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Tweetbot: All Hail the New King of Mobile Twitter Clients

Twitter itself may not be a big fan of new Twitter clients, but that didn’t stop the developers at Tapbots to launch a new iPhone client tonight. It’s a good thing they weren’t dissuaded by Twitter’s anti-developer stance because Tapbots’ Tweetbot (iTunes link) is easily the best mobile Twitter client out there today. It’s even better than Twitter’s own iPhone app and more than worth the $1.99 Tapbots charges for it.

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Reactions to Amazon's Cloud Drive Music Locker Launch

Amazon just launched its online music locker last night and the discussion around it is already dominating the tech world this morning. Did Amazon get a jump on Apple and Google here in launching a service these two tech giants can’t yet offer? What about the legality of the service? Or is it really just a copycat product that quite a few other startups are already offering. Here are some of the most interesting reactions to the launch.

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Joint Turns Twitter Into an IM Service

Twitter DM’s are a simple, effective way of getting in touch with people, but without presence indicators and , they don’t quite feel like real-time chats. Joint, a new project from the team behind content discovery service LazyFeed, piggybacks on Twitter’s social graph and allows you to turn your Twitter network into a fully-featured IM system, with one-on-one and group chats. It’s basically a private backchannel to Twitter.

Joint is currently in private alpha, but read on to find out how you can get an invite.

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Zite: The Personalized iPad Magazine App You Should Install Right Now

Zite is a personalized magazine app for Apple’s iPad that gives you far better reading recommendations than any of its competitors like Flipboard or Sobees’ NewsMix. Instead of having to rely on your friends on Twitter and Facebook to recommend interesting stories to you, Zite’s algorithms are only seeded by looking at your Twitter and Google Reader feed. After this, Zite will learn which articles you are most interested in by looking at your reading behavior as you use the app.

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NetNewsWire 4 Arrives in a (Very) Lite Version

For a long time now, NetNewsWire has been setting the standard for feed readers on the Mac. The first version dates back to the middle of 2002 and the app has gone through three major revisions since. This week, NetNewsWire 4 Lite arrived in the Mac App Store. This free version (OS X 10.6.6, 64-bit only) will soon be followed by a more fully-featured paid version, which is a good thing, given that it does away with almost all of the features NetNewsWire 3 users have come to love over the last few years.

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Fight Information Overload on Twitter.com with My6Sense

Given how many links your Twitter friends likely post to their timelines every day, it’s almost inevitable that you will miss some very interesting stories. What if there was a piece of software that could learn which stories you are most interested in and highlight those for you, no matter when they were posted? I often use my6sense’s mobile apps to catch these stories, but starting today, you can also use the company’s Google Chrome plugin that integrates directly into Twitter’s own website.

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The Daily: Old News in a Flawed Package

News Corp. today launched The Daily, the first new national newspaper in the U.S. that is specifically designed for the iPad. At the launch even in New York today, News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch argued that The Daily will give his company the ability to innovate in the tablet age and introduce readers to a “fresh and robust new voice.” For the first two weeks, the Daily will be available for free, courtesy of Verizon. After that, a subscription will cost $0.99 per week or $40 per year (there is no monthly subscription option). You can now download the app from Apple’s App Store.

Given that, according to Apple, there are already over 9,000 news apps out there and news apps have been downloaded over 2 million times, can the Daily really make a splash in this market? To find out, we took a closer look at the app.

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Will Deck.ly Change the Way You Tweet(deck)?

Back in the day, Twitter’s 140-character limit made sense, as the company was still mostly focused on the mobile market and tweets had to comfortably fit into a single text message. Now, however, as the majority of Twitter users use the Web and mobile and desktop apps to engage with the service, this limit makes less and less sense. TweetDeck, the popular mobile and desktop Twitter client just unveiled a new service, Deck.ly, that allows users to write blog-length Tweets without character limits.

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NewsMix: Flipboard Gets a Worthy Competitor

Flipboard, the personal magazine app for the iPad is probably one of the most hyped mobile app in recent memory, but even though it has lots of dedicated followers, I never quite warmed up to its idiosyncrasies. The idea of a personalized magazine-style app for the iPad, however, is more than intriguing and with NewsMix, Sobees is sending a new app ($2.99, iTunes link) into the race today that has the potential to beat Flipboard at its own game.