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A syndication deal puts ESPN content -- such as SportsCenter clips and game highlights -- on AOL and associated sites. ESPN is selling ads and sharing the revenue.
A syndication deal puts ESPN content -- such as SportsCenter clips and game highlights -- on AOL and associated sites. ESPN is selling ads and sharing the revenue.
about 2 hours ago
A new feature lets some members go about their lives, phone in pocket, and get alerts when the service finds something interesting for them to eat, see, or do nearby.
A new feature lets some members go about their lives, phone in pocket, and get alerts when the service finds something interesting for them to eat, see, or do nearby.
about 2 hours ago
New entrant looks likely to find a niche and a profit by November with a business model that returns more license revenue to contributors.
New entrant looks likely to find a niche and a profit by November with a business model that returns more license revenue to contributors.
about 2 hours ago
A new feature called See It will allow Twitter users to watch TV and change channels directly from a tweet.
A new feature called See It will allow Twitter users to watch TV and change channels directly from a tweet.
about 3 hours ago
A new feature, See It, is meant to make it easy to move from reading comments about a show to watching that show.
A new feature, See It, is meant to make it easy to move from reading comments about a show to watching that show.
about 3 hours ago
On Monday morning, a grumpy garden gnome introduced Ezra Klein’s newest addition to the Internet: Know More, “a site for people who like learning stuff.” It’s a simple grid of images, looking not unlike Pinterest...
On Monday morning, a grumpy garden gnome introduced Ezra Klein’s newest addition to the Internet: Know More, “a site for people who like learning stuff.” It’s a simple grid of images, looking not unlike Pinterest. (Or Fuego. Or Topicly. Image-heavy grids are in these days.) Eight to 10 times a day, Klein and reporter/Know More point man Dylan Matthews will post an image macro, video, tweet, data visualization, or block of text on a WordPress microsite built by Yuri Victor, user experience director at the Post. If you’re intrigued by the snippet, you click “Know More,” a direct link to a context-providing article, maybe from The Post, but probably not. If you’re not intrigued, you click “No More” and head back to the Know More homepage. (Perhaps a Roberto Durán-style “No más” might be more clear.) The pun is credited to Joey Marburger, the Post’s director of digital products and design. Beyond being tongue-in-cheek, it has a lot to do with how Klein and his team wanted the site to function: Readers are only meant to stay on the site briefly before charging off to pursue whatever interest was hopefully sparked by Know More’s catchy title and eye-catching post — whether that’s a Post story or something else. Though building something like an internal Upworthy or BuzzFeed was Klein’s idea, it’s not tied tightly to Wonkblog. As Klein has said since the launch, Know More is not meant to be a traffic driver for the blog, which he says, “does just fine.” Although Know More is labeled as a Wonkblog project, he says it doesn’t really matter if readers associate the brands. The only goal is to get people to read it, and to share it. “This was not about fitting in to some piece of Wonkblog,” Klein told me. “This is about this thing we love to do at Wonkblog in a broader way: Say ‘Look at this interesting, amazing thing. Isn’t that cool?’” But don’t call it click-bait. “There’s this idea that there’s this thing called click-bait that everybody wants to click on,” Klein says. “If I could figure out what that is and get people to click on good content — my god, what a wonderful thing!” Both Klein and Matthews have a lot of respect for the work BuzzFeed does, and feel the site, along with Upworthy, doesn’t get enough credit for the quality of its packaging. “It really irks me when people act like they’re better than BuzzFeed, which is an extremely effective journalism outfit — much better than most at being honestly what people are looking for,” says Matthews, who will create most of the content for Know More. After the Monday announcement, Gawker editor John Cook tweeted a subtle “look how far we’ve come” jab, linking to a Know More post and to a 2009 piece by Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira arguing that Gawker and its aggregating, link-baiting ilk were going to be the death of journalism. (Gawker had aggregated one of Shapira’s stories in a way he didn’t like; we wrote about it at the time. As it turned out, Gawker had been pitched the story by WaPo PR.) The aggregated had become the aggregator, Cook was implying. Says Klein: “I come from the blogosphere. I come from having a blog. Certainly back then, which was really before Twitter and Facebook, you lived on links. That was the only way people found you. I’m really thankful when people do honorable aggregation.” So if Know More feels like a BuzzFeed or Upworthy — “Why your mom should to college in one chart,” “The best song ever about a Target store” — that’s not an accident. That’s how it’s mean to feel — intriguing, intuitive, and ultimately, essential. “Mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery,” says Matthews. “We regard them with respect an
about 4 hours ago
Duolingo Incubator aims to help people create new language lessons.
Duolingo Incubator aims to help people create new language lessons.
about 4 hours ago
You can now pick up audio versions of certain books in your Kindle library at a nice discount.
You can now pick up audio versions of certain books in your Kindle library at a nice discount.
about 4 hours ago
Vevo app lets users search for a specific music video or pick a genre station that will stream videos one after the other.
Vevo app lets users search for a specific music video or pick a genre station that will stream videos one after the other.
about 4 hours ago
The unannounced wireless speaker is on sale in at least one Target store and comes in the customer's choice of white or black.
The unannounced wireless speaker is on sale in at least one Target store and comes in the customer's choice of white or black.
about 5 hours ago