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Pinterest is introducing a new look for articles that users share on the Web site, the company announced Tuesday in a blog post.
When a user posts an article, it will now include more information, such as the story's headline, author, description, and a link back to the original post. Users also can save a story to read later, create different boards to categorize stories by topic, and follow specific writers -- like the Washington Post's Tim Devaney -- to see more of that author's work in their Pinterest feeds.
Pinterest said the extra article information will … Read more
While getting a quick-hit of information is one of the great benefits of the Internet, sometimes people want to know more about a certain topic. Google is addressing this need by reconfiguring its search results to help users find more in-depth articles.
"Our research indicates perhaps 10 percent of people's daily information needs fit this category -- topics like stem cell research, happiness, and love, to name just a few," Google's Pandu Nayak wrote in a blog post. "That's why over the next few days we'll be rolling out a new feature to … Read more
LAS VEGAS--TLDR is software that summarizes Web information automatically when you don't have time to read the whole story. It's available now as a plug-in for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, but developers Stremor say the Android and iPhone apps have been submitted to the major app stores, so you'll be able to use it on your smartphone as early as this week.
A quick demo was all it took to see how well this software works. Once you download the free plug-in for your Web browser, you simply restart and you're ready to go. The … Read more
Facebook's new "Trending Articles" feature, which it's been testing for the last few weeks, is already finding critics complaining about clutter in their News Feeds.
The new feature, which adds links to articles that friends have read in their News Feed, is part of a broader effort by Facebook to create what it calls "frictionless" sharing. Media companies that have created apps using the feature include Yahoo and The Guardian, among others.
Mingled among posts from friends about their kids accomplishments or their latest vacation adventures, Facebook is adding links to articles that those … Read more
With so many Web sites to follow, I find myself relying on my Google Reader regularly. Unfortunately, I also find that many RSS snippets will cut off right when I'm about to get to the good stuff. This is generally because the sites want you to click on their links. I understand the reasoning behind it (and am guilty of it myself), but this sometimes leaves me with 10 open tabs to read, making me wander and lose focus on 10 different Web sites.
To prevent this, I've started using Google Reader Inline after checking out&… Read more
You may have heard by now that the New York Times wrote an article called "In China, human costs are built into the iPad" that takes a look at the dark side of producing Apple's products in China.
It's not the first time the Times and other publications have written about the "punishing" work conditions at Foxconn, the contract manufacturing behemoth that also makes products for loads of other companies, not just Apple.
Foxconn--headquarted in Taiwan, but (according to Reuters) the largest private employer in mainland China--has been frequently in the news for fires and explosions at its factories along with a spate of worker suicides. But coming on the heels of Apple's jaw-dropping earnings and news that it had $98 billion squirreled away in cash, the article seems to have really touched a nerve, the "Occupy Apple" kind.
I don't think anybody's faulting Apple for wanting to make a good profit on its products or trying to keep up with demand. But what seems to be the big friction point is how much profit Apple is making and how it continues to squeeze its suppliers and manufacturing partners to the Nth degree. … Read more
Bradley Manning's attorney has suggested that the hundreds of megabytes of U.S. government data his client allegedly handed to WikiLeaks didn't really harm national security after all.
A new document filed in Manning's criminal case provides an early glimpse at the defense's legal strategy in advance of a preliminary hearing on December 16.
The filing, which defense attorney David Coombs made public today, requests a copy of a White House "report detailing the rather benign nature of the leaks and the lack of any real damage to national security" caused by WikiLeaks. It … Read more
In order to hang onto those articles you want to read but might forget about later, you need to keep some sort of list. Magazinify offers the ability to keep tabs on the things you want to read, and even send them to your e-mail inbox all in one PDF. With this service, you can read content in your browser, on your PC, or even transfer it to an eReader. Best of all, it'll be in magazine format, but only feature stories you actually want to read! Here's how to get started:
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Wikidroid gives you one-tap access to Wikipedia--the world's favorite online encyclopedia--allowing you to satiate your hunger for knowledge on the go and without delay. It's very simple, and it does exactly what you need it to do: pull up Wikipedia entries at will. Plus, it adds a few nice touches that make your researching experience just a little bit more pleasant. You can save pages to SD card, and share them via other applications. There's also a nice "Pin title bar" feature, which keeps the search field at the top of your screen as you … Read more