Articles about "Google"

Cal State Chico student to join Poynter as Google fellow

Benjamin Mullin, a student at California State University, Chico, and former editor of its campus paper, joins Poynter this summer as its 2014 Google Fellow.

Mullin and 10 other students will work at journalism organizations throughout the country focusing on data-driven journalism, online expression, rethinking journalism business models and using technology to tell stories in novel ways. (more...)

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. (more...)
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Poynter at SXSW: Algorithms, Journalism and Democracy

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Read more

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U.S. appeals court orders YouTube take down anti-Muslim film

Associated Press | Reuters | EFF

In Wednesday's decision on Garcia v. Google Inc., a three-judge panel for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered YouTube to remove the video “Innocence of Muslims” from its platform. It also reinstated Cindy Lee Garcia's copyright lawsuit against Google.

The 2012 video, created by filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef, led to riots and deaths throughout the Middle East. The 13-minute film depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a "fool and a sexual deviant."

President Obama and other world leaders had asked YouTube to take down the video, but YouTube resisted due to “unwarranted government censorship” that “would violate the Google-owned company's free speech protections.”

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Two biggest social networks

Facebook vs. Google, social media vs. SEO: Why BuzzFeed data shouldn’t declare a winner

Last week, the latest traffic referral report from BuzzFeed caught Marshall Simmonds’s eye. The data indicated Facebook delivered about 3.5 times more page views to BuzzFeed Network sites in December than Google did:



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Three simple Google tools journalists can adopt to draw traffic

Google is increasingly emphasizing the ways it can be of service to the media, and the company held a summit in Chicago last week sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and Northwestern University’s Knight Read more

Google Play Newsstand, a new platform from Google for Android devices. (

Is Google Play Newsstand a viable alternative to standalone Android apps?

Google introduced its latest platform for consuming news on Android devices today, suggesting that news organizations’ native apps aren’t serving readers well — even as those apps continue to be offered in the Google Play Store.

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Google gathers tools for journalists in one spot

Wednesday, Google unveiled a new home for its products that might help journalists.

"What we hope is that it allows the journalists who already have some understanding of these tools to further explore them," Daniel Sieberg, Google's head of media outreach, said in a phone call with Poynter. "And for the ones who didn't know, it gives them a place to start."

The site offers stops for finding trends and surveys, sections on publishing, a maps engine -- including a lite version that allows users to customize maps and add in locations -- and even the company's own Transparency Report, showing requests from governments around the world for removal of content during the past six months. (more...)
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Don Graham approached Mike Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt about buying Washington Post

The Washington Post
Jeff Bezos "wasn’t the only billionaire wooed" by Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham and the investment bank Allen & Co., Steven Mufson writes. Others included:
Robert Allbritton, owner of Politico and whose family once owned the Washington Star; Michael R. Bloomberg, who some people believed would want a daily print outlet in addition to his economic-driven subscriber news and data service; David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and a major Washington philanthropist; and Eric Schmidt, who was chief executive of Google for 10 years.

The asking price in other negotiations reached $600 million, according to people familiar with the talks; for one prospective buyer, the price was significantly higher, according to a person whose advice was solicited by that person.
Bezos got the paper for $250 million. Lots, lots more good stuff in Mufson's story about the events that influenced Graham's decision to sell.

Yahoo beats Google in July comScore ratings

comScore | CNN
Yahoo's sites edged out Google's in July 2013 to be the top collection of Internet properties in the U.S., according to comScore.

Yahoo had 196,564,000 unique visitors, comScore says, compared with Google's 192,251,000.

Traffic from Tumblr, which Yahoo acquired in May, "did not directly contribute to Yahoo's visitor tally," comScore's Andrew Lipsman told CNN. Tumblr is the 28th most popular site in comScore's rankings.

Other news sites in the Top 10 include AOL's sites, which include The Huffington Post and TechCrunch, as well as those belonging to CBS Interactive and Turner Digital. The New York Times' sites are No. 33 on the list.