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News Comes to Life through Next Media Animations News Comes to Life through Next Media Animations
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Most people are visual consumers, meaning that anytime a picture, graphic, or video is included into a text document, they are more likely to be engaged. For instance, whenever we hear about a car bomb going off, chances are, it will have a bigger impact on us once we see an image or video of it.

Yahoo Livestand to Launch This Fall Yahoo Livestand to Launch This Fall

Last week, one of the hot topics was that Google is working on a Flipboard competitor, which is reportedly called Propeller. AOL launched one in Editions last month. Well, you may recall that Yahoo announced one earlier this year called …

Google Said to Be Working on Flipboard Competitor Propeller Google Said to Be Working on Flipboard Competitor Propeller

Google is reportedly working on a Flipboard competitor. Robert Scoble, the guy that knows just about everybody in the tech industry, posted the following on his Google+ account: I heard from someone working with Google that Google is working on …

Reddit Becomes Independent of Condé Nast Reddit Becomes Independent of Condé Nast

Condé Nast has spun out Reddit as an independent company, though its parent company still owns it all. On the Reddit blog, Erik Martin writes, “This change is all about setting up reddit so that it can better handle future …

CNN Acquires iPad News Reader App Zite CNN Acquires iPad News Reader App Zite
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CNN announced that it has acquired tech company Zite, which makes a news app of the same name for the iPad. CNN says it has already added Zite to its portfolio of digital products as a separate, stand-alone business. Zite …

Dutch Tourist Guus Van Hove, Director of 013, Dead at Joshua Tree National Park Dutch Tourist Guus Van Hove, Director of 013, Dead at Joshua Tree National Park

It appears that the bodies of two people found dead in the California desert belong to Dutch music promoter Guus Van Hove and his girlfriend Helena Nuellet. Van Hove, 44, is best known in the music world as the director …

Anderson Cooper Thinks The Gerard Depardieu Peeing Incident Is Really Funny Anderson Cooper Thinks The Gerard Depardieu Peeing Incident Is Really Funny
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Gerard Depardieu is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor known for his work in Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Card and The Man in the Iron Mask. And when he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go. Tuesday night, on a flight …

Editors’ Picks Feature Lets Publishers Promote Certain Stories in Google News Editors’ Picks Feature Lets Publishers Promote Certain Stories in Google News

Over a year ago, a Google News experiment was revealed in which Google would let news publishers promote certain stories to an “Editors’ Picks” section. That was June 2010. Today, Google announced this as a feature of Google News. “Based …

Google Aims to Make News More Social with Google News Badges Google Aims to Make News More Social with Google News Badges
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Google announced a new Google News feature, in what appears to be an attempt to make news reading more fun (whether it actually is fun or not remains to be seen). Readers can earn badges based on the kind of …

Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us? Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us?
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Is the personalization of the Internet a step backwards? Is the wealth of information that is accessible to us being reduced because the products we use are filtering it all so heavily? This is a discussion that has been gaining …

Court Issues Blow to Hot News Doctrine, AP Calls it a Win Court Issues Blow to Hot News Doctrine, AP Calls it a Win

An interesting debate about the “Hot News” doctrine has arisen from a court ruling, or the overturning of a ruling rather, that says TheFlyOnTheWall.com can get away with reporting financial stock ratings as originally reported by Wall Street firms. The …

Business Insider Overtakes Mashable in U.S. Unique Visitors (Compete) Business Insider Overtakes Mashable in U.S. Unique Visitors (Compete)

Business Insider has overtaken Mashable in unique visitors according to Compete. It seemed noteworthy when competing blog Mashable overtook TechCrunch as the more popular tech blog, and now Business Insider (whose tech section is technically Silicon Alley Insider) appears to …

Gawker Redesign a Success? Gawker Redesign a Success?
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As you may recall, Gawker Media recently redesigned a number of its web properties in an interesting way that keeps users on the front page. For example, if you go to Gizmodo, and click on one of the headlines in …

Yahoo: Did You Know We’re #1? Yahoo: Did You Know We’re #1?
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Yahoo gets a lot of flack in the media – especially the search-related media, particularly since Bing started powering its search results, but Yahoo is reminding people that they’re about a lot more than search. The company has put up …

Bing for Mobile Gets New Features Bing for Mobile Gets New Features

Bing has launched some new mobile features, including Facebook sharing, news, maps/list split view, search history, and trending topics. Users can now share images, local business details and apps (that one’s just for iOS) with Facebook friends on the go. …

Big Reddit Changes Coming? Big Reddit Changes Coming?
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As you may or may not know, I typically watch the domain name purchases of many of the web’s biggest brands online. And I do it on a regular basis. Some of these purchases are interesting to see, and some …

Google News Changes Launched, Blog Filtering Enabled Google News Changes Launched, Blog Filtering Enabled
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Google launched some new features for Google News today. The most obvious change is that on the front page, after the top section, you will no longer immediately see story clusters, but rather a single article from a single source, …

AOL Industry – AOL Goes Niche and B2B, Starting with Energy, Government, Defense AOL Industry – AOL Goes Niche and B2B, Starting with Energy, Government, Defense

AOL has announced the launch of AOL Industry, a new trade media unit, which will see the growing media juggernaut tackling specific industry niches. This will begin with sites in the Energy, Government, and Defense sectors, but there’s no telling …

Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”? Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”?
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Mashable founder Pete Cashmore tweeted that Monday was the biggest traffic day ever for the publication (in terms of unique visitors. Clearly, it stands to reason that the death of Osama bin Laden and the site’s tendency to show up …

150,000 Osama bin Laden Links Spanning Just 5 Days, Courtesy of Google News 150,000 Osama bin Laden Links Spanning Just 5 Days, Courtesy of Google News

Google has an interesting post on the Google News blog today, talking about how far Google News has come since 9/11. It has indeed come quite a long way. Actually Google News was “born in the aftermath” of the tragedy, …

Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites
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Obviously the Osama bin Laden news drove (and continues to drive) a massive amount of news coverage from all sorts of publications. Coverage from tech blogs has taken some criticism this week, as Mashable announced a record number of unique …