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Weekly Top Stories: Dec 9-15

1. What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch



Since the rise of the Internet in the ’90s, the web has shown no signs of slowing down. We’ve watched the birth and evolution of social media, e-commerce and online video entertainment.

It’s hard to imagine that the treasured websites we all use today were at one point just scribbles on a piece of paper, or the brainchild of a 19-year-old college student. With the help of the Wayback Machine, which provides screenshots of any website imaginable from its inception until now, we’re can view the original designs and content of the most visited websites in the U.S.

Seeing how far the world has come in terms of web design, where do you foresee us heading next?

 

2. New Twitter: 25 Tips and Tricks for Savvy Tweeters



The reorganized and refashioned Twitter.com is a markedly different beast than it was just 48 hours ago [Dec 7]. Now millions of users who call Twitter’s web destination home are looking for help. Perhaps just 25 soupcons of it. If so, look no further than this list of 25 new Twitter tips. Read More

 

3. Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)



Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll — which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world. Read More

 

4. Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels



Imagine a new hot-dog selling venture. Let’s also say there’s only one supplier to purchase hot dogs from. Instead of simply charging a fixed price for hot dogs, that supplier demands the HIGHER of the following: $1 per hot dog sold OR $2 for every customer served OR 50 percent of all revenues for anything sold in the store.In addition, the supplier requires a two-year minimum order of 300 hot dogs per day, payable all in advance. If fewer hot dogs are sold, there is no refund. If more than 300 hot dogs are sold each day, payments to the supplier are generated by calculating $2 per customer or 50 percent of total revenues, so an additional payment is due to the supplier. After the first two years, the supplier can unilaterally adjust any of the pricing terms and the shop can never switch suppliers. Read More
 

5. Time’s Person of The Year



No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world. Read More

 

Summify Launches Redesign: Our New Look

The Summify pirate army has been hard at work pushing out updates, improvements and we recently passed the 2 Billion story mark!

2 Billion Stories

And there lies our insight. If we’re sleek and simple in how we deliver your news, isn’t it time that we start looking the part? Our makeup artists have cleared, the wood look is gone and the new Summify is here: simple, fresh and clean, with more pictures and Instapaper!

Email Summary

A simple flow with everything left-aligned: headline > contributors > excerpt.

Summify's New Email Summary

Web Summary

Summify's New Web Summary

Profile Picture – visitors can now see who is behind each Summary. The picture is pulled from your Twitter or Facebook account. Edit your picture in settings > Profile

About Me – give people a taste of who you are in a few more words than Twitter (200 character max). Found underneath your name. Edit your bio in settings > Profile.

Accounts – easily view a Summifyer’s social accounts. Found to the right of their bio. Manage your accounts in settings > accounts

More Summaries – under each profile picture, you will find buttons to previous and more recent summaries from that user.

Your News – headlines and excerpts now appear on top of each story’s image, contributors now appear on the right side of each story, filters have not changed, and share buttons are placed underneath each story, on the right side.

Social Bar

The Social Bar appears at the top of your screen when you view a story on the web. New additions to the bar include the “Summary” icon, which returns you to your Summary, as well as up and down arrows that will send you to your previous and next story, respectively.

One more thing…

The highly anticipated integration with Instapaper is fully functional. To read your stories later, click the Instapaper button: in your email Summary; in your web Summary, under each story; or inside the “Share” button, found on the Social Bar as you view a story.

So there you have it. Just like we recommend that most people take a shower in the morning, it was time for us to take our own advice, and clean up a little. We feel like we’re getting a bit closer to having the total package, but we want to know what you think.

Do we have the looks to back up our brains? Leave a comment and tell us what you think. What we really want to know is, will you go steady and stand by us?

Summify Launches iPhone App


July 8, 2011

After receiving mountains of requests for a mobile app, we set off to discover the best way to make your social summaries mobile. Three months later, we have some exciting results to share with you. Summify for iPhone is here!

Our goal was to create an app that would deliver a beautiful user experience and make it easy to consume the five or ten stories that matter most. Most notable are the large images and standout headlines, designed to keep your focus on what’s important – the stories. You will also enjoy the intuitive navigation, automatic summary notifications, and the ability to manage settings right from your iPhone. The all-new, graphically rich redesign is just a sneak peak of what is yet to come.

Rating and Feedback

Now the rest is up to you! Try out the app and take a second to rate it if you like it!
Good ratings help get Summify in front of more people who might find it really useful. If you’re not quite satisfied with the app, we’re always here to listen. Consider yourself an extension of the team here at Summify. If you don’t speak up, everyone could be missing out on a great idea or improvement. Just drop us an email at team@summify.com
with your feedback – we love to hear it all!

Screenshots:

News Summary (left), Reactions found under each individual story (right)

Individual Story (left), Share Screen (right)

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