Flipboard Buys Zite from, and Partners With, CNN
Flipboard today announced that it has acquired Zite from CNN for an undisclosed sum. Flipboard said it will integrate Zite's personalization technology and recommendation engine into its own digital magazine application. Further, Flipboard announced that its users will soon have access to CNN's content through Flipboard. CNN created three new magazines just for Flipboard, including Fareed Zakaria's GPS Daily, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and John King's Go Inside Politics. CNN says it will add more customized magazines to Flipboard over the coming months. Flipboard hooks into smartphone and tablet users' social networks and newsfeeds and delivers the content in a slick, magazine-like package.
Apple to Acquire Digital Mag Company Texture
Apple today said it has agreed to acquire Texture, a digital magazine subscription service, for an undisclosed sum. According to Apple, Texture powers the digital experience of some 200 magazines on mobile devices.
Daydream Update Reaching Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now compatible with Google's Daydream virtual reality platform. According to Google, an update should reach both handsets this week that initiates Daydream services.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Video Now Playing On Spotify's Android App
Spotify has launched video content in its Android app. Users can now browse through video and audio clips from a wide variety of content providers, such as ABC News, Comedy Central, and ESPN.
Amazon Prime Reading Lets Prime Subscribers Read for Free
Amazon today announced Prime Reading, a new benefit for subscribers of Amazon Prime that provides a selection of free books, magazines, and comics each month. Amazon says Prime Reading includes access to more than one thousand popular books, the latest magazines, and exclusive short content all presented within the Kindle app.