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Among a host of apps and services that are designed to give readers a short take on breaking news that they can read on a mobile device, Circa says it is different because its short news updates are essentially building a long-form news story over time Read more »

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The UK-based Wellcome Trust, the world’s second-largest funder of medical research behind the Gates Foundation, has launched a free online magazine called Mosaic that is dedicated to longform science writing. The site will be run by former Times science editor Mark Henderson — who was involved with a monthly science magazine published by the Times called Eureka, which was shut down in 2012 — and will publish a new 3,000-word piece on a scientific topic every Tuesday. In an unusual twist, the content will be free for anyone to use under a Creative Commons license, provided they include attribution.

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The founders of Inkshares don’t think the traditional publishing industry is broken, just antiquated and inefficient — and they think marrying crowdfunding and the kinds of services publishers used to offer makes for a pretty compelling service for writers and ultimately for readers as well Read more »

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The value of social-media networks such as Twitter and Facebook becomes even more obvious during crises like the uprisings and anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine and Venezuela, where both have become a lifeline of real-time information for residents and expatriates alike Read more »

Digital First Media CEO John Paton has just launched a company-wide effort called Project Unbolt that is aimed at detaching digital from the newspaper chain’s dying legacy print operations — but there is a long road between that and becoming truly digital Read more »

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During the run-up to its initial public offering, Twitter came under fire for not having a large enough patent portfolio, something professional investors like to see when small companies go up against larger competitors. That weakness was highlighted when Twitter was notified by IBM in November that it infringed on several patents related to interactive services that IBM was granted in the 1990s. While Twitter at first said it planned to fight the case, it has instead decided to play ball with the dysfunctional patent system by buying 900 patents from IBM and signing a cross-licensing deal with the computing giant.

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