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Is Zette AI the future of journalism?

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Paywalls. We all hate them, right? What’s more intrusive than a big padlock in front of the content you want to read?

News organisations don’t seem to get that we like to read news from a variety of sources. Each publisher is a walled garden, keeping journalism stuck in boxes, inaccessible to many.

One startup has an ingenious, sustainable solution to the paywall problem.

Introducing Zette

Meet the one-subscription, pay-per-article solution that’s pioneering a future where the news is never off limits. 

With a simple installation into your Chrome browser, you can unlock paywalls in one click. Your Zette account comes with credits that refill every month. Want to access an article? One credit equals one article unlock.

It’s a win-win: you aren’t forced into a subscription for a specific news site, and the journalist is paid for every view.

It’s true journalism without barriers, and over 50,000 people have already signed up.

Zette’s AI finds better content for you

Zette isn’t just a paywall remover, its AI tool carefully helps you unearth hidden gems and find articles you’ll love reading. 

Many paywalled articles see little coverage on social media. A lower readership prevents the article from spreading widely. Not only do readers miss out on excellent articles, but journalists go under-appreciated, with a far smaller reach for their work. 

Finding and recommending content like this isn’t easy - but that’s what Zette’s AI has set out to master. Readers can sift through articles from 110 (and growing) publishers including Forbes and the Miami Herald, all while Zette’s AI algorithm auto-magically recommends content to you based on your reading history.

A lightbulb moment for ex-journalist founder Yehong Zhu

Zette’s founder, Yehong Zhu, is a Harvard graduate and a 30 under 30 honoree who had the idea for Zette while working as a business journalist for Forbes.

It came as a true Eureka moment for Zhu - the “Spotify model” but for news! Why should all the news orgs compete for clicks and attention when they could instead share a larger revenue pool? 

Not only will publishers be paid per view, but journalists and their most important stories can now make a bigger splash.

With publishers fighting a losing battle against paid subscriptions for their sites, it’s clear they need to find an alternative method to monetise content. That method is Zette.

Zette solves the paywall problem and frees journalism from walled gardens. With over $1.7M raised in funding, and 5x year-on-year growth - it's clear Zette has a big future, and could forever change the future of media.

Join hundreds of investors democratizing access to journalism

Zette’s first equity crowdfunding round closes soon - with limited investment slots (starting at $250) that are selling out fast.

Once their round is closed, it’s closed—so don’t miss the chance to help revolutionize journalism for good!

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AI Image or Real? - The Results!

Yesterday we asked you to vote on an image and guess whether it was a real photo or an AI-generated image.

Yesterday we asked you to vote on an image and guess whether it was a real photo or an AI-generated image.

What did you think?

55 % said made with AI…
45 % said real photo…

It was… Real! Did we fool you this time?

This was taken by Photographer Lany-Jade Mondou.

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Microsoft is updating its Notepad app for Windows 11 by adding spellcheck.

This new feature is available for testers now and rolling out to everyone later this year.

It highlights misspelt words in red and offers corrections with a right-click, just like in Word and Edge.

It also includes autocorrect and supports multiple languages.

Users can customise spellcheck settings for different file types or disable it for coding-related files, as noted by Dave Grochocki from Microsoft.

Notepad's spellcheck joins recent updates like a character count, autosave without prompts, dark mode, tabs, Copilot AI integration, and even a virtual fidget spinner.

The humble notepad, every coder’s best friend, is becoming a powerful tool in its own right!

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