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NPR (npr) One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.
Stark white and minimally designed, the new NPR One app looks like a paradigm of technology. But surprisingly, the app isn’t powered by algorithms, filters, or other pseudo-intelligence—it’s still good old human editor curation on the backend.
“For us, the algorithm that programs the app is very importantly focused on the human curation part of it,” says NPR VP of digital media Zach Brand. “A lot of people tend to think of it in terms of machine learning—which is a portion as well—but we have dedicated staff making sure that the most important stories are populated from the outset that represent the best experience right at the first moment. As we get to know the listener, it then tailors even more to them.”
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NPR (npr) One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.

Stark white and minimally designed, the new NPR One app looks like a paradigm of technology. But surprisingly, the app isn’t powered by algorithms, filters, or other pseudo-intelligence—it’s still good old human editor curation on the backend.

“For us, the algorithm that programs the app is very importantly focused on the human curation part of it,” says NPR VP of digital media Zach Brand. “A lot of people tend to think of it in terms of machine learning—which is a portion as well—but we have dedicated staff making sure that the most important stories are populated from the outset that represent the best experience right at the first moment. As we get to know the listener, it then tailors even more to them.”

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A look at the six most popular newsletters on TinyLetter and what they’re doing right.
So you want to start a newsletter. The medium is having a moment, a phenomenon even the New York Times' esteemed media critic has noticed. The time to jump on the bandwagon, before brands take over and ruin everything, is now.
But how? Fast Company spoke with TinyLetter, the platform of choice for newsletter writers, about what aspiring email tycoons can learn from its most popular emailers.

These are the six most popular and influential personal newsletters, in no particular order, according to TinyLetter’s internal numbers.
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A look at the six most popular newsletters on TinyLetter and what they’re doing right.

So you want to start a newsletter. The medium is having a moment, a phenomenon even the New York Timesesteemed media critic has noticed. The time to jump on the bandwagon, before brands take over and ruin everything, is now.

But how? Fast Company spoke with TinyLetter, the platform of choice for newsletter writers, about what aspiring email tycoons can learn from its most popular emailers.

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These are the six most popular and influential personal newsletters, in no particular order, according to TinyLetter’s internal numbers.

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Cenk Uygur may be the most widely watched political talk show host you’ve never heard of. Uygur, a former lawyer, started theyoungturks, a talk show, on Sirius Radio in 2002. (The name derives from a phrase referring to rebellious members of an institution, while also nodding towards Uygur’s Turkish heritage.) He brought his show to YouTube before you had even probably heard of YouTube, in 2005, and after dabbling as a commentator on MSNBC and Current TV, Uygur has doubled down on his online network. He claims to have the most widely watched online news show, with 1.9 billion views to date.
If you haven’t heard of The Young Turks yet, its breakout moment may be near. A documentary about Uygur’s trajectory has just premiered. Last week, he sold out a live show at Hollywood’s Troubadour theater. The Young Turks recently began distribution on Hulu, and TYT’s eight shows are beginning to grow and consolidate into a 24-hour live web stream.
We caught up with Uygur to learn more about the past, present, and future of The Young Turks—and of new media in general.
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Cenk Uygur may be the most widely watched political talk show host you’ve never heard of. Uygur, a former lawyer, started theyoungturks, a talk show, on Sirius Radio in 2002. (The name derives from a phrase referring to rebellious members of an institution, while also nodding towards Uygur’s Turkish heritage.) He brought his show to YouTube before you had even probably heard of YouTube, in 2005, and after dabbling as a commentator on MSNBC and Current TV, Uygur has doubled down on his online network. He claims to have the most widely watched online news show, with 1.9 billion views to date.

If you haven’t heard of The Young Turks yet, its breakout moment may be near. A documentary about Uygur’s trajectory has just premiered. Last week, he sold out a live show at Hollywood’s Troubadour theater. The Young Turks recently began distribution on Hulu, and TYT’s eight shows are beginning to grow and consolidate into a 24-hour live web stream.

We caught up with Uygur to learn more about the past, present, and future of The Young Turks—and of new media in general.

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At the bar, my recently rediscovered heads-up
display—aka my eyes—revealed a person next to me, and for several hours I found myself in a fascinating conversation with one of the dancers from the Broadway musical Spider-Man.

Baratunde Thurston, arguably one of the most connected celebrities there are, took 25 days away from the Internet. Here’s what he learned. 
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
In a pro-consumer attempt to foster innovation, European regulators are banning roaming fees. 
Now you can use Microsoft Office on your iPhone (if you suscribe to Office 365 and you have access to their cloud).
Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.
Google is winning big in mobile advertising. This year the search engine giant is expected to take home more than half the mobile ad revenues generated worldwide.
Seasoned directors and movie industry kings Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warn film students that the tech industry will cause a “massive implosion” of Hollywood. 
President Obama has approved giving U.S. military aid to Syrian rebels after it was confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
And more news from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: U.S. government agencies routinely swap data with civilian firms.
Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

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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.’

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed News Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:

We hope you have a lovely day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Do you use Flipboard? 
Now it has customizable ‘mini magazines’ that will allow you to personalize your daily news intake even more! Here’s the story.
What do you think of this move? What does it say about the future of information consumption?
 

Do you use Flipboard?

Now it has customizable ‘mini magazines’ that will allow you to personalize your daily news intake even more! 

Here’s the story.

What do you think of this move? What does it say about the future of information consumption?