Kara Swisher

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Google’s News Reader — Now Called Currents — Finally Coming

I was wrong about the rollout timing — I had reported mid-November (sorry, Sean!) — but Google’s entrant into the news reader space is finally set to launch as soon as tomorrow. Sources said the product, which was codenamed Propeller and will compete with a spate of competitors such as Flipboard and Yahoo’s Livestand, is now called Currents (I had gotten that one right!). As in current events. Get it?


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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