Fretful newshounds and anxious bloggers can stop sitting shiva. Digg, or rather Betaworks’ reboot of old Digg, wants to resurrect yet another ailing online mainstay. On its blog this afternoon, the startup announced it would be building a reader to replace the “much-loved, if under-appreciated” Google Reader.
In the post, Andrew McLaughlin, the former vice president of Tumblr who joined Betaworks as an entrepreneur-in-residence last summer, said Reader’s “early social features were forward-thinking and hugely useful.” However, as with the revamped Digg, the new iteration won’t look exactly like its predecessor:
The Data Deluge
We’ve expected some big (data) developements from Bitly since the New York startup announced a $15 million Series C led by Khosla Ventures July. Today, chief data scientist Hilary Mason is finally ready to show you what they’re working with, empirically speaking.
The company announced the launch of three new data APIs that will radically boost the utility of the service for consumers and business clients. And it’s not even your birthday, data nerds!
With all of the different social services we use today, there’s still no platform that can unify all of our check-ins, tweets and photos into one cohesive narrative. Gopogo, a new startup out of New York that has raised $3M in seed funding, wants to change that.
Gopogo is a location-based service that launched its beta version yesterday; it allows you to connect your various social media accounts through “strings” overlayed on a map, that allow you to assemble a coherent narrative about your daily adventures.
App for That
You know what’s boring? Books. You know what’s super boring? Old, religious books. Like the Bible! No thousand-page text is going to tear us from our Draw Something games any time soon. What the Bible really needs is a digital makeover, stat. Enter Glo Bible, an iPad app with an updated retina display that makes Jesus like, way more interesting.
Portal to Nowhere
Earlier this week Yahoo announced a major integration with ABC. The struggling internet portal finds its stock in the gutter, its internal management in shambles and bankers circling like vultures to break it into pieces they can sell off to the highest bidder. The one thing Yahoo still has in spades is a massive audience.
What’s really interesting, however, is that ABC is not just interested in connecting with the vast number of eyeballs Yahoo can send from its 25 million daily visitors. It’s also intrigued by the kind of social traffic that the big news networks are keen on tapping into.
A great interview with New York’s guru of the real-time-social web and Alan Murray, executive editor of WSJ.com.