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  • Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

    Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

    Guns are bad (and good). The EU is great (and terrible). Mr. Trump is full of shit (and a genius). The news landscape is complicated and there is always another side to the story. Enter Discors, who today launched an iOS app and announced they’ve raised a healthy stack of Benjamins to help people get a deeper view on what’s going on in the world. Read More

  • AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

    AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

    The Associated Press on Thursday announced that it is now covering Minor League Baseball games nationally using artificial intelligence and software from Automated Insights, and data from MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the official statistics provider for Minor League Baseball. Automatically generated stories cover games that AP Sports’ human writers weren’t reporting on or traveling… Read More

  • Pew’s 2016 news media report is a tough read for journalism

    Pew’s 2016 news media report is a tough read for journalism

    The Pew Research Center’s latest annual State of the News Media report underlines how successful technology giants continue to be at creaming off digital ad profits, even as traditional news media faces ever intensifying pressure to find a way to sustainably fund journalism. Read More

  • Facebook kills off Notify news app

    Facebook kills off Notify news app

    Facebook’s attempt at a real-time, notification-based news app is shutting down. Today Facebook sent an alert to users telling them “Thanks for using Notify. We’re transitioning parts of Notify into other Facebook products, and the app will no longer be supported.” Facebook launched Notify in November, allowing users to select from over 70 publishers that they wanted… Read More

  • Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on the topics you care about. Read More

  • Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Like everyone else these days, Microsoft sure loves its bots. Now, the company has rolled out its own news-finding bot called “Rowe,” which lives inside the latest version of Microsoft’s Bing-powered personalized news reading app, News Pro. Rowe is an experiment with helping you keep up with the news that matches your current interests. You can ask the bot to show you news… Read More

  • The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    While the BBC is planning to take on Netflix by building its own “Britflix” on-demand video streaming service, on the news front, it looks like the UK media giant is cutting back to shore up its funds and figure out a better way of competing against (or within!) Facebook. Today, the many-tentacled public broadcaster confirmed that it would be closing down and… Read More

  • theSkimm on how to rapidly grow an audience of engaged millennials

    theSkimm on how to rapidly grow an audience of engaged millennials

    theSkimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin came onstage at Disrupt NYC 2016 today to tell us how to capture one of the most coveted audiences in media – millennials. Part of it is serving up digestible news that matters to 20 to 30-somethings and being honest about the way you advertise to them. For those who are unfamiliar, theSkimm is a new kind of email newsletter changing… Read More

  • Digg unveils a news bot for Slack, coming soon to other messaging platforms

    Digg unveils a news bot for Slack, coming soon to other messaging platforms

    News aggregator Digg may no longer be the internet force it once was, but it still offers an interesting and engaging selection of curated news articles and videos across a number of categories, from science and technology to viral Internet memes. Now, the company will bring those articles to its users in messaging and communications applications, beginning with Slack, instead of… Read More

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