For What Shall It Profit

An informed follow-up piece to the Verge's article prematurely proclaiming Pocket as the victor and future of "Internet DVR" by The Magazine's Glenn Fleishman.

I don’t see how [Pocket's] current situation with 9m free users is “beating” anyone. If Instapaper has millions of free users and 100,000s of who have paid for the app or for a Web subscription, has it been “beaten”? And if so, is it “beaten” at this point in time when it is cash-flow positive and Pocket is not? These questions aren’t asked nor answered in the Pocket profile.