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How Many Curated News Apps Can One Support?

Posted on the 28 January 2016 by Themarioblog @garciainteract

All of this sounds great, but I am beginning to wonder how many of these News apps can appear out there, with very similar offerings and all promising to curate content to our preferences.

I am meeting often with young entrepreneurs who wish to discuss their News app adventure with me.  They are all motivated and energized about their product.  Yet, what I find is repetition more so than innovation.

This begs the question: will we become a society where curated and personalized news apps will be the way to go, depriving us of all the serendipity that non-curated news editions offer?

True, we do want the curated content at certain times of the day (maybe twice a day), but I would not trade that for my ability to be surprised by content I never sought or that I would not have listed as preferred content in a survey.

It’s time to redefine goals and to be able to travel this thin and perilous line that divides the totally personalized news app from those that allow for a bit of serendipity.

For more:

http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/26/microsoft-launches-a-bing-powered-news-app-for-ios-devices-news-pro/?utm_source=API+Need+to+Know+newsletter&utm_campaign=022747ee98-Need_to_Know_January_27_20161_27_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e3bf78af04-022747ee98-31701869

Apple to offer subscription through News app


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-plans-offer-subscription-content-183704353.html?utm_source=API+Need+to+Know+newsletter&utm_campaign=022747ee98-Need_to_Know_January_27_20161_27_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e3bf78af04-022747ee98-31701869

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Apple Inc is working to make subscription content available through its News app, giving publishers with paywalls a new way to control who sees their articles, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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