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Update: here is the confirmation. Existing NetNewsWire full-version customers will receive a free 2-year paid subscription to NewsGator Online. Yup, good enough reason to switch to NewsGator from Bloglines. “Synchronization is set to be the killer feature of the next generation of feed reading software,” said […]

Update: here is the confirmation. Existing NetNewsWire full-version customers will receive a free 2-year paid subscription to NewsGator Online. Yup, good enough reason to switch to NewsGator from Bloglines. “Synchronization is set to be the killer feature of the next generation of feed reading software,” said John Gruber, author of the popular Mac weblog Daring Fireball.

Richard asked about who is on the menu for Newsgator? He has many guesses and one of them is right: Ranchero Software, the company behind Mac-a-licious RSS reader NetNewsWire. Sources in Silicon Valley tell me that this deal is pretty much done, and expect the deal to be announced sometime on Wednesday at Web 2.0. Greg Reinacker refused to comment. This is going to be a major coup for Newsgator, because NNW is the default gold standard in MacRSS space. This deal would be very much of the same caliber as Newsgator’s acquisition of Bradbury Software, the maker of Feed Demon, a Windows only RSS reader. Back then, I posted this question: Will Newsgator finally buy a Mac desktop application and fill out the obvious hole in its product portfolio. With NNW, Newsgator fills that hole, and in swoop enhances the value of Newsgator Online. Syncing across the platforms? That would be nice. Stay tuned for further details!

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  1. jarkolicious » NewsGator Buying NetNewsWire Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    [...] Is NewsGator buying NetNewsWire? As Om says, this would finally add a Mac based product to the portfolio. by Scott | posted in Asides Trackback URL | Comment RSS Feed Tag at del.icio.us | Incoming links [...]

  2. hyku | blog – Josh Hallett Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    Om Says NewsGator Buying NetNewsWire

    Om Malik posts that his sources tell him that NewsGator is going to annouce a deal to buy Ranchero Software, the makers of NetNewsWire. As Om says, NNW is the RSS reader of choice for Mac users. And like Om,…

  3. NewsGator Buying

    Om Malik – once again – has the scoop on a deal: this one invovling Newsgator’s acquisition of Ranchero Software, which makes a Mac-based RSS reader called NetNewsWire. The news got me about a Technorati-related
    issue when it comes to rankings. Like …

  4. Say it ain’t so Om

    Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger: “Om Malik reports a rumor that NewsGator is buying NetNewsWire.”
    Man, I’m conflicted about this. On one hand, Brent Simmons seems like one of the good guys and I’m happy if this rumor is tru…

  5. atmaspheric | endeavors » Blog Archive » Newsgator buying who NetNewsWire? Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    [...] Om Malik is reporting that Newsgator is acquiring Ranchero, makers of NetNewsWire and the ultimate Mac Newsreader. [...]

  6. The Apple Blog » Om Malik: NewsGator to buy NetNewsWire? Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    [...] As always, Om Malik’s got some inside information regarding NewsGator buying NetNewsWire. [...]

  7. Sort of obvious/expected, isn’t it ? I thought this was a big acquisition ?

  8. 國二è?œé³¥å¿™è£¡å?·é–’ Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    NewsGator 收購 NNW (NetNewsWire) ?

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  9. Håll koll på Newsgator

    Hos Om Malik läser man om spekulationerna om att Newsgator ska köpa Ranchero Software, företaget bakom den bästa RSS-läsaren för…

  10. Hrm. I love NNW. Been using it since the pre 1.0 betas, used to live about a mile from Brent Simmons in Ballard, and still owe him beer for implementing Mac-to-Mac sync of your subscription list.

    While I’d be tickled pink to see Brent take home a Huge Sack O’ Cash, part of me would be damn sad to see NNW lose its Indy Cred…

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