Monday, February 4, 2013
  • Gavin O'Malley, February 4, 2013, 4:23 PM
  • The "new News Corp," as it is now know, set aside $1B to fuel an acquisition spree. It will apparently use the money to experiment with new digital ideas to rocket growth, which means buying up digital companies and video rights. Will Lewis, who heads up News Corp’s investigation into the News of the World phone hacking scandal, has been appointed chief creative officer and is responsible for buying.
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  • Facebook is taking news discovery into its own hands with “Articles Related To…” This special feed story shows you popular links that lead to topics that cite Pages you Like. It could be the next step in Facebook’s master plan to take on apps like Flipboard, Pulse, and Zite, keep users on the site and make publishers pay. It could also lay the groundwork for a “Sponsored Articles Related To” ad unit. Read the whole story...
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched a year-long Web series, 82nd & Fifth, that lets the museum’s curators talk about “100 works of art that changed the way they see the world.” There will be 100 episodes, each two minutes long and posted two at a time on Wednesdays through December 25, 2013. (The title of the series refers to the Met’s address in NYC.) Read the whole story...
  • Spun, a mobile app pulling together news stories relevant to a particular city, has signed several content deals with well-known publishers, including A+E Networks, AskMen, Gothamist, Untapped Cities, The Awl Network, CultureMap, and “dozens” more. Spun doesn’t need to partner; it just needs full stories to appear in the RSS feed, or on mobile-optimized Web pages that Spun can display in the app. Read the whole story...