The news business is booming right now, at least online. Critics consider web journalism to be a thriving business but this recent trend could be responsible for the influx of news apps flooding the market.
By Vindu Goel and Ravi Somaiya MENLO PARK (CALIFORNIA): Facebook's long-rumored plan to directly host articles from news organizations will start on Wednesday, concluding months of delicate negotiations between the Internet giant and publishers that covet its huge audience but fear its growing power. Nine media companies, including NBC News and The New York Times, have agreed to the deal, despite concerns that their participation could eventually undermine their own businesses. The program will begin with a few articles but is expected to expand quickly.
LINE, the Korean messaging app that first became popular in Japan, is also experiencing tremendous success outside of Asia. Like WhatsApp, LINE lets users make free voice calls and send free text messages from anywhere in the world. Jeanie Han, the woman who heads up LINE's presence in the US and Europe, spoke to us about LINE's phenomenal growth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
By David Nield, Gawker Media Many of us have some kind of writing to do during the course of the work day, but how do you get down to some serious typing with so many distractions around? These mobile and desktop apps tackle the problem head-on, stripping down the old word processor concept to its essential parts and enabling you to focus on the words. Typed (Mac, $29.99) Typed cuts out much of the clutter of the writing experience, but the features it does keep-like word count and auto-save-are tastefully incorporated into the software.
WeChat, a Chinese app, is taking over the country. Earlier this year, Tencent, the company that owns WeChat, reported that four-year-old WeChat now has 549 million monthly active users (MAUs). At the end of last year, the company had 500 million, meaning its user base had jumped up 9.8 percent in a matter of months.
News reading app Flipboard had some difficulty pulling in content from Google Reader this morning, even though it ensured users back in March that their Reader subscriptions would be safe on the mobile reading app.