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.

Our favorite tech long reads of 2011

The Internet is flooded with thousands of tech articles every day. Buried among all of the breaking news, reblogs, how-tos and product reviews are some great long-form journalism gems. Instead of falling out of favor with today’s short-attention-span-having readers, solid and deeply reported features actually saw a resurgence in 2011, thanks to tools such as Instapaper, smartphones and tablets, and dedicated e-readers.