Liz Gannes

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Read It Later Trades in Its Literal Name for the More Open-Ended “Pocket”

The most popular source of content on the service Read It Later is YouTube. Thus, its once eminently grokkable name didn’t make as much sense anymore.

So, starting today, Read It Later will be called Pocket. All the San Francisco-based company’s apps will be made free, with a fresh coat of paint today and a freemium model to be introduced later.

Pocket has 4.5 million users who save 400,000 items per day. It’s integrated into apps like Zite, Flipboard and Twitter, and it’s available for iOS, Kindle Fire, Android, Google Chrome and Firefox.

Usage stats from Pocket/Read It Later


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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