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Ukraine Startup Newzmate Launches Traqli Button

traqSteve O’Hear of Tech Crunch reports, “Newzmate, a Kiev, Ukraine-based startup that develops semantic data analysis, aggregation and recommendation services, has launched its latest product. ‘Traqli‘ is a button (and service) that publishers can install to enable readers to keep track of news stories and story updates. It’s one-part news ‘follow’ button, and one-part recommendation engine since, using its own semantic analysis and algorithms, related stories are sent to readers in a Traqli email digest. Once a publisher has aded the Traqli widget to its site, readers can choose to track any article by clicking on the ‘traq’ button. Traqli then automatically consolidates related news and sends it to a user by old-fashioned email — although an app for mobiles and tablets seems like an obvious next step.” Read more

TheNeeds Personalized News App Now on iPhone

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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

NDN Nabs 500M+ Video Views Per Month, 5th Most in US

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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

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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

Newsle Raises $1.8M for People-Oriented News Service

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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

Mobile Republic Raises $6M for News Aggregator

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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

Dataversity.net logo[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.

Further details regarding future business plans will be made available over the coming weeks. For questions, please contact Tony Shaw at tony@dataversity.net.

About DATAVERSITY

DATAVERSITY™ provides resources for information technology (IT) professionals, executives and business managers to learn about the uses and management of data.  Our worldwide community of practitioners, advisers and customers participates in, and benefits from, DATAVERSITY’s educational conferences, discussions, articles, blogs, webinars, certification, news feeds and more.  Members enjoy access to a deep knowledge base of presentations, research and training materials, plus discounts off many educational resources including webinars and conferences. For more information please visit: www.DATAVERSITY.net or email: events@dataversity.net.

 About SemanticWeb.com

SemanticWeb.com is the voice of Semantic Technology Business: Linked Data, Big Data, Smart Data. We cover news about how companies are making money, saving money, and solving Big Data challenges using Semantic Technologies. SemanticWeb.com is the leading source for news and information about Semantic Technologies and the people and companies working with them today. Industry news, case studies and practical applications, company and product announcements, job postings, opinion, webcasts, podcasts, and a community-run Q&A platform called “Answers” are all found at SemanticWeb.com.

The New Knight-Mozilla Fellows Are Here

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Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, “Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might expect: media scholar, activist, interactive developer, code monkey. This third class of fellows will be embedded in top news organizations in the U.S. and abroad and work to connect their code-driven backgrounds to journalistic goals.” Read more

How the Semantic Web is Changing the Role of the Journalist

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David Amerland of Journalism.co.uk recently wrote, “The true effect of any change is measured by the depth of its impact rather than its scale. When it comes to semantic search and the semantic web however, both depth and scale become important. Google has famously announced that semantic search is the transition of search and the web from ‘strings to things’ and ‘websites to people’ respectively.  To quantify this change, consider that the web is being transformed from a place where anonymity and unaccountability were virtually synonymous and practically guaranteed, to a place where trust, authority and reputation are the only attributes that really matter.” Read more

Today’s News Organization Must Balance Personalization & Serendipity

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Frederic Filloux of The Guardian recently wrote, “Serendipity always seemed inseparable from journalism. For any media product, taking readers away from their main centre of interest is part of the fabric. I go on a website for a morning update and soon find myself captured by crafty editing that will drive me to read up on a subject that was, until now, alien to me. That’s the beauty of a great news package. Or is it still the case? Isn’t it a mostly generational inclination? Does a Gen Y individual really care about being drawn to a science story when getting online to see sports results? Several elements concur to the erosion of serendipity and, more generally, curiosity. First, behaviour among digital readers is evolving. It extend far beyond generations: Regardless of his or her age, today’s reader is short on time… Second, the old ‘trusted news brand’ notion is going away. Young people can’t be bothered to leaf though several titles to get their feed of a variety of topics; that’s why aggregators thrive.” Read more

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