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We're now at T-minus one week and counting before Google Reader shuffles off this mortal coil, which means it's crunch time for anyone looking to replace the RSS feed service with one of their own. One of the more high-profile solutions is coming this week from Digg, but it looks like AOL is also planning to dip its toes into that sizable pond with a beta service of its own, part of our weekend recap for this fine Monday.
Virgin Mobile USA's website announced Friday that the iPhone 5 will be finally be available for its no-contract customers starting this Friday, June 28. Available in black or white, the 16GB model will be available from participating Virgin dealers and RadioShack retail stores for $549.99, with the option to buy the 32GB ($649.99) or 64GB ($749.99) models directly from the company's website. While the up-front cost may be steep, Virgin customers will save a bundle in the long run thanks to Beyond Talk plans starting at $35 per month, including unlimited data (2.5GB per month at full speed) and text messaging. Those who choose to auto-pay will save even more, with an additional $5 per month lopped off their bills.
At this writing, the demise of Google Reader is only a week away, and companies big and small are racing to fill the void that will be left by it. On Friday, a curious new contender was outed in the form of Aol Reader, a web and mobile-based solution that promises to bring "all your favorite websites, in one place," complete with an API to implement the service into existing applications. There's just one small hitch: It isn't actually live quite yet, despite the sign-in page giving the impression that it is. The service appears to be live as of Monday morning and we were able to log in with our own AOL account, but the service requires manually importing feeds from Google Reader and uploading seems to be choking, at least for now. AOL users can log in by heading to reader.aol.com!
Ever wondered how plug-in makers have fared since the introduction of Final Cut Pro X two years ago? For CrumplePop, life has been quite good -- which may come as a surprise to those who abandoned Apple's video editor software for supposedly greener pastures. CrumplePop was one of the first to throw their full commitment into FCPX, and plug-ins made for the platform quickly became their best-selling products "almost overnight," followed by a virtual explosion of support for the platform. "Empowered by the excellent development tools Apple had made available in Motion 5, and inspired to a greater or lesser extent by CrumplePop, a bunch of new players jumped in," the company notes on its blog, which is well worth a read for anyone invested in the latest version of Apple's software.
MacRumors reported Friday that Apple CEO Tim Cook has requested to have one million restricted stock units awarded based on his future performance. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple's Board of Directors granted the request, which now awards Cook bonus stock based on his leadership of the company, rather than how long he remains in that position. Under the original plan, Cook would have been awarded 100,000 shares in August 2016, the same amount five years later and the remainder over the course of the formerly 10-year span.
End users may not realize it, but most app developers are men, a situation that Smile Software's Jean MacDonald hopes to correct this summer with App Camp for Girls. Last week, the non-profit organization announced it had reached and exceeded its $50,000 goal in only three days, which secures the first full camp session which takes place August 19 through 23 this year. The outfit is now reaching for a bigger $100,000 stretch goal, which will help launch plans for next summer's event, and hopefully an expansion beyond the current Portland, Oregon locale. At this writing, the Indiegogo campaign is fast approaching $69,000, so the stretch goal seems to be within reach, with over three weeks left to go.
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