Silky Malhotra of Digit reports, “A team of developers from Paris have created a new automated fact-finding app called TrooClick, which can catch ‘glitches’ in online news and highlight the most reliable stories for you to read. Trooclick is a browser plugin that alerts users if an article they are reading contains ‘glitches’. A glitch could be an incorrect fact as well as information that conflicts with other media reports about the same topic. The report highlights any information about the publisher’s ethics that a reader should be aware of, according to ‘poynter.org’.” Read more
As Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference gets underway this week, speculation continues about whether we’ll see a preview of the long-awaited iWatch smart watch, along with more expected developments such as an update to the OS X operating system to bring it closer to resembling Apple’s mobile operating system experience. Rumors tout the iWatch as a device that will run iOS and include biometrics and health and fitness capabilities.
But even if the watch doesn’t appear until later this year, Apple’s timing is still on the right track – as is Microsoft’s fitness-focused, heart-rate monitoring smartwatch that is expected to debut this summer.
A new report from technology research firm ON World that surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that “wristworn devices are preferred by the majority of consumers who are most interested in a general purpose smart watch rather than dedicated fitness devices such as activity trackers and heart rate monitors.” One in five consumers either have or are planning to purchase a wearable technology product by next year and close to one-third are likely to purchase a wearable technology within two years, it finds.
Alastair Reid of Journalism.co.uk reports, “In the last two and a half years, The Huffington Post has launched in 11 markets and doubled traffic to its sites from 45 million to 90 million unique monthly visitors. Jimmy Maymann, chief executive of The Huffington Post, shared those figures while speaking at the Reuters’s Institute Big Data for Media conference in London today. For Maymann, the key is using data to improve reader experience, a tactic that will bring both editorial and business benefits. ‘Because of how media has changed in the last five years with social and search we’ve gone from producing 500 to 1,600 news stories every day,’ Maymann told delegates, and editors have access to data that can inform newsroom decisions in a real-time analytics dashboard. The content is ‘optimised’ by data, he said, so the editor can understand reader habits better and respond accordingly.” Read more
Sarah Perez of Tech Crunch reports, “Newly launched iOS application TheNeeds is the latest attempt at offering users a better, more personalized news-reading experience with a service that focuses not only on your interests, but also how those interests evolve over time. The app, something of a competitor to the magazine-like Flipboard, or a community site like Reddit, helps to surface the best articles, blog posts, videos, social updates and more, then follows your interactions to see what sorts of things you’re actually reading and engaging with, versus what you’ve more explicitly stated your interests to be.” Read more
Greg Jarboe of Search Engine Watch reports, “The top four U.S. online video content properties in comScore’s December 2013 U.S. online video rankings are well-known brand names: Google sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube; Facebook; AOL; and Yahoo sites. But digital marketers can be forgiven if they aren’t as familiar with the fifth largest property, NDN. NDN ranks ahead of Amazon sites, VEVO, Microsoft sites, Vimeo, and Turner Digital in the latest online video rankings. So, it’s worth knowing more about an online video platform that says it ‘is disrupting the digital media industry in all the right ways.’ Search Engine Watch (SEW) interviewed Stephen Bach (SB), the head of Business Development at NDN.” Read more
Mobile News App News Republic® Unveils Breakthrough “Smart News Recommendations” to Enhance Personalized News Discovery
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobiles Republic, a leading syndicator of news on mobile devices, today announced a breakthrough innovation to its awarding winning app, News Republic®. The company launched today News Republic 4.0 which includes significant enhancements to its TagNav™ semantic language technology that allows the app to learn about the user’s reading habits (all 100% private to the reader) as they read through articles and to instantly recommend related articles, thus creating a more engaging and personalized news discovery experience on iPhone® and iPod touch® and on Android™ smartphones and tablets. Read more
Rip Empson of Tech Crunch reports, “Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon began building Newsle as undergraduates at Harvard to fill a nagging gap among today’s news aggregators. The idea being that, as popular as Google Alerts may be, people want to read news based on who their friends and colleagues are and who they want to know more about… Today, Newsle’s network (and person)-oriented news alert service tracks more than 100 million people and processes more than one million articles each day from over 100,000 sources, serving users filtered, personalized alerts based on their preferences. Read more
Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette reports, “At the Intel Capital Global Summit today in San Diego, California, Bordeaux-based startup Mobiles Republic (which runs News Republic) announced a $6 Million round of funding from Intel Capital, XAnge Private Equity & Creathor Venture, in order to support product development & expansion into the US market. The application relies on a powerful real-time semantic engine which allows them not only to provide ‘context aware advertising’ but also to filter based on personalized preferences.” Read more
DATAVERSITY and Wilshire Conferences acquire SemanticWeb.com and Semantic Technology and Business Conference
[LOS ANGELES, OCT. 24, 2013] DATAVERSITY Education LLC, a subsidiary of Wilshire Conferences, Inc. today announced the acquisition of the publishing and conference assets of the Semantic Technology and Business (SemTechBiz) Conferences and the SemanticWeb.com web site, from Mediabistro, Inc.
“We are pleased to be engaging again with the community of semantic technology professionals through these two high quality media channels” said Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY. “Semantic technology is an ideal match with our DATAVERSITY subject matter portfolio which is focused primarily on the areas of enterprise data and big data.”
An agreement has been reached for Eric Franzon, the current Editor of SemanticWeb.com and Program Chair for the SemTechBiz Conference, to continue his role.
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