CircLabs: In the News

Prior to 2013

CircLabs Inc. is a development-stage research company part owned by the University of Missouri and incubated at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. An initial service, the "Circulate Bar" was prototyped in 2010 and discontinued. The coverage below dates from this period and is maintained as a matter of openness and transparency. It does not describe the current Newshare/Circulate prototype effort underway as of August, 2013.

Our Most Memorable Stories of 2009, by Paul Gillin
A team of veteran journalists and news technologists joined forces to create a technology to enhance the Web browsing experience while creating a new revenue stream for content producers. Startup CircLabs is developing a tool that learns from the user's online behavior to deliver recommendations for relevant content. Founders include three top officials from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

Foundation's gift will help Missouri journalism school, by Peter Krowiak
The Daily Tell, August 31, 2009 (Cached version via Google)
[W]ork and seed money from the RJI helped establish a Silicon-Valley start-up called CircLabs. CircLabs' first product, Circulate, is slated to go forward in 2010. Circulate incorporates social networking, news, and a content sales and management service which gives people a way to get news that is focused on their particular concerns.

Is Circulate the Geritol the news industry needs? by Ken Doctor
Content Bridges – July 7, 2009
Think of it as updated Geritol, a tonic for an industry with tired blood. Its founders call it Circulate, and it's the latest "solution" to address the woes of newspapers. It aims to get the blood flowing – online – by re-directing readers to more like content, newspaper content, by and large.

Circulate: a user-centric solution to help publishers monetise online content, Paris – July 2, 2009
"The CircLabs team decided to look for a user-centric solution to monetise online content through improving the user news experience, as opposed to what Langeveld sees as publisher-centric solutions that focus on how to charge users for content. Charging users for content could indeed be incorporated into Circulate, but he does not see it as the main source of revenue. Rather, what Circulate hopes to do is essentially make it easier for people to find the news they are interested in, hence encouraging them to read more and therefore increasing traffic to and engagement time on newspaper websites, offering greater advertising opportunities."

Martin Langeveld: "Los periódicos deben crear redes sociales alrededor de las noticias", Madrid, Spain – July 2, 2009
English translation

News in a new way podcast
LeftAhead – June 30, 2009
"It's an ambitious project with powerful goals."

Paying for news content: the continuum spreads wider, by Steve Outing – June 26, 2009
"Circulate is foremost an 'intelligent news agent' that always travels with you around the web... This is a nice scheme: Local ads follow you everywhere, and the local publisher that sold you the Circulate membership can charge higher CPMs for the ads. In theory, the newspaper gets to sell ads into any website that you happen to visit, vastly extending the reach of a single news organization far beyond the walls of its own online properties."

Details emerge for digital media startup, by Kevin Anderson
PDA: The digital Content Blog, Guardian, UK – June 24, 2009
"Paying for professional journalism is a question keeping news executives up at night during this recession, and I wanted to find out more about how the service hopes to answer that question. Jeff Vander Clute, the president of CircLabs which is developing Circulate, cast the service as a way to provide a 'more intelligent browsing experience for users'."

News after newspapers
Richmond Schreve, OpEdNews &ndash June 24, 2009

A look at CircLabs' plans to track your browsing to serve news (and ads), by Tameka Kee
Paid Content – June 22, 2009
"The company (a spin-out from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, or RJI), calls Circulate a 'personal information agent,' since it will learn a user's content preferences over time and then let them share it over various social networks. CircLabs is betting that people will want the convenience of a one-stop content hub that 'knows' what they want to read–instead of having to sift through multiple sources (RSS feeds, e-newsletters and visiting sites, for example)."

CircLabs' Bill Densmore on tracking readers' habits to build new revenue streams for news organizations, by Joshua Benton
Nieman Journalism Lab – June 22, 2009

How to cash in on content? by Kevin Anderson
PDA: The digital Content Blog, Guardian, UK – June 22, 2009

Circulate enters the fray: holistic, user-centric content discovery tool, by Martin Langeveld
News After Newspapers – June 21, 2009

Charging readers for news: not if, but how? by Emma Heald
Editors Weblog – June 10, 2009

CircLabs, a new project to help sustain newspapers, by Sara Majka
Media Giraffe Project – June 5, 2009

New player in the race to save journalism, by Jason Turbow
Mediabistro/BayNewser – May 29, 2009

Paying for news online – is this the beta model? by Michael Miner
Chicago Reader – May 28, 2009

CircLabs introduces "personalized news syndication" service, by Emily Dilling
SFNblog – May 28, 2009

Researcher-entrepreneur JV Circlabs to offer publishers new ad-targeting service, by Tameka Kee
Paid Content – May 27, 2009

Announcing Circlabs Inc. – solving news industry problems (video)
Vodpod – May 27, 2009

A new Web application that (might) help pay for the news, by David Westphal
– Dec. 8, 2008
"A permission-based ecosystem assuring privacy that allows you, in a trustworthy way, to share personal information so that content providers and partners can create a structure to provide you with content, applications and incentives tailored to you and your needs."


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