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Steve Jobs features IITBian's Pulse at iPad launch

The Pulse News Reader app, which displays a grid of news feeds as thumbnail images with a short caption preview, gained a following after Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs featured it during the iPad's launch. Alphonso Labs now has versions for the iPhone and Android phones. "Google Reader users can seem really stressed out and overloaded," said Kothari, who launched the company in May with fellow recent Stanford University graduate Ankit Gupta (IIT Bombay '08).

PulsePersonalizing the Web moves away from the text-centric "inbox mentality" delivered by e-mail or by RSS feed aggregators like the Google Reader, which are useful for following numerous news sites and blogs, but often provide far more than anyone can read, said Akshay Kothari, 24, co-founder of Palo Alto's Alphonso Labs.

"Google Reader users can seem really stressed out and overloaded," said Kothari, who launched the company in May with fellow recent Stanford University graduate Ankit Gupta, 23.

Their Pulse News Reader app, which displays a grid of news feeds as thumbnail images with a short caption preview, gained a following after Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs featured it during the iPad's launch. Alphonso Labs now has versions for the iPhone and Android phones ... more.


 

Press Coverage of iPad Pulse:

New York Times: The iPad Pulse Reader Scales the Charts

“Pulse is a stylish and easy-to-use news aggregator. Users select which news sources to follow and the latest articles are presented in a grid of texts and photos.”


CNN: Pulse: Why I almost didn’t return my iPad

“But, as I sat on a cross-country flight this week, soaking up the on-board Wi-Fi, I encountered one app that gave me pause, one so interesting that made me consider not returning the iPad. That app is Pulse, a slick iPad newsreader. It costs $3.99, and it’s only the second iPad app I was willing to pay for during this test run.”


Techcrunch: Stanford Graduates Release Pulse, A Must-Have News App For The iPad

“Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, two Stanford grads who signed up for the Launch Pad class at the University’s Institute of Design (aka d.school), could have hardly chosen a better path to try their hands at startup life. The pair has gone from idea to a (very cool) digital news app for the iPad in just 5 weeks, and they’re just getting started.”


Wired: New York Times Forces Apple to Pull Popular ‘Pulse’ iPad Newsreader

“Pulse has been an app-store hit thanks to its slick design, which pulls news from various sources and aggregates them in an easy-to-read manner, perfectly suited to the flick-and-scroll interface of the iPad. The design was good enough to impress even Steve Jobs, who mentioned it in his WWDC keynote speech Monday.”


BBC: Tech Brief

“Swisher highlights that even the New York Times had been discussing the success of the Pulse News Reader on its website recently. The App is no longer available, and one of the developers was fairly philosophical about its fall from grace: ‘I don’t blame Apple, because they have to respond when contacted by lawyers from the Times … but it was definitely a roller coaster of a day.’”

... http://www.alphonsolabs.com/press.

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