News.me, the Betaworks-incubated iPad application for discovering news articles experts and friends see on Twitter, became an independent company Wednesday.
The just-hatched startup’s first order of business was to do away with the cost-prohibitive $0.99-per-week fee and make the News.me iPad application free. The company is also promising a slew of application updates in the months ahead.
Two things to note: Existing News.me application users will need to download the new version of the application, and paying subscribers must manually discontinue their plans.
“News.me is on a mission to reinvent an industry — to use what we’ve learned from the social web to make the discovery and consumption of news better,” the News.me team said in a blog post.
The application’s hook, however, is its ability to provide users with a news-filtered view of their Twitter connections’ streams. It also has a publisher-friendly mindset — partners (Mashable was a launch parter) receive fixed fees for pageviews — that will continue as News.me enters this new life stage.
Now that News.me is free, will you give it a second look?