Liz Gannes

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Betaworks Takes Over News-Saving App Instapaper

Betaworks has bought Instapaper, the read-it-later service built and run by Marco Arment. The widely read developer said on his blog today that he wanted to focus on other projects, and Betaworks — which is also in the midst of revamping Digg — would give Instapaper the staff and attention it deserved. While Instapaper had sustained itself as a paid app, competitor Pocket already took the company-building route and raised $7.5 million over two rounds.


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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