Growing and profitable, Longform releases its first app for iPad

Over an ice coffee on an unseasonably warm January day, Longform co-founder Aaron Lammer took VentureBeat for a test drive through the startup’s new iPad app, which debuts today at noon. The company, which curates the best long form journalism from around the web, is taking a gamble on an expensive $4.99 app, hoping its passionate audience will pony up for a premium experience.

As AOL rushes to local news, Examiner.com is already there

AOL has gotten a lot of ink about its new CEO Tim Armstrong and its attempt to revitalize its presence in media, particularly local media, through Patch.com, a startup Armstrong backed and AOL acquired. But as AOL rushes into local news, it will likely run smack into Examiner.com, which already has a big chunk of the market.