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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?

 

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.

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.

Two Words: Cat Cafés!
They’re all the rage in Japan. Seriously.

Many people were there, their focus directed exclusively to one cat or  another. They held them on their laps, sat beside them, stroked, patted,  and murmured sweet nothings in their ears. All the while, the cats  purred the deep purrs of creatures entirely satisfied with their lots in  life. After a cup of coffee and brief interactions with three separate  cats, my time was up, and I could now say I’d had the full cat café  experience.

Read more…

Two Words: Cat Cafés!

They’re all the rage in Japan. Seriously.

Many people were there, their focus directed exclusively to one cat or another. They held them on their laps, sat beside them, stroked, patted, and murmured sweet nothings in their ears. All the while, the cats purred the deep purrs of creatures entirely satisfied with their lots in life. After a cup of coffee and brief interactions with three separate cats, my time was up, and I could now say I’d had the full cat café experience.

Read more…


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Nice work!

theatlantic:

Our new sister site, The Atlantic Cities, is now live! The Atlantic Cities explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods. By bringing together news, analysis, data, and trends, the site is an engaging destination for an increasingly urbanized world.

To learn more, read this post by Sommer Mathis, check out the website, and let us know what you think.