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Digg Reader arrives as another RSS alternative on Android



Digg surprised a lot of RSS users when they announced they were making their own reader, after Google announced their Reader would be retiring a month later. AOL also developed an RSS reader in light of Google Reader’s retirement.

Digg Reader was released little under two months ago for the web and iOS. Betaworks, the company who now owns Digg, has been trying to make the readers on the original Digg platform merge onto Digg Reader and it seems to have worked.

Early signs show Digg Reader has quite a lot of usage, not as much as Feedly or Reeder, but a fair amount for a new RSS reader. It takes queues of the design of previous RSS readers, but has the distinct new Digg look.

The RSS has finally arrived on Android, after a few weeks delay, the company is trying to get Digg Reader on as many platforms as possible, but for now Android, iOS and the web are the three main.

The Android app looks almost identical to the iOS app, there is the obvious button changes on Android to fit with the design, but other than that they are virtually the same application.

Digg Reader is currently free for anyone and we doubt it will be long before the company offers a pro version of the app. Feedly Pro was just announced a few weeks ago, allowing users to pay $45 a year to get some enhancements.


Digg Reader for iOS rollout is complete, now Web version



Digg Reader for iOS is complete and now the company will begin bringing the Web version out to the million who signed up. The official figures are around 3.3 million Digg Reader users.

Digg integrated the RSS reader into the original app, meaning anyone who used Digg for iOS at the time got the update. This means Digg’s audience has increased due to its original userbase.

We are unsure how many will continue to use Digg Reader for RSS, it has some cool features, but there are now a few alternatives to choose from, including AOL, Feedly and possibly Facebook soon.

Source: TNW

Digg ready to bring Google Reader replacement by June



We recently heard Digg wanted to grab a slice of Google Reader’s lost userbase. Google announced RSS feeder was closing on July 1st, surprising many faithful users of the RSS service.

However, Feedly, Reeder and other solutions have gained a lot of popularity in the past few weeks because of Google Reader closing. Digg may gain some of this user base as well, if they can get their new RSS reader out in time.

Betaworks Buyout 

Digg was bought by Betaworks a few months ago, after the company found themselves in bitter times. After previously turning down multi-million dollar offers from Google and other major companies, they settled for a poor $500,000.

The website was then redesigned and will now be developing a new RSS reader to make reading news easy. Currently, Digg is designed like a message board, with clutter many users will not want.

Paid RSS Service

Digg also announced out of the 8,600 responses to a survey sent out by the company, over 40% said they would be willing to pay for Digg’s reader replacement, if it worked well.

The company will also add some nifty sharing tools onto the reader and will develop mobile applications to go with the main web RSS reader. We expect the company to roll these out at different times.

Digg will have the first beta ready for launch in June, with a full release in July. Digg did say they would have their RSS ready for when Google decides to drop support for Reader.

Betaworks is doing a good job with these recent acquisitions, with Digg and Instapaper both companies with a lot of potential.

We believe Betaworks will progress Digg into the news curation center of the web, although in this day and age, it may be hard with an image board and RSS reader, two outdated ways of reading the news.

Source: The Next Web

Instapaper Bought By Owner of Digg Betaworks

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Instapaper is a paid app that lets you save web articles to read later, this is especially useful when you are away from wifi or when your 3G connection gets a bit sketchy. The app has a small crowd of devoted users how swear by this app and they use it multiple times per day.

Instapaper has now been bought by New York bases the hybrid investor/ incubator/ holding company Betaworks, just last year the company acquired the social news site and shortly after relaunched it hoping to bring back some of the lost users. So it looks like the company is in good hands for the time being.

Words from the Creator and Betaworks CEO

In an email written by John Borthwick CEO and founder of Betaworks said “Starting 14 months ago I began to move Betaworks into being an operating company, In our first three years we were a factory for building companies, we built them and spun them out, hired CEO’s and got other people to fund them. 14 months ago I paid our investors all their money back and started making the shift to operating company.”

The creator of Instapaper Macro Arment wrote in a blog post on his personal blog, explaining how the sale is not a total buy out; Betaworks will only take a majority stake in the app and not buy the thing outright. Arment added “To really shine, it needs a full-time staff of at least a few people, but I wouldn’t be very good at hiring and leading a staff, and after more than five years, I’d like an opportunity to try other apps and creative projects.”

Betaworks has been building around the social reading and discovery market and with the acquisition of Instapaper they are adding more tools for saving and sharing news that’s important to the reader. Brothwick wrote that Instapaper would be a “perfect fit” along side Digg and its new Digg reader, which they hope will fill the gap that Google reader left.

Apple Enters the Fray 

Apple entered onto Instapaper’s home turf two years ago when they added the reading list feature to Safari on iPhone and iPad; reading list allows users to save pages s they can read them later. This new Safari feature then made the decision for user who want to read webpages later $3.99 cheaper.

Even Instapapers creator Arment new that the addition of reading list spelt disaster for the app; he tweeted “Shit” after Apple announced reading list at WWDC 2011 – this conference turned out to be founder Steve Jobs’ last conference.

Digg seems to have benefitted from a change of ownership, in fact the social news site seems to have grown 93 percent over the last year since being relauched by Betaworks. Maybe Betaworks will work their magic on Instapaper if they decide to change the app in anyway and then relaunch it.

Source – TechCrunch  


Digg prepares Google Reader alternative

Google’s announcement to shut down Google Reader on July 1, 2013 sent many loyal fans of the  RSS reader panicking. On the flipside, however, it opened a door of opportunity for other companies to provide replacements for the Google product.


One such company which has announced that it will release a Google Reader alternative is Digg. Digg is more popularly known as a social news website that lets people share web content online as well as vote such content up or down. Google’s announcement, however, prompted the company to break the news about a service that they had been intending to launch sometime around the second half of 2013. Google’s move, shares Digg’s Andrew McLaughlin, convinced them that they should immediately begin their work on the reader.

McLaughlin also revealed that the Digg team had been avid users of Google Reader, but they do recognize the opinion of some people that RSS, in its current form, is possibly outdated.

The reader that Digg is developing will be based on the philosophy that their team had espoused ever since 2010, when they began developing McLaughlin maintains that since that time, they had been committed to developing products that allow readers to discover interesting web content. The new Digg reader will thus take this philosophy into account, and provide users with some features that are similar to what Google Reader had. However, Digg will take Google’s initiative a step further by incorporating content from social media websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, and Hacker News.

To create the Digg reader, the company is presently asking for opinions from those who are interested in the project. These opinions will help identify the needs of the users and guide the creation of one of the successors of Google Reader.

Many of those who posted comments to the article indicated that they want the Digg reader to be simple and clean, much like the Google Reader as it appears today. Some also suggested apps to go with the web version of the Digg reader, as well.

In the statement, McLaughlin also clarified that despite the fact that they are developing a new service, the present Digg will remain.

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