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New in Google Reader: a fresh design, and Google+ sharing

Today we’re rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago. Before the day’s over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:
  • A new look and feel that’s cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.

  • The ability to +1 a feed item (replacing “Like”), with an option to then share it with your circles on Google+ (replacing “Share” and “Share with Note”).

Finally! This integration seems so obvious, I’m surprised G+ didn’t launch with it already in tow.

From the user’s perspective, it lowers the bar to sharing small stories, and makes switching from one app to the other more streamlined; for Google, it provides access to a slew of interesting data about readership, activity in the Reader, and desire to share with social networks, as well as valuable data about why and when people whoose G+ as their sharing mechanism. For publishers, the advantage is more subtle, but undoubtedly they would also benefit from a more integrated viewer.

3 Cheers for Reader!

The iPad App That Went Too Far: Media Says Cease & Desist to Personalized Magazine Zite

What Zite Does

When you download Zite to your iPad, you can let it learn about what topics you’re interested in from your Twitter, Google Reader or Delicious data. The app then creates a magazine-like interface for you to scroll through stories from a wide variety of sources online about those topics. You can give very specific feedback about what you like or don’t like and then you get more stories like that. It’s like Pandora for news articles. Not a lot of control but smart personalized learning. We reviewed the app in more detail yesterday and said that if you like Flipboard (Apple’s iPad App of the Year) then you should try Zite because it’s even easier to use.

 Zite: Personalized Magazine for iPad from zite.com on Vimeo.


What the Lawyers Say

Yesterday Zite received a Cease and Desist letter signed by ten lawyers from big, big media companies: Time, The Washington Post, McClatchy, E.W. Scripps, Getty Images, National Geographic, Gannett, Dow Jones, Advanced Publications and the Associated Press.

Here are a few excerpts from that letter:

“By systematically reformatting, republishing and redistributing our original content on a mass commercial scale without our permission in your iPad application, Zite directly and adversely impacts our businesses. Your application takes the intelletual property of our companies, as well as the hard and sometimes dangerous work of tens of thousands of people. It depreives our websites of traffic and advertising revenue. We do not know your intentions, but your actions harm our companies and the broader media and news industry on which your application relies for its content…

Bad news for indie content aggregators out there. I wonder where my own site falls in this legal grey area? I always give attribution, and clearly marks quotes, but I do remove their adds and reofrmat their articles, and I certainly don’t ask first.

MediaShift: Who Owns Your E-Book of ‘War and Peace’? Probably Not You

If we are talking about an e-book version of the latest translation that was bought online and downloaded to an e-reader or other mobile device, then the question of ownership of the copy is not so simply answered. Unlike works published in print, electronic works are typically sold subject to agreements, in transactions that look less like an outright sale and more like a limited license.

I can’t wait to hear where sites like this one fall in terms of ownership and copyright law; Is curation an artistic process subject to some of the same privileges? My gut says so; I am adding value and perspective simply in the act of collection and filtration. Not sure about the courts, though.