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News ByteInstapaper, 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.
News ByteRecent Twitter defector Ian Ownbey will soon join Branch, the New York-based start-up aimed at curating “high-quality public discourse.” Engineer Ownbey will move to the East Coast to join Branch’s eight-man outfit, which is backed and mentored by the Obvious Corporation, a group composed of ex-Twitterers Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman. Branch’s other investors include SV Angel, Betaworks and Lerer Ventures (and more), with advisers such as Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed.