Etan Horowitz

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BuzzFeed’s New App Aims To Be Your Daily Destination For News

The social news giant is launching a dedicated app for BuzzFeed News to capitalize on its young, loyal following.<p>Though <i>BuzzFeed</i> was once known only as a source for fun, viral listicles, in recent years the site has increasingly focused on publishing hard-hitting, deeply reported stories, and today …

Notifications are annoying. Is there a good way to make them better?

Most people choose not to allow notifications from news apps. Is there a way to win them over?<p>If you’re an Apple Watch owner, one of the first things you probably had to do was fiddle with the notification settings on the device to avoid your wrist getting buzzed (excuse me, gently tapped) …

Experimenting With Mobile News Alerts That Provide Context

The BuzzFeed News app team philosophy on push notifications: go beyond regurgitating headlines. This is a look at how we're providing extra information — without being long-winded.<p>We've kept one main goal in mind as we experiment with push notifications in our early alpha testing of the BuzzFeed …

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BuzzFeed's New Strategy: Fishing for Eyeballs in Other People's Streams

CEO Jonah Peretti explains why, in an exclusive interview.<p>BuzzFeed doesn’t have any problem attracting Web traffic. The people who brought you The Dress say they’re getting 200 million visitors a month, even when they don’t have an astonishing viral phenomenon on their hands.<p>But CEO Jonah Peretti …

Sneak Peek At Flipboard’s Apple Watch App

Among the many new applications designed for Apple Watch, there are still a few big names who had yet to reveal how their apps will look and operate. One of those names is Flipboard, the social magazine app which is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows, and more recently, the web. The …

How involved has Jeff Bezos been at The Washington Post? Here’s one data point » Nieman Journalism Lab

<b>LINK</b>: twitter.com ➚ | <b>Posted by</b>: Joshua Benton | February 11, 2015<p>One question that’s been asked a lot since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post is how involved he is in the newspaper’s evolution. Bezos hasn’t spoken in much detail about the subject. (One of his relatively few public comments …

64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage

by Melody Joy Kramer (@mkramer) (tinyletter) with contributions from my better half A — who prefers to remain offline, Max Temkin, Chad Kouri, Margot …

Facebook’s insane mobile takeover is just beginning

In August of 2012 Facebook stock was trading at $19 per share — half of its IPO price of $38 — and the prognosis was that FB might have seen better …

At the Speed of Right

We set a rather audacious goal at Breaking News to solve a hard problem, and it’s best explained with an example.<p>Let’s say you just traveled to a …

Media Industry

Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

By putting mobile-native news adjacent to messages from friends, Snapchat could be helping create part of the low-friction news experience many want and need.<p>You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into …

Timeline Launches News App To Give You The Context Behind The Day’s Headlines

One big complaint about current news coverage is that there’s not enough context — an article or TV report might tell you what happened today, but it gives you no understanding about the history that led up to today’s news. Now a startup called Timeline is aiming to change that.<p>When you open the …

How do you get millennials to care about local news? The Charlotte Observer is testing out one idea

Its new website and newsletter Charlotte Five is an attempt to use lessons from viral publishers to find a spot in young people’s daily habits.<p>Every weekday at 7 a.m., the countdown clock atop the Charlotte Five homepage resets — counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until another batch of five …

Shuffle wants to use Tinder-style swiping to learn what news you want on your phone

It’s one of a number of new news apps trying to reinvent mobile news around a card metaphor.<p>In many ways, Alex Skatell seems like the last person in the world who would be developing a news product that could be described as anti-clickbait. After all, Skatell launched the Independent Journal Review …

Apps are winning mobile, but not for publishers

In the shift to mobile, the tech cognoscenti agree that apps have trounced the mobile Web. Tell that to the publishers.<p>Despite over 14,000 apps in …

New York Times editor Dean Baquet lays out 2015 strategy

<i>New York Times</i> executive editor Dean Baquet, in a wide-ranging memo to staff sent Tuesday morning, looked back on the challenging year that was 2014, …

Mic releases 'MicCheck' mobile app

This morning, Millennial-focused news organization Mic released its first mobile app. Named "MicCheck," the app shows users a curated stream of …

Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs

“You’d be surprised at how many jokes in Slack have evolved into real stories or features on our sites.”<p>If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you’ll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts. (This one makes me chuckle a …

The Yahoo app gets more personalized with local news and comments on both iOS and Android

Yahoo continues its trend of building personalized content in its latest app update for both iOS and Android.<p>Today, Yahoo is tweaking its digital content app to provide local news regardless of where you travel to. The app also has new functionality: to get more content, users can swipe right and …

BuzzFeed has big plans for its mobile app

<i>BuzzFeed</i> has big plans to build out its mobile app. The site has acquired the team behind Hyper IQ, a developer that's already been working on <i>BuzzFeed</i>'s iOS app. The plan is to have Hyper IQ's seven-person team grow to around 30, who will largely be working on iOS and Android. <i>BuzzFeed</i> intends to …

The newsonomics of Circa’s uncertain future (and new competition from AJ+)

Circa needs a new round of funding, deals with partners, or a sale to grow into its CEO’s vision. Will it be able to sell investors on its unique approach to mobile, or will they consider its tech edge underwhelming?<p>What’s in the cards for Circa, an award-nabbing industry darling, a pioneer of …

The year of the reader

“Purely chasing pageviews is a fool’s errand. In the short term, it gets you a bigger comScore number. But those calories are empty.”<p>You’re under pressure to grow audience, to get your newsrooms to “think more digitally,” to dazzle with innovation and to, surely and not lastly, break news and …

Facebook revamps trending news to make it even more like Twitter

Facebook's Trending news section, which appears on the righthand side of each user's news feed, is getting a refresh that will make it easier to find …

From silos to aggregators: On mobile, apps that cross news org boundaries continue to have a pull

Publishers thought mobile devices might let them retake control of the distribution channel. But they haven’t had as much success as they’d hoped for driving users to their single-source apps.<p>For a brief time, starting in 2010, the news industry convinced itself that it could put the toothpaste …

A Responsive Web Design Podcast — Quartz

Ethan:<p>Hi, this is a Responsive Web Design podcast, where we interview the people who make responsive designs happen. I’m your host, Ethan …

Evernote users object to Context feature that displays related news stories as they type notes

<b>Rolling Stone's disastrous U-Va. story: A case of real media bias</b> — On Slate's DoubleX Gabfest podcast last month, reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely …

Chartbeat Shines A Light On Dark Social, Finds Missing Mobile Referrers

Chartbeat appears to have solved a piece of the dark social puzzle. Turns out a significant percentage of unattributed traffic to publishers is …