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Flipboard buys Zite from CNN in $60 million deal

03/05, 12:05pm

Brings CNN content into Flipboard

iOS- and Android-based news reader service Flipboard has bought its main rival Zite from CNN, the company and reports have confirmed. The deal is worth about $60 million, and beginning today has allowed Flipboard to integrate tailored CNN content into its news feeds, including not just general news but feeds from shows like Anderson Cooper 360, Crossfire, and Inside Politics. Some celebrities from the network, like Jake Tapper and Fareed Zakaria, are launching their own Flipboard magazines.

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Zite joins parties offering Google Reader stopgaps

03/15, 3:25pm

Developers left scrambling as service disappears

The developer of the news aggregation app Zite has created a workaround for the upcoming shutdown of Google Reader, according to an announcement. A Google Reader section in Zite can now provide basic feed reading without using Google's infrastructure. Several limitations exist however; not every RSS feed has been indexed, for instance, and there's currently no way to edit feeds without changing settings on Google's end and relinking.

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Briefly: Zite 2.0, TeamViewer updated

12/04, 7:00pm

Zite Personalized Magazine hits version 2.0

iOS-based magazine app Zite saw an update today that makes the app faster and smarter than previous iterations. Version 2.0 of Zite adds a new Explore page, helping users find interesting topics. Users also can jump from topics anywhere in Zite to find related content, as well as rate stories by swiping them up or down in the iPad version. The new version expands the "Your Top Stories" feature, bringing headline news, featured topics, and popular stories in Zite, and users can now link to their Facebook accounts in order to get automatic topic suggestions. The update is available as a free download in the App Store.

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Read It Later rechristened as Pocket, goes free

04/17, 12:25pm

Read It Later becomes free, now called Pocket

The cross-platform Read It Later mobile app, which allows users to save web content for offline reading, has now been renamed to Pocket. What's more, the app has become free in the process. The app is available for Android and iOS devices as well as a version optimized for the Kindle Fire's version of Android.

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YouTube creators prep Zeen for finding, making magazines

04/07, 12:10pm

Zeen to offer two-way magazine making

YouTube's main founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have been developing a service that could both create and help read "beautiful magazines." Zeen currently has very few details, but its name is a play on the concept of a personal "zine" and suggests a way of aggregating news and other articles that can be shared with others. Social sharing will be a key ingredient, as both the privacy policy and offers to link accounts on Facebook or Twitter make it clear that this will be a regular feature.

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Zite reaches Android, underscores app gap with iPad

03/29, 1:00pm

Zite comes to Android at last

Zite on Thursday released a long-expected port of its curated reading app (Google Play). Like the iOS version, it lets users pick from popular categories of Internet news to get news and sites optimized for mobile. Its navigation is similar to the iPhone's and uses a carousel of categories at the top with sideways swipes to change sections.

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Flipboard: iPhone port is tripling use

12/14, 7:20pm

Flipboard credits iPhone port to 2b flips a month

Flipboard's use is set to triple in the wake of the iPhone version, the company mentioned Wednesday. The app writer told paidContent that the title reached over a million downloads in the first week and could more than triple the number of page "flips" from 650 million a month to two billion. While the smaller iPhone screen means more flips as a matter of course, it still hints that iPhone use might already be going beyond the iPad.

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Zite next with iPhone app, says Android tablets too small

12/09, 12:20pm

Zite matches Flipboard with iPhone-sized version

Zite on Friday countered Flipboard's iPhone port with one of its own. Version 1.3 of Zite (App Store) is now universal and uses a top carousel for sections. The features are a parallel to those on the iPad, which also gets the bug fixes attached to the curated news app.

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Google tablet reader now called Currents, may ship Friday

12/08, 2:55pm

Google said to ship Currents as soon as tomorrow

Google's tablet reader software, previously referred to by the Propeller codename, will officially be called Currents, from current events. It may also launch as soon as Friday, AllThingsD reported. The product will compete with the likes of Flipboard, Zite, and Yahoo's Livestand.

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Zite adds much-requested support for shared iPads

10/21, 3:45pm

Zite app allows multiple user sign-ins

Zite, which makes the namesake iPad magazine app (free, App Store), has now added a new feature that lets users create and switch between more than one user profiles on the same iPad. Called Sybil, it's meant to recommend personalized content to each member of a household rather than keep contents private. The feature was born after Zite's survey of over 300 iPad users found that about a third share their tablets with others.

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Google Propeller may carry AdSense ads, pay-only articles

09/17, 12:35pm

Google Propeller rumor points to Google

Google's Propeller tablet app may be seen as a vehicle for the company's ad platform. A rumor Friday suggested Google would help both publishers and itself profit from articles by inserting AdSense ads into the formatted articles. The purported 9to5 sources added that publishers could charge by the article using Google Checkout to handle payments.

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Google Propeller to take on Flipboard for iPad, Android

09/15, 11:40pm

Google Propeller curates news on multiple tablets

Google is crafting its own alternative to Flipboard, Zite, and other curated news apps for tablets, tipsters divulged Thursday. Nicknamed Propeller, details are vague but would make it a rare cross-platform app, serving both Android and iPad users. Not much is known about what it does from AllThingsD's source, but Rackspace's Robert Scoble understood that it's "mind-blowing good."

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CNN makes buyout of Zite official, keeps it separate

08/30, 3:00pm

CNN buys Zite in tablet drive

CNN on Tuesday confirmed rumors that it had bought Zite. The deal gives it control of the iPad news curation app (free, App Store). Zite will continue to run as a separate entity under CNN's wing but will get both the added reach and "advance the industry in a meaningful way," CNN's digital manager KC Estenson said.

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Flipboard lands $50 million, plans iPhone and Android ports

04/14, 7:15pm

Flipboard gets cash and plans iPhone, Android

Flipboard on Thursday confirmed that it had taken a $50 million investment based on a $200 million valuation. The company received money chiefly from Insight Venture Partners as well as Comcast and a host of major and minor investors, ranging from Kleiner Perkins through to Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Ashton Kutcher. The endorsement was based on enthusiasm for the concept of "social endorsement" that Flipboard's iPad app was creating, AllThingsD was told in an interview with Flipboard chief Mike McCue.

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Zite magazine for iPad learns from reading habits

03/09, 10:05am

Zite intros learning iPad magazine app

Young startup Zite on Wednesday put out its namesake iPad magazine app (free, App Store) with a promise of a unique learning feature. While it curates Google Reader RSS feeds and Twitter, much like its rivals Flipboard or Pulse, it gradually shapes the feed based on a past reading history. It not only checks which articles are being read but checks how long they've been read, the size of the articles, and how interest is mounting on the web.

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