has sold personalized news aggregator Zite to Flipboard for $60 million, CNN Money reports. Flipboard will also offer custom magazines for some CNN shows as part of the deal. Zite — whose algorithm always manages to surface customized content that I don't come across anywhere else — was previously acquired by CNN in 2011. In December, AllThingsD reported that a new round of funding valued Flipboard — with its 100 million active users — at $800 million. The consolidation by two of the largest news readers comes as major players like Google, Facebook and Yahoo have moved to compete in the space. Read More
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Newspaper PDF replica service bets on future of print-style digital reading

In October 2012, just 23 percent of Americans told Pew they read even one newspaper the previous day. So who in the world could possibly want or need unlimited access to 2,500 of them? Alex Gruntsev, EVP and chief innovation officer of PressReader, made a compelling case in a phone interview that his "Netflix-style" subscription service -- $29.95 … Read More
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How Flipboard just created 50 million magazine editors

Inside Flipboard | All Things D | Giga Om If you wanted to draw up a plan for drastically remaking the landscape of mobile news discovery, it might look something like this: 1) Release a beautiful news aggregating app that attracts 50 million readers, then 2) Empower those readers as curators who can create thousands of hand-picked digital magazines. Flipboard, one of the most popular news-reading mobile apps, has just done that. It is shifting its focus toward empowering users to create their own curated "magazines" for others to read. "Now everyone can be a reader and an editor," a company blog post says. Read More