Vocativ launches today. It’s a news startup that pairs journalists with analysts to scour the deep web and social — using software developed for law enforcement and government agencies.
"It’s almost liberating to have just six seconds to tell the story. You have to be very innovative about the approach you want to take."
NowThis News has hired Cody Johns, who will report exclusively through six-second Vine videos.
Upworthy.com, dedicated to sharing “stuff that matters,” drives 20% of interactions around media online. You read that right.
Here are 3 rules for going viral from the most viral site on the web:
1. Spend half your time on the headline.
2. But make it sound like you’re talking to your bff.
3. Know what strong feeling you want to evoke. There’d better be one.
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- The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
- U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
- MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
- A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
- Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week.
- Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
- Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
- TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
- Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
- An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Greece just became the first developed nation to be downgraded to an “emerging” economy. Its local stock index has fallen 83% since 2007. Ouch.
- Meanwhile, the Greek government ordered state-run broadcast journalists to shut down, but the reporters commandeered a transmitter and refuse to be silenced.
- Want to have lunch with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer? How about a $42,000 lunch? It’s for a good cause…
- Netflix is going to allow for multiple profiles on one account. So now your Law & Order-laden ‘recently watched’ list won’t get tainted by your roommate’s addiction to Arrested Development.
- It wasn’t just early investors that made bank after Google’s buyout of Waze. Local Israeli youth and education charities will get a $1.5 million portion of the startup’s exit fees.
- Uh oh. Pimco says there’s a 60% chance of a global recession happening again within the next five years.
- In Turkey, several TV channels have reportedly been fined for live-streaming the Gezi protests.
- In honor of its 150th anniversary, London’s underground train, the Tube, has mapped its progress… using Legos.
- Hands-free, voice-controlled driving devices are the source of a ‘looming public safety crisis’ …now focus on the road!
- Heads up Washington Post readers, you now get 20 articles for free, but after that, you’ll have to start paying.
- Watch out Nokia, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 Zoom’s super megapixel and zoom capabilities may lure in photo-fan consumers.
In a new campaign, Reporters Without Borders shows world leaders flipping you off.
All the leaders depicted are of the nondemocratic sort that some might label dictators—the kind who might restrict the freedom that journalists enjoy in other parts of the world with the kind of gleeful “f*ck you” depicted here.
Only four days left to enter our INNOVATION BY DESIGN contest. Winners will be featured in the October design issue!
“We want to give innovators and businesses a record of the year’s most intriguing design ideas—and a catalogue of designers to hire. And we want to celebrate those designers whose influence rarely goes appreciated on a large, mainstream platform.”
If you have friends who are designers, spread the word! Here’s how to enter.
Even whistleblowers nowadays are as likely to leak sensitive information to the Internet as they are to call up a reporter. Once their testimony becomes data, Narrative Science can work its magic. “If the data is there, and a human can write that story using the data, then we can write that story.”
NYU Journalism professor Clay Shirky predicted the rise of robot-journalism in 2009, and wrote that its success will depend on whether audiences can trust a robot to be as authoritative a source as, say, Walter Cronkite.
Why Flying Drones Are The Future Of Journalism
And why Nebraska—not New York or California—is ushering in the sea change.
Al Jazeera is doing some of the most innovative journalism in the world. Case in point: Somalia Speaks, the first ever large scale survey of citizen sentiment in that region, and rather than using traditional methods they are collecting data via sms text messages.
Al Jazeera partnered with several organizations to bring the project to life. Middle Eastern classified advertisement NGO Souktel (whom Fast Company has written about before), mapping non-profit Ushahidi (ditto), enterprise crowdsourcing platform Crowdflower (…and ditto again) all contributed to the project, along with another organization called the African Diaspora Institute. Souktel managed the SMS gateway, Ushahidi provided the project’s mapping platform and assistance, and Crowdflower is assisting with offering a mechanism for crowdsourced analysis and translation of replies.
"Our vision is to weave the Guardian into the fabric of the Internet, to become ‘of’ the Web rather than ‘on’ the Web.”
By embracing a “digital first” approach The Guardian has seen readership on its website shoot up by over 40% year over the past two years. Its latest feature, the Twitter-scaling search bot @GuardianTagBot should only help. “It has fun and charm, but its also fantastically useful and structurally sound,” Janine Gibson, who leads the papers’ digital operations in the U.S., tells us.
There are some good takeaways here for all print publications: How To Train Your Newspaper To Survive The Digital Age