Apple

Instapaper 4.0 Brings Redesigned Interface, Wikipedia Support and Search to its iPhone and iPad Apps

Instapaper, the popular distraction-free offline reading app for iOS, was probably among the first few apps I installed on both my iPhone and iPad and it has never left their respective homescreens since. Today, its developer Marco Arment launched version 4 of the app. It’s available in iTunes now and brings numerous new features that both new and existing users will appreciate. Among these are a redesigned interface , the ability to multi-select articles to archive, delete or move them in bulk, the ability to look up words in Wikipedia and support for footnotes from most websites.

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Facebook: A Billion Page Views Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? A Trillion Page Views

Google’s Doubleclick advertising unit  just updated its list of most-visited websites in the world. According to Google’s data, Facebook’s website reaches 46.9% of all Internet users and can now boast a total of 1 trillion page views from 870 million unique visitors. This easily makes the social network the single most visited site on the web,…

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Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia is Losing Contributors

Few websites have changed the way we access knowledge as much as Wikipedia. Now, however, it looks like the online encyclopedia is hitting some snags, as the number of volunteers who write and edit its articles is getting smaller. Talking to the Associated Press during Wikipedia’s annual Wikimania conference in Haifa, Israel, the site’s founder Jimmy Wales told journalists that his organizations is ”scrambling to simplify what he called ‘convoluted’ editing templates that may be discouraging people from writing and editing Wikipedia’s entries.”

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Wikipedia Beautifier Beautifies Wikipedia

Wikipedia is undoubtedly among the most useful websites on the Internet, but it definitely is not among the prettiest. Its utilitarian design doesn’t exactly look inviting, but if you are a Chrome user, a new extension now makes the site far more readable. The Readability-inspired Wikipedia Beautifier fades out all the extra crud around the text and allows you to fully focus on the article itself.

Opinion

Hacker Shows It Doesn’t Take $8 Million to Clone Qwiki – Just 321 Lines of HTML Will do the Trick

Qwiki is an app that creates pretty slideshows based on Wikipedia entries. The service won the top award at the last Techcrunch Disrupt conference and just received $8 million in new funding from a group led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Personally, I never understood why putting together a text-to-speech engine with a Ken Burns…