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News App Spun Tries to Digg Up Some Local Flavor

A new Apple iPhone news app aims to be a one-stop shop for local news about food, the arts and the overall flavor of a city. “We love cities,” said Spun CEO Andy Hunter. The app, launching today, is powered by human editors in each city, who curate stories from local Web sites based on their own judgment and social media buzz. Work on Spun began before Betaworks relaunched Digg, but Hunter acknowledged their similar approaches. He emphasized that the mobile app will notify users when they pass by something they’ve read about — for example, a local historical landmark or well-liked restaurant.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work