Flipboard Acquires Zite

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Today we’re thrilled to welcome the Zite team to Flipboard and to announce our partnership with CNN. As a news-loving entrepreneur, I’ve long admired the work of both of these companies: Zite has always amazed me with its ability to give readers great content centered around specific topics—tens of thousands of them—and CNN has long been a pioneering force for 24/7 news coverage around the world.

We acquired Zite from CNN to address something we’ve heard from a lot of you: although you can already read thousands of sources from over 20 regions on Flipboard, you want easier and better ways to discover content about the things that matter to you. Adding Zite’s expertise in personalization and recommendations to Flipboard’s product experience and powerful curator community will create an unparalleled personal magazine for our millions of readers.

While the Zite and Flipboard teams integrate and dive into this work together, Zite users should know that they can continue to use the existing Zite app and will soon be able to enjoy a great Zite experience on Flipboard. We’ll be sure to share more details as they’re available. I am so excited for what lies ahead.

~MikeM is curating “The Designer Standard
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Pictured: Zite Co-founder and CTO Mike Klaas (left) and Flipboard CEO Mike McCue

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Headline News: CNN Comes to Flipboard

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In 1980, in a former country club in Atlanta, Ted Turner launched America’s first 24-hour news channel. “We won’t be signing off until the world ends,” he said. “We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world—live—and that will be our last event.”

During the intervening 34 years, the Cable News Network has reported on countless wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, celebrity imbroglios, murders, mayhem, the rise and fall of governments, and the lives and deaths of the most notable and notorious people on Planet Earth. And though sometimes it might seem as if the world is about to end, it hasn’t. CNN is always there and ever-growing, beamed into nearly 90% of American homes with cable or satellite—nearly 100 million households—and on-air in 212 countries.

Today, CNN is also fully available on Flipboard, where its been paginated and re-designed for mobile audiences. In addition to round-the-clock news, tech, business, entertainment and myriad other topical reports from CNN and CNN International, our readers will be able to tap into show feeds such as Anderson Cooper 360, The Lead with Jake Tapper, Crossfire, Inside Politics, The Situation Room, and more. Top Videos and Popular Videos will also be available.

As if that’s not enough CNN content, several of the network’s top personalities are launching magazines on Flipboard, extending the reach of—and conversations around—their shows:

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  • The Lead with Jake Tapper: The Lead’s magazine offers in depth news and analysis on today’s leads as curated by Jake and The Lead team.

  • GPS Daily: Fareed Zakaria’s magazine asks you to explore global issues and engage with diverse and unique perspectives.

  • Go “Inside Politics”: John King’s magazine is compiled of the biggest stories, sourced from him and other CNN talent and producers.

We also had a chance to interview many of these anchor/curators at CNN bureaus in Washington, DC, and New York City. They’ll take you on a tour of their careers, talk about this incredible time in journalism, and reflect on the people, events and content that’s moved and inspired them.

~JoshQ is currently reading “Guitar Workshop
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New on Flipboard for Android: Log in With Google

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Today’s Android update includes the smoothest way yet to create a Flipboard account: simply log in with Google. If you don’t have a Flipboard account, tap the red ribbon in the upper-right corner, go to My Flipboard, then Create, to see the Google login option.

Why should you get a Flipboard account? Well, if you own more than one mobile device (for example, a phone and a tablet), an account allows you to access your personalized Flipboard everywhere. Sign in and all your subscriptions and settings will be instantly available. An account also enables you to save things you find into your own magazines. Join the community of more than six million magazines on Flipboard so far, or keep your magazines private (viewable only to you) and save articles to read later.

Here are three more great features exclusive to Flipboard for Android:

Choose More, or Fewer, Articles Displayed on Each Page: Tap to view any section or magazine, then go to the three-dot menu in the top right and pick Layout Density Options. Choose High to scan articles quickly and see more on each page. Select Low for a more leisurely reading mode, with larger photos, more text preview and fewer articles per page. Smart is the default mode. You can also select your preferred Layout Density Option for just that particular section, or for everything on your Flipboard.

Mobile Data Options: If you have a limited data plan, you can adjust how Flipboard uses your mobile data. Go to Settings, where you’ll see the option to Reduce Data Usage in three ways: “Full Data Use” does not limit mobile data; “On Demand” only downloads content you select; and “Don’t Use Mobile Data” downloads content only when on a WiFi connection.

Add Your Own Photos to Your Magazines: You can add photos stored locally on your Android device to your magazines. Go to Gallery, then tap on the photo you want. Tap the Android share icon in the top right, then select Flipboard in the drop-down list. Pick the magazine you want to flip into. You can also add a comment and share the photo to your social networks.

~DeanneC is currently reading “Made Miniature
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Flipping for Oscar

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It’s time to put the finishing touches on your Oscar picks, get your hors d’oeuvres ready and put that bubbly on ice—the Academy Awards air this Sunday. Ellen DeGeneres returns for the first time in seven years as host, and The Wizard of Oz will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the presence of Judy Garland’s children. Pink will be there, plus all the Best Song nominees will perform their numbers, including U2, Pharrell, Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Idina Menzel, who will sing “Let It Go” from Frozen (reason alone to let the kids stay up past their bedtime).

We’ve got special sections to help you follow along, in English and, for the first time, Spanish. (With Mexico’s Alfonso Cuarón up for Best Director for Gravity, we thought there might be special interest this year from readers in the U.S. and Latin America.) Start flipping now to inform your picks and get situated with the scene; then after the show, catch up on what went down, what they wore, and more.

~MiaQ is reading “All Basses Covered
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Vogue India Finds a Home on Flipboard

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When Priya Tanna was hired, at 32, to helm Vogue India in 2007, she was one of the youngest editors running an international edition of the fashion behemoth.

Starting from issue No. 1, “BollyVogue,” Tanna made it clear that she would cater to local readers and not just focus on international fashion. Issues draw heavily from the beloved world of Bollywood, as well as local Indian designers, models and tastemakers. Tanna would even put the same star on the cover twice within one year if it meant pleasing her readers.

Now made for Flipboard, Vogue India is a treat no matter where you live. Tap on the badge below to flip through pages of colorful style, local shopping destinations, and some seriously beautiful people.

~MiaQ
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We’d Like to Know More About You

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You can search for anything on Flipboard, but when it comes to what we recommend to you, we strive to offer a carefully curated experience, with content you’ll enjoy reading, watching and listening to. As part of this effort, we’d love to learn a bit more about you via a brief survey. It should take just a few minutes to complete, and your answers will help us tremendously.

Click here to take the survey.

Thank you,
~The Flipboard Team
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The Week in Review: Sayonara, Sochi!

Like many other people, I’ve been watching the Olympics, but I’ve been paying closer attention to the athletes from my home area (Japan). What touched me most was the performance of a female Japanese figure skater, Mao Asada. She was a Vancouver Olympics silver medalist and had high hopes for placing on the podium. However, on her first day, during the “short program,” she made numerous mistakes and fell. She came in 16th place—too far for a comeback.

Just one night after this disastrous showing, Asada delivered a brilliant performance in the “free program,” scoring a career high. She nailed all of her most difficult jumps. Afterward, she broke into tears of relief and accomplishment. Many people were touched by her strength, focus and will to achieve.

How have these Olympics treated you? As the Games close on Sunday, we’d like to do a final shoutout to some of our favorite magazines featuring news from Sochi and behind-the-scenes stories. Relive the excitement!

Figure Skating: Sochi 2014 by Aida B.: After the sensation of 15-year-old Russian star Yulia Lipnitskaya, Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal. Review the drama in figure skating news.

Sochi: 2014 Winter Olympics by Rachel: Anything from ice hockey to ski jumping to figure skating, this is the source for all things Sochi.

Sochi 2014: Photos by Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune put together high quality photo gallery that captured the athletes top moments.

The Art of Sochi by Derek Evans: This magazine collects many interesting and cool works of art, including editorial illustrations and even ice carvings.

All the Sochi Ladies. by Mike Street: Including figure skater Gracie Gold and alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso, read about the inspirational female athletes in Sochi.

Have a favorite magazine? Let us know by sending an email to featured@flipboard.com.

~YasukoK, who’s reading/curating [ピックアップ]
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The King of Curl: A “Flipboard Story”

Jerome Larson, 73, has endured a few strokes, has an ongoing heart condition and at times loses his sense of balance. But none of that stops him from returning to the curling rink.

Between the roar of 44-pound kettle-shaped granite stones sliding across the ice, the hollering of patrons yelling “sweep!” and the distinct thump of stones colliding, the curling scene has served as Larson’s second home for the past 50 years. Just last year, thanks to his life-long effort to popularize curling in the U.S., he was inducted into the United States Curling Association’s Hall of Fame. People call him the “Johnny Appleseed of curling,” a moniker he’s a bit embarrassed by but embraces. “I’m proud of that,” he says, adding quickly, “hopefully not prideful.”

With the Olympics taking place in Sochi, we thought it’d be a good time to share Larson’s tale in an experimental format that we’re calling a “Flipboard Story.” Stories are Flipboard magazines, comprised of audio, text, photos and animated GIFs—all accompanied by a voiceover, hosted on SoundCloud, that tell a narrative. The reporting, photography and narration are original.

Check out the King of Curl* by tapping the badge below.

Editor’s Note: Connect your device to a WiFi network to optimize your experience. Then, press play on the SoundCloud file at the beginning of the magazine. Flip once every 3-4 seconds, and occasionally tap into an image or GIF that interests you. Additionally, there are pull quotes that will help guide you through the narrative. This magazine format only works on Flipboard on phones and tablets, not the Web.

Feedback? Let us know by sending an email to najib@flipboard.com.

~NajibA
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*The music in the King of Curl, “Cylinders Five,” is courtesy of Chris Zabriskie.

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Our Special Valentine for Flipboard MagMakers

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re feeling the love for our community of Flipboard MagMakers.

To express our affection, we’re pleased to unveil our MagMaker Valentine, very special magazine created by Flipboard staff for the talented people who curate the magazines we love to read.

Inside, you’ll see Flipboard designers, engineers, marketers, and editors posing with the magazines they love most. MagMaker Valentine was made with love, and it’s a big wet kiss to everyone who inspires us to pursue our passions.

Take a peek, have a terrific Valentine’s Day, and thank you for creating your magazines on Flipboard!

~ToddL
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Get Cosmopolitan on Flipboard

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Cosmopolitan Magazine has been around for over 100 years—first as a family magazine, then as a literary magazine. But it was as a womens’ magazine—which it became 50 years ago—that Cosmo really found its groove.

Back in the 1960s, Cosmopolitan began to zero in on a new kind of female reader, one who defined herself as fiercely independent, fearless and fun-loving. That was part of the genius of Helen Gurley Brown, a legendary editor whose revolutionary idea was that a single career women could actually enjoy a healthy sex life. Brown, the author of the seminal Sex and the Single Girl, was the right person at the right time—her first issue featured an article on the then-new birth-control pill. Under her stewardship, Cosmo helped readers navigate (and celebrate) the nascent era of sexual liberation.

Starting today, the “Cosmo girl” on Flipboard can immerse herself in paginated articles and galleries that dissect things like celebrity fashions, the best lingerie finds under $50, and “Hot Guys Holding Puppies” (alas, no Ryan Gosling but we’ll recover from that…soon).

Have a sip of Cosmopolitan:

~MiaQ
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