May 12, 2011 12:39 ET

Zapaday Launches Open News Agenda

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - The Dutch company Zapaday today launches an open news agenda and public calendar. The website,, offers the world's most comprehensive source of information about the future. Visitors can register for a preview of the site, which is now in Alpha. In June, the site will be freely accessible for everyone.

For journalists and bloggers, Zapaday is an open news agenda, with next weeks' news. Stefan Hoevenaar, founder of Zapaday: "The internet makes most news old news, instantly. Journalism is now finding new roles, focusing on background stories, opinions and news previews. An open news agenda supports that change. We believe news agendas should be open and free."

Existing news agendas from Reuters or AFP are tightly closed and cost thousands of dollars per month. Hoevenaar: "Existing news agendas are expensive and have arbitrary coverage. Zapaday wants to improve, involving technology and its users. Our bots scan the internet for future news and events. Users are editors and decide what's important, like on Wikipedia."

In addition to being a news agenda, is a global public calendar that includes festivals, product launches, conferences, awards, holidays, sports and elections. Professional users can use Zapaday to plan ahead while travellers can check what's up at their next destination. Zapaday wants to fill the gap that Google left open when it closed its Public Calendar service, early 2009.

Zapaday targets an international audience. Once Zapaday has built a user community it will offer additional premium services.

About Zapaday is an open news agenda and a global public calendar. Zapaday believes news agendas should be open and free. Zapaday is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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