Read It Later
Free Me Uhm
Readability is a close cousin of Instapaper: both beautifully and minimally designed “read it later” apps built right here in New York. The two have even collaborated. But while Instapaper’s Marco Arment dropped the free version of his app and now charges everyone $4.99, Readability just announced it’s dropped the paid version and making all its features, which included unlimited access to reading list, favorites and an archive, for free.
You might not be a readability user, but chances are if you’re a tablet owner, you’re relying on their technology everyday.
“It’s a very popular tool,” says Rich Ziade, founder partner of Readability, about the text parsing tool the company developed under the Apache license. “When you’re on an device from Apple or Amazon and you click through to the article view, that’s Readability you’re using.”
Does he regret that his small startup won’t ever benefit from licensing fees these large tech giants could easily afford to pay? “I try not to dwell on the past,” said Mr. Ziade with a wry chuckle. “I think we’re still at the beginning of this movement towards a more readable web.”
The Start-Up Rundown
Out on the fringes of web idealism, where theories of the near future are being formed, Betabeat came across the musing of Brooklynite Cameron Koczon, aka Fictive Cameron.
Taking as his starting point Instapaper and Readability, two New York apps enjoying growing success, Koczon identifies the notion of content shifting, taking an article or Read More
This week in New York start-ups:
ADSTRUC WANTS YOU. The company that made it onto Betabeat’s list of 10 Disruptive New York Start-Ups for giving outdoor billboard advertising the Adsense treatment is looking for a front-end dev.
TUMBLR DOWN. That is all.
FOURSQUARE STOPPING UP THE CRACKS. Foursquare went all https:// today, a process that started more than seven months ago. The more secure protocol will safeguard users against simple hacks like Firesheep, a Firefox plugin released in the fall that made it easy even for non-hackers to steal passwords submitted over an unencrypted connection. To be fair to Tumblr, Betabeat did notice that Foursquare’s servers were down earlier today as well.
Apple rejected the New York-based Readability’s app, which strips ads from content, on the grounds that it refreshes content without adhering to the new Apple rules seemingly designed for subscription-based content providers such as magazines and Hulu.
Not fair, Readability cried, loudly, in an open letter yesterday that said the new Read More