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Wavii Follows Your Selected News

Wavii is a new service now launching in public beta; it provides a personalized feed of news and current events and presents it all on one page.


(Short descriptive video explains Wavii)

Keep up with everything you care about in a personalized news feed. Wavii automatically creates status updates for your favorite politicians, celebrities, gadgets, and more. These updates highlight what's happening, like a political victory, dramatic breakup, startup acquisition, or new app release, so you're in the know and can discuss with friends. The more you follow, the more active and personalized your news feed becomes.

The same way you follow your friends on Facebook, you follow everything else on Wavii.

This same idea was first explored in science fiction decades ago. In his 1978 novel The Fountains of Paradise. Arthur C. Clarke described the personal interest profile that could be used to gather all relevant items of information from news feeds.

But the same technology that had eliminated one set of tasks had created even more demanding successors. Of these, perhaps the most important was the design of the Personal Interest Profile.

Most men updated their PIP on New Year's Day, or their birthday. Morgan's list contained fifty items; he had heard of people with hundreds. They must spend all their waking hours battling with the flood of information

In his classic 1969 novel Ubik, Philip K. Dick describes the homeopape (also called a homeostatic newspaper in other stories) as being "tailored to ... individual requirements".

In his 1965 novel The Age of the Pussyfoot, Frederik Pohl described the interests profile, which could be used to filter all of the possible activities a person might be interested in.

Even earlier, sf readers were treated to similar ideas, like the news-receptor that could be programmed to hunt for specific televised news stories (from Heinlein's 1941 novel Methuselah's Children) and the personalized news (from the 1911 novel Ralph 124c 41 + by Hugo Gernsback).

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