End of the Daily Wrap

The Daily Wrap was my experiment to improve my news writing and to demonstrate the abilities of my news aggregation website SafetyFist.com. Unfortunately, like most experiments, it had to end eventually and I have moved onward to other pressing projects, including finding new ways to improve and advance SafetyFist.com. While I am no longer writing it, I am still a very big fan of curated news and would love to see the further development of this segment of online journalism and media.

I am often amazed at the number of people I talk to who don't bother to keep up with the news of the day. And with almost every one, their primary reason is usually that they don't have enough time to do it. With so many different news topics and so many different news sources, it is sometimes hard to make enough time in the day to keep up with everything that has happened, yet alone truly digest the meaning and impact of it all. That is why curated news providers can be extremely helpful in keeping those with busy schedules truly informed.

I hope those who utilized my curated news will find other sources that you can enjoy. Some bits of data I collected through the last couple of months may be found rather interesting though.

- During the periods of February to April, I saw an increase in readership from China and Russia.

- Viewership for news related articles increased at a faster rate an average of three days after the date of posting. Most of those views were from Google searches asking what happened on that date.

- From my available information, it seems that people clicked through on only around 11% of all links posted.

Monday News - 4/15/13


To read more on the Boston Marathon bombing, check out my article on the Examiner.com.

Today was not a good day.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing at least 3 and injuring over 144. Authorities have no idea of the motive or individual(s) behind the attack. President Obama spoke out against the attack while users all over the internet spread photos, videos, and more of the unfolding news.

In Iraq, bombs killed more than 30 people across the country as citizens prepared for upcoming elections. Over 15 Sunni minority electoral candidates have been assassinated in the last few weeks as concerns rise over the political stability of the recently occupied country.

North Korea celebrated a country-wide holiday, marking the 101st birthday of the deceased dictator of the communist country. The regime also took time to issue a new ultimatum to South Korea in the on-going nuclear stand-off in the Asia-Pacific.

Syria's opposition suffered a major setback as Assad's government forces broke through a six-month blockage in the norther region of the country. The news comes as the U.S. State Department announced plans to host a Google+ Hangout to discuss U.S. foreign policy.

Venezuela elected a new president, much to the protest and calls for a ballot recount from opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

Gold prices plummeted today as speculators sold off holdings over concerns of a possible sell-off of excess gold reserves by Cyprus.

Dish Network offered a $25.5 billion bid to buy Sprint Nextel in an effort to undermine any possible attempts at competitive buyout offers.

Pinterest makes its way to Barnes & Noble's Nook.

Rumors spread about Apple's interest in taking on debt to offer a large dividend payout to investors as Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn starts hiring in preparation for the iPhone 5s.

The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the issue of companies placing patents on human genome sequences while refusing to hear a case from New York on gun control laws.



Friday News - 4/12/13

Divided by topics today

Technology

Sites running on the content management system WordPress are at risk of being brute force hacked and made into part of a suspected super botnet. Experts warn that if you run a site using WordPress, update your security settings now.

Verizon Wireless extended their 20 month upgrade policy out to 24 months and then announced it would offer one year payment plans for smartphones and tablets costing more than $349.99.

The Association of American Publishers announced a shift in publishing sales for 2012 with ebook sales making up 22.5% of the industries revenue.


Facebook Home debuted officially for Android phones, where users can now access multiple features of Facebook directly from a custom home screen.

Dish Network is rumored to be in talks with T-mobile on a potential merger in an attempt by the satellite service provider to move into the Wireless market.

International

Japan experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake off its western shoreline. The quake (which caused no damage) occurred on the same day the U.S. agreed to begin discussions with the country on inclusion in a slow developing Asia-Pacific free trade agreement.

China warned North Korea to not "misjudge" the current budding crisis against South Korea and the United States. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in South Korea on Thursday, warned against any planned missile launch. North Korea responded by threatening Japan with a nuclear attack if Japan tried to use any counter measures to prevent a North Korean missile launch.

Israel fired artillery into neighboring Syria again after Israeli troops reported receiving gunfire across the Syrian/Israeli border. Israeli soldiers also clashed with Palestinians in the West Bank as people threw rocks and protested over the beating of a man by Jewish settlers.

Science

Researchers have found a correlation between the length of time it takes to prepare dinner and the amount of exercise American adults are willing to do.

New species of porcupine found in Brazil.

Other Bits

U.S. army recruits Zombie novelist to train troops on disasters.


Comedian Jonathan Winters died at the age of 87 today.