I recently demonstrated Zite, the iPad app that finds customized news stories and presents them in a magazine format. I also demonstrated Flipboard, the iPad app that converts Twitter and Facebook streams into a more readable and news-friendly format. Pulse News Reader is another app that is available for both iOS and Android that aggregates custom news in a stylized format.
These new aggregation apps are exciting for news-junkie mobile users, but the content creation industry (traditional newspapers, magazines and television) are paying their lawyers overtime to come up with a way to put these app creators out of business.
Rather than take the idea of custom news and run with it for their own publications and productions, traditional news companies are attempting to put an end to the good idea so that they don’t have to change their own product.
- The Consumer In Me Likes Zite; The Producer? (paidcontent.org)
- If You Like Flipboard, Check Out Zite – It’s Easier to Use (readwriteweb.com)
- Major Media Companies Unite to Serve Cease-and-Desist Against iPad News Aggregator Zite (mashable.com)
- Publishing Heavyweights Target iPad Media App ‘Zite’ (wired.com)