Los Angeles – A consortium of media firms that includes
Advance Publications, the Associated Press, Dow Jones, Gannett, McClatchy,
Scripps and Time has issued a cease-and-desist warning to Zite, an iPad app
that aggregates news stories from various sources, Wired.com reported.
culls articles based on a user’s activity on Twitter and Google Reader, and lets users fine-tune their feed of content with ratings.
systematically reformatting, republishing, and redistributing our original
content on a mass commercial scale without our permission in your iPad
application, Zite directly and adversely impacts our businesses," the
letter from the publishers reads.
Zite responded in a blog post by saying that it would alter its
application settings for the affected publishers from "reading mode"
to "web view mode."