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Marco Arment

My mother always comes up with these get-rich quick ideas whenever I’m looking for new work. Early last summer, when I found myself in such a predicament, she came up to me with this “great business model” she’d been speaking to somebody on the phone about: a distribution model in which I, as a third-party vendor of sorts, contact doctors’ offices and laundromats and other such businesses and sell them advertising-heavy magazines at “discounted” rates. I get to keep a big portion of the cut, pay for some of the print cost for smaller, local publications, and get to tour the city a lot looking for crummy joints who might be interested in my sales pitch.

I told her that there was no way I’d get involved in that — as far as I was concerned, people were all reading the news on their smartphones and tablets. And I was certain that magazines would become digitally replaced as soon as somebody figured out the best way to format a magazine for such devices. I told her I was tempted to get in on it and make a curated news app myself, just so I could prove to her that the market for paper magazines was seriously diminishing by comparison.

Well, Marco Arment beat me to it and his newest app, fittingly (and maybe a little egotistically) named The Magazine, has blown me away. (more…)

Let’s say that you’re wandering around the Internet and you stumble upon an article that you really want to read. Problem is, it’s a bit long, and your boss is coming around the corner so there’s no way you can read it right now. Your options are to leave the tab open on your browser indefinitely, bookmark the article for later reading or just close the tab and move on with your life. Not much else you can do about it, right?

Hold on there, chief. There is an answer, and it’s named Instapaper. Not only will the service allow you to access that article anytime you want, you don’t even have to be online to do it. How does it do this hocus pocus? Follow along as we teach you about the app that will change the way you consume the Internet.

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