Flipping out over aggregation

A conceptual problem arises from thinking about Flipboard in publishing terms (an error Flipboard itself encourages), when its actual role in the value chain is much closer to that of a traditional re-seller of goods, in this case news content.…

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Aggregation aggravation

A federal district court in New York last week handed publishers a major victory in a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press against online clipping service Meltwater News. In an unusually sweeping ruling, Judge Denise Cote held that not all uses of copyrighted content in search results automatically qualify as fair use.…

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Paying to aggregate

It's easy to understand why Google would want to disguise what's going on in Europe through one gimmick or another. But it sure looks like a precedent is getting established in Europe for paying to link.…

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Pinning the NY Times

As with Ricochet, the Times' new platform for allowing brands to aggregate Times content and wrap it in their own advertising that I wrote about last week, it's not hard to see how Compendium could also become a platform for brands to leverage custom aggregation of Times content for their own social media brand building efforts.…

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Technology, middlemen and the future of news

The internet is supposed to be about the end of intermediaries. Then why are middlemen so successful? For years, aggregators have ruled the content space and now a new breed of brokers is using technology to redefine the interaction between readers and publishers.…

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