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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus