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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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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 Sam Kirkland. Here is the third in a series of posts on what we’ll be doing at SXSW. Algorithms control … 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.” Read More
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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:     If that observation were broadly applicable to publishers across the web, it would be a game-changer. Simmonds, CEO of Define Media Group, thought it wasn't, so he posted a rebuttal responding to writers who he felt interpreted the chart too broadly. Read More
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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 Lab. @ONA @spj_tweets @knightlab thx to our partners to help … Read More
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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. The new Google Play Newsstand replaces Android's Magazine and Currents apps and promises one central home for magazine and newspaper subscriptions on smartphones … Read More
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Is Google's agreement with French publishers exportable to the U.S.?

You may have missed the news in early February that Google has established a $60 million Euro (about $80 million) fund to support a group of French publishers in their digital enterprises. Not only that, Google chairman Eric Schmidt jetted to Paris for a signing ceremony photo op with France's president, Francois Hollande. A few months earlier, the search … Read More