Thirst, an app that helps users get caught up with important news as it’s shared on Twitter, is expanding beyond the iPad today with the launch of a “universal” app that works on the iPhone and iPod Touch, too.
Thirst launched in May, and as co-founder and CEO Anuj Verma tells me, its goal for the current app is to bring people up-to-speed on the most important Twitter updates. So when you open Thirst, you get a personalized “newspaper” with the hottest news stories since the last time you opened the app — which could be an hour or a week ago.
Behind the scenes, Verma says Thirst has developed a natural language processor that determines which tweets are related to a given news topic, regardless of the exact words used. As an example, Verma says that on the day of the Supreme Court decision on healthcare, Thirst…
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