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Tools of Change Publishing Conference Ends

Tim O’Reilly has decided to end the seven year old Tools of Change publishing conference.

GalleyCat has covered the event for many years, and we have many great memories from the conference. AppNewser has more details:

O’Reilly explained further that the company is shifting its focus “from hosting the conversation about publishing technology to bringing our own tools to market.” This includes a collaborative writing platform code-named Atlas. The organization will continue to share thoughts on the O’Reilly Radar and on the Safari tech blog. AppNewser has covered the show for the past few years. Here is a link to the most recent show coverage.

Betaworks Acquires Instapaper

Betaworks has purchased Instapaper, an app we’ve covered for years. You can use the tool to save online magazine articles and download longer works by online authors.

Do you use the popular tool? AppNewser covered the sale of the digital tool:

Betaworks, a company that develops beta projects into more full fledged ideas, has purchased Instapaper — the popular app that lets you save content to read later. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marco Arment, who founded Instapaper on his own back in 2008, said in a blog post that the company has, “grown far beyond what one person can do. To really shine, it needs a full-time staff of at least a few people.” Arment explained that he isn’t interested in taking on this task and wants “to try other apps and creative projects.”

Manage Your Writing Connections with LinkedIn Contacts

Do you struggle to manage your publishing industry and writing connections? LinkedIn has created a new tool to help you keep on top of your professional relationships.

AppNewser has all the details:

LinkedIn has introduced a new feature called LinkedIn Contacts, to help users better manage their relationships with their professional contacts. Call it CRM for professional networkers. Using the tool, LinkedIn users can bring together contacts from their address books, email account, and calendar. This information is overlaid with details about past conversations and meetings on that contact’s profile.

BookMentors Seeks Poems That Endorse Books of Poetry

BookMentors, a nonprofit book donation organization, is hosting a National Poetry Month celebration.

To participate, you can write a poem that endorses a book of poetry. You can submit your poem to the organization’s social media platforms (including Google+, Facebook, or Tumblr). Check it out:

we are celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth with daily poems mimicking the style of our favorite poetry books! Post your own poem about your favorite book of poetry or like one of the poems that has already been posted. BookMentors will donate the book featured in the post that gets the most “likes.” Get creative!

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The New York Times Launches the ‘Times Haiku’ Tumblr Blog

The New York Times has started a “serendipitous poetry”-themed tumblr blog called ”Times Haiku.”

A team of computer programmers developed a special algorithm that scans the publication’s articles and subsequently generates haikus.

You can read haikus derived from different NYT pieces, including an article on carrot puréea profile on stand-up comedian Colin Quinn, and a special Q&A with the Game of Thrones TV series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. According to Shelf Life, this blog may continue on even after the end of this month.

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How To Find Images for Your Author Site, Ethically

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As you build your author site, blog or publishing website, finding photographs is always a struggle.

AppNewser has more about a new site that connects writers and photographers, creating an easy and ethical way to embed great photographs in your site. Check it out:

Looking for images to post on your blog? The new site Imgembed lets you browse over one million images by keywords and find images you can embed for free. As you can see by the keyboard photograph embedded above, the site gives you an embed code with the artist’s name in the frame–a great way to credit the photographer behind your image.

Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide & GIFs

Gothamist created a sprawling and spoiler-filled “Game of Thrones GIF guide.” If you haven’t caught up on the series, these popular images will fill you in on all the details.

Like the George R. R. Martin series, the Game of Thrones TV adaptation boasts a very large cast. This GIF guide showcases all of the primary characters such as Jon Snow, Margaery Tyrell, and Tyrion Lannister.

HBO also published a viewer’s guide on the Game of Thrones Facebook page. With this interactive map, fans can explore the different locations of Westeros. So far, it has attracted more than 35,000 “likes.”

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Fans Help Carly Rae Jepsen Write a Song

Ever wish you could collaborate with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen? PSFK reports that Coca-Cola and American Idol have partnered up to sponsor a crowdsourcing venture called ”Project Harmony.”

For eight weeks, Jepsen’s fans are invited to help compose the lyrics for a new song. The video embedded above features Jepsen introducing the project and talking about the first fan poll: “Which lyrics should Carly use in the first stanza of the first verse for her new hit song, ‘Take A Picture?’”

Once completed, Jepsen will perform the finished piece on American Idol‘s season 12 finale which airs the week of May 12th. Currently, participants are tasked with answering the next poll: “What should the theme of Carly’s Perfect Harmony Finale Performance be?” (via Beta Beat)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Knows When You Are Looking At It

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S4 phone last night, and TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin covered the event for AppNewser.

Among the many features on the new phone, it includes a feature that will change the way we read on smartphones. Check it out:

Of interest to media companies: the phone knows when you are looking at it, so when you are watching a video and turn away for whatever reason, it automatically pauses it for you. It will resume when you look at it again. The feature worked surprisingly well, even with a number of people around me. You can also scroll down and swipe between pages by tilting the phone or hovering your finger just above the screen: helpful if you have hands covered in barbecue sauce.

YouTube Filmmakers Re-Imagine ‘Game of Thrones’ Set in High School

What if George R.R. Martin had written his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, for a young-adult audience? A group of YouTube filmmakers has launched a comedic web series called “School of Thrones.”

In this project, the Game of Thrones characters have been re-imagined as teenage students who attend Westeros Valley High School. We’ve embedded the first full episode above–what do you think?

The series premiere episode, “Prom Night Is Coming,” was released on March 10th and has already attracted more than 417,000 views. Episode two will be posted up on March 17th and episode three will follow on March 24th. (via Jezebel)

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