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‘Inside’ News App Seeks to Develop ‘World’s Best News Service’

inside“World’s best news service,” eh? Now that is a lofty goal. But it’s one that the team at Inside is shooting toward., an app and website that presents 1,000 of the day’s most important stories in 300 characters or less (written by the site’s curation team), launched earlier this week to mostly positive reviews among tech and media bloggers. The founder and CEO of Inside, Jason Calacanisset out to create a news reader that would summarize in quick spurts the highest quality news, on any topic, because he’s tired of wasting time on click-bait articles and unsubstantial reporting online.

Calacanis and his team set forth the following guidelines in developing Inside, which they’re calling “sort of like Pandora for news.”

1. It would be mobile — specifically for smartphones
2. It would be real-time
3. It would be fact-filled
4. It would connect folks to the world’s best journalism
5. It would respect the reader’s time

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Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund Announces 24 New Projects

Photo courtesy of Knight Foundation

Photo courtesy of Knight Foundation

Earlier this week, the Knight Foundation announced funding for 24 new projects as part of its Prototype Fund. The fund allows innovators to move from idea to demo with $35,000 in funding.

A spokesperson for the fund says there are several noteworthy elements particular to the current round of funded projects. Read more

Peruse Personalized News App “Trove” for Story Inspiration

troveApparently “personalized” news apps are all the rage these days, so it’s not really a surprise that Graham Holdings, owners of the Washington Post Company/WaPo Labs pre-Bezos, has ventured into self-selected news arranged by topic with its social news app Trove.

Curating news from more than 15,000 sources and 40,000 RSS feeds, Trove lets you follow the topics, both broad and obscure, that you care about most and consume news specifically within those parameters. Also, you can find other users who share your interests and create your own troves based on your individual interests.

To be fair, this isn’t Trove’s first go at building a personalized news service. The folks behind Trove used to run the now-defunct Washington Post Social Reader Facebook app and a less mature version of today’s Trove (by the way, you can transfer your favorite topics from Social Reader to Trove). They say that this time, they’ve ensured that their algorithms for curating topic-arranged news are solid — but with people having the ability to play with troves, too, the content they provide is now extra valuable.

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Yahoo Unveils New ‘Digest’ App and Digital Tech Magazine


In an attempt to reclaim its reputation as a Silicon Valley success story, Yahoo has announced several new products and offerings for 2014, including an app and two subject-specific digital magazines.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer addressed a Las Vegas techie crowd earlier this week with a new vision and push into digital news products that the company hopes will make it relevant in the world of online publishing again.

For our purposes, we’re going to focus on just two of the news products introduced Tuesday.

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As POLITICO Branches Out in Print, Harper’s Enters the Mobile World

politico_01In a somewhat counterintuitive twist, POLITICO, which has budded into an authority on Washington-based politics since its digital inception in 2007, has launched a print magazine.

And in contrast, a much older high culture, arts and trends magazine (the second-oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S.) — Harper’s Magazine — has finally entered the mobile arena with an iOS app.

POLITICO Magazine isn’t the organization’s first dabbling into print — it publishes a decent-sized daily newspaper on Capitol Hill happenings (but that can also be read online). Still, the mag, which will be published six times a year, promises to fulfill a different need.

Editor Susan B. Glasser cites a need for contextual, deeply-reported stories as the organization’s reasoning for incurring the cost and time necessary to produce a print product.

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