• The AP Is Using Robots To Write Earnings Reports

    The AP Is Using Robots To Write Earnings Reports

    The Associated Press is going to start using “automation technology” (otherwise known as robots) to deliver stories recapping the quarterly earnings reports of thousands of companies starting in July. According to a post on the AP official blog, this will allow the AP to cover the earnings reports of approximately 4,400 companies each quarter, as opposed to their usual volume… Read More

  • Twitter Is Testing Two-Factor Authentication Internally, And It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    Twitter Is Testing Two-Factor Authentication Internally, And It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    In what was a mind-boggling series of events in real time, one Associated Press hack and a false tweet about the White House sent the stock market into a momentary free fall. Twitter hopes to stop intrusions like that in the future by introducing a two-factor authentication process, Wired has learned. When this offering will be available to users is unknown. The company has been working on this… Read More

  • Publish2 Wants To Disrupt The Associated Press With An Online News Exchange

    Publish2 Wants To Disrupt The Associated Press With An Online News Exchange

    Online news aggregation and curation startup Publish2 is today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference launching a new product dubbed Publish2 News Exchange, with the ambitious goal of disrupting the entire reason for being of The Associated Press. The AP being the cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and TV stations in the US, which operates a monster news and photo… Read More

  • Livestream Goes Mainstream With AP Deal To Stream Video From The Oscars Red Carpet

    Livestream Goes Mainstream With AP Deal To Stream Video From The Oscars Red Carpet

    Live video streaming on the Web is finally going mainstream. Livestream, the NYC-based live video streaming startup, just landed a one-year partnership with the Associated Press to power all of the AP’s live video streams on the Web. The first event to be streamed live under the new deal will be video from the red carpet at the Oscars this Sunday. The video will be hosted by Livestream… Read More

  • AP's rights management DRM explained

    AP's rights management DRM explained

    There has been some talk about the Associated Press’ new system, called hNews for some reason, for protecting its precious copywritten materials from bloggers, pirates and pederasts. The system will include a DRM system that will make sure you can’t cut and paste data from a browser to a blog post, thereby ensuring that no one can steal the AP’s valuable, value-added content. Read More

  • Note to the AP: Do not do gadget reviews

    After all the lip service paid by the Associated Press against wholesale IP theft, I wonder if this is their ultimate solution: to produce content so lifeless and undesirable that no one will want to steal it. I’d chalk this up to dude having a bad day but, thanks to AP’s byline policies, we don’t even know who this poor guy is. Read More

  • Associated Press wants to charge $12.50 to quote five words, then turns around and quotes Arrington

    Associated Press wants to charge $12.50 to quote five words, then turns around and quotes Arrington

    Far be it for the simple gadget bloggers here at CrunchGear.com to comment on legal issues concerning fair use and quoting other news sources, but if you’ve been following the Associated Press brouhaha over the past week or so, you’ll know that plenty of people are pretty riled up. If you haven’t been following the debate, the short version is that the Associated Press now… Read More

  • AP launches iPhone-targeted news service

    AP launches iPhone-targeted news service

    It’s like a newspaper in your phone. I like the idea of location-targeted news from the Associated Press coming straight to my iPhone (and probably iPod Touch); it’s like the local page from your newspaper, but without the cow-tipping updates. A lot of the big news corporations are on board, which means you won’t be getting locked out of good local content. There will, of… Read More