hits the iPhone and builds out a social network for news is a service from the New York-based innovation lab betaworks that filters users’ Twitter and Facebook streams to deliver them the most interesting stories they might have missed. It started out on the iPad only, but today it is launching on the iPhone with some new features.


Google News introduces new tool to highlight quality articles

Google News introduced a new metadata tag to help news publications highlight their original, quality content. The announcement, made today at the Online News Associate conference in Boston, is the latest attempt by Google News to help readers find relevant articles amid the din of the 24-hour online news cycle.

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TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington takes off

Michael Arrington, founder of technology blog TechCrunch and known for his fiery personality and zero tolerance for corporate authority, has “decided” to move on from the San Francisco-based tech news publication.

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News discovery site TrapIt could be Pandora for news stories

TrapIt, an online service that’s designed to help individuals discover new content on the web, launched pretty quietly on Tuesday and is still cruising in a private beta. VentureBeat had a chance to try the site out for a few days. So far it seems a lot like Pandora for news stories — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

News.Me: Another cockamamie NYT subscription service?

Hey, you know how you don’t pay anything for checking out the news stories your friends share on Twitter? Well, the New York Times and Betaworks’ Bitly would like to change that with, a social news aggregator for the iPad that went live the App Store today.