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And I'm happy to say that Recent News has been featured on Launching Next! We apparently have now entered the ranks of the "world's most promising startups." (Do we get a certificate with a gold sticker?)
http://www.launchingnext.com/s/recent-news/16747/

Obligatory download link: https://recent.io/ or +Recent News
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Julian Assange once flamed Craig "Maybe Satoshi, If You Believe Certain News Reports" Wright on the cypherpunks list in the late 1990s. When I replied, I sided with Craig. :) http://cypherpunks.venona.com/date/1996/09/msg01457.html
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]. Re: Risk v. Charity (was: RE: Workers Paradise. /Political rant. To: Julian Assange ; Subject: Re: Risk v. Charity (was: RE: Workers Paradise. /Political rant; From: Declan McCullagh ...
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This is my favorite line from Killer Startups' review of Recent News (iOS+Android versions): "With Recent News, however, you can keep track of what’s going on internationally, nationally, and locally — all you have to do is read."
 
Thanks to Killer Startups for their review of Recent News for iOS and Android! You can see read the article here: http://killerstartups.com/startup-reviews/recent-news

Some excerpts from the review: " Recent News (which is available for both Android and iOS) uses artificial intelligence to deliver the news that you want to read. And how do they do it, you ask? Very, very smartly...

Recent News also has a local news option. It’ll send you news about what’s going on around, simply based on your location. The app actually reads the day’s news and figures out what’s relevant to you based on where you’re at...

There’s a lot going on the world today. Keeping up with the news can feel like a full-time job in and of itself. With Recent News, however, you can keep track of what’s going on internationally, nationally, and locally — all you have to do is read."
Recent News delivers the news you're interested in. All you have to do is read.
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TLDR: Why I love Android development and hate Android development...

Last night's release of +Recent News on the Play Store fixes a mysterious Android bug that affected only a handful of devices. It turns out that some (not all, as far as we can tell) LG G2, G3, and G4 devices add data to the Android clipboard in a way no other devices do, which would sometimes cause even The World's Greatest News App to crash. This was not exactly easy to debug--and even more difficult to explain to users why Recent News would work on one of their LG phones but not another. Sigh!

Developing for iOS devices has its downsides, including the fact that everyone with an iPhone or iPad now gets to wait around 8 days before they can update to the new version we submitted to Apple yesterday. But I don't recall ever encountering this kind of very, very device-specific bug on iOS.
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It's almost like Homeland Security and other FedGov police agencies know how to deal with encrypted files -- without forcing hardware makers and operating system vendors to install backdoors.
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Hardly news.  US v. Scarfo, all the way back in 2001:

https://epic.org/crypto/scarfo.html
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Does anyone have any insight into if -- or when --- we'll have a more visible reader mode in Chrome on Android? This +Android Police article is from June, and calls reader mode support "experimental":
http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/06/27/the-chromium-team-is-implementing-reader-mode-again-now-being-tested-in-chrome-dev/

As you can probably guess, I'm thinking of the Android version of +Recent News, especially now that iOS 9 includes Safari View Controller with a reader mode.
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Folks: +Paul Kinlan was kind enough to respond on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Paul_Kinlan/status/651855423524466688
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A great look behind the scenes of the Steve Jobs movie.
 
Hey, the Steve Jobs movie called. They didn't want me for my acting.
Last January the Steve Jobs movie came to town and called me up. I was leaving work one day when I got a phone call from a guy named Todd Marks. He said he was on the crew of a new movie about Steve Jobs. He said they're film...
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Hollywood, making heroes out of assholes for a hundred years.
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The good folks at App Advice took the time to review Recent News today, concluding that it "offers recommendations which are as uncanny as they are accurate." Here's a longer excerpt from their review of the iOS version (an Android version is of course also available):

"iOS device owners can catch up on one-minute news summaries which appear on their screen at lightning-fast speed. The kind of news stories which reach your inbox are either subscribed to by users, or are selected through the application’s own artificial intelligence (AI). This monitors your reading habits and, in a clever-yet-creepy fashion, offers recommendations which are as uncanny as they are accurate."
Recent News could be your new favorite news-reader for iOS.
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If you're reviewing a toaster, it won't get better or worse at making toast a month later. But with sufficiently complex systems, a review is a snapshot in time--and our recommendation engine powering Recent News has read many more articles and is smarter than it was when we launched a few months ago.

Netted by the Webbys (published by the Webby Awards folks) alludes to this in their review of Recent News published today. They loved how our increasingly smart app "learns your tastes, adjusts your recommendations, and suggests other categories you might like." Here's their review: http://netted.net/recent-news-personalized-news-app/

Thanks, Netted!

Recent News delivers personalized news based on your interests.
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No desktop web version? Oh, well.
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I haven't been following surveillance topics that closely (because of work on +Recent News) but this opinion from a Illinois judge yesterday strikes me as important. Magistrate Judge Iain Johnston sets three new ground rules for the FBI to follow when conducting surveillance with cell-site simulators, aka stringray/kingfish/etc. The idea is to protect innocent folks swept up in the Feds' surveillance dragnet.

But my favorite part of the opinion is this: "Having exhausted the ichthyological theme, law enforcement has started referring to cell-site simulators as 'superdog.'" SUPERDOG???
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Maybe because it sniffs out data that's why SUPERDOG. lol
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Who knew that Android users wanted a dark theme so much? We're working on it -- here's a preview. 

The colors aren't quite right yet: the primary color we're using here is hex #0288D1, a darker shade of +Recent News's normal #03A9F4 light blue. It should probably be a shade of grey or blue-grey instead.

A dark theme was one of our Android users' most-requested features, but we're trying to maintain OS parity where we can, so we're adding it for our iOS users as well.

Speaking of iOS, we've submitted an updated version of Recent News supporting reader view (via iOS 9's Safari View Controller). It should be available in the app store soon!
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Cant wait
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I've been following the iOS ad blocking debate and have come to this uninteresting conclusion: Everyone is right. News organizations' sites suck when they load over 10MB of cruft to display 10KB of article text. Blocking ads reduces revenue and will lead to an ad-blocker-blocker and ad-blocker-blocker-blocker arms race (which has already started). And we still don't have micropayments.

The approach we're taking for Recent News on iOS is to support a reader view but show the ads by default. Blocking ads by switching to reader view takes an extra tap after the news article is loaded.

This seems to be a reasonable balance between giving our users what they want and supporting good journalism. Directing our users to excellent news articles has been one of our goals in creating Recent News; we're the first news app (that I'm aware of, at least) to use article quality as an input to our recommendation engine.

We've posted more about the details of our approach here: https://www.recent.io/blog/the-right-way-to-block-ads-on-news-sites If you have any thoughts, including about how to approach this on our Android app, let me know!
Recent News for iOS will soon have reader view—which displays the text of news articles but not the advertisements.Background: We're implementing a feature that Apple built into iOS 9 called Safari View Controller. It lets users tap on a button to switch to re...
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Founder, Recent Media (http://recent.io/)
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  • Recent.io
    2014 - present
  • CBS Corporation
    2008 - 2014
  • CNET Networks
    2002 - 2008
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Entrepreneur, software developer, writer, pilot. Now creating Recent.io.
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Living on San Francisco peninsula. Recent-related email: beta@recent.io. Contact: declan@well.com and http://mccullagh.org/.
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