AOL (yes, AOL) announced Editions for iPad

TechCrunch (owned by AOL) not surprisingly has a fairly complete story on AOL Editions for iPad. Think of this as a custom-made newspaper delivered through the popular Apple tablet. They call this a "personalized magazine" that updates daily.

Um, isn't that Google News with personalization? Well, AOL does offer localization by zip code, something Google has never heard of. Wait, Google News has a Local subhead for news? Oh, well, at least the AOL app updates during the day. I'm sure Google can't do that, right? Or maybe you want an opinion from someone beside Google.

Is this just "me too" from AOL, or a valid entry in the personalized news market? Will the iPad app make this more popular, or less, by cutting down on the potential market?


So tell me again how this differs from Zite, which does a great job of story collection from myriad sources.

Pete Senoff on

Delivered once a day. Why didn’t newspapers think of that? Oh wait.

Ken Sickles on

No landscape mode… Meh. I’d rather use Flipboard.

John Shue on

The lack of RSS, Google Reader is a deal breaker for me.


Been waiting for this

I don't get a newspaper, don't have TV, and have to look at a normal computer all day. This has been perfect for reading during breakfast to ease me into the day. It's like someone who cares about you has gone through all of the news and cut out things you might like. Love it.

Ryan Hanna on

I've beeen waiting for this for quite a while. When exactly will this be available?

Calvin Glenn on

From the beginning, it will not include ads, but eventually it will states David Temkin who leads AOL's mobile team. They draw articles from Patch, a local news service, Huffington Post and more than 1,000 other souces. As newspaper companies deal with the cost of print, declining readership because of Internet and other challenges it is a great way for them to boost their income and maybe even save some from going out of business.

Shirley Heib on

AOL is still kicking?

Not a bad approach at all. What surprises me is that it comes from AOL. Lol. I thought their innovation days were long behind them.

Tablazines on

AOL just won't go away, will they.'it's sad to see a company that just dominated the industry now throwing everything at the wall hoping something will stick

dean0088 on

Short and sweet: will you bother to load the AOL Editions app on your iPad? (Yes/No)

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