Patch, the networks of sites that was supposed to bring local news to every community in the country, is set to shrink significantly. This reveals – again – why the business for local news business online doesn’t work.
Google is beta-testing a local news card that would deliver highly targeted stories and other content to Google Now users through their Android phones, tablets and Google Glass. The card could give a big lift to the kind of local journalism that has struggled mightily in the digital era.
Local papers will get a heaping of Major League Baseball highlights thanks to a new syndication deal with NDN, a company backed by Reggie Jackson.
The UK’s troubled number-two local news publisher has vowed to launch national websites for pet shows, bonny baby contests, football fans and more, as part of new CEO Ashley Highfield’s big digital and transformation strategy.
What do local New Yorkers really want to read about? Well, cricket and Bollywood, of course.
Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple’s Board; move comes as the two companies increasingly compete head-to-head in multiple sectors. (GigaOM)
Report: Netflix Coming to iPhone/Touch and the Wii? Multichannel’s unnamed industry source says you’ll be able to watch on additional devices (though probably only over WiFi). (Multichannel News) Meanwhile, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said there is no magic number that would trigger the company offering a streaming-only solution, and that the company is still focused on its hybrid strategy. (Video Business)
YouTube Gets Into Local News; video site wants to work with news outlets to deliver (and monetize) News Near You content, but local stations aren’t sure if hooking up with Google is really in their best interest. (The New York times)
Real-Time Animation Starting to Transform TV Production; the ability to create graphics and animation on the fly helps with visualization during green-screen shooting. (Variety)
WGA to Rep CBS New Media Writers; 15 news, promo and sports writers creating content for CBS in the LA area joing up with the scribe’s union. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Add Some Asparagus to Your YouTube Video; CollegeHumor gives you the secret codes to spice up any YouTube clip. (via Mashable)