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Launching Notasbit, a website for tech news in Spanish

For the past year I’ve been on a radio show on Tuesdays talking about the tech news of the week. I started by hunting down the most important stories, writing my script in Spanish and then broadcasting it.

One day I thought it would be a good idea to put my scripts as posts in a tech news blog. I started the blog and it was a place for people listening to the news and wanted to know more or check out the photos or videos about them with links to the original sources.

But later with work loads I could barely have time to hunt for the news, so the blog languished. I couldn’t do all that extra work besides my main day job.

So as an engineer, I decided to automate things. is no longer a news blog. It is now an automated tech news website. Notasbit is the point of reference for the most interesting tech news in Spanish. The site links to the latest posts from many Spanish language tech and science news websites and sorts the most important ones at the top of the list. It differentiates itself from a simple RSS feed reader with this algorithm, so you don’t have to dig into your several feeds to find the best articles. You can also see a list of all news gathered sorted by the time they were published.

I’ll be adding more enhancements and features that will help improve the selection of the best news. Many experts say that the projects consumed by their makers are the best ones, since you have to “eat your own dog food”. I’ll see if that happens in my case.

I really hope people enjoy For me, it will ease my task of hunting down news for the radio show and will also serve as the point of reference for people who listen to me and want to know more.

Let me know if you like the site or if you have any suggestions in the comments below.

Interesting random stuff

Google Currents as replacement for Google Reader

Google Currents logo

On December 2011 Google introduced Currents, an RSS reader app for mobile devices with a magazine-like user interface similar to Flipboard. The application is very good-looking, they have done a great design and user experience. But before that, there was the Google Reader web service and mobile app.

The Google Reader app looks old and outdated from current Android development design standards. The product seems abandoned since Gingerbread, with a minor update for tablet layouts while Honeycomb was the latest Android version. That was about two years ago. On the web application side it also felt abandoned. I’m sure there’s been incremental minor updates and maintenance tweaks on the project, but it clearly doesn’t have the attention and priority that Gmail or YouTube have, even though it’s probably the most used online RSS feed reader.

I always wondered why Google made Currents and not update the Reader app into what Currents is. Then it was weird that Google had two products doing basically the same thing in two different ways. The fact is that Google Currents is more than just a simple RSS reader, it is a publishing platform where publishers can control and customize their content presentation and also charge for subscriptions.

So that’s why it makes sense from a business point of view to kill Google Reader. I think that Currents will be the new Reader, and for that to happen, they will release a web version of Currents and migrate everyone’s data to it. The early announcement of killing Reader can also a strategy to generate nostalgia in the users and listen to the feedback generated by everyone who will miss it. Then choose to implement the most loved features into the web version of Currents. Maybe it will be announced during the Google I/O event, which is just in time before Google Reader goes dark on July 1st 2013.

Right now you can use Currents as your feed reader, if you don’t want to host your own alternative to Google Reader. It even has an easy way to import your feeds from Reader.


Yahoo sells Delicious bookmarks to Youtube Founders logo

Good news to those still fans of the social bookmarking site. On the delicious blog is now news that Yahoo! Inc has sold the property to the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Delicious will keep existing and will be part of their new company AVOS.

From the AVOS website, we read the following:

“We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,” said Chad Hurley, CEO of AVOS. “We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web.”

That means that the service will continue to operate, and even better, to improve. So hopefully we can see a Firefox 4 compatible version of their browser plugin anytime soon. Lets see what else they come up with to improve the current site.

Some changes are already set. If you log in to your delicious account you will be prompted to confirm your authorization of migrating your data from Yahoo to the new Delicious home servers. If you do not authorize, your account will not be migrated and thus will be deleted.

I already signed up for the migration, and although I’ve been critical of proprietary software as a service solutions, I find delicious (and its firefox & chrome plugin integration) very handy and useful. I’d love to see free bookmarking services like Scuttle to improve to match Delicious, or see how develops, but in the mean time, I’m still a Delicious bookmarks user.