Popular news reader Pulse appears to be up for sale, and the purchase may soon come from an unlikely place: Business-minded social network LinkedIn, who could pay upwards of $50 million or more for the service.
The age of new media has left us adrift in a sea of content rudderless, with many different services hoping to navigate in a direction that lands them a sweet cut of ad revenue. Since many of the original turn-of- the-millennium content curators remain as shambling zombies hungry for brains, new upstarts hope to learn from the past when bringing content directly to your device. Thirst, new and ambitious, is gathering a ton of attention and trying to separate itself from the pack.
With mobile media and the Internet taking over as the primary sources of information discovery, soon the cable networks may find themselves as fearful as their print counterparts. Startup NowThisNews aims to to be your one-stop video hub for all of the goings-on in the world. Considering their partnership with Buzzfeed, and big names associated with ABC, CNN and the Washington Post, they just may succeed.
Free news aggregator Taptu isn’t just universal in the sense that it comes with native versions for iPad and iPhone. It also aims to be a truly universal aggregator, letting you read your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams, plus RSS feeds from Google Reader, Bing RSS, or any thousands of sites around the web.
Love news aggregators such as Pulse, Flipboard or Zite? Love them so much you’d be willing to pay for them each week? That’s the concept behind News.me, a “social news app” for the iPad which Bit.ly is preparing to launch in the very near future.