Good idea and there's already a fully established and open platform they could base this on: RSS. Pretty much every website out there already has an RSS feed ready and waiting.
I used Reader for many years yet I had no idea there was any sort of community surrounding it. Are you sure that was an important aspect of it? Personally I just wanted a convenient way to keep up with a lot of disparate content which it provided (and Feedly provides equally well now).
It's funny how people are free to state the "fact" that piracy actually helps movie sales without fear of contradiction but when someone has the gall to suggest the opposite everyone jumps down their throat and asks where they get their "facts" from? It's a two-way street. I doubt there are enough facts to fully support either supposition.
People point out that Batman was the highest grossing movie of the year and was also the most pirated. Ok, but that doesn't mean pirating made that movie successful. It could just mean that like everyone else freeloaders wanted to see that movie.
Also, why would you automatically believe someone when they respond to an embarrassing tweet from the movie's director by saying they saw the movie in the theater in addition to downloading it? Yes I suppose that could be true (although not something I understand since watching a movie once is usually enough for me) but I think the simpler and more likely possibility is that the person is lying so as to disarm Mr. Big Movie Director who publicly humiliated them.
While I agree this guy took the wrong approach and this is obviously going to backfire on him I don't see why we should expect him to feel gratitude towards people he suspects are stealing his movie. And comparing his reaction to those of the people behind the movie "Ink" is bogus. "Ink" was a small indy film that had no PR behind it so it needed the publicity.
I'm not blasting people who download copyrighted stuff. There are plenty of valid reasons for doing it. It's just that for every person I come across that touts the "noble" downloader (the person who also buys whatever they download) I find 10 others that scoff at the idea of paying for music of movies no matter what. "Why pay when you can get it for free?" I've been asked on a few occasions. Nice attitude.
I've always heard complaints that Android was slow. At least prior to 2.0. In fact I think you can find speed complaints about any mobile OS.
I've never been disappointed by the Pre's speed but maybe I just have lower expectations from a device that can fit in my pocket. I guess I'm just amazed at the things it can do to care all that much about a few minor delays in calling up the web or Google Maps.
And if the rumors are true the Pre should get a huge speed boost soon when they move much of the GUI stuff to the GPU (which is currently completely unused). Granted you could argue that the damage has been done and that Palm should have focused on this long ago but I still say it's too early to announce the demise of WebOS.