News & improved

* Steven Johnson’s has launched some new features and announced funding from, among others, Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham (who write about it here) and Marc Andressen. I care about local and, like Fred, see huge swaths of unclaimed territory there online.

* Andrew Tyndall has long been the authority on network news coverage, but it was hard to get to his stuff because it was a newsletter. Now it’s an impressive site with a grid that lets you view and compare the nets’ coverage of top stories.

(Disclosures: I was asked to join the advisory board for and was on the board of one of Johnson’s earlier companies, which created And I gave Andrew my two cents on his plan in return for a free lunch.)