I thought the biggest offenses were the addition of CNN News (CNN owns Zite) and the What's Popular on Zite sections. Many users, myself included, felt that forcing content was unwarranted and unwanted in an app that prided itself for being personalized.
Guess what? Zite has fixed these issues in the new Zite 2.2 version, released today. There is now a software switch that lets you turn those two features off. If you liked CNN News and What's Popular, you can turn them on, but if you don't, you can nuke both features.
That's the kind of responsiveness that is rare in the software business. Zite CEO Mark Johnson and I have had several talks about the Zite feature set over the past months, and he agreed a lot of users weren't too happy with some of the changes. I think having a preference switch is the best of all possible worlds.
There are some other notable new features in this latest Zite, which should be in the App Store as you read this. Topic tags can now be accessed directly from stories. A feature I really like is the ability to view an image gallery from photos in an article. Tap an image, and you get a slide show on a pleasing black background. There are a few other UI tweaks, but regular Zite users won't find anything to complain about.