Friday, August 11, 2017

New Feature: Liked Stories

You can now easily find recently liked stories on News Curator:

To use this feature, simply click the Liked Stories button, and your recently liked stories are shown. This is a great way to flag news stories while on the go, be it for later reading, or for sharing on social media.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Feature: Similar Stories

We have added a new feature to News Curator: find similar stories. If you like a story and want to read related stories, all you need to do is click the Similar stories icon in the toolbar.

The similar stories query uses the same machine learning technology we use for content recommendation. It analyzes news stories in depth, identifying the essence and topic of each story, to serve you the most relevant related stories.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Major Update

We have launched a major update on News Curator. The update consolidates our learnings over the past two years, and it significantly strengthens the curation and search quality of News Curator. A couple of rarely used functions have been discontinued in this process to further sharpen the direction of News Curator.

The curation algorithm sits at the heart of News Curator. Its AI-based machine learning pipeline has been significantly reworked and improved. Our algorithms are now better at extracting the actual content of a news story from web pages. And we have carefully evaluated the signals used by the curation algorithm, removing signals that have proven too noisy, and increasing our efforts around reliable ones. The result is a massive increase in overall curation quality while maintaining that element of serendipity that is needed to prevent proverbial tunnel vision.

We have also revisited our search engine and changed the underlying technology stack. The result is state-of-the art search quality. While search is not at the core of News Curator, it is a useful function in case the curation algorithm needs a couple more hints to automatically come up with specific stories in the future.

Next, we have cut back on the amount of content and signals we ingest from social media. This was again driven by signal-to-noise trade-offs. On social media, we now mostly focus on actual posts of the user to passively learn about his interests.

Overall data flow in News Curator.

Finally, we have discontinued the automated posting pipeline. There are excellent solutions focused on this particular task, such as Buffer. Admittedly, it was a hard decision to discontinue our posting pipeline. But doing so let's us focus on our key task which is the automated curation of news stories. As a positive side effect, this leads to a simpler, easier to use app.

What do you think about our update? Don't be shy to drop us a comment in the blog, or use the feedback function in the app.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Algorithm Updates

We have just rolled out a set of updates to our recommendation and search algorithms. The content suggested to you should now be even more on on point, while maintaining the aspect of discovering something new. Search results are considerably improved as well.

If you have not used News Curator for a while, now is good time to check back, and let us know what you think! We are always interested in your feedback.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Share News by Email

From our web app, you can now share news by email. To use this function, you must go to the Settings page and enter and confirm your email address. Once this is done, the Share via line on news items includes the option for sharing by email.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Why Content Discovery Is Needed

We have created an infographic that explains why content discovery and recommendation platforms are needed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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