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News.Me Inches Closer to Launch

News.Me, the iPad news aggregator app, is finally close to launching, according to Peter Kafka. He cites a new website that lists pretty much everything one would need to know about the app, as evidence.

This is big news because News.Me has the approval of publishers that traditionally have opposed aggregating, such as The New York Times and the AP. Other companies that have signed on include AOL, Gawker Media, Mashable, Forbes and Business Insider.

Some details about the app: It costs $.99 cents a week (or $34.99 per year), it gathers news from popular Twitter news feeds and places them into one simple, streamlined feed for users, and publishers who participate with News.Me gain some of its profits.

The revenue sharing is great for those publishers, but any that don’t participate with News.Me still get their information aggregated by the app, while getting left out of the payday. Maybe that’s why such big powerhouses like the Times and Gawker are in on the deal.

FishbowlNY wonders what Bill Keller thinks of his paper partnering in a service that seems to do exactly what he always rants against. We’re guessing it’s probably nothing nice.

UPDATE:
According to The New York Times, News.Me will be available in iTunes beginning tomorrow.

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