Peter Kafka

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Apple Flatters Instapaper. Did It Kill It?


Instapaper developer Marco Arment, via Twitter, shortly after Apple announced “Reading List”, a new iOS 5 feature that appears to closely mirror the features in Arment’s popular iOS app. The silver lining, per Arment: “At least they’re hitting a lot of other apps too. Could be worse.” And then this: “Glad I’ve invested in social and editorial features. Not dead yet!”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work