News.me is a personalized social news reading application for the Apple iPad. It’s an app that lets you browse, discover and read articles that other people are seeing in their Twitter streams. These streams are filtered and ranked using algorithms developed by the bitly team to extract a measure of social relevance from the billions of clicks and shares in the bitly data set. This is fundamentally a different kind of social news experience. I haven’t seen or used anything quiet like it before. Rather than me reading what you tweet, I read the stream that you have selected to read — your inbound stream.
But that apparently doesn’t matter much to two of the nation’s largest retailers, because they aren’t planning to develop any new stores in Austin for the foreseeable future.
Less than a month in the New York Times says it already has 100,000 paying customers for its newly installed paywall.