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
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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
Semantic news startup Mobiles Republic has raised $3 million in Series A funding. According to the release, “The company will use the investment to continue the global expansion of its popular news apps, including News Republic, APPY Geek and Glam Life, on the different platforms.” CEO GIlles Raymond commented, “With this investment, we will be able to accelerate our growth, continue to federate more publishers on top of the 300 that have joined us, and continue our expansion capitalizing on our multilingual semantic engine… We are very pleased to have the support of XAnge Private Equity and Creathor Venture, who believe in our mission to be the worldwide leader in personal media apps on the four screens.” Read more
Editor’s Note: Here at the Semantic Web Blog we’ve done a lot of coverage of the personalized news mag app space. That includes some in-depth looks into Zite, acquired by CNN in August, such as this article. Most recently, we brought you news of Zite’s iPhone app.
Today, over at Zite’s blog, the company today will run a piece entitled Zite: Under the Hood. It should be of interest to anyone who wants more details about how its technology operates. It goes like this:
Zite: Under the Hood
If you’re already a Zite user, you’ve experienced the delivery of personalized content that is updated every time you open the app. To make that transparent and easy for you, takes a lot of effort. The Zite team brings together decades of software development in artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language technologies, and more than six years of product development, to blend and tune the experience for you. In short, Zite works by:
- mining content from your social web
- modeling that content
- modeling the community that interacts with it
- modeling your interests
- matching your interests to the content and your community, to help you discover content you’ll want to see.
The popular news app, News360 has released a new version for iPhone and Android smartphones. The version 2.0 release “introduces News360′s sophisticated content personalization technology to the smartphone experience. With permission, News360 analyzes a user’s activity across social and Web services like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Evernote and Google Reader to build a unique interest graph and uncover persistent reading interests and underlying topic areas.” Read more