Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Events, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can view them later.

While Save doesn’t cache content behind links like Pocket or Instapaper, it should give all Facebook users a quick way to stockpile links and content they find so they don’t have to interrupt their News Feed reading flow. As it rolls out over the next few days, Save could let people browse the feed in shorter bursts without worrying about forgetting things they don’t have time to explore right away.

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Facebook tested a version of Save back in 2012, and in March of this year I reported that Facebook was trying a new design that…

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Low phone battery? Starbucks to the rescue with wireless chargers in stores!

As soon as my phone hits 49% battery, I start to feel a little uneasy. Then it slowly gets worse and you see the 20% low battery alert, THEN the even more alarming 10% battery alert.

It’s not even a surprise to me that Starbucks is coming to the rescue.

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Image via Entrepreneur.com

Starting this week, Starbucks will begin to equip all stores with Duracell Powermat wireless chargers across the U.S. This is a win-win in three different ways:

  1. Starbucks becomes the automatic go-to spot for anyone whose phone is dying
  2. Millions of Starbucks customers will be exposed to Duracell Powermat wireless chargers
  3. Users don’t have to let their phones die (and added bonus of free wi-fi)

The ‘Powermat Spots’ will be areas on tables and counters that charge compatible phones and tablets without wires.

“We had this vision… do with Starbucks what they did with Wi-Fi,” said Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine.

It’s an all-out war on wires around here.

“Just like Wi-Fi is expected to be available… cords should be eliminated.” – Poliakine

There is a catch though: you won’t see it in your local Starbucks until next year (most likely). The rollout is starting out in Silicon Valley and is expected in other major markets in 2015. Their ultimate plan is to have every Starbucks store equipped with wireless charging.

 

More information via Entrepreneur.