Snowball aims to make your life easier by aggregating all your messages from various chat applications in one place. Will that be enough to make it take off?
In an internal memo, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti compares his upstart media company to the venerable newsmagazine Time. Is there any truth to this comparison? More than some members of the mainstream media would probably like to admit
A conceptual problem arises from thinking about Flipboard in publishing terms (an error Flipboard itself encourages), when its actual role in the value chain is much closer to that of a traditional re-seller of goods, in this case news content.
The new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper group have invested in a hyperlocal news-aggregation startup called Aggrego, which founder Tim Landon says is trying to create a better model for local journalism.
Google has agreed to make indirect payments to publishers in Belgium and France, largely to forestall moves toward stricter sanctions on aggregation. But paying publishers directly, presumably on some sort of per-use or pro-rata basis, might be a bridge too far.
A federal district court in New York last week handed publishers a major victory in a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press against online clipping service Meltwater News. In an unusually sweeping ruling, Judge Denise Cote held that not all uses of copyrighted content in search results automatically qualify as fair use.
Flipboard’s new curation tools for creating custom magazines may appeal to individual users, but they will likely also appeal to advertisers and other brands — and therein lies the potential for real media disruption.
If LinkedIn were to buy the Pulse news-recommendation app — something a number of reports say could be in the works — it would give the corporate social network a powerful way of filtering content for its users.
Some call it aggregation, while others call it copyright infringement or even theft. In a recent Twitter debate sparked by a post on the topic, Digiday’s editor-in-chief and Business Insider founder Henry Blodget traded theories.
It’s easy to understand why Google would want to disguise what’s going on in Europe through one gimmick or another. But it sure looks like a precedent is getting established in Europe for paying to link.