Katherine Boehret’s Review
A new edition of Zite, an app that assembles online stories into a personalized digital magazine, puts a lot of emphasis on visuals.
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News ByteFacebook came to an agreement with the Federal government in which the social giant could disclose information request numbers to the public, Google said Facebook’s deal wasn’t enough, condemning Facebook for agreeing to publish the data in aggregate. Twitter legal director Ben Lee chimed in shortly thereafter, siding with Google: “We agree with @Google: It’s important to be able to publish numbers of national security requests — including FISA disclosures — separately,” he said in a tweet on Friday evening. The back and forth comes in the wake of a week of intense scrutiny of the NSA and tech companies, after whistleblower Edward Snowden released a series of potentially damning documents suggesting a data-sharing relationship between the Feds and a number of Valley giants.
News Bytereleased a new feature, #FollowMe, in partnership with data visualization company Vizify, which lets users create short, remixed highlight reels about themselves based on the way they use Twitter. It’s cutesy, but it shows off interesting stats like the words you tweet the most, as well as the times of day you’re most active on Twitter, all set to the backdrop of the photos and Vine videos you tweet (plus music, too). It’s likely a simple, visual appeal to mainstream consumers who aren’t quite sure what to make of Twitter.