Mozilla is Acquiring the Read-it-Later Service Pocket


When it comes to read-it-later services, platforms that let you save articles to check up on later, Pocket has been one of the go-to services.

But some big changes are afoot, as reported by Recode. The changes are happening mostly behind-the-scenes, with Pocket confirming that it will continue running as-is, but simply as a subsidiary of Mozilla from this point on. The amount to which Pocket was acquired is not known at the time of publication.

Pocket will retain its 25-person team, and Nate Weiner will continue to run Pocket from under Mozilla’s umbrella. Pocket is available for iPhone, iPad, and the Mac.

Pocket has more than 10 million monthly users, and offers free services, as well as paid premium options. It was founded in 2007 and was originally known as Read It Later. Mozilla has also confirmed the acquisition on its blog:

“Mozilla is growing, experimenting more, and doubling down on our mission to keep the internet healthy, as a global public resource that’s open and accessible to all. As our first strategic acquisition, Pocket contributes to our strategy by growing our mobile presence and providing people everywhere with powerful tools to discover and access high quality web content, on their terms, independent of platform or content silo.

Pocket will join Mozilla’s product portfolio as a new product line alongside the Firefox web browsers with a focus on promoting the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content.”

Do you still use Pocket, or do you use another service?

[via Recode, Mozilla]

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