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Zite Personalized News App Hit with Cease and Decist Letter from Publishers

by on March 31st, 2011

Zite has been one of my favourite iPad 2 apps so far. This personalized magazine app differs from Flipboard or Pulse because it curates news based on your twitter timeline, Google Reader account, and a smart algorithm. Stories are easy to read and unnecessary ads and links are stripped away. Not only that, it’s a Vancouver-based start up (its technology was started at UBC) that’s created an app worth showing off to friends.

Everybody loves Zite, except for publishers that is. The company has been hit with a cease and decist letter according to Kara Swisher for All Things Digital:

The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones and many other media organizations were part of the action, which you can read all about below.

…“The Zite application is plainly unlawful,” said the letter to Zite CEO Ali Davar, noting all kinds of copyright violations.

In a phone interview with BoomTown this afternoon, Davar said Zite would comply with the letter by shifting the content from its “reading” mode to a Web one, which points to publisher sites.

“It’s a bummer that they did this, but we expected it,” he said.

Zite’s layout is pretty nice, and you should download the current version before the next update is released. This app definitely transforms my iPad 2 into the ultimate news reader.


Click here to download Zite.

[All Things D]

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