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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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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