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I'm pleased to say that +Heat Street (a Dow Jones/News Corp venture) has published a piece I wrote about Facebook Trending, personal recommendations, and how we do it at Recent News.

Facebook picks topics by using human editors--who don't exactly represent a cross-section of American political opinion--as one stage of its trending pipeline. Recent News is entirely automated. We didn't have the budget to hire a bunch of Ivy League grads to work in shifts in downtown Manhattan, so we had to build the ability to select trending articles into our recommendation engine. We think this purely algorithmic approach is superior, and wouldn't be surprised if FB follows suit... (You can download +Recent News for iOS and Android.)
Facebook is mandating “political bias” training for its employees. Too bad it won’t work.
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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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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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One great thing about the Recent News app is how it intelligently clusters together articles for me. It's something you appreciate when trying to follow news like the FBI vs. Apple issue (and don't have much time to spend on it). And no human intervention required! ‪#‎MachineLearningWin‬ +Recent News
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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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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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Creating forthcoming news recommendation engine and Android/iOS app -- sign up for the beta at Recent.io. Ex-CBS, CNET Networks, Wired, Time Inc.

Living on San Francisco peninsula. Recent-related email: beta@recent.io. Contact: declan@well.com and http://mccullagh.org/.
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