RIP

Internet Resurrection: Digg Will Launch a New and Improved Version of Google Reader

Sad. (Screenshot: Google Reader)

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: Read More

The Data Deluge

Hilary Mason Breaks Down Bitly’s Social Data APIs for Real-Time Search and Attention Spikes

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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! Read More

Storytelling

String Your Check-ins, Updates and Photos Together to Tell a Story with Gopogo

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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. Read More

Portal to Nowhere

Yahoo’s Audience Is Its Platform. A Portal For News To Go Social

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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. Read More