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Feedly Updates its Service to Function Like Google Reader
April 2, 2013 | 11:15 am

FeedlyOne of my chief complaints about Feedly has been alleviated in the service's latest update. The Feedly app has a new vertically-focused layout that is more in line with what Google Reader users are used to. You can now view headlines and a few lines of text without getting distracted by a plethora of images. The Feedly Web app has also been updated with a “title only” layout that is designed to handle a lot bulk. This is exactly what Feedly needed to make Google Reader users feel more at home. Although the layout change is the most important part of...

Digg Readying a Google Reader Replacement
March 15, 2013 | 10:00 am

Digg Google ReaderWell, that was fast. Digg announced yesterday that they are building a Reader replacement. Apparently they’ve been planning it for a while—they're just moving it up the priority list. Good for them! I’m liking this part of the announcement: We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we...

Goodreads moves away from Amazon API for book data over restrictive terms of use
January 27, 2012 | 12:56 pm

s-GOODREADS-largeSocial reading site Goodreads is changing the API it uses for pulling book metadata to the site, PaidContent reports. It had been using Amazon’s public Product Advertising API which allowed it to import title, author, page count, and so on. However, Goodreads finds the terms of use for the API have become too restrictive for the site to continue to use it. In particular, Amazon will not allow sites using the API to link to the book on any other on-line retailer except Amazon, but Goodreader provides links to titles on multiple retailers. Also, Amazon will not allow content...

Amazon revokes API access for Kindle e-book lending service Lendle
March 22, 2011 | 1:30 am

lendleA number of sources, including CNET, report that Amazon has revoked API access for Kindle e-book lending service Lendle (whom we mentioned here and here). According to Lendle, Amazon said that Lendle does not “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” Lendle has posted its own account as well. The revocation means that Lendle is unable to access Amazon’s database, a crippling blow to the service. As a result, the Lendle team has pulled the plug on the website for now, though they are contacting Amazon to try to find out...

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