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Darn shame the business people can't see a new approach when it hits them in the head.

I was a Circa user and really felt the "follow story" idea was its biggest asset.  It helped me monitor all kinds of unrelated stories without having to RSS or aggregate them myself.

I also felt the "scroll back" part of it was another useful innovation in which the background on the story could emerge organically if you jumped into the middle of a developing event.

Here's hoping another, properly aware, entity takes up this model for news and runs with it.  As you said startups fail all the time.  I think the early print newspaper business had a number of spectacular failures before the current broadsheet and tabloid formats were established as the norm.

You've also talked before about the problem of "news" as a steady-state and continually shifting subject which no longer lends itself to editorial direction.  I think what Circa was giving us was a proof-of-concept for a completely new way of providing news and allowing us to swim as deeply as we like into the vast pools of information we seek.

As per usual, your analysis was spot on.
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