As if the news and social reader space was congested enough, sources tell AllThingsD that Yahoo and Google could debut their own service’s as soon as next week. “Memo to Flipboard, as well as Pulse, CNN’s Zite and AOL’s Editions: You might want to make some room,” quips AllThingsD. With possible names like Propeller and Currents, Google’s reader is reportedly an HTML5-based service for the Apple iPad and Android, or “essentially a souped-up version of similar apps such as Flipboard, AOL’s Editions, Zite (which was just bought by Time Warner’s CNN) and Pulse,” AllThingsD writes.
With what will most certainly be named Livestand, Yahoo reportedly has the same idea in mind. Livestand, in fact, was announced by Yahoo’s ex-CEO Carol Bartz in February, at a speech at the World Mobile Congress in Spain. More broadly, AllThingsD writes, “All these apps are part of the drastically changing habits of media consumers, helping users better navigate numerous social and media feeds -- such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as news sites and more -- using handsome interfaces and touch technologies on tablet devices.”